Postdoctoral Scholar at the Graduate School of Public Policy

  • Full-time
  • Department: Graduate School of Public Policy
  • Job Type: Research staff

Company Description

Nazarbayev University Profile

Nazarbayev University (NU), located in Astana, Kazakhstan, is an English-language research university.  It was established in 2010 as a flagship academic institution with ambitions to achieve global recognition as a top-tier research university in Kazakhstan in partnership with leading universities from around the world. Admission to NU is highly competitive and the University accepts the best students from the country and region. In a short 13 years since its inception, NU has achieved notable recognition, entering the Times Higher Education Global Ranking in 2024 and securing a position in the top 30% of research universities worldwide. Presently, NU stands as the leading university in Central Asia.

Graduate School of Public Policy Profile

NU’s Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) enrolled its first students in 2013 and offers degree programs in Master in Public Policy, Master in Public Administration and PhD in Public Policy. The School’s strategic partner is the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.  OOur Master programs have achieved full accreditation from the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA) since 2019 and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) from 2023.

NU GSPP is devoted to recruiting and strengthening diversity in its Faculty composition. NU GSPP believes that welcoming people from underrepresented backgrounds strengthens intellectual depth and offers multiple perspectives.

Job Description

The Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) at Nazarbayev University, invites applications for the full-time Postdoctoral Scholar position and join our international faculty  to share in our vision of being the leading public policy school in Central Asia. Initial appointment is on a 2-year renewable contract with a possibility of renewal for up to another 2 years maximum, subject to annual performance reviews. We offer an attractive internationally competitive remuneration package.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Teach two courses per year in area of specialization or in a subject determined in consultation with the Dean
    • Conduct research  and prepare research proposals under the supervision of a senior faculty member
    • Participate in research and collaborative activities with other educational or research institutions
    • Publish in reputable  scientific  publications  and  disseminate  research  findings  using  other appropriate media
    • Make presentations at national and international conferences and events
    • Contribute to the preparation of research proposals and applications to external funding under the supervision of a senior faculty member



    • PhD in Public Policy, Public Administration, Economics, Political Science or a related discipline with a public policy focus
    • Candidates should have the requisite teaching, research and public policy expertise to contribute to innovative pedagogy and international scholarship.

    Additional Information

    Required Documents for Application:

    Candidates should submit the following documents in electronic form (MS Word or PDF file)

    • Cover letter indicating position applied for
    • Detailed curriculum vitae
    • Two reference letters
    • Copies of qualifications


    • Internationally competitive salary
    • Furnished accommodation
    • One annual home round trip air tickets for Postdoc and dependents
    • Education allowance for faculty member’s children
    • International health insurance