Assistant Professor position in Chinese History, School of Sciences and Humanities



Job description

Nazarbayev University was launched in 2010 as a premier national and regional university, partnered with internationally-recognized names in higher education. The strategic partner of the School of Sciences and Humanities is the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Admission to NU is highly competitive and the students are among the most academically gifted in Kazakhstan. Most students participate in the NU foundation year program, and thus enter the School of Sciences and Humanities with extensive English language training and academic preparation. SSH programs emphasize student-oriented learning, with small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio of about 15:1. All classes are taught in English.

Job Description

The Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies in the School of Sciences and Humanities at Nazarbayev University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, invites applications for an open-rank faculty position in Chinese history. The period and area of specialization are open but preference will be given to candidates with expertise in one of the following fields (not in order of priority): (1) China and Central/Inner Asia; (2) history of science, technology, and/or medicine; (3) environmental history; (4) digital humanities; (5) religious studies.

Successful senior applicants will be expected to have a demonstrated track record of excellence in teaching, research, and service. Applicants at the junior level will be expected to demonstrate potential for excellence in all three areas. Responsibilities include but are not limited to teaching classes (teaching load is 2+2 with TA support for large classes), curriculum and program development, and research. The candidates are expected to offer graduate-level courses in their area(s) of specialization, and to advise graduate students in the MA and PhD programs in Eurasian Studies. We would appreciate it if the applicants could potentially contribute to the team taught History of Kazakhstan but this is not a strict requirement. The position is available from January 2023. Contracts are for a period of three years and are renewable upon a positive review.


Successful applicants for Assistant Professor will have been awarded a PhD by the start date in January 2023. They will also be able to demonstrate potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service. Successful senior level applicants will be expected to have a demonstrated track record of excellence in each of these areas. The teaching load is 2+2 with TA support for large classes.

Additional Information

Nazarbayev University offers an attractive benefits package, including:

● competitive salary;
● rent-free accommodation based on family size and rank;
● relocation allowance;
● home leave allowance (return air tickets to the home country, twice per year)
● no-cost medical insurance, with wide geographical coverage;
● educational allowance for children.

Nazarbayev University values diversity and strongly encourages applications from members of groups who are underrepresented in History.The Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies includes 18 members and offers a major in History as well as minors in both History and Philosophy & Religious Studies. Faculty in History publish actively and are encouraged to teach courses that align with their research interests.

How to apply

To apply, please upload a letter of interest, current CV, contact information of three referees, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a writing sample at by August 15. More information about the school is available at 

Questions related to the position, the university, or living in Nur-Sultan can be sent to Dr. Nikolay Tsyrempilov ([email protected]).

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