Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Senior researcher – Research Institute NUGSE PI

Senior researcher – Research Institute NUGSE PI

Mission of the Research Institute at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education 

“High-quality research in the field of education, producing results that contribute to national and international scholarship, policy and practice”

Job title

Senior researcher

Job description

·     Contributing to designing  short- and long-term research strategies of the Research Institute;

·     Identifying key educational research topics and planning research projects;

·     Identifying sources of funding and writing proposals for research grant applications;

·     Liaising with partner organisations, structural units of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, Ministry of Education and Science;

·     Actively contributing to academic and professional organisations and networks in relevant fields nationally and internationally;

·     Leading and coordinating of teams of researchers; carrying out data collection and empirical data analysis, in national and international teams;

·     Conducting literature reviews and reviews of relevant policy and curriculum documents; 

·     Presenting research results at international research conferences;

·     Publishing scholarly papers in peer-reviewed journals;

·     Taking a leadership role in promoting research ethics;

·     Taking a leadership role in coordinating  final submission of official research reports to the Ministry of Education and Science;

·     Contributing to the mentoring of junior researchers and research assistants;

·     Engaging in own professional and academic development;

·     Carrying out any other duties required by the post.

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PhD degree or post-soviet degree of Candidate of Sciences in education, management, sociology or economics or working towards a PhD in a relevant field”.

Professional experience

·      At least 5 years of relevant professional experience at organisations of education;

·      At least 3 scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed English-medium journals.

Professional knowledge, skills and personal qualities

Competencies in the following fields are preferable:  qualitative and quantitative methods of research, educational statistics, comparative education. Personal qualities: communication skills, public presentation skills, skills of presenting research results in oral and written form, skills of treating classified information. Proven ability to work effectively both independently and in a team.

Language competencies:

High level of competence in Kazakh, Russian and English. English competence – equivalent to European CEFR level B2, IELTS 7.5, paper-based TOEFL 590-610 or TOEFL iBT 95-105.

Computer literacy

A high level of computer literacy (Microsoft Office), a certain experience of working with research software including SPSS, Stata, NVivo.

Deadlines for CV submission 

The position will remain open until it is filled.

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