Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education

Research Institute  

Job descriptions and qualification requirements: Junior researcher


Job title

Junior Researcher


Functions of the Research Institute   

Producing research projects in the field of education


Job description 

  • Providing administrative support to senior researchers;
  • Liaising with GSE faculty members, partner organisations, Ministry of Education and Science;
  • Contributing to fieldwork, data collection and empirical data analysis, in national and international teams; 
  • Conducting literature reviews and reviews of relevant policy and curriculum documents independently;  
  • Knowledge and mastering research ethics
  • Presenting at national and international research conferences; 
  • Publishing scholarly papers in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Assisting with identification of sources of research funding and writing of grant applications;
  • Actively demonstrating research ethics;
  • Engaging in own professional and academic development;
  • Carrying out any other duties required by the post.


Business trips 




Master’s degree in social sciences


Professional experience 

At least a 2-year professional experience in education-related  organisations. At least 2 peer-reviewed journal articles or equivalent publication.


Professional knowledge, skills and personal qualities 

Competencies in the following fields are preferable: qualitative and quantitative methods of research, educational statistics.

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 solid B2, IELTS 6.5, paper-based TOEFL 550-575 or TOEFL iBT 90-95.


Computer literacy

A high level of computer literacy (Microsoft Office), some experience of working with research software, e.g.  SPSS, Stata, NVivo, is desirable.


Deadlines for CV submission  

Until the position is filled. Please send your CVs to in Kazakh and English languages. Please indicate “CV for position of Junior researcher” in the e-mail heading