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Assistant Professor Position Comparative Languages, Linguistics, Literature
Nazarbayev University

Date Posted Nov. 6, 2019
Title Assistant Professor Position Comparative Languages, Linguistics, Literature
University Nazarbayev University
Nur-Sultan , Kazakhstan
Department School of Sciences and Humanities
Application Deadline Oct. 30, 2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Literature - General
    Foreign Languages/Literatures
    Humanities - General

The Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature of the School of Sciences and Humanities (SSH) at Nazarbayev University is considering applications for a full-time faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank. Area of specialization for this position is open, however, the ideal candidate will have an interdisciplinary focus whose work cuts across linguistic, regional, and disciplinary boundaries. Candidates with Ph.D. in the fields of literature, theoretical and applied linguistics, area studies, and related disciplines will be considered. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to program-building and student mentoring and will be able to complement and build off of our department’s diverse strengths, ranging from comparative literature to comparative-historical linguistics and language typology, from cultural productions to discourse analysis, from language-mind-cognition to foreign language learning. We seek a candidate with an exemplary and ongoing record of research, demonstrated excellence in teaching, commitment to active involvement in the life of the Department and the School, and a capacity to advise undergraduate and graduate students in the wide thematic area of languages, linguistics, and literature, and to mentor senior undergraduates in applying to graduate programs.

This is a three-year appointment with the possibility of renewal, it carries a 2/2 teaching load.

The Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures (LLL) at SSH currently has eleven full-time and 3 part-time faculty representing a variety of disciplines in the domain of languages, linguistics and comparative literature. The LLL Department has one of the fastest-growing major counts in the School and is adding an array of literature, linguistics and language course offerings in the 2019-2020 academic year. The LLL Department’s program is also integrated into the graduate program in Eurasian Studies, an interdisciplinary MA and Ph.D. program, and thus, an ideal candidate will have an opportunity to contribute to the Eurasian Studies both in research and teaching.

Nazarbayev University is a modern, English-language institution based on best practices drawn from partner higher education institutions in the US, UK, and Singapore. The strategic partner for SSH and the Department is the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nazarbayev University is located in the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan (Astana).

To apply please follow this link:…

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references. Inquiries and applications should be directed to For fullest consideration, please, apply by November 30, 2019.

a PhD in Literature, Linguistics or Languages from an accredited and recognized international university (ABD at time of application will be considered, but PhD must be in hand at time of appointment, and current PhD holders will be given priority);
Teaching experience at university level; preferably with the ability to teach both introductory and advanced level sociology courses.
An active research agenda (as evidenced by prior peer-reviewed publications or demonstrated ability to publish immediately upon appointment);
Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
Commitment to maintaining a collegial and inclusive work environment.
Additional Information
Nazarbayev University offers an attractive benefits package, including:

competitive compensation;
free housing (based on rank and family size);
relocation allowance;
international health insurance for the faculty and dependents living in Nur-Sultan;
educational allowance for dependent children relocated to Nur-Sultan;
home leave allowance (air tickets to the home country, twice per year);
research start-up funds are available.

For inquiries regarding this position, please contact Dr. Andrey Filchenko at

For inquiries regarding the recruitment process, please, contact our HR team at

Relevant websites:

Nazarbayev University –
School of Science and Humanities –

  • Nazarbayev University was launched in 2010 as a premier national and regional university, partnering with some of the most recognized names in international higher education. Admission to NU is highly competitive; the student body is selected from the top high schools throughout the country and region.

    The NU campus is located in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, in the heart of the new and ultra-modern Left-Bank region of the city. Incoming faculty will enjoy a cosmopolitan living experience, interwoven with traditional cultural influences in food and entertainment. The social life offers a rich and vibrant atmosphere with excellent clubs and restaurants, theater, music, opera, dancing, museums, modern and traditional bazaar shopping, professional and amateur sports, outdoor recreation, and much more.

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Contact Information

  • School of Sciences and Humanities
    Nazarbayev University
  • 8 (7172)706668


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