Frequently Asked Questions
Citizens of the Russian Federation should write in both residential and registration addresses. Citizens of other countries should write their residential address only.
For citizens of countries where English is an official language no confirming documents are required. Others should submit a certificate or an alternative document confirming the level of English proficiency at level B2 or higher.
As long as we have new vacancies open, the list of vacant positions is updated regularly. Please visit our vacancies page.
As often as vacant positions arise. At any time that a laboratory needs a new employee the information about this vacant position is posted on the website.
After an applicant has sent the application for participation in a competition and a set of electronic documents, he or she will receive a letter of confirmation from the University contact person.
The competition consists of a several stages.
- The head of a laboratory (or the laboratory’s project supervisor) formulates special requirements which a candidate for a particular vacant position should satisfy, and the information about the vacant position is posted on the website;
– Within an agreed-upon time limit applications are received;
– The applications are discussed by the Expert Board (which includes the project supervisor and independent experts); criteria for evaluation of the candidates may vary for different specialities;
– Results of the competition are presented at the meeting of the Selection Committee, which agrees on the winner.
A candidate is informed of the decision of the Selection Committee via e-mail. The results of the competition are also posted on TSU’s website.
Each winner of the competition is granted the right to sign a 3-year contract and accept the position of Postdoc.
If, for some reason, the winner withdraws from participation in the programme, the Research and Technology Committee may invite another candidate, within the framework of the same competition (the second-place winner). However this replacement is only possible when the refusal is made within 30 days after the announcement of the results of the competition. If the winner refuses the position after that period of time, a new competition for the vacant position is announced.
The question should be: How long are the results of the competitive selection valid, and what is the maximum time gap between a candidate’s receiving a place and signing a contract after arrival at TSU? Since it is a long-term project that for a majority of people will be connected with a geographical move, time is needed to finalize current affairs and begin work at TSU. A Postdoc will have 6 months to do so. If the contract is not signed after 6 months elapse, the position becomes vacant again and a new competition is announced. One exception is a situation with the candidate who won the vacancy rejects a Postdoc position within one month; then this position is automatically offered to the candidate who was the second in the competition.
The terms of the contract mean the compulsory presence of a Postdoc on the University campus most of the time.
No, you will not. You will take part in the competition on the same basis as everyone else.
There is a fixed flat wage of 60,000 rubles for the Postdocs of Tomsk State University. However there is an opportunity to increase your income. Postdocs have the right to take part in various grant schemes and competitions just like all members of the University staff.
If a Postdoc rents an apartment the University will compensate the costs in the amount of 10,000 rubles every month.
If you have decided to take part in the competition, you need to submit the application. There is a special form on the website. This programme will help you to form a package of necessary documents, to make sure you provided all the necessary information and omitted nothing.
After you have sent the application and received the confirmation of the delivery of the documents, you should wait until the results of the competition are announced. The waiting time is usually about 30 days after the deadline for application submission.
If you won the competition and have received the confirmation and are ready to take the position of a Postdoc, then you just need to agree on the dates when you start work and sign a contract with the University. At this time you must present the originals of the documents whose copies you attached to the application earlier.
If you have decided to take part in the competition, you need to submit the application. There is a special form on the website. This program will help you to form a package of necessary documents, to make sure you provided all the necessary information and omitted nothing.
After you have sent the application and received the confirmation of the documents’ delivery, you should wait until the results of the competition are announced. The waiting time is usually about 30 days after the deadline for application submission.
If you won the competition and have received the confirmation and are ready to take the position of a Postdoc, then you just have to agree on the dates when you start work and sign a contract with the university. At this time you must present the originals of the documents whose copies you attached to the application earlier.
No, there aren’t. There is everything you need for your employment in the document package that you need to take part in the competition. You transfer these documents to us in electronic form when you submit your application. But in order to sign the contract you will need originals of those documents. Please bring them with you.
These types of documents are not part of the compulsory package. However you may attach them in addition to the application as a proof of your competence and level of scientific work. It will be appropriate to present proofs of your winning competitions and of other scientific achievements and everything that can characterize you as a promising employee.
Discussion of the applicant’s plans with the project supervisor is very useful and sometimes necessary. You may ask specific questions about your prospective work (equipment brands, laboratory facilities, plan of work, etc.) and get to know about advantages (or disadvantages) of your prospective place of work. And of course you will have a chance to tell of your plans and preliminary studies, of your research potential and strong points, of your academic interests, and of how you can be useful for the project. This will help you write an abstract of your prospective work. You can get in touch with the project supervisor by phone or via e-mail.
There are contact details in the summary of the vacant position.
The application deadline is indicated in the summary of the vacant position; it’s usually 30 days from the day of posting of the vacancy on the website.
You will need to bring the original documents anyway. All further procedures will be carried out by the University.
Yes, and there are several ways to do that. First – a business trip. As an employee of the University, the Postdoc has an opportunity to take part in the “Academic mobility” competition; and as an employee of the laboratory, the Postdoc has a right to attend conferences, do internships, and go on business trips to perform work on the project at the expense of the laboratory. Second – vacation. A Postdoc is granted 28 calendar days of paid vacation per annum, as are all citizens of the Russian Federation; in this case you would travel at your own expense.
The Postdoctoral Programme of Tomsk State University may only be completed once. But you have different opportunities to continue work on your research program. The first way is to obtain a postdoс position in another university, but of course you will have to participate in the competition according to the standard procedure. The second is to stay on the staff of Tomsk State University and continue work on the same research project but in the capacity of a lecturer or a research scholar, if hired.
This type of double position, e.g., concurrent employment, is possible, but you should remember that there are extra responsibilities connected with extra jobs. In this case the obligations to produce academic products will increase (for example, the minimum number of scientific articles necessary for an annual report).
Yes, the University will pay for your trip from the city where you currently work to Tomsk.
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