Assistant Professor, Political Science (Russian Studies)

This position, focusing on Russian foreign and/or security policy, requires a dual academic expertise in International Relations and Russia. While the research theme remains open, Sciences Po seeks a candidate with specialized proficiency in International Relations (IR), capable of contributing to IR theoretical, empirical, and methodological debates, coupled with a robust regional expertise. The position will be based at Sciences Po’s Center for International Studies (CERI), which has a large pool of researchers working on international relations and areas studies.

Candidates’ research themes may encompass: Russian foreign and/or security policy: diplomatic practices and/or defense policy; bureaucratic politics of foreign policy; the role and/or style of foreign policy; conceptions of power projection from both material and ideational perspectives; international ramifications of national ideologies; the effects of Russian foreign and security policies on the Earth system; relations with major international groupings such as the US, NATO, the EU, China, and/or India; relations with Russia’s near abroad from an international relations perspective; positions within or with regard to multilateral bodies, etc.

Through their publications, candidates must demonstrate their ability to conduct innovative and internationally recognized (or potentially recognized) research. They should also showcase their engagement in international academic networks and willingness to contribute to CERI’s ongoing research programs. CERI prioritizes candidates with publications in international academic journals and/or with recognized university presses, alongside the ability to contextualize their work within the broader field of social sciences and a solid understanding of Russia in terms of its history, language, and culture.

The capacity to secure external funding for research programs will be considered an additional

The application must include the following documents:

  • A cover letter specifying how the candidate meets the selection criteria (max. 3 pages);
  • A detailed CV with a complete list of publications;
  • Copy of doctoral diploma;
  • 3 prominent publications (PDF);
  • A synopsis of 2 potential courses that the applicant might credibly teach (at Bachelor and
    Master level) and, if possible, student evaluations of courses already taught;
  • A description of the research project the candidate intends to carry on if recruited at Sciences
    Po (3.000 words max).

Applications must be submitted via email by May 15, 2024, to The selection committee will examine all applications and proceed to a short list of 3-4 candidates who will be invited to present their research at a “Job Talk” before the members of the Sciences Po faculty.

Sciences Po is an employer that respects equal opportunities and is committed to ensuring a balanced representation of gender, geographic areas, and minorities. Applications from women are particularly welcome.

Learn more about the position’s duties and more on the Sciences Po Job Openings page.