Professor of biology or neuroscience (open rank) at the multidisciplinary School of Advanced Studies
The School of Advanced Studies (SAS), a new and rapidly growing elite institution at the University of Tyumen (Siberia), is recruiting professors (open rank) in biology (including evolutionary biology) and neuroscience. SAS is an English-language school whose distinctive feature is the organization of research around multidisciplinary projects involving social sciences, life sciences, humanities and IT (https://sas.utmn.ru/en/). The incoming professors can either join the existing team projects described below or form their own new projects with incoming faculty from other disciplines at the project design session in March 2019 (see info on the previous such session here: https://sas.utmn.ru/en/project-design-session-2018-en/).
The incoming professors may also receive a joint appointment with X-Bio: Institute for Environmental and Ecological Biology at the University of Tyumen, which will be extending its scope to become an Institute of Life Sciences in the coming years. The direction of the development of both SAS and X-Bio’s research agenda will reflect research interests of their new faculty. Both institutions are central to the University of Tyumen strategy supported by the Russian Academic Excellence project https://5top100.ru/en/.
Successful candidates will be asked to teach at SAS liberal arts and sciences undergraduate program as well as, in case of a joint appointment, at X-Bio international MA programs. Successful candidates will receive European-level salaries, health insurance and research travel funds, as well as access to available lab equipment. Receiving an internal grant to purchase equipment the university does not have will also be an option. Some information on the city of Tyumen is available here: https://sas.utmn.ru/en/siberia-light/.
Please send a CV, three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing your academic itinerary and research plans in the framework of an existing or a new multidisciplinary team project via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until December 15, 2018.
Existing SAS projects looking for a biologist or a neuroscientist:
Free Will: Implications of State-Of-The-Art Research in Natural Sciences for Humanities and Social Sciences https://sas.utmn.ru/en/free-will-en/
The team’s ideal candidate would be a neurobiologist interested in conducting Libet-like experiments or other brain-monitoring experiments with equipment that is available in Tyumen (for instance EEG and Electromyoneurography (EMNG)). It is expected that fMRI will be available in a neighboring city through a partnership; there are funds available for purchasing additional equipment depending on the successful candidate’s field of expertise. Another interesting possibility is consciousness-related research building on work of G. Edelman, S. Dehaene etc. Motivated by the demand for more precise concepts in neuroscience as recently published in Science (P. Stern, 2017, Vol. 358:465), the philosophers in the team will, in close collaboration with the (neuro)biologists, elaborate a model of consciousness and free will. Following an interdisciplinary exchange, new experiments will be designed by the team to test and enhance the model. This work will interface with physicists investigating, notably, the validity of quantum mechanics in neuronal systems (often used to justify the existence of free will). Finally, implications of these science-based investigations for human and social sciences will be studied by relevant experts.
Citizenship Under Conflict: Reimagining Political Belonging https://sas.utmn.ru/en/citizenship-under-conflict-en/
The team is looking for a civic-minded biologist or neuroscientist who is interested in studying how natural environments and brain structures impact the desire of people to actively participate in community affairs, civil society, and/or political life. Alternately, we would also welcome a biologist who is interested in researching how the evolution of the Anthropocene has influenced the conceptualization of the identity, rights and duties of “proper citizens” in different countries.