Faculty Position in International Relations or Regional Studies

Department of International Relations and Regional Studies
Job Type
Applicant Type
All citizens
Type of Position
Closing Date
Nov 28, 2022

KIMEP University

College of Social Sciences (CSS)

Department of International Relations and Regional Studies

Faculty Position in International Relations or Regional Studies effective from August 2022.


Position Summary

KIMEP University College of Social Sciences, Department of International Relations & Regional Studies, invites applications for a faculty position (Assistant/Associate/ Full Professor rank) in the International Relations area.

KIMEP University offers its faculty members one-year contracts, renewable by mutual agreement. The starting date for this position is 15 August or as soon as possible thereafter.

Responsibilities include teaching, research, scholarly activities, advising, field liaison and service. For this position, preference will be given to candidates who show an interest in serving as director of the China and Central Asia Studies Center and whose profile fits that role.

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs and teaches academic and theoretic courses in International Relation. It seeks to hire a productive and cooperative colleague who will bring new perspectives to theory, research and practice in the field of International Relations and Politics. The China and Central Asia Studies Center has been founded in 2017. It employs one staff coordinator and organizes public lectures and online lectures, liaises with partner universities, hosts visiting researchers and, generally, facilitates research in China-Central Asia relations. The director of the center is entitled to a reduced teaching load. 


Minimum Qualifications

Expertise is desired in at least two of the following areas of International Relations: Chinese Domestic and Geo-Politics, Chinese Economic Policy, The Economy and Geo-Politics of East Asia, Central Asia, Political Economy and Security Studies. Familiarity with CIS countries or similar international experience is welcome.

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in International Relations, Political Science, Regional Studies or another relevant field from an internationally-recognized, accredited university.  Applicants should be able to teach in English.

Applicants for position should have at least 3-5 years of teaching experiences in reputable universities and extensive professional experience in the field of major areas. ABD’s will be considered who meet the position qualifications and include in their application materials a letter from the dissertation chair confirming defense date prior to the position’s start date.


Preferred Qualifications

Experience with remote or online course design and teaching is an added benefit.


The College of Social Sciences

The College of Social Science has a faculty of 20 full-time and ten part-time faculty members and three dedicated administrative staff. The College includes the departments of Media and Communications, Public Administration, International Relations and Economics. 


KIMEP University

KIMEP University is the leading American-style, internationally accredited, English-speaking academic institution in the region. It provides a world-class academic experience and a unique international environment to all its students and faculty members. KIMEP University was established in 1992 and has built a very strong reputation as a leading provider of higher education. All graduate and undergraduate programs are accredited by at least one recognized international accreditation agency. Academic programs are regularly rated in the top rankings by national bodies.


Almaty, Kazakhstan

The city of Almaty is situated at the base of the majestic Tien Shan mountains in southeast Kazakhstan. About 2 million people live in or near Almaty because it is the financial, cultural, summer and winter sports and cosmopolitan capital of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is located in the heart of Eurasia with important commercial inroads bridging Asia and Europe. Forming part of the Silk Road of the 21st century, Kazakhstan offers unique opportunities in finance, oil and gas, economic development, and trade. Kazakhstan has a dynamic economic, social, educational and cultural environment that provides great opportunities for research. 



Rank and salary are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Compensation after ­tax compares favorably with net salaries in western countries.

Limited on campus housing is available to rent or help in finding off campus housing. In addition to salary, a benefit package includes basic healthcare insurance, reduced tuition rates for KIMEP courses, and a subsidy for relocation allowance. New faculty members are provided with a reduced teaching schedule during the first semester. Summer paid teaching is typically available.

The salary will be subject to deduction of taxes (10% Personal Income tax in general) as required by the Law of Kazakhstan.


Application Process

Please submit your application and the following documents to KIMEP University HR Portal (via "Apply" button): 


Short­listed candidates are required to submit 2 referees’ names/contact.

Please attach your teaching evaluation forms for the last 2 semesters.


Closing dates for submission of applications:

The position remains open until filled. Applications received by November 28, 2022 (Monday, 11 59 pm based on Almaty time) are guaranteed full consideration.


Personal data provided by applicants will be kept confidential and used for recruitment purpose only.

Only short­listed candidates will be informed and invited for interviews with the search committee.

Address any related questions to our HR Officer:   or to the Dean Gerald Pech: