About Professorship track

ITMO University Professorship track extends to a variety of fields and is open to highly qualified professionals who hold a doctorate degree and are affiliated with World’s Top Universities.

We are looking for distinguished professionals that are willing to develop a new cutting-edge scientific area or to give a new impulse to one of the ITMO University research directions in already existing teams. We expect the participants to create a sufficient knowledge base and sustainable research ecosystem that will support future collaboration in the area of their expertise. ITMO University will provide the professors with access to talent source and advanced research equipment.

In case of sabbatical, participants may as well benefit from this program, thus enhancing the international experience and expanding their professional network.

Contract period: from 1 to 2 years, no less than 4 months of physical presence at ITMO per year. The 2nd-year extension is subject to mutual agreement between the Professor and ITMO University.


  • PhD holders; for holders of Russian PhD: minimum 3 years of international experience in world's leading universities
  • Without prior employment history at ITMO University
  • Associate or Full Professor position (or similar) at one of the world's leading universities preferable
  • Proven professional record as PI (principal investigator) preferable
  • H-index from 20 (with total SJR of (co-)authored publications for the last 5 years: from 30) preferable
  • Other criteria, such as professional awards and intellectual property portfolio, will be considered on a competitive basis.

Expected Results (KPIs)

  • Number of publications (in Web of Science and Scopus databases): no less than 4 per year in collaboration with ITMO researchers (young scientists and MSc preferable)
  • Cumulative SJR of the publications with ITMO affiliation: no less than 4 in the first year of the project and 10 in the second year of the project
  • Participation in the major international scientific conferences as a speaker representing ITMO University: no less than 1 in the first year, and 2 in the second year
  • Establishing an effective management structure (together with a collaborator from ITMO University) for a team of 5+ members OR a Small Innovative Enterprise, including ITMO University faculty and young scientists (PhD and MSc students) that can also function to sustain research after the project has finished 
  • Supervision (co-supervision with ITMO University professor) of master's thesis (with co-publishing of research results ): no less than 1 per year
  • Short-term courses of research-related lectures
  • Application for the additional funding in the relevant research area: external funding, including but not limited to international research grants: no less than 2 per year with a minimum of 6 000 000 rubles funding each (equivalent approx. to 82 304 USD)*.

*According to USD to Russian Rouble average exchange rate in March 2020.

Please note: ITMO Fellowship and Professorship Program deliverables cannot be accepted for the purposes of reporting on deliverables of other programs.


1 192 000 RUB per year** (before taxes, equivalent approx. to 16 351 USD)* 

Additional allowance: 200 000 RUB per year.*** (equivalent approx. to 2 743 USD)* 


*According to USD to Russian Rouble average exchange rate in March 2020.

** Please note that the first day of work is the day of receiving of work permit in St. Petersburg or a date stated in the work contract.

*** Additional allowance can be used for:

  • purchasing equipment and materials required for the prospective research;
  • business trips to major international conferences as a speaker (only round trips from/to St. Petersburg are acceptable);
  • publishing fees in high-ranked open access journals

Please note: the money not used in the current year cannot be transferred to the consecutive year.

How to Apply

You may find the step-by-step instruction in the "Application" section. 

Applications are processed according to the deadlines. Please check “Dates and results” for the relevant information.

We expect successful candidates to start their work at ITMO University within 6 months after the winners are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact us.