Department of Geosciences, Geography Unit, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

This four-year PhD position (100%) is part of a Swiss National Science Foundation grant titled 'Timescapes of ice: Soviet glacier science in Central Asia, 1950s-1980s'. The PhD student will explore the social and material practices of Soviet glaciological research on Abramov glacier (Kyrgyzstan) and Tuyuk-Su glacier (Kazakhstan) in Central Asia between the 1950s and the 1980s. Application deadline 15 October 2020. 

Job description

  • Archival and library fieldwork in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Publication of one or more scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Writing up of PhD thesis (monograph or publication-based)
  • Co-organisation of conference panels and international conference
  • Support of PI in grant administration


  • A Master’s degree with specialization in historical geography, environmental history, history of science, Russian/Soviet history or other relevant fields
  • Evidence of publication capacity
  • Strong background in social theory
  • Interest and ability to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary manner
  • Native speaker or fluent in Russian, very good language skills in English

Conditions of employment

The initial appointment will be for 12 months extendible to 4 years. Gross salary is in the range of 47-50K CHF per year (100%) and follows the salary scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Starting date: 1 February 2021

Application Please submit the following documents as a single PDF file by Email to Mrs Nicole Equey:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Publication list and one sample writing (e.g. Master thesis, scientific article)
  • Names and contact information of two referees

Deadline for application: 15 October 2020
Interviews: late October 2020

All inquiries should be directed to Christine Bichsel by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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