Open Rank Positions in Mining Engineering, School of Mining and Geosciences


Academic Fields:

Mining engineering
Mineral processing
Mine planning
Mineral economics
Drilling and blasting
Mine ventilation

The School of Mining and Geosciences at the Nazarbayev University invites applications for faculty members at Open Rank Level. The successful candidate must have a PhD degree within Mining Engineering or a closely related discipline with a proven research track record and teaching experience commensurate with appointment rank.

Applications are encouraged from candidates with expertise in core of mineral processing, mine planning and optimization, mineral economics, drilling and blasting, mining sustainability and environment. Workload is distributed between (1) teaching, (2) research and (3) service activities: (1) contribution in the design, development, delivery and review of courses for newly established Mining Engineering Program as well as sustain a high-quality delivery of teaching; (2) be able to lead and coordinate research within the specified areas and act as principal investigator in research projects at international level; (3) perform administrative duties as allocated by the University and contribute significantly to the mission of the University by representing the School.

Excellent communication skills and English fluency are required.

Nazarbayev University was launched in 2010 as the premier national and regional research university, partnering with some of the most internationally recognized names in Higher Education. The School of Mining and Geosciences was established in 2016 and aims to educate tomorrow’s earth science leaders for Kazakhstan, the region and the world. The NU campus is located in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, in the heart of the new and ultra-modern Left-Bank region of the city. Incoming faculty will enjoy a cosmopolitan living experience, interwoven with traditional cultural influences in food and entertainment. 
The appointment is a 3-year renewable contract subject to annual performance reviews. An attractive remuneration package for international faculty members includes:

    • internationally competitive salary;
    • annual holiday leave of 56 calendar days;
    • two flights for the appointee and dependents to home country per year;
    • international health insurance;
    • rent-free apartment for the appointee and dependents; and,
    • relocation allowance including air fares for the appointee and dependents.


Review of applications begins on April 29, 2019. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV, together with the names and contact details of two referees by April 26, 2019 to