Head of Department position for Civil Engineering at the School of Engineering


Head of Department position for Civil Engineering at the School of Engineering,

Nazarbayev University in Astana

 Nazarbayev University is a new Western style, English-speaking university established in 2011. The University is well-endowed with substantial support from the government and aspire to be a top research University in the region.


Nazarbayev University’s School of Engineering invites applications for a full-time Head of Department in Civil Engineering to begin in August 2018. The successful applicant is expected to provide leadership in all aspects of the department including the academic programs as well as the research activities of the department. The Head of Department manages the academic staff and teaching assistants and is the primary responsible person for human resource management. In view of the expansion of the Department and the School, the Head of Department will be involved heavily in capacity building in terms of infrastructure and staff. The Head of Department is a standing member of the School Board and reports to the Dean of the School.

Required qualifications: a Ph.D. degree from a reputed university in Civil Engineering or a closely related field. The successful candidate should have significant academic leadership capabilities and possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills. He/she should demonstrate relevant experience in academic program development. The Head of Department is encouraged to participate in research and teaching activities. 

The NU campus is located in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, in the heart of the new and 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 social life offers a rich and vibrant atmosphere with excellent clubs and restaurants, theatre, music, opera, dancing, museums, modern and traditional bazaar shopping, professional and amateur sports, outdoor recreation, and much more.

Initial appointment is on a 3-year renewable contract and subsequent appointments can be 5-year/3-year renewable subject to annual performance reviews. An attractive internationally competitive remuneration package will include:

  • Internationally competitive salary;
  • A startup grant for for building the appointee’s research program;
  • Paid Holiday leave of 56 days per annum;
  • Two round trip flights for the appointee and dependants home per annum;
  • International health insurance;
  • Rent-free housing for the appointee and dependants;
  • Assistance for relocation expenses including shipment allowance and air fares for the appointee and dependants;
  • and an educational allowance for dependent children.


Review of applications begins in March, 2018 and continues until positions are filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Interested candidates are encouraged to find out more about NUSENG at seng.nu.edu.kz and departmental information at www.nuece.info.


Applications require a cover letter, C.V., teaching statement, research statement, copies of three best papers, a selected list of not more than 20 best publications, and three letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review. Email the applications to the Dean of the School, Professor Charles Surya through online submission form available at https://seng.nu.edu.kz/home/working-here/academic-openings/.