Senior Research Fellow position in UCA

Feb. 24, 2020

The Senior Research Fellow will have a proven track record of obtaining and managing research grants and leading and conducting team-based research projects, particularly within a trans-disciplinary environment with special focus on natural resources and effects of changing climate in mountain ecosystems. The geographic focus will initially be in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and northern Afghanistan, with later investigations extending throughout Central Asia, depending on funding. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director of MSRI to support its long-term vision in Central Asia related to sustainable management of natural resources, food security, natural hazards and associated disaster risk mitigation, sustainable water supplies, land degradation, and social dynamics;
  • Manage his/her project portfolio;
  • Assist other MSRI staff members in managing and reporting on their projects in consultation with the Director;
  • Assist in strategically guiding and supporting the MSRI research team;
  • Strengthening new research programs and academics at regional developing universities;
  • Secure funding for and conducting research;
  • Cultivate new partnerships with international and regional funding agencies, as well as synergistic collaborations with research institutes, international universities, and development agencies that will enhance MSRI’s presence in the region;
  • Teach in programmes offered by MSRI;
  • Lecture in UCA’s undergraduate Earth and Environmental Sciences programme at Khorog;
  • Engage students in MSRI’s research programs.



  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • Knowledge of Russian, Tajik, Kyrgyz or Kazakh, or a second European language will be an asset.

How to Apply



About the employer

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of the University and His Highness is the Chancellor. UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain communities, by offering an internationally recognized standard of higher education, and enabling the peoples of the region to preserve their rich cultural heritage as assets for the future. UCA brings with it the broader commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network. For more information: