Postdoctoral Fellow in Sports Economics / Operations Research in Sports

Laboratory of Sports Studies in Moscow, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of Sports Economics / Operations Research in Sports.

The position involves:

– working under the direct supervision of Dr. Dmitry Dagaev on tournament design topics;

– participants are encouraged to pursue their own research along with working on Laboratory of Sports Studies research projects such as:

* Scheduling the Russian Premier League;

* Optimization of referee assignments;

* Estimation of in-game strategies

– writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the members of the Laboratory of Sports Studies;

– participation in the events of the Laboratory of Sports Studies and other contribution to the Laboratory’s development;

– public presentations of candidate’s own research to the academic community.


– Candidates must hold a recent PhD in the field of Mathematics, Operations Research, Computer Science, Economics or related areas which was awarded over the last 5 years.

– Candidates should have a strong background in applied mathematics, game theory, operations research, computer science, or related fields, ability to conduct independent research as well as collaborate with the members of the Laboratory.

– It is expected that the candidate is familiar with the principles of some of the most popular sports. For example, the ability to model a penalty kick with a two-person simultaneous game is highly desirable, whereas it is not required to know who is Magnus Carlsen or Maria Lasitskene.

– Fluent English is an obligatory condition as research and other activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of Russian is not required.


– Appointments are made for one year. Postdoctoral fellows have high opportunity of renewal of the contract (no more than two times) in case of outstanding performance.

– HSE University offers postdoctoral fellows a competitive salary, the standard medical insurance plan, a working space equipped with a computer and free Internet access at the University.

– The Laboratory of Sports Studies offers access to its databases.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online at

Please provide a CV, a statement of research interest and a recent research paper via the online application form. At least two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the International Faculty Recruitment Office at [email protected] before the application deadline. Please note that direct applications to the hiring Laboratory of Sports Studies may not be reviewed. 

The deadline for the applications is January 31, 2022.


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Head of Laboratory of Sports Studies – Dr. Dmitry Dagaev ([email protected]) – about the Laboratory

International Faculty Recruitment Office ([email protected]) – about the Postdoctoral Fellowship

International Faculty Support – ([email protected]) – about international specialists’ life in Moscow