Post-doc and PhD position on the history of Soviet glaciology in Central Asia


University of Fribourg


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Start Date

Monday, February 1, 2021

Four-year positions on the history of Soviet glaciology in Central Asia at the Department of Geosciences, Geography Unit, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

These positions are part of a Swiss National Science Foundation grant titled “Timescapes of ice: Soviet glacier science in Central Asia, 1950s-1980s”. 

The postdoctoral researcher will carry out research on the history of Soviet glaciology by exploring its background in Imperial Russian sciences, its establishment and institutionalization during the Soviet Union, its scientific and political discourses, and its sites and research practices in Central Asia.

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.