Post-doctoral programs

The Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is a subdivision of Ural Federal University, which engages in educational, scientific, innovative, social and educational activities. The fundamental nature, a lot of practical tasks, involvement of scientists, and the students’ participation in scientific activities are the keys elements of our education.


The integration of education and research ensures the competitiveness of graduates in employment market in the field of natural science and related applied areas. An important task of the Institute is to attract talented young people to form a community of teachers, students and graduates.


Our student community includes winners and prize-winners of National Olympiads and competitions in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, and prize-winners of world championships in programming and information security.


Our graduates are experts in such fields as high technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, space, military defence, clinical diagnostics and genetics. They work in institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences, research and expert laboratories, industrial corporations, leading computer companies and universities in Russia and abroad.


The Institute conducts fundamental and applied research, carries out expertise in different areas, including education. It integrates specialists in the international academic community, initiates and implements international research projects. The Institute provides work centres for collective use and popularizes scientific knowledge among the population. The main research areas of the Institute are:


• Mathematical and computer modelling of physicochemical processes in multiphase media;

• Mathematical modelling in physiology and medicine;

• Theory of automata and formal languages;

• Advanced materials, nanotechnology and physical instrument making;

• Bioresources, biotechnologies, physiology and fundamental medicine, bioinformatics;

• Information and telecommunication systems;

• Information processing and analysis technologies;

• Space physics.


The research work is based in the departments, laboratories, Research Institute of Physics and Applied Mathematics, research and educational centres, collective use centres, Kourovka Astronomical Observatory, Botanical Garden, Biological Station, Centre for Fundamental Biotechnology and Bioengineering.

titleIn 2014 the Ural Federal University launched the annual “UrFU PostDoc” contest to support research projects carried out by young promising international scientists at UrFU. The main objective of the contest is to select the most promising research projects developed at the UrFU Competence Centers, as well as to attract talented young international scientists for the development of such projects.

The contest supports projects in the following fields: information technologies, energy and resource saving, flexible technologies and new materials and living systems and health. The contest is divided into two stages: project contest and post-doctoral candidate contest. The candidates have to be researchers under 35 years of age, that have defended a PhD thesis no longer than 7 years before the announcement of the contest, with a good knowledge of English and publications in journals indexed in Scopus and Web of Science databases.

In the 2014 edition of the contest 14 international scientist were chosen from 10 different countries: China, France, India, Egypt, Germany, Ukraine, USA, Japan, Italy and Malaysia.

Here are some of the postdocs currently working at our Institute:

Dr. Paul Andrew Boley

    PhD: High-resolution studies of circumstellar material around massive young stellar objects, Heidelberg University, Germany
    Project at UrFU: Observational studies of massive star formation and circumstellar material around young stellar objects
    UrFU Department and Institute: Kourovka Astronomical Observatory, Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Dr. Yuliya Khrunyk

    PhD: The use of FLP-mediated recombination for the functional analysis of an effector gene family in the biotrophic smut fungus Ustilago maydis, Phillip University of Marburg, Germany
    Project at UrFU: Bioavailability of titanium-based implants
    UrFU Department and Institute: Centre of Joint Use, Laboratory of Structural Methods of Analysis and Properties of Materials and Nanomaterials, Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

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