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Lecturer in “Eastern European and Russian Studies”

JOB TITLE: Lecturer in Eastern European and Russian Studies
DEPARTMENT: Department of Political and Strategic Studies
SUPERVISOR: Director of Department of Political and Strategic Studies
LOCATION: Tartu, Estonia
SALARY: 30 000 – 42 000 EUR per annum (gross)
CONTRACT: Temporary (substitution of an employee who is absent due to paternity leave)
Deadline for applications: 09 June 2021 at noon (GMT 3)
Interviews anticipated: 14-18 June 2021
Expected starting date: 02 August 2021

The Baltic Defence College is a modern, future-oriented, English-language based international institution of the Baltic states providing professional military education with a wider Baltic region focus and Euro-Atlantic scope. The college serves as a professional military education institution at the operational and strategic level, applying contemporary educational principles, effective management and best use of intellectual and material resources. Our mission is to educate military and security/defence related civilian personnel of the Baltic States as well as their allies and partners, to contribute to applied research focused on security and defence policies while promoting international cooperation and networking. For more details see:

We are looking for a lecturer to teach, plan and co-ordinate modules of our courses (operational and strategic level) in the area of Eastern European and Russian Studies. This person will educate officers and selected civil servants of NATO/EU nations and PfP countries and contribute to their professional development. His or her contribution to our applied research and conduct of conferences and seminars will be appreciated.

He or she will be entitled to benefit from our attractiveness programme (i.e. funding of professional development, re-allocation support, limited initial lodging at low cost if available, free use of sports facilities). BALTDEFCOL employees are fully covered by Estonian medical insurance.



  1. Under Department Director’s supervision and responsibility, acts as a coordinator of the Baltic Defence College’s Annual Conference on Russia.
  2. Contributes to modules, electives and/or classes to students of all courses in the area of Eastern European and Russian Studies.
  3. Acts as a source of expertise in the area of Eastern European and Russian Studies to BALTDEFCOL staff and students in the execution of their tasks and assignments
  4. Participates in the supervision and assessment of academic assignments given to students.



  1. Contributes to academic events of BALTDEFCOL (e.g. conferences, seminars, round tables) within the area of expertise.
  2. Represents BALTDEFCOL at external activities (e.g. conferences, seminars, courses) related to the field of expertise.
  3. Networks with relevant educational and research institutions.



1. Essential qualifications

  • Advanced academic degree in Political Science, International Relations, Strategic Studies, War Studies or related field;
  • Expertise regarding Russia, especially Russian history, politics and foreign policy, and countries in Eastern Europe;
  • Experience in delivering teaching in an academic environment particularly applied knowledge;
  • Experience in conducting research in the fields of relevance to the position;
  • Language: English (Proficient User: C1 or a comparable language performance profile) and Russian (Independent User: B2 or a comparable language performance profile).

2. Desirable qualifications

  • A doctoral degree;
  • Experience of working and co-operating in a military environment;
  • Experience of convening and coordinating academic events;
  • Eloquence in communicating his/her thoughts and ideas to a critical audience;
  • Flexibility, creativity, dynamism and a result-oriented approach to duties;
  • Ability to both act as a part of a team and pursue individual initiatives and tasks.

Please send your Application Letter and Curriculum Vitae (both in English) to the Head of Human Resources and Administration Section, Ms. Kadri Nestra at [].

The Baltic Defence College is an equal opportunities employer.



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