Organizational constitution and structure

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Management of the StrAU is implemented with a matrix approach through transformation, restructuring and administrative reassignment of duties of the acting research and academic structural units within the established priority areas of KFU’s development, as defined at the first stage of “Road Map” of Programme for Enhancing KFU’s Competitive Ranking (2013-2014).

The StrAU is based on the priority area “Infocommunications and Aerospace Technologies”.

The Institute of Physics is the backbone institute for the StrAU “Astrochallenge” acting as a key (binding) element of the forming consortium.

The major management levels include the Rector as a supervisor, the StrAU as a division, department (laboratory, centre).

Interaction of the major units:

  • the StrAU supervisor develops its Roadmap according to the KFU Roadmap.
  • the StrAU Roadmap is presented for the review by the Directorate of KFU Program for Enhancing Its Competitive Ranking after the approval of its collegiate body. The overall budget, major KPIs and the StrAU calendar plan are to be approved in the framework of the Roadmap.

Supervisor of the StrAU:

  • shall recruit staff on the basis of internal and external competition program, sets KPIs and attainable goals for departments, laboratories and project groups within the scope of approved budget;
  • participates in the development of Roadmaps of institutes and faculties included in the StrAU and introduces offers for their amendment in compliance with the StrAU goals;
  • performs monthly monitoring of the subordinate subdivisions in terms of the StrAU Roadmap execution.

Directorate of KFU’s Program for Enhancing Its Competitive Ranking considers the implementation of the StrAU Roadmap every three months, if necessary, introduces amendments to its budget and target indicators.

Hence, the supervisor and collegiate authority of the StrAU Roadmap have exclusive financial and organizational powers in making crucial decisions.

The role and the intended forms of interaction between organizational units. The University Roadmap –> the StrAU Roadmap   –> order for the creation of a department (Centre, Laboratory, Unit) with the corresponding requirements specification, KPIs, estimate, staff profile and calendar plan.

Types of the major organizational units in the management structure (departments, research and academic centers, offices, academic programs, laboratories, etc.). Currently, the basic institute includes the following administrative units related to the StrAU “Astrochallenge”:

  • the Institute of Physics:
  • Division of Astrophysics and Satellite Geodesy;
  • Division of Radiophysics and Infocommunications;
  • Department of Theory of Relativity and Gravitation at the Division of Physics;
  • Academic and Research Centre of Space Research and Technologies (Engelhardt Astronomical Observatory, Academic and Research Facility “RadiophysicalProving Ground”);
  • Centre of Gravitation, Astrophysics and Cosmology (Research Laboratory “Cosmology”, OpenLab “X-Ray Astronomy”);
  • Centre for Space Research and Technologies (Research Laboratory “Research of quick-changing processes in the Universe, Research Laboratory “Research of Near Space”);
  • Cluster of applied research (Research Laboratory “SHF Engineering and Radiotelecommunications, Research Laboratory “Inertial Autonomous Navigational Systems”, Research Laboratory “Kinetic energy accumulators”, Research Laboratory “Fractal Antennas and Antenna Arrays“);

Moreover, in  the foreseeable future we expect to establish new structural elements of the StrAU, such as Office for Relations with the United Rocket and Space Corporation (Space Agencies); Laboratory of  Solar Energy; Laboratory of Space Planet Research, Laboratory of Asteroid and Meteorite Security, Laboratory of Space Ecology, Laboratory of Space Geodesy, Laboratory of Space Instrument Engineering, Laboratory of Space Technologies for Management of Territorial Development, Laboratory of Information Support of Space Activities; Centre of Astronomic Youth Creativity, Centre of Global Astronomic Heritage under the auspices of UNESCO and other academic and research centres, research laboratories and research divisions.

Staff profile of the StrAU:

The overall number of employees of the basic institute engaged with the StrAU “Astrochallenge” is 150 people including 65 faculty members.

The list of major units participating in the StrAU as consortium members but not included in the organizational structure.

The following KFU units will be engaged with the StrAU “Astrochallenge” (without direct inclusion in the structure of the basic institute) as consortium members:

– NikolayLobachevsky Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics (Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Modelling);

– Institute of Computing Mathematics and Information Technologies (Department of Applied Mathematics, Department of System Analysis and IT);

– Institute of Management, Economics and Finance (Department of Geography and Cartography);

– Institute of  Environmental Sciences (Department of Landscape Ecology, Department of Meteorology, Climate Science and Atmosphere Ecology, Modelling of Ecological Systems);

– Institute of Geology and Petroleum Technologies (Department of Geophysics and Geoinformation Technologies).

Staff number of the StrAU “Astrochallenge” counts up to 250 people, including those from the above-mentioned structural units participating in the consortium.

The core function of the backbone institute of the StrAU covers administrative and financial support of the StrAU activities. Interaction with the other consortium units will be aligned with the system of collegiate and executive bodies of the StrAU.