ISSAI - Institute of Smart Systems and Artificial Intelligence

Driver of research and innovation in the digital sphere of Kazakhstan

About institute

Institute of Smart Systems and Artificial Intelligence (ISSAI) was founded in September 2019 to serve as the driver of research and innovation in the digital sphere of Kazakhstan with the focus on AI research. Located at the C4 Research Building of Nazarbayev University, ISSAI conducts interdisciplinary research on machine intelligence for solving real-world problems of industry and society. ISSAI aims to develop a national capacity for research in Artificial Intelligence incorporating the experience of exemplars from Asia, Europe and the United States. ISSAI provides an agile framework for research, innovation and collaboration with national and international partners in education, industry and government and contributes to the digital ecosystem of Kazakhstan in the advancement of national development goals.

About Institute


Research projects

Our Team

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The Institute for Smart Systems and Artificial Intelligence (ISSAI) was founded to provide a framework for collaboration, to develop new ideas and technologies which could have an impact on the society and economy. We believe that academic excellence and interdisciplinary collaboration fosters the professional growth of researchers, engineers and students. Join our team of experts and pave the way to innovation!

Open positions

Research Assistant

Title of project: AI applications of dietary interventions
Duration of project: 2 months (from May 2023 to July 2023)

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To conduct literature reviews
  • To tabulate data and to input information in 3 languages: Kazakh, English, Russian
  • In consultation with the Project Lead, to help to evaluate dietary recommendations according to evidence-based guidelines
  • To provide support for dissemination of scientific outputs (e.g. conferences, manuscripts)


  • Have a good understanding of diet-related disorders
  • At least be effectively bilingual/ trilingual in any of the following languages: English, Kazakh & Russian. Fluency in Chinese will also be considered
  • A good background in health and nutrition related areas is preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent critical thinking skills to support the research project
  • Have good attention to detail to ensure all research documents are accurate at all times.
  • Good typing skills and be able to commit to at least 8 hours per day


  • Payment according to the Nazarbayev University regulations

How to apply: send CV and transcript to
Topic Nutrition RA
Deadline: Friday May 5, 2023; 5:00pm.

Candidate must be available for interview (in person) for the week starting 8 May 2023.

Summer intern

Summer Intern

We invite undergraduate and graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds to conduct internships at the Institute of Smart Systems and Artificial Intelligence. An intern will work collaboratively with our data scientists and post-doctoral researchers on ISSAI projects, and gain first-hand experience with state-of-the art computational facilities. Internships can be either on a paid or unpaid (potentially credit-bearing) basis, depending on the educational level and skills of the applicants. The average duration of an internship is six to eight weeks; the minimum duration of an internship is one month. Interested candidates should apply by sending their intended period of internship, resume, transcript and one paragraph describing their skills and research interests to

Visiting researcher

Summer Intern

We welcome individuals with backgrounds in Computer Science, Data Science, Applied Mathematics, Robotics or related fields to join ISSAI as Visiting Researchers. A Visiting Researcher will have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects, co-author impactful publications, gain experience in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, learn how to use advanced AI servers, as well as enjoy the vibrant academic environment of Nazarbayev University. The position is compensated based on the highest academic degree, and the minimum duration of stay is three months. Interested candidates should apply by sending their curriculum vitae, transcripts, and a cover letter highlighting their research interests and intended period of stay to