Gulnar has been associated with her alma mater since graduating as Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences in the Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, her Diploma having been awarded at the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute. She has held positions of Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs, Director of the Academic Affairs Department, Head of Department, Vice-Director of the Institute for Training of Higher Education Teachers, and Director of the Kazakh-Indian Center of Information Technologies.

Gulnar has also held positions of Dean of Faculty of Information Technologies, and Head of the Educational Center at the Kazakh-British Technical University (Almaty, Kazakhstan); and Director of the Republican Institute for the Development of Leading and Research-Pedagogic Staff, Branch “Өrleu” (Almaty, Kazakhstan).