Full- or Part-Time Research Project coordinator (f/m/d)

Open for Employee Referral
Application deadline: 
Open until filled
Starting date: 
As soon as possible

The Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office (ACRO) at the Central European University wishes to appoint an outstanding person to fill the position of a Full (40 hours/week) or Part-Time (30 hours/week) Research Project Coordinator.

The successful candidate will play an active role in proposal writing for obtaining Austrian and international research grants and managing externally and internally funded research projects. ACRO's mission is to purposefully connect teaching, research, funding, and management in line with CEU strategic priorities. We do this through establishing beneficial and sustainable partnerships; encouraging and supporting CEU academic staff to obtain internal and external funding; acting as interface between academic and administrative partners and thus successfully and efficiently coordinating complex tasks related to project management; and contributing to doctoral education with special focus on improving employability through acquiring teaching, research and project management skills.

Our team is located in two cities, Budapest and Vienna.


Your duties and responsibilities: 

  • Acts as the institutional contact person with assigned donors, monitors their funding opportunities, and understands their priorities and their relevance to CEU.
  • Advertises open calls for proposals to CEU academic community and holds information sessions.
  • Supports academic staff in developing project proposals and is responsible for budget preparation.
  • Manages running projects in cooperation with CEU academic and administrative units.
  • Acts as the key contact person with donors, as well as with CEU Legal Office, Budget and Finance Office, Human Resources, IT, and other internal administrative units.
  • Ensures that projects are implemented in compliance with the requirements of the funding organization, as well as with CEU policies, guidelines, and procedures. Authorizes orders and payments via SAP.
  • Assists the academic team in the preparation of project reports and is responsible for financial reporting and audit of projects.


Your skills and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • At least three years of previous experience in managing Austrian research projects; experience in managing European research grants is a plus
  • Proficiency in spoken and written German and English
  • High computer proficiency, especially in the use of MS Word and Excel; experience in using SAP is an advantage
  • Ability to multi-task, as well as prioritizing conflicting needs while meeting tight deadlines
  • Ability to administer long-term assignments independently as well as in a team
  • Positive personality and strong work ethic
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds, gender and cultural awareness and sensitivity 


What CEU offers:

  • International environment
  • Modern office space, easily accessible, opportunity to work from home (2 days/week)
  • Salary supplement for meals
  • Employer contributions to Resaver private pension plan
  • Family support scheme
  • In-house opportunities for job related trainings and workshops


We offer a competitive salary starting from gross 45 000 EUR/year. A higher salary is possible if warranted by the candidate’s working experience

How to apply

Applicants need to submit in English:

  • CV
  • Cover letter describing your motivation in applying for the position and relevant skills and experience
  • Contact information of two referees

Please send your complete application package to: advert035@ceu.edu - including the job code in the subject line: 2023/035.


CEU is strongly committed to the promotion of gender equality and equal opportunities within our institution. Previous training, work experience and/or engagement with matters of equality, diversity and inclusion at the organizational level will be an asset.

Central European University does not discriminate on the basis of—including, but not limited to—race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender and sexual orientation in administering its educational policies, admissions policies, employment, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States, Austria and Hungary. CEU's mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies. CEU offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of resident faculty from over 50 countries and prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

For more information, please visit https://www.ceu.edu/.

CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

The privacy of your personal information is very important to us. We collect, use, and store your personal information in accordance with the requirements of the applicable data privacy rules, including specifically the General Data Protection Regulation. To learn more about how we manage your personal data during the recruitment process, please see our Privacy Notice at: https://www.ceu.edu/recruitment-privacy-notice (Hungary: Közép-európai Egyetem, Central European University) or https://www.ceu.edu/recruitment-privacy-notice-austria (Austria: Central European University, CEU Central European University Private University).