Lead researcher for the Inequalities, Development and Democracy working group of the Democracy Institute, CEU Budapest

Application deadline: 
Open until filled

Starting date:                  December 2023 (negotiable) 
Application deadline:    Open until filled, review of applications will start May 20, 2023 


The Democracy Institute at the Central European University (CEU) invites applications for a lead researcher of its Inequalities, Development and Democracy working group. The successful candidate will be appointed as a Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow at the CEU Democracy Institute in Budapest and will also teach at one of CEU’s departments in Vienna.

The CEU Democracy Institute is a multi-disciplinary research institute, established in 2020. It strives to enable the renewal and strengthening of democratic and open societies through world-class research, collaboration across academic and professional disciplines, teaching and learning via the free exchange of ideas, and public engagement on a local, regional, and global scale. 

The new lead researcher is expected to expand the research agenda of our Inequalities working group to encompass the developmental challenges to democracy and to make this research agenda an integral part of democracy research within the Democracy Institute. S/he is expected to advance and lead an innovative, global multi-disciplinary research program that consolidates existing knowledge across disciplines and charts avenues for innovative, collaborative research for the 21st century.


Duties and responsibilities:  

  • Design, develop and run an internationally recognized research program, enhance, and integrate the thematic priorities of the current research group on inequalities and facilitate the creation of new linkages to inequalities, development, and democracy research agendas beyond Europe.
  • Collaborate with the members of the other working groups at the CEU Democracy Institute and of CEU, as well as with partners of the Open Society University Network(OSUN) (https://www.ceu.edu/osun) and CIVICA-The European University of Social Sciences (https://www.civica.eu/) networks, create robust linkages between existing research agendas and inspire new collaboration.
  • Develop and implement a research funding strategy; secure external research funding as a PI or co-PI; support and mentor others in securing external research funding for relevant projects. 
  • Participate in institution and network-building, outreach, and fundraising initiatives of the CEU Democracy Institute.  
  • Regularly publish, and mentor other researchers in the group to publish, in leading academic outlets.



Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant discipline, an outstanding research agenda, and a record of publications in leading, peer-reviewed academic journals. The ideal candidate is a mid- or late-career (more than 5 years after PhD) and has proven experience in leading academic research groups or units, and has a track record of securing competitive research funding. Women and/or persons from backgrounds underrepresented in European academia are expressly encouraged to apply.



We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. In the case of appointment at the Research Fellow rank the initial contract is for 2-4 years; continued employment depends on the outcome of the re-appointment review. In the case of a Senior Research Fellow appointment, the contract as a rule is for an indefinite term.  

How to apply

Applications should include: 

  • a CV, including a list of selected publications (5 pages);
  • a program statement describing a vision for the research program of a multi-disciplinary working group on Inequalities, Development and Democracy (2 pages);
  • two recent English language publications that best represent their current research;
  • the names of three scholars who could supply recommendation letters. 


Informal questions can be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee: Laszlo Bruszt (brusztl@ceu.edu). 

The process of reviewing the applications will begin on May 20, 2023. The positions will remain open until filled.  

Please send your complete application package to: advert027@ceu.edu - including the job code in the subject line:  2023_027. 

CEU is an equal opportunity employer and values geographical and gender diversity, thus encouraging applications from women and/or other underrepresented groups. Since CEU strives to increase the share of women in professorial positions, given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Previous training, work experience and/or engagement with matters of equality, diversity and inclusion at the organizational level will be an asset. 

CEU recognises that personal and family circumstances shape the trajectory of one’s career and working patterns. We encourage applicants to detail periods of leave, part-time work or other such situations in their applications so that the Search Committee can assess an applicant’s academic record fairly in the context of their circumstances. Any declaration of personal and family circumstances is voluntary and will be handled confidentially and only considered in so far as it impacts on the academic career of an applicant.


For more information on CEU’s Democracy Institute please see https://democracyinstitute.ceu.edu.


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.

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