Part-time Administrative Assistant, Knowledge in Crisis Cluster of Excellence

Open for Employee Referral
Application deadline: 
Open until filled
Starting date : 
September 1, 2023

CEU invites applications for a fixed term part-time (20 hours/week) Administrative Assistant position on its major new research initiative in philosophy, the Knowledge in Crisis Cluster of Excellence.  

CEU is the lead institution in this recently awarded FWF (Austrian Research Council) project. The project is a collaboration between four institutions (CEU and the universities of Vienna, Graz and Salzburg) to explore fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of knowledge and its construction and consumption. The Cluster of Excellence scheme is part of the FWF’s largest ever research funding initiative. Knowledge in Crisis is one of five Clusters of Excellence awarded in 2023.  

The leader of the Cluster (the Director of Research) is Professor Tim Crane of the CEU Philosophy Department. The administrative assistant will work with Professor Crane and the Cluster’s Project Manager (to be appointed).  

We are looking for someone who is well-organized and efficient, able to work as part of a team, with good IT office skills, and excellent English and German. 

Main tasks

  • Supports the work of the Project Manager
  • Takes part in the background organization of events and other project activities 
  • Assists the academic team with organizing their travels (booking tickets, taking care of cost reimbursement) 
  • Manages administrative issues in SAP 


Required skills and qualifications

  • Bachelors degree 
  • At least three years of previous experience in administrative work
  • 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  
  • Demonstrated ability to 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  
  • Well-organized, has strong work ethic and a friendly, positive attitude 



We offer a competitive salary starting from a gross of 21,000 EUR/year. A higher salary is possible if warranted by the candidate’s working experience.  

This will be a fixed-term contract for a period of 5 years. 

How to apply

Applicants need to submit: 

  • CV 
  • Cover letter 
  • Contact information of two references   

 Please send your complete application package to - including the job code in the subject line: 2023/052. 

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 recognizes 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. 

About CEU

One of the world’s most international universities, a unique founding mission positions Central European University as both an acclaimed center for the study of economic, historical, social and political challenges, and a source of support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and human dignity. CEU is accredited in the United States and Austria, and offers English-language bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in the social sciences, the humanities, law, environmental sciences, management and public policy. CEU enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries, with faculty from over 50 countries.  

In 2019, CEU relocated from Hungary to Austria as the Hungarian government revoked its ability to issue US-accredited degrees in the country. As a result, CEU offers all of its degree programs in Vienna, Austria; and retains a non-degree, research and civic engagement presence in Budapest, Hungary, through its CEU Democracy Institute, the Institute for Advanced Study, the CEU Summer University and The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA), and its Hungarian language public educational programs and public lectures.  

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