Postdoctoral Fellow

Application deadline date: 
May 31, 2022
Starting date : 
August 1, 2022

Starting date: August 2022, exact date negotiable
Application deadline: Open until filled, review of applications will start 31 May 2022

The Democracy Institute at the Central European University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position within its working group focusing on the historical dimensions of the contestation of democracy and the role of historical knowledge in and for open society.

The chosen candidate will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Democracy Institute. Apart from pursuing her/his research, the fellow will have to help with constructing and consolidating an innovative interdisciplinary international research network, bringing together scholars dealing with different aspects of democratic and anti-democratic discourses and movements relevant to our understanding of current challenges to liberal democracy. The position will thus combine research and organizational tasks within the framework of the History Working Group of DI (

We seek applicants with a strong publication record in the research area, familiarity with the historical contexts of Eastern and Central Europe, and a keen interest in networking and institution building. We particularly encourage candidates who can build broad interdisciplinary research collaborations within and outside of CEU. The successful candidate will be working in Budapest but might occasionally be requested to teach courses at CEU PU in Vienna, Austria.

Duties and responsibilities:
The successful candidate is expected to help build up and run an internationally recognized research network, facilitate the work of CEU faculty and doctoral students dealing with these issues, collaborate with the members of the other research groups at the Democracy Institute, to apply for external research funding, and to participate in outreach and fundraising initiatives of the Democracy Institute.

Candidates must hold a PhD at the time of submitting the application, an outstanding research agenda, and a record of relevant and internationally recognized publications in the field.

We offer a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. The employment contract is for 24 months.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • an up-to-date CV
  • a program statement (outline of research interests and specific plans, max. 4 pages)
  • two recent English language papers, chapters, or manuscripts that best represent their research
  • names and contact details of three scholars who could supply recommendation letters

Please send your complete application package as one single pdf file to: - including the job code in the subject line: 2022/020.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Balázs Trencsényi at and to research assistant Orsolya Sudár at

The applications will be processed starting May 31, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

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

CEU recognises that personal and family circumstances shape the trajectory of one’s career and working patterns. As such, and in line with CEU’s promotion of Equal Opportunities, we encourage applicants to detail periods of leave, part-time work or other such situations in their applications so that the Search Committee is able to 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

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.

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CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

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