Postdoctoral Fellow – BRRIDGE Project

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

The Department of Public Policy at Central European University (CEU) is hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow for the European Union-funded (Horizon Europe) BRRIDGE project.

The BRRIDGE consortium enlists internationally prominent partners (CEU, EUI, NUIG) to help Univerzita Mateja Bela (UMB) build research excellence in the domain of democracy and policy and to advance UMB’s research management and administration capacity, while generating knowledge that benefits society at multiple levels (internal, local and regional, national and international). The project BRRIDGE focuses on four interrelated thematic challenges to democracy and policy, with the aim of building excellence. BRRIDGE will contribute to a deeper understanding of the current democratic disconnect that stems from changes in technologies, inequalities, culture and governance. From this foundation, BRRIDGE will propose tangible evidence-based interventions based on the expertise of the consortium’s members.

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator at CEU, Professor Martin Kahanec, the postdoctoral fellow will engage in the organization, development, and delivery of the BRRIDGE project.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Supporting the mission and objectives of the BRRIDGE project; interest in building excellence in research in the domains of democracy and policy and its management and administration
  • Coordinating the daily operations and planning of the BRRIDGE research project under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Managing the project calendar with the PI and partners
  • Liaising with CEU team members, faculty and students; as well as partner institutions and the EC
  • Doing research on the topics of democracy and human rights
  • Organizing project events
  • Disseminating the project outcomes via digital and social media platforms
  • Helping with the coordination and administration of the Shattuck Center

Qualifications and skills:

  • PhD in a relevant field (Public Policy, Political Science, Law, International Relations, Democracy and Human Rights Studies, or similar)
  • Experience with coordinating academic projects
  • Interest in democracy, human rights, building academic excellence in these areas.
  • Willingness to work in diverse environments, with international partners
  • Experience with institution building (academic, research, policy, NGO) an advantage
  • Ability to work independently and in teams
  • Experience working in international settings or with international partners is required.
  • Experience in managing or organizing multi-partner international projects is desirable.
  • Excellent organizational skills; strong English oral and written communication skills
  • Collegiality and respect for diversity are required.


The appointment will be based in Vienna. Occasional travel may be required.

We offer a gross annual salary of 56,860 EUR as well as a dynamic and international academic environment and the possibility to gain experience with top-level academic research and institution building.
The initial contract is for one year with the possibility of renewal for up to two years.

How to apply

Please submit

  • your CV (including degrees, publications, teaching, and other relevant experience),
  • a cover letter including statement of purpose

Please send your complete application package to: – including the job code in the subject line: 2022/067.

We do not ask for reference letters at the first stage of application; the referees of short-listed candidates may be contacted for references later by CEU.

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

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: (Hungary: Közép-európai Egyetem, Central European University) or (Austria: Central European University, CEU Central European University Private University).