Postdoctoral Fellow De-/Re-Democratization Workgroup of the Democracy Institute

Application deadline: 
Open until filled

Starting date: Spring 2022, exact date negotiable
Application deadline: Open until filled, review of applications will start 15 January 2022
Term of engagement: Two years, with the possibility of renewal

The newly formed Democracy Institute (DI) at Central European University (CEU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position within its workgroup, focusing on the challenges of modern democracies.

Apart from pursuing her/his own research, the fellow will assist with constructing and consolidating an innovative interdisciplinary international research network. The position will thus combine research and organizational tasks. We seek applicants with a record (or strong promise) of relevant and internationally recognized publications in the research area, familiarity with current political affairs, and a keen interest in networking and institution building. Parallel with the contribution to institution building, the candidate is expected to conduct high-level academic research and publish in prestigious academic fora on democracy-related topics. The position will be based in Budapest, Hungary but he/she might occasionally be requested to teach courses at CEU Private University in Vienna, Austria.

Responsibilities and opportunities:

  • Contribute to the research activities of the workgroup with their own scholarly undertakings.
  • Take advantage of the multidisciplinary composition of the Democracy Institute’s research profile and academic community, and to seek intellectual liaison with other workgroups.
  • Organize seminars and public events of the workgroup and assisting in engaging the international research network of the core team.
  • Help with institution building efforts, the development of research project plans and funding proposals, as well as organizing brain storming sessions and planning meetings.
  • Depending on interest and capacities, the fellow can take part in educational activities such as mentoring readings/discussion groups of doctoral students, offering compact topical seminars to interested students, or engaging in other non-degree activities at CEU (summer courses, academic preparation courses, etc.).

Candidates must have a PhD in hand, an outstanding research agenda, and a record of relevant publications in the field. Experience in research planning and management is an advantage. Applicants must have excellent written and oral proficiency in English.

We offer a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. The employment contract is for two years, with a possibility of renewal.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • CV (max 6 pages)
  • Statement on envisioned individual research and on institutional activities, in view of the research agenda of the DI’s Re-/De-Democratization Workgroup (
  • 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 in case the candidate is shortlisted for the job. The referees will be contacted by CEU.

Please send your complete application package as one single pdf file to: – including job code in subject line: 2021/087.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Zsolt Enyedi,

CEU is an equal opportunity employer and values geographical and gender diversity, thus encouraging applications from women and/or other underrepresented groups.

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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