Postdoctoral Fellow - Horizon Europe AUTHLIB Project


Starting date: May, 2023, exact date negotiable

Application deadline: Open until filled, review of applications will start mid-January, 2023

Full- Or Part-Time: Full-time for 18 months, possibility of extension for 6 more months

The Democracy Institute at the Central European University invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow position working with Zsolt Enyedi, Erin Jenne, Seraphine Maerz, and Carsten Q. Schneider within the framework of the Horizon Europe research project AUTHLIB, led by Zsolt Enyedi.

The AUTHLIB Project
The AUTHLIB project explores the varieties of illiberalism. Project partners: CEU, University of Oxford (UK), SCIENCES PO (France), Charles University (Czechia), Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy), SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Poland), German Marshall Fund (Germany), University of Vienna (Austria).

Duties and responsibilities:
The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to contribute to the mapping of ideological configurations and dimensions by analyzing party and governmental documents and speeches of public figures, integrating textual data with other types of data and contributing to the theoretical framework of the project. The research work will be aimed at the preparation, drafting and submission of research reports to the European Commission, submission of high-quality publications, and organization of social impact activities.

Skills and qualifications:

  • PhD in Political Science, Sociology, Data Science or related discipline (or dissertation to be defended within max 6 months after the application – in this case we can offer a Junior Visiting Researcher position until the PhD degree is received).
  • Good skills in the programming language R, additional skills in Python would be an asset.
  • Experience in automated web data collection with R (web scraping).
  • Experience in text-as-data methods (e.g., dictionary analyses, supervised machine learning, topic modeling, word embedding).
  • Strong interest in or some background knowledge on the study of democracy is required. Specific experience in the field of democratic backsliding or in the analysis of policies would be an asset.
  • Excellent written and spoken language skills in English.
  • Strong interest in academic research, ideally proven through international publications and/or collaboration in research projects.
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in an international team.

What we offer:

  • 18 months full-time appointment (employment contract with benefits for 18 months) based in the Budapest campus, with a possibility of extension for another 6 months.
  • We offer a competitive salary with benefit package commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment.
  • Integration in the AUTHLIB research team, with excellent opportunities for international networking with top scholars on autocratization and illiberal politics in Europe.
  • Integration in the De- and Re-Democratization research group of the Democracy Institute in Budapest, including professional mentoring by senior researchers.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • an up-to-date CV
  • motivation letter explaining how your research profile and interests relate to the project and what could be your contribution to the AUTHLIB team
  • a writing sample (preferably single-authored publications)
  • names and contact details of two 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: 2022/076.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to Zsolt Enyedi at

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 recognizes 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.
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.

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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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