Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Horizon Europe CCINDLE Project on Feminist Responses to Anti-Gender and Anti-Democratic Forces


Starting date: October/November 2022, exact date negotiable
Application deadline: Review of applications will start 31 August 2022
Full- Or Part-Time: Full-time for 36 months, possibility of extension for 10 more months, part-time
Location: Budapest

The Democracy Institute at the Central European University invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within the framework of the Horizon Europe research project CCINDLE (Co-Creating Inclusive Intersectional Democratic Spaces Across Europe). The CEU team is led by Senior Research Fellow Andrea Krizsán (

The CCINDLE Project
This project aims to contribute to strengthening and re-invigorating European democracies by building on the assumption that feminist theories and activism are essential sources of both resistance to anti-gender discourses and politics, and to re-kindling citizens’ engagement with democratic institutions and values. We also build on the recognition that addressing the increasing challenges posed to Western democracies require a combination of excellent academic research and well-informed practical solutions which: a) are feminist, anti-homophobic and anti-racist, b) could efficiently support high quality democratic governance, c) may create a push-back against authoritarian and anti-gender efforts.

By conducting research in seven European countries with different social and political backgrounds, and at the EU level, the project aims to:

  • Deepen our understanding of the state of democracy in Europe, especially on core challenges it faces in different political and social contexts related to the principles of inclusion and participation, and as a result of anti-gender/anti-LGBTQ movements.
  • Identify and analyze different feminist responses that are a) present in theories, b) worked out within feminist movements, c) provided via feminist cooperation with formal institutions to anti-democratic trends and to the anti-gender forces.
  • Identify specific tools and practical approaches, which in specific political and social contexts could lead to strengthening democracy, gender equality, and intersectional justice.
  • Facilitate putting these tools and approaches into practice to support actors that embrace the twin goals of promoting equality and strengthening democracy, through co-creating actions with selected movement and institutional actors, with feminist and pro-democratic media, with universities as prominent actors in the politics of knowledge, and with philanthropic organizations promoting democracy and feminism.

Project partners:

  • Mieke Verloo, RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT NL, Coordinator
  • Elzbieta Korolzcuk, SODERTORNS HOGSKOLA SE

Duties and responsibilities:
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be expected to contribute to the development of the CCINDLE project’s methodological, theoretical, and empirical tasks. The researcher will engage in both collaborative and autonomous research work of collecting and analyzing data on anti-gender campaigns, and feminist movements and institutional actors’ responses to anti-gender and antidemocratic forces in Hungary and comparatively in Europe. 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 in co-creation with civil society and institutions in Hungary and at the European level.

Skills and qualifications:

  • PhD in Political science, Gender studies, Sociology, Human Rights or related discipline (to be defended within max 6 months after the application but no longer than 3 years before the application).
  • Experience in qualitative (interviews, focus groups, policy frame analysis) research methodologies and analysis and preferably some knowledge of quantitative (online survey) methodologies.
  • Excellent written and spoken language skills in both English and Hungarian.
  • Some background knowledge on the politics of inequality is required. Specific experience in gender and politics research, feminist movements, intersectionality, gender equality policies and institutions, gender and democracy, antigender campaigns, and feminist organizations is an asset.
  • 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

  • A three-year full-time appointment (employment contract with benefits for 36 months) based in the Budapest campus, with a possibility of extension for another 10 months part-time.
  • Integration in the CCINDLE research team, with excellent opportunities for international networking with top scholars on gender and politics in Europe and relevant civil society actors at national and European level.
  • Integration in the Inequalities and Democracy research group of the Democracy Institute in Budapest, including professional mentoring by lead researchers.
  • Competitive salary with full benefit package depending on university personnel rules and research experience.

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 CCINDLE 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: 2022/055.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to the CEU team lead researcher of the project, Andrea Krizsan at

The applications will be processed starting August 31, 2022. Start date of employment: October/November 2022.

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.

About the Democracy Institute

The Democracy Institute, based in Budapest, strives to enable the renewal and strengthening of democratic and open societies through world-class research, collaboration across academic and professional disciplines, teaching and the free exchange of ideas, and public engagement on a local, regional, and global scale. For more information, please visit

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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