Postdoctoral Fellow - Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe: Historical Analysis in Comparative and Transnational Perspectives


Starting date: at the earliest, December 2021 or January 2022
Application deadline: November 15, 2021, interviews expected second half of November 2021
Term of engagement: 3 years (12 months at first, with a possibility of extension of another 24 months pending an internal review)
Remuneration: 3,000 EUR gross/month

The Democracy in History Workgroup of the Democracy Institute at Central European University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the newly launched multi-disciplinary research project “Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe: Historical Analysis in Comparative and Transnational Perspectives”. The project has received funding from the Volkswagen Foundation and is led by the University of Jena. Other partner institutions include CEU, the University of Warsaw, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and the University of Erfurt. The CEU team is based at the Democracy Institute in Budapest.

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Duties and responsibilities:
The CEU team studies the normalization of illiberal constitutionalism, tracing how illiberal adjustments impair constitutional accountability and self-government in a constitutional democracy. The post-doctoral research project is expected to focus on the sources and trajectories of illiberal constitutional transformations in East Central Europe through comparative constitutional and historical analyses. Developed in collaboration with the PI and the other teams, the post-doctoral research project is foreseen as a problem-oriented comparative study on the origins and consolidation of the illiberal constitutional canon. The PI’s research explores how ‘Christianity’ is inserted into the illiberal constitutional script and -- consequently -- into the constitutional canon.

Working from Budapest, the post-doctoral research fellow is expected to contribute to collaborative research activities and joint publications, as well as be actively involved in dissemination and outreach activities in English and in other project languages. Participation in the project requires international travel.

Candidates must have a PhD in hand in one of the relevant disciplines (comparative law, comparative politics, comparative contemporary history, political or historical sociology), an outstanding research agenda, and a record of relevant and internationally recognized publications in the field. Experience in working in an international, collaborative, multidisciplinary environment is an advantage.
Applicants must have excellent written and oral proficiency in English. Proficiency in Czech, Polish or Hungarian is essential; advanced working knowledge of further project languages is an advantage.
Applications from women are particularly welcome.

The post-doctoral research fellow position is remunerated 3,000 EUR gross/month, subject to the standard deductions as per the Hungarian labor code.
In addition, the chosen candidate will receive the standard CEU benefits such as contribution to a private pension fund and private health care coverage. It is expected that the employment contract is initially for 1 year, with a strong possibility of extension for another 2 years pending a successful internal review.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • Cover letter / Letter of intent (max 2 pages)
  • CV (max 5 pages), including details on relevant experiences and a selection of publications
  • Research statement in view of the research agenda of the project.
  • One recent English-language article, book chapter, paper or manuscript that best represents the applicant’s recent research
  • Names and contact details of three referees who could be contacted for a recommendation letter in case of being shortlisted for the job. Please include at least one academic referee who was not involved with the supervision of the dissertation.

Please send your complete application package as one single pdf file to - including the job code in the subject line: 2021/073

Informal inquiries can be addressed to the Principal Investigator of the Budapest research team, Professor Renata Uitz,

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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