Postdoctoral Researcher, “Parental Leave and Career Trajectories of Men and Women in Austria” Project

Application deadline date: 
September 17, 2023
Starting date : 
January 8, 2024

The Department of Economics and Business of the Central European University (CEU) invites applications for the position of a Postdoctoral Researcher for the duration of two years.   

We are looking for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to join our project, “Parental Leave and Career Trajectories of Men and Women in Austria. In this project, will use novel administrative data to examine how career interruptions due to childbirth and subsequent parental leave drive the gender differences in earnings in Austria, and investigate how parental leave policies can shape leave-taking.  

The position will be based at the Department of Economics at the Central European University for the duration of two years. The position will start in January 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. You will be working as an integral part of a research team based at the Economics Departments of the University of Vienna and the Central European University. The Principal Investigators of this project are Alice Kügler, Omar Bamieh, and Lennart Ziegler. 



  • Completed or are close to obtaining a PhD in Economics for the successful conduct of empirical research. 
  • Proven expertise and research background in one or more of the following fields: labor economics, public economics and gender economics.  
  • Proven skills and experience in quantitative methods which demonstrate your capacity to conduct original and rigorous research. 
  • Experience working with micro-data and/or large datasets, and ideally, you have worked with administrative data such as social security records. 
  • Evidence of the capacity to prepare excellent publications.  
  • Commitment to high-quality research. 
  • Ability to work independently as well as to work collaboratively as part of a team and willingness to take responsibility for tasks.  
  • Effective written and verbal communication and time and task management skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and intellectual breadth. 
  • Outstanding knowledge of statistical and econometrics software, such as STATA or R. 
  • Fluency in English is essential. Knowledge of German is not a requirement but an advantage. 


What to expect 

  • You will conduct innovative and high-quality research in gender economics.  
  • You will have a central role in all aspects of the research process, from data construction and analysis to drafting and publishing academic papers.  
  • You will work with novel datasets constructed from administrative data on earnings, income, taxation and transfers, education, and firms. 
  • You will be part of a team delivering high-impact research that is publishable in top international academic journals.  
  • You will present your research at international conferences, with funding for travel expenses available. 
  • You will be involved in a wide range of project dissemination activities, including workshops and conferences. 
  • You will have time dedicated to advancing your own research agenda.  
  • You are encouraged to contribute to the overall activities of the Department more broadly and attend seminars. 
  • The position does not include teaching obligations but some involvement in teaching is possible. 
  • The position is based in Vienna and requires regular presence at the department.  
  • You will be an integral part of a team of researchers with expertise in gender and labor economics. 
  • You will hold a full-time position (40 hours per week). 


What we offer 

  • You will be based at a renowned, research-intensive economics department, the Department of Economics and Business at the Central European University in Vienna, and benefit from participation in a vibrant research environment.  
  • CEU enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries and the language of instruction is English. The teaching staff consists of resident faculty from over 50 countries and prominent visiting scholars from around the world. 
  • CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, to contribute to the development of open societies. 
  • Inspiring working atmosphere as part of an international academic team in a productive working environment.  
  • The position offers a large range of on-the-job learning and training opportunities and mentoring from supervisors. 
  • Work on a modern campus that is easily accessible by public transportation.  
  • You will live in one of the most livable cities in the world that hosts a growing economics community.  
  • A wide range of benefits, from an in-house medical officer to a variety of employee discounts.  



We offer a competitive yearly gross salary of 60,926.60 EUR, for candidates who hold a PhD when starting the position.

How to apply

Please send your complete application package to,  including the job code 2023/050 in the subject line, and submit your: 

  • CV. 
  • A cover letter, detailing your motivation for joining the project, and how you meet the criteria set out below.  
  • Up to two research papers that best represent your work. 
  • Two reference letters or the contact details of two referees.  

For further information about this position, please contact Alice Kügler ( 


CEU is an equal opportunity employer and values geographical and gender diversity, thus encouraging applications from women and/or other underrepresented groups. Since CEU strives to increase the share of women in professorial positions, given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants. 


Previous training, work experience and/or engagement with matters of equality, diversity and inclusion at the organizational level will be an asset. 


CEU recognizes that personal and family circumstances shape the trajectory of one’s career and working patterns. We encourage applicants to detail periods of leave, part-time work or other such situations in their applications so that the Search Committee can 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

One of the world’s most international universities, a unique founding mission positions Central European University as both an acclaimed center for the study of economic, historical, social and political challenges, and a source of support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and human dignity. CEU is accredited in the United States and Austria, and offers English-language bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in the social sciences, the humanities, law, environmental sciences, management and public policy. CEU enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries, with faculty from over 50 countries.  

In 2019, CEU relocated from Hungary to Austria as the Hungarian government revoked its ability to issue US-accredited degrees in the country. As a result, CEU offers all of its degree programs in Vienna, Austria; and retains a non-degree, research and civic engagement presence in Budapest, Hungary, through its CEU Democracy Institute, the Institute for Advanced Study, the CEU Summer University and The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA), and its Hungarian language public educational programs and public lectures.  

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