Project Manager, Knowledge in Crisis Cluster of Excellence

Open for Employee Referral
Application deadline date: 
August 18, 2023
Starting date : 
October 1, 2023

The Central European University (CEU) seeks to appoint a full-time Project Manager on a major new research initiative in philosophy, the Knowledge in Crisis Cluster of Excellence.  

CEU is the lead institution in this recently awarded FWF (Austrian Research Council) project. The project is a collaboration between four institutions (CEU and the universities of Vienna, Graz and Salzburg) to explore fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of knowledge and its construction and consumption. The Cluster of Excellence scheme is part of the FWF’s largest ever research funding initiative. Knowledge in Crisis is one of five Clusters of Excellence awarded in 2023.  

The Project Manager will be full-time (40 hours/week) and will have two roles: (1) responsibility for managing all the practical aspects of the project, and (2) responsibility for the organization of the knowledge transfer and outreach component. The Project Manager will report to Professor Tim Crane of the CEU Philosophy Department, the leader of the Cluster.  

We are looking for someone with excellent communication and organizational skills, who is willing to innovate and take responsibility for organizational matters. The manager must be able to work well as part of a team and must have excellent English and German.  

Main tasks:  

  • Acts as the coordinator and main organizer of activities pertaining to the knowledge transfer and outreach component of the Cluster 
  • Supports the work of the Cluster Director and other members of the scientific team  
  • Assists the academic team in the preparation of scientific reports, takes part in the preparation of the financial report 
  • Manages the project in cooperation with CEU academic and administrative units (communications, procurement, research support, IT, HR) 


Required skills and qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree 
  • Relevant previous experience in managing research projects (especially in Austria) is an advantage 
  • Proficiency in spoken and written German and English 
  • High computer proficiency, especially in the use of MS Word and Excel 
  • Ability to multi-task, as well as prioritizing conflicting needs while meeting tight deadlines 
  • Ability to administer long-term assignments independently as well as in a team 
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds, gender and cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, willing to innovate and take responsibility for organizational matters
  • Well-organized, has strong work ethic and a friendly, positive attitude 
  • A genuine interest in the topic of the Cluster is an advantage 



We offer a competitive salary starting from a gross of 61,000 EUR/year. A higher salary is possible if warranted by the candidate’s working experience.  

This will be a fixed-term contract for a period of 5 years. 

How to apply

Applicants need to submit: 

  • CV 
  • Cover letter 
  • Contact information of two references   

Please send your complete application package to - including the job code in the subject line: 2023/051. 

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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