Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow Lead researcher for the De- and Re-Democratization Workgroup of the Democracy Institute

Application deadline: 
Open until filled
Starting date : 
September 1, 2021

Starting date:                    Fall 2021 (negotiable)

Application deadline: Open until filled, review of applications will start May 1, 2021

The newly formed Democracy Institute at the Central European University invites applications for a lead researcher of its De- and Re-Democratization Workgroup. The chosen candidate will be appointed as a Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow at the Democracy Institute in Budapest and visiting professor at the Political Sciences Department of CEU (Vienna campus). The candidate will have a chance to build up an innovative interdisciplinary international research program looking for better ways of understanding the challenges of democracy in the 21st century. We seek applicants with a strong publication record in this research area. A proven track record in institution building is an advantage.

Duties and responsibilities:
Establish and run an internationally recognized research program.
Collaborate with the members of the other research groups at the Democracy Institute.
Apply for and secure external research funding.
Train and supervise graduate students.
Participate in network-building, outreach and fundraising initiatives of the Democracy Institute.

Candidates must have a PhD, an outstanding research agenda, and a record of publications in peer-reviewed academic journals in political science and/or related disciplines.

We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. If the candidate is appointed at the Research Fellow rank the initial contract will be for 2-4 years; continued employment depends on outcome of re-appointment review. The contract for the Senior Research Fellow appointment is for an indefinite term.

How to apply

Applications should incude:

  • A CV.
  • a program statement describing how the candidate envisages building up the research program of this working group
  • two recent English language papers or manuscripts that best represent their research

Shortlisted candidates will be requested to name three scholars who could supply recommendation letters.
Informal inquiries can be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee: Zsolt Enyedi .

The process of reviewing the applications will begin on May 1, 2021. The positions will remain open until filled.
Please send your complete application package to - including job code in subject line: 2021/018.

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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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