Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow - Lead researcher for the Inequalities and Democracy Workgroup

Application deadline: 
Open until filled

Starting date: Fall 2022 (negotiable)
Application deadline: Open until filled, review of applications will start February 15, 2022

The newly formed Democracy Institute (DI) at the Central European University (CEU) invites applications for a lead researcher at the DI’s Inequalities and Democracy 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 a relevant department at CEU in Vienna. S/he will have a chance to integrate the Workgroup’s existing research to build up an innovative interdisciplinary international research program, and to look for better ways of understanding the challenges social injustice poses to 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 the areas of 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. The initial contract for the Research Fellow rank is 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. One of the two types of positions will be offered to the chosen candidate based on their expertise and experience.

How to apply

Applications should include (in one single pdf file):

  • A CV
  • a program statement describing the way the candidate envisages to build up the research program of this working group
  • two recent English language papers or manuscripts that best represent their research
  • names and contact information of three scholars who could supply recommendation letters in case the candidate is shortlisted for the job. The referees will be contacted by CEU.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Eva Fodor,

The process of reviewing the applications will begin on Feb 15, 2022. The positions will remain open until filled.

Please send your complete application package (as one single pdf file) to: - including job code in subject line: 2021/084.

CEU is an equal opportunity employer and values geographical and gender diversity, thus encouraging applications from women and/or other underrepresented groups.

CEU recognises 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 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.

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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