Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow

Application deadline: 
Open until filled

Lead researcher for the Rule of Law Workgroup of the
Democracy Institute, CEU Budapest

Starting date: Fall 2021 (negotiable)
Application deadline: Open until filled, review of applications will start September 01, 2020

The newly formed Democracy Institute at the Central European University invites applications for a lead researcher of its rule of law working group. The chosen candidate will be a Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow at the Democracy Institute and Visiting Associate or Visiting Full Professor at the Legal Studies Department of CEU. The lead researcher will have to build up an innovative interdisciplinary international research program that could offer better ways of understanding the relationship between the rule of law and democracy, and the challenges to the rule of law in the 21st century. We seek applicants with a strong publication record in the research area and with a good track record in institution building.
We particularly encourage candidates who can build broad based interdisciplinary research collaborations within and outside of CEU. The successful candidate will be working in Budapest but can teach courses at CEU PU in Vienna.

Duties and responsibilities:
Successful candidates are expected to build up and run an internationally recognized research program, to collaborate with the members of the other research groups at the Democracy Institute, to apply for external research funding, to train and supervise graduate students, and to participate in the 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 legal studies or political sciences.

We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. The initial contract is for 2-4 years; continued employment depends on outcome of re-appointment review in case of Research Fellow rank, or indefinite term in case of Senior Research Fellow rank.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit
• CV
• a program statement
• 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, Laszlo Bruszt, at

The applications will be processed starting September 1, 2020. The positions will remain open until filled.
Please send your complete application package to: - including job code in subject line: 2020/048.

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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