Research Project Coordinator

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

The Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office (ACRO) at the Central European University wishes to appoint an outstanding person to fill the full-time position of Research Project Coordinator. The successful candidate will play an active role in proposal writing for obtaining Austrian and international research grants and managing externally and internally funded research projects. The position is Vienna-based with an Austrian employment contract, but it involves travel between Vienna and Budapest.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Acts as the institutional contact person with assigned donors, monitors their funding opportunities, and understands their priorities and their relevance to CEU.
  • Advertises open calls for proposals to CEU academic community and holds information session.
  • Supports academic staff in developing project proposals and is responsible for budget preparation.
  • Administering of assigned projects in cooperation with the academic units.
  • Acts as the key contact with the donors, as well as the Legal Office, Budget and Finance Office, Human Resources, IT, and other internal administrative units.
  • Ensures that projects are implemented in compliance with the requirements of the funding organization, as well as CEU policies, guidelines and procedures. Authorizes orders and payments via SAP.
  • Maintains electronic- and hard copy filing of the assigned projects where necessary
  • Assists the academic team in the preparation of project reports and is responsible for financial reporting of the assigned projects.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • University degree.
  • At least three years of previous experience in managing Austrian research grants in an academic setting.
  • Experience in managing European research grants is a plus.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written German and English.
  • High computer proficiency, especially in the use of MS Word and Excel; experience in using SAP is an advantage.
  • 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.
  • Positive personality and strong work ethic.


We offer a competitive salary of 44,000 EUR/year which commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. The initial contract is for one year with a one-month trial period, with the expectation of renewal for an indefinite contract based on identifiable success.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • CV.
  • Cover letter describing your motivation in applying for the position and relevant skills and experience.
  • Contact information for two referees.

Please send your complete application package to - including job code in subject line: 2021/038.

Employee Referral Program application:
If one of our employees has drawn your attention to this job opportunity, please apply via this email address, and mention our colleague in the cover letter: - including job code in the subject line: 2021/038.

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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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