Scientific Coordinator, Striking from the Margins, Phase 2

Application deadline date: 
March 31, 2020
Starting date: 
As soon as possible

The Center for Religious Studies at Central European University invites applications for the position of Scientific Coordinator for the second phase of the research project Striking from the Margins (SFM). The position will be granted for a period of 24 months, starting as soon as possible. Applications are invited from individuals with a background in the humanities or social sciences, prior experience in administration in an international setting, and ideally knowledge of the Middle East and relevant languages. Based in Budapest, the position will also entail activities at the CEU Vienna campus and with various partners there.
The first phase of Striking from the Margins charted novel analytical and conceptual departures into addressing the complex dynamical relations between state, religion, and society in the rapidly changing context of the Middle East. The second phase, starting now, will consider dynamics of transition from civil war and civil strife to various possible forms of settlement, accommodation, reconciliation, and reconstruction – political, economic and social.
SFM is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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Duties and responsibilities
Based in Budapest but with activities at CEU’s Vienna campus and elsewhere in cooperation with local partners, the coordinator's responsibility will be to provide:

  • general administrative and logistical support for SFM research staff, including office management and financial administration of the project in close interaction with the CEU Finance Office and the Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office (ACRO), using CEU’s SAP system;
  • the management of in-house and external events;
  • maintenance and proactive development of the project website and its media presence;
  • dministrative support for publications of the SFM research team.


  • A graduate degree in a field of the humanities or social sciences. Knowledge of the Middle East is an advantage.
  • Previous administrative experience in an international environment, preferably in an academic or research setting.
  • Creativity, the ability to work both in a team and independently, and efficient time management.
  • Good interpersonal skills and exact administrative and organizational habits.
  • Pro-activity, a strong work ethic, and the ability to handle multiple tasks and administer long-term tasks independently.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Knowledge of other languages of relevance will be an advantage.
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Word and Excel.
  • High competence in on-line editing and experience in social media.
  • Previous experience with using the SAP system will be an advantage.


  • We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment.
  • This is a contract for a full two-year period (24 months), including an initial probation period of three months.

How to apply

The application package should include:

  • A cover letter detailing the applicant’s qualifications, motivation and relevant experiences.
  • A full curriculum vitae in English.
  • The names and contact details of two referees.

Interested candidates should apply via e-mail to . Please include the following job code in the subject line: 2020/023.
Requests for additional information should be sent to Esther Holbrook, Coordinator of the Center for Religious Studies (

About CEU

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