Call for postdoctoral fellow: Democracy in History Workgroup, CEU Democracy Institute

December 9, 2020

The newly formed Democracy Institute at the Central European University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position within its working group focusing on the historical dimensions of the contestation of democracy and the role of historical knowledge in and for open society.

The chosen candidate will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Democracy Institute. Apart from pursuing her/his research, the fellow will have to help with constructing and consolidating an innovative interdisciplinary international research network, bringing together scholars dealing with different aspects of democratic and anti-democratic discourses and movements relevant to our understanding of current challenges to liberal democracy. The position will thus combine research and organizational tasks. We seek applicants with a strong publication record in the research area, familiarity with the historical contexts of Eastern and Central Europe, and a keen interest in networking and institution building. We particularly encourage candidates who can build broad interdisciplinary research collaborations within and outside of CEU. The successful candidate will be working in Budapest but might occasionally be requested to teach courses at CEU PU in Vienna, Austria.

Duties and responsibilities:
The successful candidate is expected to help build up and run an internationally recognized research network, facilitate the work of CEU faculty and doctoral students dealing with these issues, collaborate with the members of the other research groups at the Democracy Institute, to apply for external research funding, and to participate in outreach and fundraising initiatives of the Democracy Institute.

Candidates must have a PhD, an outstanding research agenda, and a record of relevant and internationally recognized publications in the field.

We offer a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. The grant contract is for 2 years.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • CV
  • a program statement
  • two recent English language papers, chapters, or manuscripts that best represent their research
  • names and contact details of three scholars who could supply recommendation letters

Please send your complete application package to: - including job code in subject line: 2020/098.

Application deadline: Open until filled, review of applications will start 1 February 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

Starting date: Spring 2021, exact date negotiable.

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