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Job Opening: Lead Researcher for the Inequalities, Development and Democracy Workgroup - CLOSED

The CEU Democracy Institute invites applications for a lead researcher at our Inequalities, Development and Democracy Workgroup. The successful candidate will be appointed as a Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow at the CEU Democracy Institute in Budapest and will also teach at one of CEU’s departments in Vienna.

The new lead researcher is expected to expand the research agenda of our workgroup to encompass the developmental challenges to democracy and to make this research agenda an integral part of democracy research within the Democracy Institute. S/he is expected to advance and lead an innovative, global multi-disciplinary research program that consolidates existing knowledge across disciplines and charts avenues for innovative, collaborative research for the 21st century.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Design, develop and run an internationally recognized research program, enhance, and integrate the thematic priorities of the current research group on inequalities and facilitate the creation of new linkages to inequalities, development, and democracy research agendas beyond Europe.
  • Collaborate with the members of the other working groups at the CEU Democracy Institute and of CEU, as well as with partners of the Open Society University Network (OSUN) and CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences networks, create robust linkages between existing research agendas and inspire new collaboration.
  • Develop and implement a research funding strategy; secure external research funding as a PI or co-PI; support and mentor others in securing external research funding for relevant projects. 
  • Participate in institution and network-building, outreach, and fundraising initiatives of the CEU Democracy Institute.  
  • Regularly publish, and mentor other researchers in the group to publish, in leading academic outlets.


Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant discipline, an outstanding research agenda, and a record of publications in leading, peer-reviewed academic journals. The ideal candidate is a mid- or late-career (more than 5 years after PhD) and has proven experience in leading academic research groups or units, and has a track record of securing competitive research funding. Women and/or persons from backgrounds underrepresented in European academia are expressly encouraged to apply.

Starting date: December 2023 (negotiable)

Application deadline: Open until filled, review of applications will start May 20, 2023

For more details and to apply please click here.

CEU is an equal opportunity employer and values geographical and gender diversity, thus encouraging applications from women and/or other underrepresented groups. Since CEU strives to increase the share of women in professorial positions, given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Previous training, work experience and/or engagement with matters of equality, diversity and inclusion at the organizational level will be an asset. 

CEU recognizes that personal and family circumstances shape the trajectory of one’s career and working patterns. We encourage applicants to detail periods of leave, part-time work or other such situations in their applications so that the Search Committee can 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.

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