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Job Opening: Postdoctoral Fellow, Democracy in History Working Group

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position within our 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 CEU 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 within the framework of the Democracy in History Working Group.

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 CEU Democracy Institute, to apply for external research funding, and to participate in outreach and fundraising initiatives of the DI.


Candidates must hold a PhD at the time of submitting the application, an outstanding research agenda, and a record of relevant and internationally recognized publications in the field.

Application deadline: The applications will be processed starting May 31, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

Starting date: August 1, 2022. The employment contract is for 24 months.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Balázs Trencsényi at and to research assistant Orsolya Sudár at

For more details about the application process 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 and taking into consideration geographical diversity, as well. Since CEU strives to increase the share of women in professorial positions, given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

CEU recognizes that personal and family circumstances shape the trajectory of one’s career and working patterns. As such, and in line with CEU’s promotion of Equal Opportunities, we encourage applicants to detail periods of leave, part-time work or other such situations in their applications so that the Search Committee is able to 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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