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Opening: Post-doctoral Researcher for the De- and Re-Democratization Working Group

The CEU Democracy Institute (DI) in Budapest invites applications for a 2-year position of post-doctoral researcher at the research group on De- and Re-Democratization (DRD)

The successful candidate is expected to carry out independent empirical research within the broad thematic mission of the research group that covers five broad substantive fields: democratic failure, democratic subversion, democratic resistance, democratic polarization, and democratic foundations. 

Apart from pursuing their own research, the post-doctoral researcher will assist with constructing and consolidating an innovative, international research network. The position will thus combine research and organizational tasks. The candidate will be working in Budapest, Hungary, but might occasionally be requested to teach courses at CEU Private University in Vienna, Austria. 

We would be pleased to receive candidacies by scholars from the Global South or by scholars with a comparative research agenda on the Global South. In the spirit of theoretical and methodological pluralism, we are open to quantitative as well as qualitative approaches.

Responsibilities and opportunities 

  • Conduct their own, independent research.
  • Explore possibilities of research collaboration within DRD as well as within the CEU and the Democracy Institute at large.
  • Contribute to organizing seminars and public events of the research group.
  • Participate in public events and regular management meetings of the research group.
  • Strengthen the international research network, presence, and academic visibility of DRD.
  • Assist institution building efforts and the provision of public goods with the Democracy Institute.
  • Engage in the development of research project plans and funding proposals.
  • Take advantage of the multidisciplinary composition of the DI academic community and engage with other workgroups.
  • Collaborate with the Review of Democracy, the CEU Democracy Institute’s online journal.
  • Depending on interest and capacities, the post-doctoral researcher may take part in educational activities such as mentoring reading circles or discussion groups of doctoral students, offering compact topical seminars to interested students, participating in the CEU Democracy Institute Leadership Academy or engaging in other non-degree activities of the CEU (such as summer courses, academic preparation courses).


We seek applicants with a record (or strong promise) of relevant and internationally recognized publications in the research area, familiarity with current political affairs, and a keen interest in networking and institution building. Candidates must have excellent written and oral proficiency in English. At the start of their employment, they must have a PhD in hand in the field of Political Science, Sociology, Economics, or related fields.

What we offer 

We offer a competitive compensation package as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. The initial employment contract is for 24 months with the possibility of extension for another two years.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Writing sample (unpublished paper or published article or book chapter)
  • Names and contact details of two scholars who could supply recommendation letters in case the candidate is shortlisted for the job. The referees will be contacted by CEU DI.

Starting date:                    September 1, 2024 (negotiable)

Application deadline:     Open until filled, review of applications will start on 15 January, 2024

Please send your complete application package as one single pdf file to: – including job code in subject line: 2023/096

Informal inquiries can be addressed to Andreas Schedler, Head of the DI's De- and Re-Democratization Workgroup and Chair of the Search Committee.

Interviews of shortlisted candidates are expected to take place online in late February / early March 2024.

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