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inequalities researcher

Opening: Post-doctoral Researcher for the Inequalities and Democracy Working Group

The CEU Democracy Institute (DI) in Budapest invites applications for a 2-year position as a Post-doctoral Researcher at the research group on Inequalities and Democracy. Apart from pursuing their own research, the Post-doctoral Researcher will assist with constructing and consolidating an innovative, international research network for the research group. Therefore, the position will combine research and organizational tasks.

The candidate will be based and working in Budapest, Hungary,  but might occasionally be requested to travel or teach sessions in courses at CEU Private University in Vienna, Austria.
The successful candidate is expected to carry out independent empirical research within the broad thematic mission of the research group that covers four broad substantive fields:

  • old and new agendas in human rights based emancipatory struggles in times of crisis and crisis management;
  • the challenges and potentials of civil society participation in facilitating more inclusive democratic politics;
  • the (re)production of inequalities and social exclusion in authoritarian and de-democratizing regimes;
  • the emergence of new forms of social solidarity in urban, domestic, and transnational contexts in times of democratic crisis.

We would be pleased to receive candidacies by scholars pursuing a research agenda on countries beyond Western Europe and North America. In the spirit of theoretical and methodological pluralism, we are open to a wide range of methodological approaches including qualitative, interpretive, ethnographic, participatory, as well as quantitative, bigdata based and mixed methods.

Responsibilities and opportunities

  • Conduct their own, independent research.
  • Explore and develop research collaboration possibilities within the Inequalities and Democracy workgroup, the Democracy Institute and CEU 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 the Inequalities and Democracy research group.
  • 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.

Your qualifications
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 defended PhD in the fields of Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, Law or related fields.

What CEU offers
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.

Please send your complete application package as one single pdf file to: – including the job code in the subject line: 2024/013.

Application deadline: March 30, 2024.

Starting date:  September 01, 2024 (negotiable)

Informal inquiries can be addressed to Andrea Krizsan, Lead Researcher of the DI's Inequalities and Democracy Workgroup and Chair of the Search Committee.
Interviews of shortlisted candidates are expected to take place online in late April 2024.

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