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Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow

Central European University

Location: Budapest - Hungary
Salary: Competitive salary
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th July 2020
Expires: 29th September 2020
Job Ref: 2020/048

Lead researcher for the Rule of Law Workgroup of the Democracy Institute, CEU Budapest  

Starting date: Fall 2021 (negotiable) 

Application deadline: Open until filled, review of applications will start September 01, 2020 

Full- Or Part-Time: Full-time (40 hours/week) 

Location: Budapest  

The newly formed Democracy Institute at the Central European University invites applications for a lead researcher of its rule of law working group. The chosen candidate will be a Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow at the Democracy Institute and Visiting Associate or Visiting Full Professor at the Legal Studies Department of CEU. The lead researcher will have to build up an innovative interdisciplinary international research program that could offer better ways of understanding the relationship between the rule of law and democracy, and the challenges to the rule of law in the 21st century.  We seek applicants with a strong publication record in the research area and with a good track record in institution building.   

We particularly encourage candidates who can build broad based interdisciplinary research collaborations within and outside of CEU. The successful candidate will be working in Budapest but can teach courses at CEU PU in Vienna.  

Duties and responsibilities: 

Successful candidates are expected to build up and run an internationally recognized research program, to collaborate with the members of the other research groups at the Democracy Institute, to apply for external research funding, to train and supervise graduate students, and to participate in the network-building, outreach and fundraising initiatives of the Democracy Institute.  


Candidates must have a PhD, an outstanding research agenda, and a record of publications in peer-reviewed academic journals in legal studies or political sciences.  


We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. The initial contract is for 2-4 years; continued employment depends on outcome of re-appointment review in case of Research Fellow rank, or indefinite term in case of Senior Research Fellow rank.  

How to apply 

Applicants need to submit 

  • CV 
  • a program statement 
  • two recent English language papers or manuscripts that best represent their research  

Shortlisted candidates will be requested to name three scholars who could supply recommendation letters. 

Informal inquiries can be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Laszlo Bruszt, at

The applications will be processed starting September 1, 2020. The positions will remain open until filled. 

Please send your complete application package to: - including job code in subject line:  2020/048. 

The privacy of your personal information is very important to us. We collect, use, and store your personal information in accordance with the requirements of the applicable data privacy rules, including specifically the General Data Protection Regulation. To learn more about how we manage your personal data during the recruitment process, please see our Privacy Notice at: (Hungary: Közép-európai Egyetem, Central European University) or (Austria: Central European University, CEU Central European University Private University). 

CEU is an equal opportunity employer.  

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