Post Doctoral Fellowship

Vacancy summary: 

Political Behavior Research Group (PolBeRG) and the Department of Political Science at the Central European University (CEU), in Budapest, Hungary are jointly advertising a two-year experimental political research post-doctoral position to begin in the fall of 2012.

Level: Junior
Application deadline:Feb 1, 2012

Qualifications and Responsibilities

We seek a candidate with a strong research agenda with a focus on experimental political research. PolBeRG’s interests lie in experimental research in political behavior, political psychology, political communication, public opinion, electoral and legislative politics but the call is open without restriction to anyone with an experimental political science research agenda. We seek someone who could advise and lead in setting up various small-scale experiments in a multiplicity of individual and team projects under the PolBeRG umbrella. Successful candidate will be expected to apply for research grants to fund collaborative PolBeRG projects and guest edit a special issue of the CEU Political Science Journal on experimental research. The newly established Department of Cognitive Science agreed to provide access to their experimental labs (subject to scheduling and availability). Successful candidate will be encouraged to take advantage of these facilities and help us develop a working relationship with the labs’ researchers. At the time of application, the candidate is expected to have a PhD or have defended their dissertation by the beginning of the position.


About the CEU and the Political Behavior Research Group (PolBeRG)

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing primarily in the social sciences. It is located in Budapest, and accredited in both the United States and Hungary. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies. CEU offers both Master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1500 students from nearly 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 140 resident faculty, from over 40 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

PolBeRG is a student run organization with an extensive interdisciplinary network of scholars across Europe that fosters a collaborative research environment and the dissemination of original, multi-method and interdisciplinary behavioral research through the organization of research meetings and public lectures. The Department of Political Science has both US and European accreditation and an impressive ranking within Europe.



The two-year post-doctoral position is created within the framework of the “CEU 20th Anniversary Postdoctoral Fellowships” to commemorate 20 years of academic activity at CEU. The successful candidate will receive a competitive stipend, will be eligible for a health plan and will have access to the same research and academic travel support funds as faculty.


How to apply: 

The application package should consist of a single PDF file titled by your full name with • Application letter (not exceeding 1200 words) • CV, • The contact information of four references (including e-mail, phone number, mailing address, and a short description of relationship with the applicant) • Transcripts (unofficial is OK, official ones will have to be presented before an offer is made) • Copy of PhD diploma or letter from supervisor describing the applicant’s progress on their dissertation • And two writing samples (one can be co-authored). Application package should highlight the candidate’s training and research relevant to both experimental research and political science Informal enquiries may be addressed Levente Littvay ( Please send your complete application package to: - including job code in subject line: 2011/034 CEU is an equal opportunity employer.