CfA: Assistant Professor

January 14, 2020
Application deadline date: 
March 31, 2020
Starting date : 
September 1, 2020

The Department of International Relations at Central European University invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor position in International Relations, to be based on CEU’s campus in Vienna, Austria.

The Department is looking to develop its interdisciplinary research programme in the areas of Historical International Relations, (International) Social Media and Communications Studies, Interpretive Policy Analysis, and qualitative methodologies. The candidate must possess proven expertise, as well as teaching and a publication record, in one or several of these fields. The Department will give preference to candidates whose research is focused on, but not limited to, the Central and Eastern Europe. This preference is informed by CEU’s continued commitment to facilitate knowledge production about/in the region. This is also aimed at mitigating asymmetries in the exchange of ideas across the East-West divide and bringing the ideas from/about this part of the world in conversation with the most outstanding global scholarship.
The candidate must be able to develop and teach courses focused on the international history and/or current political trends and developments of the region (conceptualized from within the scholarly fields mentioned above), or courses on the interpretive aspects of international, intercultural, interethnic, interlingual communication and politics. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate ability to teach qualitative research methods (such as discourse analysis, interviewing, offline and digital ethnography, archival and historical research, etc.).

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Key qualifications required:

  • A PhD in International Relations, Political Science, Sociology or a cognate field earned within the last six years.
  • At least three years of university teaching experience at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels supported by positive teaching evaluations
  • Ability to teach graduate-level courses on qualitative and interpretivist research methods
  • Close familiarity with software and databases relevant for interpretivist analysis
  • Proficiency in English
  • A promising research agenda and a record of publications in internationally acclaimed peer-reviewed academic journals
  • Ongoing international collaborations and a sizable academic network (confirmable through reference letters and documented participation in international conferences and workshops) would be valuable assets for the candidate.

We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. Teaching load is comparable to that of research universities. Initial contracts will be for six years, renewable as indefinite, after review.


Applicants need to submit:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter
  • A sample syllabus
  • Two writing samples
  • Three letters of reference

Review of applications will begin April 2, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Alexander Astrov, Head of Department (

Please send your complete application package to: - including job code in subject line: 2019/078.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a talk and an interview in person.


Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other emerging democracies throughout the world. CEU offers both master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty, from over 50 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

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