Open position: Postdoctoral Researcher

June 27, 2023
Position: Researcher
Location: Budapest

Postdoctoral Researcher

In the framework of an ERC Synergy Grant financed research project, Taming the European Leviathan  

Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB)



Starting date:                  October 2023  

Application deadline:    July 20, 2023 

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

Location:                          Budapest 


The Central European University (in Vienna) and the Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB), located at the Budapest site of the Central European University (CEU), is seeking to fill a postdoctoral researcher position full or part-time for a two-year period (from October 2023 to October 2025) in the framework of an ERC Synergy Grant financed research project, Taming the European Leviathan.

The Leviathan Project has four partner institutions: Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Sofia), University of Hamburg, and CEU (Budapest–Vienna). The project challenges existing interpretations of European identity and aims to understand Europe beyond an East-West-dichotomy by focusing on the history of medicine and health policy. 


We are looking for a research associate who would work on the history of medicine and health policy with a focus on specific topics, such as the legacy of eugenic theory and practices in post-war Europe, psychiatric care, transplantation, blood transfusion, vaccination. (Other research areas could be also included within the framework of the project). Our team is looking at the bioethical and legal component of these areas. 


The candidate must hold a university graduate degree (PhD or SJD) in the disciplines of history, gender studies, bioethics, anthropology, or legal studies (SJD, PhD) and must be fluent in English and in one or more other European languages. We also expect regular presence at the CELAB offices and active participation in organizing workshops, conferences, and other events. We are looking for a person who is ambitious, independent, and solution-oriented, and who is enthusiastic about the exchange of ideas, enjoys teamwork and has an exceptional ability to write up research findings.


This two-year position offers participation in a stimulating intellectual project with numerous other researchers, provides an opportunity for establishing and expanding academic contacts internationally, and allows the utilization of an excellent infrastructure in Budapest and in Vienna. While CELAB is located on the site of the CUE in Budapest, it cooperates regularly with university departments at CEU Vienna.   


Please send your application with informative documents (CV, list of publications, a sample of your academic work) and a research outline (up to 2,000 words) to by July 20, 2023. Interviews in the selection process are expected to take place at the beginning of September 2023.

Questions can be addressed to Project Manager: Krisztina Zsukotynszky (


CEU is an equal opportunity employer and values geographical and gender diversity, thus encouraging applications from women and/or other underrepresented groups. Since CEU strives to increase the share of women in professorial positions, given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Previous training, work experience and/or engagement with matters of equality, diversity and inclusion at the organizational level will be an asset.

CEU recognises that personal and family circumstances shape the trajectory of one’s career and working patterns. We encourage applicants to detail periods of leave, part-time work or other such situations in their applications so that the Search Committee can assess an applicant’s academic record fairly in the context of their circumstances. Any declaration of personal and family circumstances is voluntary and will be handled confidentially and only considered in so far as it impacts on the academic career of an applicant.


Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States and Austria and has sites of operation in Vienna and Budapest. 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. CEU offers bachelor's, master’s and doctoral programs and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of resident faculty from over 50 countries and prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

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