JOB ADVERTISEMENT - Post-Doctoral Fellowship in non-Western (Asian) Political Thought (2 years)

JOB ADVERTISEMENT - Post-Doctoral Fellowship in non-Western (Asian) Political Thought (2 years)

29 January 2015

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

Level: Junior

Unit: Department of International Relations and European Studies

Application deadline: February 28, 2015

Starting date: September, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter

The Department of International Relations and European Studies (IRES) invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship for AY 2015-AY 2017 in the field of non-Western (Asian) political thought, with the aim to strengthen the humanities at Central European University.

As part of CEU's commitment to both the humanities and interdisciplinary teaching and research, the University launched a Humanities Initiative in spring 2014. The Initiative provides incentives for new cross-departmental and interdisciplinary research and teaching activities in the humanities, and to infuse CEU social science programs with perspectives, approaches and accomplishments taken from the humanities

The Department is looking for a candidate with a strong substantive research agenda and teaching interests that would allow him/her to contribute to a cross-departmental specialization in political thought and university-wide research projects on Asia and the Global South more generally.

Background in Buddhist Political Thought and/or Confucianism is desirable. Regional expertise in South-East Asia (especially Myanmar) is especially welcome.

Duties and responsibilities:

The Post-Doctoral Fellow is expected to pursue a specific line of research as outlined in their application material, to engage with the life and activities of the Department, and participate actively in university-wide activities related to the CEU Humanities Initiative. The successful candidate is also expected to teach one two-credit course (where one credit equals 50 minutes of classroom contact over a 12-week academic term) in a relevant field on the MA level, to publish in international outlets, and to participate in departmental activities. For details, see


Applicants should be recent holders of doctoral degrees in relevant fields in the humanities or social sciences (e.g. political theory/thought, history, international relations), or hold one by the time the position starts. Preference will be given to candidates with broad cross-disciplinary perspectives, a demonstrable and meaningful interest in comparative work and with a grasp of, and work in, theories and concepts in political thought with an ability to engage in and contribute to debates in international relations.

How to apply: 

A curriculum vitae, two samples of writing or representative publication, a research proposal with an abstract, and the contact information for three referees, should be included. The covering letter should describe research and achievements so far and a statement of what the candidate hopes to accomplish during the tenure of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Please send your complete application package to: - including job code in subject line: 2014/078. Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof. Alexander Astrov, Acting Head of Department at or

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