CENS is looking for a research assistant

March 25, 2019
The Center for European Neighborhood Studies (CENS) at Central European University (CEU) invites applications for the Research Assistant position. The successful candidate will join the CENS team in Budapest, Hungary, which concentrates on Central and Eastern Europe, with a regional focus on the Visegrad countries and/or Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus).

The working language of CEU and CENS is English. The research assistant reports to the director.

The Center for European Neighborhood Studies is an independent research center of the Central European University located in Budapest, Hungary. Its main goal is to contribute to an informed international dialogue about the future of the European Union in the world, while capitalizing on its Central European perspective and regional embeddedness.

The strategic focus of CENS is academic and policy-oriented research on the place and role of the European Union in its rapidly changing and increasingly volatile neighborhood. Through its research, CENS seeks to contribute to the understanding of the environment where the EU, its member states and partners need to (co)operate, and it aims at supporting the constructive development of these relations by providing opportunities for discussion and exchange. The CENS's geographic focus areas are Central and Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Russia.

Starting date: May 1, 2019
Application deadline: April 15, 2019
Duties and responsibilities:
  • monitoring and analyzing current political and economic developments in the region with particular focus on foreign and security policy, as well as relations with and in the EU
  • participating in and/or providing assistance to CENS's projects dealing with the region, including research, administrative and organizational tasks
  • organizing and participating in events (conferences, workshops, panels, etc.) related to the region and to the research assistant's own work in Hungary and abroad
  • participating in CENS fundraising activities, including seeking out opportunities, writing grant proposals and participating in meetings with sponsors
  • contributing to the social media presence of CENS


  • Master's degree in political science, international relations, European studies or equivalent
  • proven interest in the region
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English and proactive mindset
  • experience with project management and event organization
  • previous work experience in think tanks and academia is an asset
  • experience working in an international environment is an asset


We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. The initial contract is fixed-term with the possibility of renewal.


Interested candidates should send their application in one PDF document, including:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Copies of relevant degrees and certificates

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Ms. Zselyke Tófalvi (tofalviz@ceu.edu)

Please send your complete application package to:
advert014@ceu.edu - including job code in subject line: 2019/014


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.

For more information, please visit www.ceu.edu

CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

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