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Job Title:  Junior Visiting Researcher - Doctoral Candidate 12 - EUTERPE (f/m/d)

Department:  Department of Gender Studies

Full-time/Part-time:  Full-time

Location: Vienna, AT, 1100

Application Deadline:  July 20, 2024

This is the job call for a researcher to work in the EU-funded MSCA Doctoral Network “EUTERPE: European Literatures and Gender in Transnational Perspective”. The project started on October 1, 2022, and runs until September 30, 2026. 


The aim of EUTERPE is to offer an innovative approach to rethinking European cultural production in the light of complex social and political negotiations that are shaping European spaces and identities at present. EUTERPE intends to do that by bringing together gender and transnational perspectives within an interdisciplinary approach to literary and cultural studies, while training and supervising 11 DCs in interdisciplinary, transnational, gender-focused literary studies.


As Coordinator of the EUTERPE Project, the Department of Gender Studies at the Central European University Private University (CEU PU, Austria) invites applications for a doctoral candidate position. The successful applicant is offered a 48-month term of doctoral studies of which max. 25 months are financed from the EU-funded EUTERPE project according to EU rules and min. 23 months are financed from CEU Doctoral Stipend according to CEU rules. The successful candidate will be based at the Department of Gender Studies in Vienna. 


We welcome applications from candidates with a master’s degree, a demonstrable interest and experience in gender studies, English language skills, a willingness to undertake two months of guided internship at an Associate Partner of the project, as well as a willingness to spend a period of 6 months on secondment at the University of Granada (Spain). Applicants will be required to submit a 1000-word research proposal outlining the innovative ways in which they will tackle this project (further details below).


Duties and Responsibilities 


The successful candidate for this post will research “Transnational turn in literary studies” as part of EUTERPE’s Work Package 1 (Transnational turn in literary studies: Looking from Central and Eastern Europe). The Doctoral Candidate will be enrolled in a PhD program at the Department of Gender Studies at CEU for 48 months earliest from September 1, 2024. The first max. 25 months of their studies will be financed from the EU-funded Doctoral Network “EUTERPE: European Literatures and Gender in Transnational Perspective” (on a full-time employment contract) and the remaining min. 23 months are financed from the CEU Doctoral Stipend (as a student).


The focus of this position will be research on points of entry and pathways of transnational literature in Europe. The research should concentrate on spaces where languages and literatures of different origins coexist and mix in rich variety. The aim is to examine transnational encounters, transculturalism, questions of identity and border-crossing. The project at large is focusing on women-identified writers whose work is characterized by various forms of transnationalism. Transnational literature produced in post-socialist countries and in the European regions with massive migration, i.e., with shifting geographic and symbolic borders, is of particular interest for this project.


As a part of their research training, applicants will have the following duties


  • Collectively with the other Doctoral Candidates participate in the EUTERPE Transnational Literary Research Laboratory creating the content of the Dictionary/Catalogue/Podcast Library following the Doctoral Candidate’s chosen track of contribution. 

  • Enroll as PhD students in respective PhD programs with the university, which is recruiting them; for this post it is PhD in Comparative Gender Studies at CEU PU. They must fulfill all the requirements of the program and work towards the completion of their PhD thesis within the deadline set by the university.

  • Spend a compulsory secondment period of 6 months at the University of Granada (Spain) during the second year of their tenure. During this period, they will receive further research training and will conduct comparative research.

  • Undertake 2 months of guided internship with a EUTERPE Associate Partner that works on a field relevant to the Doctoral Candidate's expertise.

  • Work closely with their employability mentor in the development of a bespoke Employability Enhancement Plan.

  • Attend project-wide training events including 3 education events in the form of summer and spring schools.

  • Participate in the EUTERPE Final conference and promotion of the Dictionary of Transnational Women’s Literature in Europe, the Digital Catalogue and Podcast Library in Vienna in the fall of 2026.

  • Contribute to the final project report in the summer of 2026.





Applications are accepted from candidates with an MA or equivalent degree from Literary Studies, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies and related disciplines. Priority will be given to candidates with a background and proven interest in transnational literary studies and in gender studies.


The applicant has to fulfill CEU requirements for language proficiency (


Students enrolled in a doctoral program at CEU must not be simultaneously enrolled in other institutions of higher education, and are required, at the beginning of their studies at CEU, to sign a declaration to this effect.


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Doctoral Network (MSCA DN) requirements


Eligibility rule: Applicants should not have been awarded a doctorate at the time of their recruitment.


Mobility rule: Applicants must not have resided or carried out in person or virtually their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization (i.e., in Austria) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their recruitment date (= earliest start date of contract, i.e., September 1, 2024). Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account. More detailed explanation of these eligibility conditions can be found here: European Charter for Researchers | EURAXESS (



What CEU Offers 


The Doctoral Candidate will receive a maximum 25-month contract to cover the followings:


  • Annual gross salary: 41,162 EUR (paid in 14 installments)

  • Benefits: Resaver, Meal Ticket

  • Mobility allowance: € 600/month (paid 12 times per year)

  • Family allowance: (if applicable): € 660/month (paid 12 times per year)


The contract is for a fixed-term (earliest from 1 September 2024 – to 30 September 2026), 25 months for the duration of the HORIZON-MSCA-2021-DN. “EUTERPE: European Literatures and Gender in Transnational Perspective”.


After the end of the employment period, the selected candidate will be offered to complete the PhD studies on a CEU Doctoral Stipend for min. 23 months (the Doctoral Stipend currently is 1,880 EUR/gross/month).

How to Apply 


Applicants need to submit:

  • filled out application form, (the application form can be downloaded from the Euraxess job advert)

  • application letter (not exceeding 500 words),

  • CV,

  • reference letters from two academic and one non-academic referees, submitted by the referees, to the e-mail address,

  • 1000-word research proposal as required,

  • Complete official master’s transcript and master’s diploma. The transcript and the diploma should be issued in English by your university/college or translated by the issuing institution or a registered translator. In either case, it must bear the stamp and signature of an official of the institution or the translator.

  • proof of language proficiency according to CEU’s requirements (, 

  • (optional) an academic writing sample.


Short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in online interviews and will be subject to pre-employment checks prior to any appointment.


The recruitment strategy will be in line with the recommendations in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The process will adhere to OTM-R (open, transparent, and merit-based recruitment of researchers) practices.


Further inquiries may be addressed to:

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. CEU recognizes that personal and family circumstances shape the trajectory of one’s career and working patterns. As such, and in line with CEU’s promotion of Equal Opportunities, we encourage applicants to detail periods of leave, part-time work or other such situations in their applications so that the Search Committee is able to 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.


About CEU

One of the world’s most international universities, a unique founding mission positions Central European University as both an acclaimed center for the study of economic, historical, social and political challenges, and a source of support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and human dignity. CEU is accredited in the United States and Austria, and offers English-language bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in the social sciences, the humanities, law, environmental sciences, management and public policy. CEU enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries, with faculty from over 50 countries.


In 2019, CEU relocated from Hungary to Austria as the Hungarian government revoked its ability to issue US-accredited degrees in the country. As a result, CEU offers all of its degree programs in Vienna, Austria; and retains a non-degree, research and civic engagement presence in Budapest, Hungary, through its CEU Democracy Institute, the Institute for Advanced Study, the CEU Summer University and The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA), and its Hungarian language public educational programs and public lectures.


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Requisition ID:  605


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