Visiting Researcher and Postdoc Fellows "Women's Labour Activism in Eastern Europe and Transnationally" (CEU Budapest)

Junior Visiting Researcher and Postdoctoral Fellows

In Women's Labour Activism in Eastern Europe and Transnationally,
from the Age of Empires to the Late 20th Century

Starting date:
Junior Visiting Researcher: August 1, 2020
Postdoctoral Fellows: February 1, 2020; August 1, 2020; or February 1, 2021

Application deadlines:
Junior Visiting Researcher: TBA (see below)
Postdoctoral Fellows: September 15, 2019

Full or Part Time:
Junior Visiting Researcher: Full PhD student package (part time employment)
Postdoctoral Fellows: full-time

The Department of History at Central European University (CEU) invites applications for a Junior Visiting Researcher (PhD student) and two Postdoctoral Fellow positions. The successful candidates will work on the ERC Advanced Grant-funded ZARAH project co-hosted by the Department of History and the Department of Gender Studies at CEU.The ZARAH project will last for five years, and we welcome applications from candidates who can commit to a three-year period. The initial contract is for one year with the possibility of renewal for another two years.

Project Description:

ZARAH ( explores the history of women's labor activism and organizing to improve labor conditions and life circumstances of lower and working class women and their communities—moving these women from the margins of labor, gender and European history to the center of historical study.

ZARAH's research rationale is rooted in the interest in the interaction of gender, class and other dimensions of difference (e.g. ethnicity and religion) as forces that shaped women's activism. It addresses the gender bias in labor history, the class bias in gender history and the regional bias in European history. ZARAH conceives of women's labor activism as emerging from the confluence of local, nation-wide, border-crossing and international initiatives, interactions and networking. It studies this activism in the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires, the post-imperial nation states and during the Cold War and the years thereafter. Employing a long-term and trans-regional perspective, ZARAH highlights how a history of numerous social upheavals and changing borders and political systems shaped the agency of the women studied; it examines their contribution to the struggle for socio-economic inclusion and the making of gender, labor and social policies.

ZARAH comprises, in addition to the Principal Investigator, an international group of post-doctoral and doctoral researchers at CEU, distinguished by their excellent command of the history and languages of the region. ZARAH consists of a web of component and collaborative studies, which include all relevant groups of activists and activisms, span the whole region and cover the period between the 1880s and the 1990s. It will generate key research resources that will be available to all students and scholars.

We invite applications that involve one of the following component studies:

Women's labor activism in the Galician and Polish lands and internationally, 1880s to 1920s (general thematic area)

Women's labor activism in the (former) Hungarian lands and internationally, 1890s to 1930s (general thematic area)

Women's labor activism in the (post-) Yugoslav lands and internationally, 1900s to 1940s (general thematic area)

The positions advertised now each include, in addition to the collaborative work in the ZARAH project, a focus on one component study.

Each position may be filled either with a Postdoctoral Fellow or Junior Visiting Researcher.

The positions will initially be based at CEU's campus Budapest, Hungary; they may be transferred to CEU's new campus in Vienna, Austria in the future.

As a first step, potential applicants are invited to contact the Principal Investigator, Susan Zimmermann,, with an informal email in which they briefly describe their interest in one of the positions. The PI will contact each potential applicant individually before August 31, 2019.

Duties and responsibilities:

Applicants are invited, in conversation with the Principal Investigator, to develop their own project within one of the general thematic areas indicated above.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Do research, and put in writing (as well as publish) research results related to the individual component study
Contribute to collaborative work of the research team
Participate in bimonthly team meetings and annual workshops and other project work


Junior Visiting Researcher: MA degree in History, Gender Studies, or another relevant discipline

Postdoctoral Fellows: PhD degree in History, Gender Studies, or another relevant discipline


We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment.
How to apply

Candidates for the Junior Visiting Researcher (PhD Student) position will apply to the PhD Program in Comparative History, the Application Deadline 2020/2021 (likely January 31, 2020) will be announced.

Candidates for the Postdoctoral positions: Please send your complete application package to: - including job code in subject line: 2019/49

The complete application package should contain:

Motivation letter
Contact information of two references

About CEU

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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