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Assistant professor in Science Technology for Transformation Research

Job description

Deep transformative change is needed to ensure wellbeing and sustainability. But how can science and technology contribute to these processes of transformation? Are you interested in this question? We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious academic to strengthen our team!


As an assistant professor, you will do research and teaching on the contribution of science and technology, including the role of universities, to sustainability transformations. The position has a strong interdisciplinary profile and you will work with colleagues from diverse social science, natural science, engineering, and humanities perspectives. You will design and undertake innovative research, develop and execute teaching activities, facilitate collaboration and reflection, and co-produce strategies and options for action.

Your profile

  • Holds a PhD in science & technology studies, political science, environmental social science or another relevant filed.
  • Fits with the thematic focus described above, as demonstrated by relevant research experience and publications.
  • Has good didactic skills and experience with education at BSc, MSc or PhD levels in the social sciences as well as for interdisciplinary audiences.
  • Has obtained, or is willing to obtain, a University Teaching Qualification certificate
  • Is creative and a good communicator. Is able to communicate clearly to multiple audiences, and interact successfully with academics, professionals, and lay audiences.

Our offer

We offer a permanent position with a one-year probationary period (formally a 1-year contract with prospect of permanent contract). The starting salary, depending on your experience, ranges between € 3.807 to € 6.421 gross per month (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), based on the job profile Assistant or Associate Professor. In addition, the University of Twente offers additional attractive employment conditions (8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme, sabbatical leave, professional and personal development programs, etc.).

Information and application

For more information on this position you can contact prof.dr. E. Turnhout, email: e.turnhout@utwente.nl, phone: +31-53-4897119. Please include a full resume with references, before September 29th, 2021

About the department

The STePS section is part of the department of Technology, Policy, Society (TPS), in which we closely collaborate with Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) and with sections on environmental and energy systems, philosophy, and health technology. We deliver world-leading interdisciplinary research, intensive education and high-impact interventions. We assess the role of science and technology in processes of social change, decision making, transformation and innovation, studying the past and anticipating the future. We work towards better governance of knowledge and innovation, addressing major societal challenges. We stir lively debates, and identify options together with relevant groups and individuals in society, policy and the private sector.

About the organization

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. By means of 'social engineering', we are here to integrate these advances in society. As a people-first tech university, we align these advances with the needs and behaviour of humans. We ensure proper public and private management as well as robust, inclusive and fair organisational structures. The faculty of BMS does this by developing, transferring and applying high-quality knowledge of Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Science, Philosophy, Educational Science, and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines is challenge-based. The BMS research programmes are directly linked to our research institutes: Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the TechMed Centre and the Digital Society Institute.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

Assistant professor in Science Technology for Transformation Research
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