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Assistant Professor in Public Administration and Public Policy

Job description

Are you a scholar in Public Administration or Public Policy with a keen interest in understanding how the grand societal and technological challenges of our time are addressed by policy makers? Do you seek to contribute to the development of a fair and sustainable (digital) society from a Public Administration perspective? Then we invite you to join our team! We offer an inspiring academic environment that stimulates you to further develop your academic research and teaching in various areas of Public Administration and Public Policy. For example in (comparative) local government studies, administrative reforms, Europeanization and globalization, or data-driven (algorithmic) policy making and governance.

This could be your next new exciting career move! As a newly appointed assistant professor, you will be working in the section of Public Administration of the Department of Technology, Human and Institutional Behaviour (HIB) at the University of Twente. Besides your excellence as a researcher, your teaching skills are very important since you will develop and teach courses in our BSc Management, Society & Technology, the MSc programme in Public Administration and the MSc programme in European Studies. You will also supervise bachelor, master and PhD theses.

In addition we expect you to:    

  • further develop your research profile, be active in Public Administration and Public Policy research, publish in international journals, and disseminate your research at leading conferences;
  • take initiatives to attract external funding;
  • be open to collaborations with other institutes and public agencies and contribute to (joint) projects.

Your profile

Candidates we seek

  • Hold a PhD degree (or almost completed), preferably in public administration, policy sciences, local government studies, EU studies, or in a relevant other discipline;  
  • Have a strong interest in the study of Public Policy and Governance, preferably in a context of grand societal challenges and technological transformations;
  • Are dedicated to achieving societal impact;
  • Have the ability and ambition to acquire external research grants and work closely with external stakeholders;
  • Have preferably experience with teaching at an internationally accredited university;
  • Hold a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) certificate, or are willing to obtain this and have a real passion for, and the ambition to become an inspiring lecturer;
  • Possess excellent communication skills and a demonstrated proficiency in the written and spoken use of the English language, at least at C2 level, and preferably also of the Dutch language (or at least, have the desire to learn Dutch);
  • Have good social skills, are standout colleagues.

Our offer

We offer a 1.5-year fulltime contract that, when positively evaluated, will lead to a tenured contract. The starting salary, depending on your experience, ranges between € 3.807 to € 5.922 gross per month (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). 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

You can submit your application, including a recent curriculum vitae and your vision statement on teaching and research, along with contact information for at least two academic references before November 15, 2021. For more information, please contact dr. Ringo Ossewaarde, e-mail: m.r.r.ossewaarde@utwente.nl. For information about the selection procedure, please contact Karen Geerdink, HR advisor, email: k.geerdink@utwente.nl.

About the department

The section of Public Administration (PA) is part of the wider Department of Technology, Human and Institutional Behaviour (HIB) at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences (BMS) at the University of Twente. The section of Public Administration is responsible for research and education in Public Administration; in the contemporary context of grand societal challenges in a technologically transforming society. We seek to contribute to the development of a fair and sustainable (digital) society from a Public Administration scholarship perspective. The section of Public Administration is a group of researchers with expertise in the subdisciplines Public Policy, Public Management and Public Governance in a strong methodological setting. We focus on how the grand societal and technological challenges of our time are addressed by governments and governance institutions. We include the perspective of globalization and localization of governance in a technologically transforming world. Challenges include: sustainable development, artificial intelligence, (big) data-driven and algorithmic policy making and governance, transboundary crises, data protection, smart cities, or administrative reforms.

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.

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