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Full Professor Science, Technology & Society (STS) M/V

Job description

The University of Twente (UT) invites scholars with an excellent research and teaching record to apply for the position of Full Professor Science, Technology & Society (STS) in the department Technology, Policy, Society (TPS), School of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS).

The challenge

Are you up for the challenge to lead STS activities in a high-tech interdisciplinary environment? We offer an exciting opportunity for inspiring researchers with a strong vision on the future of STS and its relevance for society!

The STS professor leads the Science, Technology and Policy Studies group (STEPS). Its current research program advances knowledge about the co-evolution of society, technology and nature around key enabling technologies. We invite the new chair-holder to build upon current research on  the governance of science, technology and innovation, constructive technology assessment, and the dynamics of science and technology in society. We encourage the advancement of methodological foundations in foresight, co-creation and design, citizen participation and novel data driven methods, and a strengthening of broader impact of the results.

The STEPS group is part of the department of Technology, Policy, Society (TPS), which includes groups in the philosophy of science and technology, higher education studies, health technology and care, environmental and energy systems. Recently the department initiated the platform ‘Strategic Intelligence for Digitalization of Societal Domains’ (SI4DS). We seek to boost our role as ‘watch tower’ for Grand Challenges and encourage societal groups, innovators and policy actors through research, education and expertise.

Within the department, we work closely with the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) on the dynamics and organization of scientific and high tech knowledge within innovation ecosystems.


You take responsibility for inspiring and inclusive team management, contribute to the mission of the university as people first, high tech university and advance the Twente position within the international STS field.

Through growing own expertise, exploring novel research methods, engaged supervising PhD students and acquiring funding from national and international sources, you invigorate our STS research.

You develop a strong STS education portfolio including UT cross-cutting undergraduate education, participation in BMS master programmes, and formats of continuing and professional education.

Through interactions with societal groups, policy makers, innovators and other partners you create impact.

Your profile

Candidates we seek

  • have strong collaborative capabilities, and managerial and communication skills.
  • Have developed a research line of international stature, strong publication record and substantial external funding.
  • Are experienced in research within a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Act as trustworthy specialist towards multiple audiences.
  • Possess a passion to teach at all levels and possess a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) certificate, or are willing to obtain this,
  • Have an excellent command of English, at least at C2 level

Our offer

We offer a full-time position as Professor with a competitive salary and excellent employment conditions!

  • excellent research facilities in our TPS department within the BMS school;
  • extra's such as an 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
  • minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • an attractive pension scheme;
  • possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave;
  • professional and personal development programs;
  • a family friendly institution, offering support for dual hiring.

Information and application

We invite candidates to discuss their ideas about this position with Prof.dr. Stefan Kuhlmann, Chair of the TPS department: s.kuhlmann@utwente.nl; or Prof.dr. Barend van der Meulen, head of CHEPS: b.j.r.vandermeulen@utwente.nl.

Please submit your application, including a CV and a vision statement, before January 15th 2021.

About the organization

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.

Full Professor Science, Technology & Society (STS) M/V
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