Two researchers in Higher Education Policy Studies

Two researchers in Higher Education Policy Studies

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4 Dec 28 Jan Enschede

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The Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) is one of the world’s leading centers of excellence and relevance in its field and has a strong international network. Through its research, training & teaching and consultancy activities CHEPS makes governments, universities and others to better address the multiple challenges of higher education.

Throughout its 35 years history CHEPS has seen higher education changing. Student populations diversify and globalize, new technologies impact upon teaching and learning, and higher education is connected to sustainable development goals. Our interests include the impact of digitalization on higher education and its governance; European developments in university governance; university governance in emerging economies; higher education as a public good, and higher education’s impacts on society, labour markets, and sustainability.

We seek researchers that further strengthen our committed team with new ideas and methodologies, that improve our project performance and visibility in our academic and policy communities!


You will contribute to CHEPS’ broad portfolio of research and education activities, which includes:

  • managing and carrying out research projects for CHEPS's international and national clients;
  • writing academic publications and publications for a broader audience;
  • growing our expertise and develop new multidisciplinary research projects and ideas;
  • acquiring (external) funding for research, often in collaboration with others;
  • teaching of university courses as well as in CHEPS’ professional training activities and participation in the supervision of PhD students.

We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff!


University of Twente (UT)


We seek highly motivated candidates who can link different fields such as policy studies, education studies, management, science policy studies. Your profile matches the following elements:

  • show vision and ambitious drive (seeing opportunities and possibilities, showing ambition);
  • hold a PhD degree in a relevant discipline and have experience in research within a multidisciplinary environment;
  • bring in advanced methodological skills, like combining quantitative and qualitative methods, text mining, big data, simulation and modelling, knowledge synthesis for EBP;
  • ambition and experience in working closely with governments, funding bodies and other partners in higher education studies;
  • have teaching experience (both lecturing and tutoring) at an internationally accredited university;
  • possess good communication skills and an excellent command of English at C2 level.
Applications should include:
  1. A motivation letter;
  2. Curriculum vitae with e-mail and telephone contact information of at least two referees;
  3. Overview of research output, teaching experience and other academic activities clearly showing your expertise in relevant areas.

Please upload your application via before the 28th of January 2020. Your For more information on this position, please contact Prof. Dr. B.J.R. van der Meulen, professor Institutional aspects of (Higher) Education, and director of CHEPS (phone +31 (0)53 489 9438; email

Conditions of employment

You will be appointed for two years with outlook on a tenured position, within a very stimulating scientific environment.

  • You will receive a salary between €3.255,- and € 5.656,- gross per month, depending on your work experience;
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of 8,3% and a solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs.

Salary and conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO- NU).


The University of Twente. We stand for science and technology, high tech, human touch, education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research. The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences strives to hold a leading position in their fields in relation to the science and technology research programs of the University of Twente. In all these fields, the faculty provides bachelor, master and professional development programs.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through 'social engineering' these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our Institutes on Governance (IGS), ICT (CTIT), Health (MIRA) and Nanotechnology (MESA+).


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Economics; Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3255—€5656 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1081828


University of Twente (UT)

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