Assistant professor in the area of public administration with a focus on innovation in the public sector

Assistant professor in the area of public administration with a focus on innovation in the public sector

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Contemporary processes of transformation are marked by a convergence of digital, biological and physical innovations that reshape state and society. Think of fundamental transformations in the production and consumption of energy and food, the provision of public safety or health care in new technological contexts. Such processes come with new challenges for governments and their administrative organization, particularly in the field of public service delivery. The public management of sectors and (semi-)public organizations will need to transform as well, to innovate public service delivery, to shape data-driven public sector performance, embed new technologies to serve citizens, and to stimulate professionals' motivation to work for transforming public sector organizations.

We seek a talented new colleague with a background in the broad field of public administration, who has an interest in, or experience with, the study of public management, public sector reforms, and innovations in public service delivery. This position is an exciting opportunity for co-developing and contributing to innovative public administration research. This position aims at generating new understanding of public sector reform and new kinds of public service delivery in a world of multiple transformations, based at a university of technology that puts innovations at the heart of its research and education. Next to developing research in the above-mentioned areas the position has teaching responsibilities in public administration, policy studies and/or (international) public governance in various educational programs of our faculty, including the BSc Management, Society & Technology, BSc Public Governance Across Borders, the MSc Public Administration and the MSc European Studies. Do you wish to be part of an exciting, newly developing department that researches and teaches on public administration, public policy and public governance in transforming societal and technological environments? Join our team and contribute to a significant and balanced impact on public administration research and society.

You contribute to research, teaching, and knowledge valorisation. You will:
  • carry out research and publish in the exciting field of innovations in the public sector, within the section of Public Administration
  • co-develop new research line that fits with multi-disciplinary (public administration, psychology and communication science) approach to transformations in public sector transformations
  • teach in the curriculum of English taught the bachelor and master programs of Public Administration and European Studies. For more information about the education programs, see (Public Administration) and (European Studies)
  • expand your network and acquire external research funding
  • contribute to our interdisciplinary research domains of resilience, emerging technologies and societal transformations, or health in the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS)
  • develop and strengthen expertise in novel research methods


University of Twente (UT)


  • You hold a PhD in one of the relevant social sciences, typically in public administration, public policy, political science, organization studies, urban studies or European studies, preferably with an interest in psychology and/or communication science
  • You are interested in multidisciplinary approaches to innovation in the public sector
  • You are able to assume an inspiring role as a public administration scholar in multi-disciplinary research
  • You are interested in contemporary innovations in public service delivery
  • You are interested in working with public stakeholders in the field
  • You are a passionate teacher, preferably holding a University Teaching Qualification or are willing to acquire one, and are able to teach and supervise students in educational programs of public administration, European studies, communication science and/or psychology
  • You are a teamplayer with excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • You are fluent in English and preferably also in Dutch or are willing to learn Dutch

Conditions of employment

  • You will be appointed for four years with the prospect of a permanent position (possibility to effectuate sooner). The university offers a dynamic ecosystem; internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda
  • A dynamic, cooperative work environment with entrepreneurial and enthusiastic colleagues
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence
  • Professional and personal development programmes
  • Starting salary is between € 3.637 and € 5.656 gross per month based on your experience
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • A solid pension scheme
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave
  • Minimum of 29 holiday days in case of full-time employment


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: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

For information about the BMS Faculty research themes Health and Wellbeing see: and Resilience, see: The BMS-

LAB provides an innovative infrastructure for research at the Faculty:

The HIB-department is one of four departments at the faculty. The department is committed to design, evaluation and implementation of and teaching about comprehensive technology-based solutions supporting people in behaviour that promotes their health, safety, resilience, connectedness and joy. The HIB-department comprises research groups of Communication Science; Psychology, Health & Technology; Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety; and Public Administration. For more information on these groups, see:


  • Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3637—€5656 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 897


University of Twente (UT)

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