Full Professor of Public Administration

Full Professor of Public Administration

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7 Dec 15 Jan Nijmegen

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Job description

Are you an engaged researcher and lecturer, with the depth and drive to cover the management and governance of the public sector in science and education? Are you able and willing to bridge different areas of specialist expertise within and outside our department? Then you have a part to play as a full professor of Public Administration.

As a Full Professor of Public Administration, you will be expected to cover management and governance of the public sector (preferably at the central level of government) in your research and teaching. With a broad empirical and theoretical orientation, you are able and willing to bridge different areas of specialist expertise within and outside the department.

You will play a prominent and exemplary role in public administration education (Bachelor's and Master's programmes). This role may be extended to include contributions to intra- and interfaculty Master's programmes of Radboud University. You have developed an international view on public administration (with a cross-national and comparative perspective on theoretical and methodological issues) and an understanding of developments in public administration in the context of wider developments with respect to society and the State. You are also able to translate this into attractive educational content.

You will initiate and supervise research in PA, resulting in, for example, the publication of academic articles in established international journals. You will link research themes with those of other research groups within the faculty or Institute for Management Research (IMR), and, more particularly, contribute to multidisciplinary research programmes. You will be expected to realise funding opportunities, write grant proposals and generate the funding needed, partly to finance PhD positions. You will be actively involved in the supervision of PhD candidates.

You will contribute to supervising associate and assistant professors and researchers in their work, and advancing their career. Second, you will contribute to the management of teaching, research and impact in the PA department, fulfilling managerial duties at the departmental and NSM level. You will contribute in particular to the strategic development and positioning of the PA curricula in relation to the PA curricula at other universities and NSM departments. You will have a part to play in the continual improvement, internationalisation and positioning of the faculty in terms of its educational and research programmes. Furthermore, you will represent the group and the field of study in inter-university consultations and in national and international networks in education and research.

Currently, the standard division between tasks is 55% teaching (including 5% coordination time) and 45% research. If you are to fulfil additional managerial tasks, both teaching and research time will be reduced proportionally. It is the department's ambition is to develop towards a 50-50 distribution of teaching and research in the near future.


Radboud University


  • You have a PhD degree in public administration, public management or political science, or an equivalent background.
  • You have demonstrated to possess thorough knowledge of recent theoretical and empirical developments in public administration, and of the relevance these have for PA research and the practice of PA. This is apparent from publications in prominent international academic journals, national professional publications, regular conference presentations and invited talks and, preferably, media appearance. Experience and thorough knowledge within the domain of public management is seen as an advantage.
  • You have the capacity to conduct interdisciplinary research and develop interdisciplinary teaching in line with IMR's focus on responsible governance for sustainable societies.
  • You have the requisite managerial and coordination capacities, including reflective capacities, a vision on leadership development, and a commitment to an open, safe and inclusive working environment.
  • You have excellent teaching skills, combined with ample experience with the development, coordination and implementation of academic teaching.
  • You have a proven ability to supervise the development and implementation of an academic education programme. A senior university teaching qualification or equivalent is required.
  • You possess a wide experience in initiating, attracting and supervising externally funded research, including doctoral projects.
  • You are a well-reputed and visible actor in relevant national and international academic networks on public administration.
  • You are a well-reputed and visible actor in relevant public sector organisations/networks relevant to the field of study and have the proven capacity to disseminate the results of academic research on PA to these organisations/networks.
  • You have a proven capacity to engage in public debates through media appearance or otherwise.
  • You have a clear vision of the future development of Public Administration as a discipline (both in research and teaching) and the future development of the Nijmegen PA department within this context.
  • You have displayed academic leadership skills within academic circles.
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Dutch (or you are willing and able to acquire these skills within a few years).
Do you not (yet) fulfill all of the profile criteria but are you still interested in this vacancy? Then we invite you to apply for this vacancy regardless!

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: It concerns an indefinite contract with an appointment as full professor initially for five years.

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of € 6,099 and a maximum of € 8,881 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale H2).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns an indefinite contract with an appointment as full professor initially for five years.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


The Nijmegen School of Management enables students, institutions and companies, societal actors and governments to play their part in a transformation towards sustainable societies.

In doing so, the faculty is committed to Radboud University’s mission of contributing to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. In the context of our 'Responsible governance for sustainable societies' mission, we address scientific and societal challenges from a good governance perspective. Our work focuses on the topics Beyond Economy, Climate, Inclusivity, Safety, and Democracy. By building, questioning and extending the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), we acknowledge their interrelatedness and focus on a number of grand challenges within society. We contribute to innovation and sustainable growth on topics such as inequality, gender, meaningful work and poverty. Furthermore, we address environmental and climate challenges, seeking to contribute towards resolving them.

At the Nijmegen School of Management, academic research and teaching are carried out in challenging educational programmes. These programmes are offered in the areas of Business Administration; Economics and Business Economics; Geography, Planning and Environment; Political Science; and Public Administration. Academic research takes place within the Institute for Management Research (IMR). Research is carried out within the above-mentioned domains and in interdisciplinary research groups: the Hotspots. The Nijmegen School of Management has 400 staff and approximately 5,000 students.

The department of Public Administration seeks to enable students, governments and public and semi-public organisations to understand, contribute to and reflect on processes of public governance aimed at addressing complex societal challenges. In analysing responsible public governance, the department is strongly committed to the position of vulnerable societal groups and the involvement of diffuse public interests. To develop an in-depth understanding of public governance, the department offers a combination of sectoral expertise with in-depth knowledge of public administration, public management and public policy. Research and teaching are characterised by a strong commitment to advanced research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, and extensive attention to public administration ethics.

The department offers one Bachelor’s and one Master’s programme, currently with specialisations in local governance, policy research, security and EU governance. In addition, it plays a role in professional and PhD training, through the Radboud Management Academy and Netherlands Institute of Governance. The department is recognized both nationally and internationally for its expertise in the field of governance and management of private and public organisations, as evidenced by a strong publication output and a steady flow of external research funding. The department coordinates three 'hotspots' of interdisciplinary research within IMR. The department's workplace environment is characterised by good working relations, distributed leadership and a sound balance between staff autonomy and collaborative learning.

Radboud University
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Economics; Behaviour and society
  • €6099—€8881 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1201328



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