Assistant Professor in Public Administration

Assistant Professor in Public Administration

Published Deadline Location
23 Apr tomorrow Enschede

Job description

Societal transitions as well as contemporary digital transformations in various public policy fields (like healthcare and safety) provide examples of developments that are often presented as solutions to a wide range of current and future societal challenges. These developments raise questions such as: how do societal transitions reshape the public sector? How do digital transformations ignite new forms of public organization? How are societal challenges addressed by public governance actors? Contemporary societal transitions and technological developments ask for insights into the dynamics of public management, public policy, and public governance. As new developments also have unforeseen, unintended, or uncontrollable outcomes, we need insight into how they contribute to inclusive, resilient, and sustainable communities and when they are counterproductive. Are you looking for an inspiring environment that stimulates your teaching and academic research in various areas of public management, policy and governance? Then join our team!

As a newly appointed assistant professor, you will be working in the section of Public Administration at the University of Twente. Besides your excellence as a social scientist, your teaching skills are very important since you will have the opportunity to develop and teach courses in our BSc Management, Society & Technology, the MSc Public Administration and MSc European Studies programs. You will also supervise bachelor, master and PhD theses.

What are you going to do?
You are expected to:
  • develop your research profile, be active in the academic domain of Public Administration, publish in international journals, and disseminate your research at leading conferences;
  • teach Public Administration courses in BSc and MSc programs, including supervision of bachelor and master students;
  • take initiatives to attract external funding;
  • be open to collaborations with other institutes and public agencies and contribute to (joint) projects.


University of Twente (UT)


  • a PhD (or almost completed) in the field of Public Administration or a related social science discipline (such as European Studies, political science, sociology, etc.)
  • a passion for, and ambition to become, an inspiring lecturer in the field of Public Administration (Public Management, Public Policy, Public Governance)
  • knowledge of key theories and methods in the field of Public Administration
  • a commitment to achieving societal impact
  • ability and ambition to obtain external research grants
  • preferably experience with teaching at an internationally accredited university
  • a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) certificate, or the willingness to obtain one
  • 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, the willingness to learn the Dutch language)
  • good social skills, a good team player
  • ability and ambition to do teaching and research in collaboration with colleagues

Conditions of employment

  • a position for one year (0.8-1.0 FTE) with a two-month probationary period
  • the starting salary, depending on your experience, ranges between € 4332 to € 6737 gross per month (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), based on the job profile of Assistant Professor
  • 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 programmes
  • a family friendly institution, offering support for dual hiring


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 on Public Administration in the contemporary technological context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We seek to contribute to the development of a digital, fair, and sustainable society from a Public Administration scholarship perspective. Our research and teaching focuses on how the grand societal and technological challenges of our time are addressed by governments and (local, regional, national, European and global) governance institutions. Such challenges include, but are not limited to artificial intelligence, algorithmic governance, smart cities, sustainable development, and administrative reforms. We approach these challenges from the perspective of globalization and localization of governance in a technologically transforming world. The section of Public Administration comprises a group of researchers with expertise in the subdisciplines Public Policy, Public Management and Public Governance in a strong methodological setting.

Additional information

For more information, please contact Dr. Ringo Ossewaarde, e-mail: For information about the selection procedure, please contact Roos Dokter, HR advisor, email: Please include a full resume with references, before 28 May, 2024.


  • Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €4332—€6736 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1759


University of Twente (UT)

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Make sure to apply no later than 27 May 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).