Assistant professor public governance and transformation

Assistant professor public governance and transformation

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8 Nov 6 Jan Enschede

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Job description

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 governance and innovative administrative responses in different policy domains to contemporary societal challenges. This position is an exciting opportunity for co-developing and contributing to innovative public administration research and socio-technical perspectives on societal and technological transformations. This position aims at generating new social scientific understanding of public governance in a global, European, national or local context of 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 (bin-national program), 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 strive to have a significant and balanced impact on public administration research and society.


You contribute to research, teaching, and knowledge transfer. You will:
  • carry out research and publish in the exciting field of public governance in a transforming societal context, within the section of Public Administration
  • co-develop a new research line that fits with a multi-disciplinary (public administration, psychology and communication science) approach to public governance and transformation
  • teach in the curriculum of English taught 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, learning or health in the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS)
  • develop 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, crisis management, urban studies or European studies, preferably with an interest in psychology and/or communication science
  • You are interested in multidisciplinary approaches to public governance and transformation
  • You are interested in working with public stakeholders in the field
  • You are able to assume an inspiring role as a public administration scholar in multi-disciplinary research
  • You are interested in contemporary transformations and administrative challenges, such as algorithmic governance, digital transformation, cybersecurity, systematic transitions, or changing public services
  • You are a passionate teacher, preferably holding a University Teaching Qualification or willing to acquire one, and are able to teach and supervise students in educational programs of public administration and European studies
  • 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
  • A well resourced lab offering opportunities to use VR, AR, eye tracking or physical measurements in your research.
  • 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
  • 896


University of Twente (UT)

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