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Associate/Full Professor Health Systems Engineering

The University of Twente (UT) invites scholars with an excellent research and teaching record to apply for the position of Associate/Full Professor Health Systems Engineering (HSE) in the department Technology, Policy, Society (TPS), School of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS).

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    38 - 40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 5,506 - € 8,881
  • Deadline
    1 Jun 2023

Are you up for the challenge to engineer the healthcare systems of the future in a high-tech interdisciplinary environment? We offer an exciting opportunity for researchers with a strong vision on how to build sustainable and resilient systems for improving health and wellbeing!

As HSE professor you are embedded in the Health Technology & Services Research group (HTSR). In our research program we assess and optimize the value of innovations in healthcare and in health services, for patients, healthcare professionals and society. We invite the new chair-holder to develop methodological foundations and empirical insights into complex adaptive systems and value networks in health, identifying and implementing improvements in the organization, financing and performance of health systems to strengthen our societal impact.

The HTSR group is part of the TPS department, which includes groups in the philosophy of science and technology, higher education studies, science, technology and policy studies, and environmental and energy systems. We seek to boost our role as ‘watch tower’ for Grand Challenges and encourage societal groups, innovators and policy actors to innovation through research, education and expertise.

Within the UT, we work closely with the Technical Medical Centre, a leading Innovation Hub equipped with pioneering infrastructure, improving healthcare by personalized technology, and stimulating entrepreneurship.

Our ambitious interdisciplinary research environment and initiatives in the field of citizen science, Big Data, healthcare transformation, and simulation modeling, supports truly cross-disciplinary research.


You will be responsible for building capacity on health systems engineering with the TPS ecosystem, inspiring researchers from adjacent fields to collaborate. You contribute to the mission of the university as people first, high tech university and advance the Twente position within the international HSE field by applying engineering design and analysis principles to complex systems in healthcare.

Through growing own expertise, exploring novel research methods, engaged supervision of BSc, MSc, and PhD students and acquiring funding from national and international sources, you strengthen our health research.

You develop a strong HSE education portfolio, participating in (cross-disciplinary) bachelor and master programmes and formats of continuing and professional education.

Through interactions with health policy makers, innovators, societal groups, and other partners you create impact and contribute to knowledge valorisation.

Your profile

  • have strong collaborative capabilities, and communication skills, with research experience in a multidisciplinary environment, enjoy team work and team science;
  • have developed a research line of international stature, strong publication record and received substantial external funding;
  • have knowledge of the organization of modern healthcare systems and of holistic (system-level) approaches to address the challenges they face;
  • are active in networks and have experience in working closely with health organisations and government agencies;
  • show vision and drive (seeing opportunities and possibilities, showing ambition) to improve sustainability and resilience in health systems;
  • possess a passion to teach at all levels and possess a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) certificate, or are willing to acquire this;
  • have an excellent command of English, at least at C2 level.

Our offer

We offer a full-time position as Associate or Full Professor, depending on experience, with a competitive salary and excellent employment conditions!

  • excellent research facilities in our TPS department within the BMS school;
  • extra's such as an 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 programs;
  • a family friendly institution, offering support for dual hiring.

Information and application

We invite candidates to discuss their ideas about this position with Prof. Dr. Erik Koffijberg, head of the HTSR group: h.koffijberg@utwente.nl.

Please submit your application, including a motivation letter, CV and a vision statement, before 1st of June 2023.

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About the department

We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development, innovative minds are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

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.

About the organisation

The Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a key role in understanding, jointly developing and evaluating innovations in society. Technological developments are the engine of innovation. As a technical university that puts people first, we tailor them to human needs and behavior and use social engineering to integrate them into society. We also ensure adequate governance at public and private level, and robust, inclusive and fair organizational structures. We do this by developing, sharing and applying high-quality knowledge in Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Sciences, Philosophy, Educational Sciences and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines revolves around tackling and solving societal challenges. The research programs of BMS are closely linked to the research of the UT institutes Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the Faculty of BMS offers work that matters. We equip you to create new possibilities for yourself and for our society. With us, you will become part of a leading technical university with increasing, positive social impact. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial atmosphere, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example through our flexible, adaptable benefits.

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Koffijberg, H. (Erik)

Koffijberg, H. (Erik)
Full Professor

Koffijberg, H. (Erik)
Full Professor

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Erik for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.

How to apply

Step 1

When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

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Step 2

The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

Step 3

1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

Step 4

2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

Step 5

The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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About the BMS faculty

Curious about what The Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social sciences (BMS) stands for? Check out the BMS website for more information.

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