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Assistant professor in transformational governance

Contemporary processes of transformation are marked by a convergence of digital, biological and physical innovations that reshape state and society. Think about fundamental transformations in the production and consumption of energy and food, the provision of public safety or health care in new technological contexts.

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  • Hours 40 hr.
  • Salary indication € 3,974 - € 6,181
  • Deadline 31 Aug 2022

The section Public Administration in the Technology, Human and Institutional Behaviour (HIB)-department is currently seeking an assistant professor in the area of transformational governance.

Contemporary processes of transformation are marked by a convergence of digital, biological and physical innovations that reshape state and society. Think about fundamental transformations in the production and consumption of energy and food, the provision of public safety or health care in new technological contexts. Transformational leadership in the public domain is needed to ignite and catalyze transformations of systems, open-up new policy perspectives, to shape new administrative cultures, and to stimulate or nudge behaviours in stakeholders.

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 transformational 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 technological transformations. This position aims at generating new social scientific understanding of transformational governance in contemporary technological society, 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 strive to have a significant and balanced impact on public administration research and society.

Your challenge

You contribute to research, teaching, and knowledge valorisation. You will:

Your profile

You have a strong interest and shown ability to collaborate in an academic, multidisciplinary environment and to achieve societal impact. A successful candidate will also demonstrate her or his intrinsic motivation and strong abilities for teaching, both lecturing and tutoring, designing and coordinating courses. Furthermore, we encourage you to apply if:

  • You have a PhD degree 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 have a passion for teaching and the ambition to become a creative teacher.
  • You are interested in multidisciplinary approaches to transformational governance.
  • You have strong abilities for 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 have ability and ambition to work closely with public stakeholders.
  • You are effective in acquiring external funding.
  • You have excellent communication skills and are a team player.
  • You are fluent in English. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn Dutch is an advantage.
  • You have a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) or equivalent, or are willing to acquire one within three years.

Our offer

We offer a fulltime structural position, starting with a temporary appointment with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation. Our terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO). Depending on experience and qualifications, the gross monthly salary on a full-time basis ranges between € 3.974,- (scale 11) to € 6.181,- (scale 12) (the 30% tax ruling might be applicable). Additionally, the University of Twente offers attractive employment conditions such as:

  • an 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
  • an attractive solid pension scheme;
  • a minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A fulltime employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis;
  • possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave;
  • we are a family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid) and career support for partners;
  • professional and personal development programs;
  • finally, you will work in a lively, inspiring and dynamic working environment in an organization focusing on internationalization, where you will have a high degree of responsibility and independence.

Information and application

Are you interested in this position? Please submit your application until August 31th, 2022, by using the ‘Apply now' button and include your full cv, along with the names of two references.

For more information, please contact dr. M.R.R. (Ringo) Ossewaarde (e-mail: m.r.r.ossewaarde@utwente.nl. For information about the selection procedure, please contact Karen Geerdink, HR advisor, email: k.geerdink@utwente.nl.

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About the department

Many of the major societal challenges of our current and future world - such as transitions in health care, building capacity for resilience and risk-management, creating inclusive and sustainable, safe communities—warrant a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to technological innovations. The department Technology, Human and Institutional Behaviour (HIB) at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) comprises expertise in psychology, communication science and public administration and aims to integrate individual, (inter)organizational, institutional, and societal perspectives on technologies of behaviour change. In addition, innovative technologies are increasingly used to understand human behaviour in our rapidly digitalizing world. The HIB-department is committed to designing, evaluating, implementing and teaching about comprehensive technology-based solutions supporting people in behaviour that promotes their health, safety, resilience, connectedness and joy.

More information about the department HIB can be found on the following website:

https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/organisation/departments-institutes-new/department-hib/

The section of Public Administration

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 in Public Administration; in the contemporary context of grand societal challenges in a technologically transforming society. We seek to contribute to the development of a fair and sustainable (digital) society from a Public Administration scholarship perspective. The section of Public Administration is a group of researchers with expertise in the subdisciplines Public Policy, Public Management and Public Governance in a strong methodological setting. We focus on how the grand societal and technological challenges of our time are addressed by governments and governance institutions. We include the perspective of globalization and localization of governance in a technologically transforming world. Challenges include, for instance, sustainable development, energy transition, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, (big) data-driven and algorithmic policy making and governance, transboundary crises, data protection, smart cities, or administrative reforms.

More information about the departmental section Public Administration can be found on the following website: https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/pa/

About the organization

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.

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.

A job that matters

Create new opportunities for yourself, your colleagues and our society. Scientist or teacher, administrator or facilitator, thinker or doer, energetic leader or silent support – your work at the University of Twente matters. And you too!

How to apply

Step 1

Apply.
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

Selection.
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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Ossewaarde, M.R.R. (Ringo)

Ossewaarde, M.R.R. (Ringo)
Associate Professor

Ossewaarde, M.R.R. (Ringo)
Associate Professor

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