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Assistant professor public governance and transformation

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, security, the provision of public safety, welfare 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.

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  • Hours 40 hr.
  • Salary indication € 3,637 - € 5,656
  • Deadline 6 Jan 2023

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:

Your profile

  • 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

Our offer

  • 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.

Information and application

For more information please contact Dr. (Ringo) Ossewaarde, chair of the section of Public Administration: m.r.r.ossewaarde@utwente.nl. Submit your application (including curriculum vitae, list of publications, research statement and two names of potential references online before 6 January 2023 to the University of Twente.

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About the department

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: https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/research/bms-research-themes/health/ and Resilience, see: https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/research/bms-research-themes/resilience/.

The BMS-LAB provides an innovative infrastructure for research at the Faculty: https://bmslab.utwente.nl/

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: https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/organization/departments-institutes/#department-clusters

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.

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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

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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Ossewaarde, M.R.R. (Ringo)

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

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

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