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03 Assistant Professor Smart City Governance M/V

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The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. By means of 'social engineering', we are here to integrate these advances in society. As a people-first tech university, we align these advances with the needs and behaviour of humans. We ensure proper public and private management as well as robust, inclusive and fair organisational structures. The faculty of BMS does this by developing, transferring and applying high-quality knowledge of Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Science, Philosophy, Educational Science, and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines is challenge-based. The BMS research programmes are directly linked to our research institutes: Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the TechMed Centre and the Digital Society Institute.
As an employer, the BMS Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.



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03 Assistant Professor Smart City Governance M/V

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The Technology, Human and Institutional Behaviour (HIB)-department is currently seeking six Assistant Professors in the domains of online social movement using big data, public administration and digital transformation, smart city governance, mental resilience, digital narrative and resistance to technology.

The section PA in the HIB-department is currently seeking an assistant professor (1,0 fte) in the area of Smart City Governance.


Smart cities can be understood as governance systems in which new urban technologies are used for providing public services for the city or for regions, for advancing urban sustainability governance, or for purposes of urban surveillance. We seek a talented new colleague with a background in the broad field of public administration and an interest in or experience with the study of urban and regional governance. This position is an exciting opportunity for co-developing and contributing to innovative public administration research aimed at generating new understanding of governance, policy, and public management responses to today’s contemporary urban and regional challenges in the public domain, in interaction with stakeholders in the field. Next to conducting research, the position includes teaching public administration, policy studies and/or (international) public governance, and smart city governance in various educational programs of our faculty, specifically the BSc Management, Society & Technology, BSc Public Governance Across Borders, the MSc Public Administration and the MSc European Studies. 

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

  • carry out research in the exciting field of public administration and governance, public policy, and public management in a transforming societal context, within the section of Public Administration;
  • co-develop new research line that fits with multi-disciplinary (public administration, psychology and communication science) approach to transformations of the public domain;
  • teach in bachelor and master programs of Public Administration (including European Studies), Communication Science and Psychology. For more information about the education programs, see Public Administration and European Studies; Communication Science; Psychology;
  • expand your network and acquire external research funding;
  • contribute to our interdisciplinary research domains of resilience, emerging technologies and societal transformations, or health in the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS);
  • develop and strengthen expertise in novel research methods.


  • You hold a PhD in one of the relevant social sciences (such as public administration, policy studies, governance sciences, public affairs, European studies, political science, urban studies, etc.), preferably with an interest in psychology and/or communication science;
  • You are interested in multidisciplinary approaches to digital transformation in the public domain;
  • You are able to assume an inspiring role as a public administration scholar in multi-disciplinary research;
  • Your have a research interest for contemporary technological developments in contexts such as smart cities or digital transformation;
  • You are a passionate teacher, preferably holding a University Teaching Qualification or are willing to acquire one, and are able to teach and supervise students in educational programs of public administration, European studies, communication science and/or psychology;
  • You can underscore your talent with a track record in peer-reviewed publications, presentations and grant-acquistion;
  • You are a teamplayer with excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • You are fluent in Dutch and / or in English and willing to learn Dutch.

We offer

You will be appointed for four years with the prospect of a permanent position. 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.
  • Starting salary is between € 3.746 and € 5.826 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.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. Because of our diversity values, we do particularly support women to apply.

Information and application

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.

For more information, please contact dr. Ringo Ossewaarde, chair of the Public Administration Section. Submit your application (including curriculum vitae, list of publications, research statement and two names of potential references online before April 22, 2021 to the University of Twente, to the attention of dr. R. Ossewaarde.

About the department

The Technology of Human and Institutional Behavior department

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

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Nederland, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB


Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB Enschede

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Minimum level of education required

6. Doctorate