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06 Assistant Professor Overcoming Resistance to Conducive Behaviour Change using Technology 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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06 Assistant Professor Overcoming Resistance to Conducive Behaviour Change using Technology 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 PCRS in the HIB-department is currently seeking an assistant professor (1,0 fte) in the area of overcoming resistance to conducive behaviour change using technology.


Many of the challenges that societies face today require behavioral change among civilians, professionals and institutions – whether it concerns safety (fake news, climate-related risks, cybercrime), health (vaccination) or the transition to a sustainable society. However, people and organisations often resist such conducive change to face these challenges or perceive obstacles to alter their actual behaviors, routines and procedures.

Technological innovations may help address such resistance. For example, technological means (e.g. sensor and eye tracking data, ecological momentary assessments) offer insights into inner states and processes within and between people (e.g. emotion and deception/sincerity detection), and, hence, help identify why and when resistance to conducive change is greatest. Second, technology can be used to set up and enrich interventions that tackle resistance to conducive change in ways that were previously impossible (e.g.  VR simulations to train police officers to prevent ethnic profiling).

The PCRS section seeks to address and overcome such change resistance using technology, and is therefore seeking to hire an Assistant Professor. Cornerstone of our section’s research and teaching is the role of individuals and groups in issues related to psychological, physical or societal safety. We take an interdisciplinary approach to understand and develop interventions to counter such threats, combining (social) psychological perspectives with communication sciences and public administration, and apply this to topics as conflict (e.g. polarization) and crisis management, risk perception and risk communication, crime prevention (e.g. cybercrime and undermining), restorative justice interventions, and sustainability. Technology plays a central role in our research and teaching – this is facilitated by our excellent BMSlab (including our state-of-the-art mobile lab facility).

Additionally, we collaborate closely with partners from practice, such as National Crisis Centres, law enforcement agencies, energy consultants, ministries and Kenniscentrum Veilige Digitale Samenleving (Apeldoorn) and the Dutch Perspectief Herstelbemiddeling.

We primarily teach in the educational bachelor and master programs of Psychology. We believe in a strong connection between research and teaching. The teaching/research ratio is 60/40 on average (depending on the success of attracting external funding).


  • You are in possession of a PhD and have a track record in social sciences (e.g. Psychology, Communication Sciences, Public Administration) preferably in relation to PCRS’ topics of interest described above (see also https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/pcrv/).
  • You embrace the UT motto High Tech Human Touch and see(k) opportunities in working in a technical environment and with our exciting state-of-the-art BMSlab.
  • You have a strong entrepreneurial and valorization orientation. You enjoy working in multidisciplinary teams as well as with partners from practice.
  • You have a proven ability to attract external research funding.
  • You have a passion for teaching and the ambition to constantly improve your teaching skills using new and engaging teaching methods.
  • You have excellent communication skills. Your English is at least at the C1 level.
  • You are in possession of a University Teaching Qualification (or similar), or are willing to earn one within three years.

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

For more information, please contact dr. S. Zebel, chair of the Psychology of Conflict, Risk & Safety. 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. S. Zebel.

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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6. Doctorate