Universiteit Twente vacancy search engine

Full Professor Health Systems Engineering (HSE) M/F

Vacancy details

General information


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.



Publication start date


Publication date


Publication end date


Vacancy category


Minimum contract hours


Maximum contract hours


Position description


Academic staff - Professor

Job title

Full Professor Health Systems Engineering (HSE) M/F

Minimum salary


Maximum salary


Job description

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

The challenge

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 inspiring researchers with a strong vision on how to build sustainable and resilient systems for improving health and wellbeing. The HSE professor is 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 build upon our ‘technology assessment’ approaches and develop methodological foundations and empirical insights into complex adaptive systems and value networks in health, identifying and implementing organizational changes 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. Recently the department initiated the platform ‘Strategic Intelligence for Digitalization of Societal Domains’ (SI4DS). 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 state-of-the-art infrastructure, stimulating entrepreneurship and improving healthcare by personalized technology.
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 take responsibility 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 societal groups, health policy makers, innovators and other partners you create impact and contribute to knowledge valorisation.


Candidates we seek

  • have strong collaborative capabilities, and communication skills, with research experience in a multidisciplinary environment;
  • 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.

We offer

We offer a full-time position as Professor 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 Dr. Erik Koffijberg, head of the HTSR group: h.koffijberg@utwente.nl.

Please submit your application, including a CV and a vision statement, before 28th of May 2021.

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.

Position localisation

Job location

Nederland, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB


Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB Enschede

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

6. Doctorate