Assistant Professor Regional Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystems

June 21, 2021
University of Twente

JOB DESCRIPTION
The Department of Technology, Policy and Society (TPS), sections Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS) and Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente (UT) is seeking an inspiring assistant professor on regional knowledge and innovation ecosystems. A key position for motivated researchers who want to pursue societal challenges.

The Challenge
As assistant professor you will develop groundbreaking research projects in close collaboration with colleagues and regional partners. The eastern Netherlands and regions across the border are among the focal areas. We look for a creative colleague with excellent teaching skills to develop innovative (challenge-based) education. Research-based advisory trajectories for regional actors increase the societal impact.
Your research will be imbedded in the Sustainable Rurban Innovations platform, a research collaboration of five sections of the TPS department on sustainable governance of the emerging interrelatedness between rural and urban areas like energy, health, innovation, knowledge, nature and water.

YOUR PROFILE
• A PhD degree, preferably in policy studies, science & technology studies (STS), innovation studies, higher education studies, organization studies, or regional studies, with a shown interest in (regional) innovation networks and ecosystems;
• A creative and entrepreneurial researcher with experience in qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as interventionist approaches with societal engagement;
• A strong publication and presentation record in peer-reviewed international journals, book chapters and outreach activities;
• Experience in teaching at an internationally accredited university;
• Excellent communication and networking skills and a proven talent to collaborate in interdisciplinary settings;
• Proficient in English (C2 level);
• In possession of a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ), or willingness to acquire it.
We expect that you will move to the Netherlands, to the region where the university is located or where commuting is feasible.
Are you up for the challenge to improve the world with your research as well as teaching? Then apply now!

OUR OFFER
We offer a fulltime position for four years with prospects for a permanent position. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda. The starting salary, depending on your experience, ranges between €3.746 to €5.826 gross per month (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition, the UT offers additional attractive employment conditions (8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme, sabbatical leave, professional and personal development programs, etc.). As for the international applicants, they are likely to qualify for a low 30% tax regime.

INFORMATION AND APPLICATION
We encourage you to discuss ideas about this position with prof. dr. B.J.R. v/d Meulen (CHEPS), e-mail:
b.j.r.vandermeulen@utwente.nl, and dr. ir. K. Visscher (STePS), e-mail: k.visscher@utwente.nl. Please
submit your application before June 21st, 2021, and include:
• A cover letter of at most 1.5 page A4, including a brief emphasizing your specific interest,
qualifications and motivation to apply for this position;
• A full Curriculum Vitae, including the title of your dissertation and contact information for at least
two academic references;
• A publication list.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our university. We do not discriminate on
the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran
status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable
accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job
functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request
accommodation.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
This is a joint position of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS) and Center for Higher Education
Policy Studies (CHEPS), collaborating sections within the Technology, Policy & Society department. We
deliver world-class interdisciplinary research, intensive education and high-impact practical interventions
and consultation. We assess technological innovation, higher education policies and socio technical
change, studying the past and anticipating the future. We stir lively debates and constructively identify
options for governments, academic institutions, civil society, user organisations, and firms – in the region,
nationally and across borders. We work towards better governance of knowledge and innovation,
addressing major societal challenges together with the players in the field.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
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 challengebased.
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.

University of Twente (UT)
University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and
strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology’ we are rapidly expanding on our High
Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at
maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and
technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through
our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is
present in every one of UT’s departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical
and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by
personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart
materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.
As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape
new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, 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, customisable
conditions.

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