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Associate Professor of Policy Analysis and Design

Challenge: develop concepts and methods to support decision making in complex environments
Change: bridge the gap between qualitative and quantitative approaches
Impact: improve public decision making

3 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
30 - 40 uur
€ 5190 - € 6317 per maand


Policy makers in areas such as mobility, energy, water and deltas, health, and ICT face complex challenges. Public decision making is a process involving multiple actors, often with competing interests and different, possibly conflicting, views on problems and solutions. In addition, risk, uncertainty, incomplete information, a lack of understanding, and increased interconnectedness of systems and human behaviour therein, pose important issues. To support decision-making in such complex policy situations, concepts and methods for policy analysis and design have to be rethought and innovated.

Your work will be at the interface between qualitative and quantitative approaches to support public decision making, in an effort to combine the strengths of both. Possible lines of exploration might be:

  • developing and testing problem structuring methods to enhance understanding of multi-actor systems of systems,
  • developing and testing methods for participatory modelling, monitoring and evaluation in adaptive policy making/robust decision making,
  • developing and testing methods for policy design and institutional design in multi-actor systems,
  • improving the transparency and actionability of model-based analyses supporting decision making,
  • understanding and improving the interaction between the process of policy analysis and the process of public decision making.

You will be part of the Policy Analysis group in the Department of Multi-Actor Systems at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. Policy analysis at TPM has its roots in systems analysis and qualitative and quantitative modelling of socio-technical-environmental systems. You will contribute to the group’s teaching, research and societal uptake of methods for multi-actor problem structuring and model-based policy analysis. The current composition of our team is such that the balance is tilting towards quantitative model-based policy support. Our aim, however, is to cover a broader area of policy analysis in balancing qualitative and quantitative approaches. The areas of application are water and delta systems, transport systems, urban systems, and health systems. You are expected to have an active interest and relevant network in one or more of these areas.


We are looking for someone who has:

  • Proven research performance in the field of Policy Analysis/Systems Analysis/Systems Engineering/Soft OR, or in a closely related field, as demonstrated by a PhD degree and strong publication track record
  • Affinity with the public domain, and ability and interest to cross disciplinary boundaries, in particular with the policy and behavioural decision sciences
  • Experience in at least one of the application areas of interest to the group
  • Enthusiasm for and experience in academic teaching and supervision, proven didactic ability and a view on educational innovation
  • Proven experience in and a vision on academic leadership and team science
  • Proven experience in attracting research funds and acquisition of external funding
  • Proven (inter)national cooperation and a relevant (inter)national network


Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.
Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.

TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact dr.ir. C.E. van Daalen, section leader, email: c.vandaalen@tudelft.nl, tel: +31152781143    

For information about the application procedure, please contact Olivie Beek, HR Advisor, email: hr-tbm@tudelft.nl