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Assistant Professor Public Administration Tenure Track

Are you a social scientist with knowledge of the recent literature around collaborative governance and a promising research track in that area? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht


The Department of Political Science and Public Administration is committed to high quality academic education and research. Our educational programmes include: governance and organisation (bachelor), public administration (master), political science (bachelor and master), philosophy, politics and economics (bachelor, with the faculties of Humanities and Economics), and law and politics of international security (master, with the Law Faculty). Our research is always based upon a normative and inspired engagement with public values and concrete social issues. Our programme distinguishes itself with attention to the quality and integrity of governance (conflicting public values), and the governance of big current societal themes, especially security, and care and welfare.

The Department is looking for an Assistant Professor in Public Administration who contributes to the research program New modes of governance and who teaches, primarily, in the governance and organization bachelor and the master in public administration. Thematically, we are looking for a candidate with expertise on new modes of collaborative governance between state and society and the complex societal steering mechanisms associated with that, preferably in the area of quality of governance or governance of care and welfare. The preferred candidate has a proven track record of international publications, an appealing research agenda and the potential to acquire research subsidies. S/he should be able to teach on challenges of collaborative governance in the context of the wider domain of public administration and, preferably, already holds a Basic Teaching Qualification. Dependent on the profile and experience, the successful candidate can start as UD2 or UD1, and can come in a tenure track towards a UD1 or UHD 2/1 position.

We offer a position in a lively and engaged department that is dedicated to good teaching and maintains strong contacts with societal partners. At a faculty level, we offer professional support for the acquisition of research subsidies through the research faculty’s institute, the Institute for Societal Resilience. At the interfaculty level we benefit from thematic cross-faculty collaborations around the VU-theme ‘Governance for society’ and more specific themes in the fields of, among others, security, welfare, care and migration.

Your duties

  • teach and develop courses in Dutch (mainly) and English at the Bachelor- and Master level
  • thesis supervision
  • conduct research and publish in the field of Public Administration
  • obtain external means for research


  • a PhD in the Social Sciences, preferably Public Administration and/or Political Science
  • successful and promising research track, preferably in the area of quality of governance or governance of care and welfare
  • an inspiring teacher (preferably in the possession of a Basic Teaching Qualification / BKO)
  • able to cooperate in a team setting


A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,637 (scale 11)
and a maximum €5,656 (scale 12), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 50 months, with the possibility of extension.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • good growth opportunities
  • good paid parental leave scheme
  • child daycare facilities available on campus
Given the composition of the staff of the Department, we warmly invite female candidates to apply

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, cover letter describing your abilities and motivation and a one-page document detailing future research plans before 28 October 2019.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Duco Bannink
Function: Senior lecturer, training director
E-mail: d.b.d.bannink@vu.nl
Telephone: 020 5989146

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