Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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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.

FTE: 1

Job description

The Department is looking for an Assistant Professor in Public Administration who contributes to the research program New Public 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. 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.

We offer a position in a lively and engaged department that is dedicated to 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 funding 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
  • an inspiring teacher (preferably in the possession of a BKO) or willing to achieve it
  • able to cooperate in a team setting

What are we offering?

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 €4,978 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.

If the tenure track as Assistant Professor 2 is successfully completed within 50 months, the candidate is promoted to a permanent position as Assistant  Professor 1.
In the first two years, the time devoted to teaching and research is 50/50.
The envisioned starting date is August 1st. 

Foreign candidates may be entitled to a 30% tax break, upon approval of the Dutch tax agency.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • considerable employer’s contribution to the ABP pension scheme
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
Given the composition of the staff of the Department, we very much invite female candidates to apply.

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences examines the major social problems of our time from multiple perspectives. From bullying at school to dealing with illegal immigration, from the rise of populist politicians to creating a self-reliant society. Only at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will find all the academic disciplines needed to understand these 'wicked problems': alongside the traditional disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and politics, we also research and teach the new social sciences such as communication science and management & organization science. We do not settle for easy answers in our teaching and research. Our researchers and students are critical thinkers and doers who work together to devise surprising solutions to the problems of today.

Working at the Faculty of Social Sciences means working with colleagues from a range of academic disciplines in an inspiring and personal work and study environment with excellent research facilities. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 2,500 students.

About the department
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.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 17 May/2020. The job interviews will be held digitally.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Prof. dr. G. de Graaf
Position:Head of department

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