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Assistant Professor of Public Policy, with a focus on resilience in the algorithmic society

Vacancy number
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Den Haag
Placed on
12 December 2023
Closing date
24 January 2024 Vacancy closed

The Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University is looking for a new colleague for the position of

Assistant Professor of Public Policy, with a focus on resilience in the algorithmic society

Key responsibilities
This position contributes to the Institute of Public Administration's ambition to further strengthen its education and research in this area. The new colleague will be part of an interfaculty initiative that focuses on resilience in youth, where the PA Institute’s contribution is focused on the interplay between the algorithmisation of society, groups that are particularly affected, such as youth, and public policy instruments and responses.

  • Teaching and developing courses in the institute's bachelor and master programmes, specifically on the area of digital technologies in the public sector, both within our own public administration programmes and in programmes with other faculties;
  • Supervising bachelor and master theses on the topic of expertise;
  • Building and expanding your own line of research in the field of public administration, specifically on the intersection of policy, governance, and digitalisation;
  • Contributing to interdisciplinary projects and interfaculty initiatives on resilience and algorithms;
  • Participate in national and international academic research networks and publish in international scientific journals;
  • Contributing to the improvement and continuation of the education and research programs of the Institute;
  • Play an active role in linking scientific research and education to the practice of policy and management on the topic of this position;
  • Contribute to the acquisition of research grants.

Selection criteria

  • You hold a doctorate in public policy, public administration, political science, organizational sciences, sociology, digital government or another relevant field in the social sciences, with a research agenda that fits this position’s focus;
  • You have demonstratable affinity with public governance, especially with respect to digitalisation, data, and/or AI;
  • You have publications in national and international scientific journals or demonstrable potential to realise them;
  • You are enthusiastic about teaching, have experience with university teaching and are open to innovative and activating teaching methods;
  • You are a team player and like to work with colleagues from various disciplines, who may be partly employed at other institutes and faculties;
  • You have experience or affinity with collaborating with societal partners within the public sector (local, national or international) and are capable of developing and maintaining external networks;.
  • You have a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are prepared to obtain this qualification within two years;
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English and Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch, you are willing to develop sufficient command of Dutch for professional purposes within the foreseeable future.

The Faculty and Institute
The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University. The faculty has an international profile, is developing strongly and consists of various institutes and centers such as the Institute of Public Administration, the Leiden University College, the Institute of Security and Global Affairs and the Center for Professional Learning at various locations in The Hague.

The Institute of Public Administration is based in The Hague and is one of the largest and oldest institutions for scientific research and education in public administration in the Netherlands. It combines a strong international academic reputation with a central position among international, national, regional and local government institutions, including those in The Hague. The institute has received various national and international research grants including several VENI and VIDI grants from the Dutch National Science Organization, and grants for collaborative work from the EU (including ERC grants). In addition, the staff is also active in contract-research and teaching, which involves local and national government but also other public organizations from within Europe. The Institute of Public Administration consistently receives high ratings in peer reviews for both its teaching and research programmes. The institute offers a Dutch-taught bachelor's program with two tracks, a Dutch-taught master's program in Management of the public sector, an English-taught master's program in Public Administration and participates in various programs with other faculties, including the master's program Governance of Sustainability and master's programs in digitization and Population Health Management.

The Assistant Professor will be positioned in the Digitalisation and Public Policy group, a creative and ambitious team working on digitalisation, data and AI in public policy and governance. The team is committed to team-based science and education and has excellent working relationships with other groups and disciplines, is an active member of SAILS (the interdisciplinary AI network at Leiden University), and actively seeks collaboration with public sector practice.

Terms and conditions
The Assistant Professor to be recruited is part of an ambitious and dynamic team of colleagues that wants to further expand the successes of recent years. There is a lot of collaboration across the boundaries of disciplines.

The appointment will be under the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities. The appointment (fte 1.0) is in temporary employment for max 18 months, with the prospect of a permanent position after positive evaluation.

Salary ranges from € 4.332, - to € 5.929, - gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), and training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/human-resources/conditions-of-employment-salary-and-allowance?cf=governance-and-global-affairs

Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research.

For general information about the content of this position, please contact Prof. Bram Klievink, e-mail a.j.klievink@fgga.leidenuniv.nl

Please submit your online application no later 24 January 2024 via the blue button in our application system. Until this date applications can be addressed to Prof. Bram Klievink.

Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents in PDF format:

  • a motivation letter
  • curriculum vitae including a list of publications
  • a publication
  • proof of teaching experience and competence
  • the names and addresses of three referees (reference letters are not needed at this stage).

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