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The Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University is looking for a new colleague for the position of Assistant Professor of Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Public Sector 


Project description 

This position contributes to the Institute of Public Administration's ambition to further strengthen its education and research in this area. We are looking for candidates with a background in public administration, public policy, digital government or a comparable field. The new colleague 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.


Key responsibilities

  • 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 this position;
  • Building and expanding your own line of research in the field of public administration, specifically on the intersection of policy, governance, data and AI;
  • Contributing to interdisciplinary projects and interfaculty initiatives on artificial intelligence (AI), for instance with colleagues from the Faculty of Law and the department of computer science (LIACS);
  • 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 administration, political science, organizational sciences, sociology or another relevant field in the social sciences, with a research agenda that fits this position’s focus on data, AI and digitalization in public administration and policy;
  • You have demonstratable affinity with and knowledge about public governance, especially with respect to digitalisation, data, and 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, who are 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 have excellent verbal and written communication skills, in Dutch and English, or are prepared to develop sufficient command of Dutch for professional purposes within the foreseeable future.

Our organisation
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 centres such as the Institute of Public Administration, the Leiden University College, the Institute of Security and Global Affairs and the Centre for Professional Learning at various locations in The Hague.

The Institute of Public Administration in The Hague 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 University Lecturer 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. For more information about the Faculty, see the website.


Terms and conditions
The appointment will be under the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities. You will be offered a temporary appointment for 18 months. Depending upon funding and performance, the position can be extended to a permanent position. The salary varies, depending on qualifications and experience, from € 3,807.- to € 5,211.- gross per month based on full-time employment (scale 11 for Assistant professor).


Leiden University offers an attractive package of employment conditions with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%), and training and career development.. Our terms of employment selection model gives you some freedom to compose your own set of terms and conditions. For more information, see the website.


Leiden university is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


For general information about the content of this position, please contact Prof. Bram Klievink, e-mail


Please submit your online application no later than 12 October 2021 via the blue button in our application system. Until this date applications can be addressed to Prof. Sandra Groeneveld.

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.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.