Do you have a master’s degree and want to pursue a career in scientific research? Then you could consider taking a PhD at TU/e. For four years you will conduct in-depth research within a specific research area at an internationally renowned university, situated in Brainport, the smartest region in the world and famous for their strong ties with industry and high quality research.
PhD programs at TU/e are four-year research positions. Aim is to become an excellent, independent researcher. . Under the supervision of a professor you will do cutting-edge research within the field of your choice. You will collaborate with other departments, research groups, industrial partners and research institutions, depending on your research subject. After successfully defending your dissertation, you will receive the doctoral title Dr. or PhD.
Our researchers get the space and support they need to excel and our small scale and personal approach makes it easy to communicate and collaborate with other departments. PhD programs at TU/e offer a wide range of courses geared toward personal and professional development, in contrast to most counties. PhD at TU/e are (mostly) salaried university employees.
State of the art research facilities
TU/e is a leading research institute for scientific innovation, with well-equipped state-of-the art modern research facilities, strong ties with industry and is situated in the Brainport region Eindhoven, the beating technological heart of Europe.Read more
The Netherlands has an open, friendly culture and thriving communities. And a population that speaks English very well. At TU/e, there are students from over 80 different countries.
TU/e has a special support team at Human Resource Services to help you with your transfer to TU/e. They can assist you with housing, residence and labor permits and other practical matters.
To support PhD candidates in their scientific and personal growth, TU/e offers the PROOF program (PROviding Opportunities For PhD students). PROOF offers a range of courses and workshops on research skills, transferable skills such as social and communication skills, and career reflection. This will help you to make the most of your time at TU/e.
There are different options for doing a PhD at TU/e. . Most PhD candidates will be employed by Eindhoven University of Technology. Other options are to look for funding in your own country or apply for private scholarships.
EMPLOYED BY TU/E
Employed PhD’s are appointed for a maximum of 4 years in full-time appointment. Some spend part of their time teaching. PhD openings can be find under vacancies. You can apply if you are interested and meet the requirements.
PHD WITHOUTH BEING EMPLOYED
The second option is less common. If you have an excellent research idea that matches TU/e’s scientific ambitions and you have a grant or scholarship, or you’re employed by another company, in exceptional cases you could gain admission to a PhD program. In this case contact the research group you’re interested in for the possibilities.
PhD candidates that are not hired by TU/e, are required to pay an annual bench fee (similar to tuition) of € 10,000. This bench fee covers the costs for education and supervision. PhD candidates funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council (only) are exempted from this bench fee.
You will need to find a supervisor yourself or, depending on the type of research, TU/e assigns a supervisor to you. Once you have found a supervisor, you will develop and agree a plan of work.
Next to PhD programs we also offer PDEng programs at TU/e. A PDEng is a two-year full-time salaried technological designer’s program that allows you to expand your technological knowledge, gain practical experience with the latest methods and work on your professional skills. PDEng program is on par with a PhD program. The main difference is with PhD is the focus: a PhD is aimed to establish you as an independent researcher and a PDEng prepares you for a high-level position in industry.
Obtaining your PhD degree will give you an excellent opening for a scientific position at a university or a job in industry.
After a PhD program, many scientists choose a postdoctoral period, often in another country or at another university. This period covers several years. It’s an opportunity to broaden and deepen your research skills and research area. The TU/e also offers (international) postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to increase their research experience.
After a postdoctoral period TU/e encourages talented scientists to develop into assistant professors and associate professors. Very successful university associate professors can take the step to a professors' position, at the TU/e or another university.
Events and information for PhD's
Watch our webinar where a PhD student and a PDEng trainee tell you more about their position at the TU/e.
Or visit our Graduate School event on the campus!