Doing your PhD at TU/e
TU/e’s research is internationally prominent. According to the CWTS Leiden Ranking TU/e has the strongest collaboration with industry of all universities worldwide. Fifteen percent of all scientific publications are the result of collaboration with industry, and TU/e has led the list each year since it was first published in 2009. This position confirms the unique, close R&D cooperation between TU/e and the high-tech industry in Brainport Eindhoven and the rest of the Netherlands. Eindhoven researchers and research programs achieve high scores in international research assessments. That makes Eindhoven University of Technology a particularly attractive place for researchers and PhD candidates.
The Eindhoven researchers have modern and unique research equipment and laboratories at their disposal. Many departments, for instance, use the ultramodern large cleanroom on campus. TU/e sets the tone in the Netherlands with the Dutch Polymer Institute, the Embedded Systems Institute and participation in the Center for Translational Molecular Medicine but also is an active participant in the Holst Center recently established by Philips, IMEC and TNO for autonomous wireless systems and systems-in-foil. Together with industry and government in the region TU/e continues to cooperate in a whole range of projects to strengthen the economic structure of the Brainport region.
In many of the PhD programs, a course component is included. Since most PhD candidates enter the program with a Master degree, the size of the program is usually limited, and varies across the different graduate programs in the TU/e Graduate School. In many of the course programs, extensive collaboration with other universities in the Netherlands is a benefit, to increase the variety of the courses offered and the ability to tailor the course program to your individual needs.
Your PhD work is a period of scientific growth. However, Eindhoven University of Technology also finds it important to invest in your personal growth, for example by developing your social and communication skills. A doctorate at TU/e forms a sound base from which you can further broaden your scientific knowledge and (international) experience. Through an extensive personal development program , TU/e offers you a range of opportunities. The program consists of various training courses that form a good complement to your scientific knowledge. The basis for your personal development is your Personal Development Plan, which you draw up together with your advisor. Based on the agreements made in this plan, you choose the training courses that best match your own personal development.
TU/e has a special expertise team, part of our Human Resource services, to help you transfer to TU/e, such as assistance with housing and, if applicable, residence and labor permits as well as practical matters once you arrive in the Netherlands such as opening a bank account. This service is available to employed PhD candidates and PhD candidates that have obtained their own funding.