EuroTech University Alliance

TU/e EuroTech PhD program

At TU/e we are proud to be a part of the EuroTech Universities Alliance, a strategic partnership of leading universities of science and technology in Europe, including DTU, EPFL, L'X, Technion, and TUM. Within EuroTech, we were already actively collaborating in the field of education (EuroTeQ) and in the EuroTechPostDoc programs. As of 2022, collaboration via PhD projects is added to this portfolio through the TU/e centrally funded EuroTech PhD program. The EuroTech PhD program encourages innovative and lasting partnerships, paving the way for joint publications, research applications, and collaborative research projects with our esteemed partners in EuroTech.

Program Criteria

  • Collaborative project: To be eligible for this program, the proposed PhD project must be a collaborative effort involving at least one other EuroTech partner institution (DTU, EPFL, L’X, Technion or TUM). This collaboration means that the PhD candidate should spend at least 6 months at the partner university within the 4-year trajectory. Both partners will provide supervision to the PhD candidate for the entire project, with a supervisor at the TU/e (Home University) and a co-supervisor at the Host University.
  • Financial support: The program offers funding of 43K€ per year per position for a 4-year PhD project. However, total costs per position amount to 65K€ per year, consisting of an average yearly salary of 55K€ (in 2022) and an additional 10K€ per year for other expenses. This means that there should be a matching fund available of at least 22k€ per year (depending on the research costs needed for the project). This co-funding can come from the individual researcher, research groups, departments, TU/e institutes, EuroTech partner, or external partners (e.g. industry collaborators, in accordance with applicable IP rules). Priority is given to (financial and in kind) matching by the EuroTech partner. A letter of commitment for the co-funding must be added to the proposal.

Application Process

In the program, we select one project per department each year. Pre-selection is done per department; the exact process varies per department. Per application round, each department can send in one pre-selected application and these are checked for eligibility by the selection committee’s administrative office. The selection committee consists of the rector, Dean of the Graduate school, Director Scientific International Affairs, and three TU/e full professors representing the three domains (Basic Science; Engineering; Humans, Technology, Management & Design). If you are interested in applying for the next call, we recommend discussing the specific criteria and pre-selection process with your department dean. Furthermore, the deans of all departments will be responsible for advertising and distributing the call.

The next application call is expected to open in February 2024 and close in June 2024.

PhD candidate experience

The selected PhD candidates will enjoy a unique educational experience. They will be jointly supervised by researchers from TU/e and the EuroTech partner university, including a mandatory stay of at least 6 months at the partner university, allowing them to benefit from the expertise of both institutions. These candidates will be considered TU/e-based PhD students, and they can take advantage of the TU/e PROOF program, which provides ample opportunities for personal and professional development. In addition, the TU/e funds the program with extra yearly training and exchange activities within the EuroTech context, such as visits to the EuroTech Brussels Office and working-across-borders training.

Successful PhD projects from the TU/e EuroTech PhD program

2023

Bram Heijnen

Terahertz Spectroscopy for (Photo-)Electrochemistry

Supervisor TU/e: Mariadriana Creatore and Jaime Gómez Rivas (Applied Physics and Science Education); Supervisor Partner University: Aliaksandr Bandarenka and Elena Gubanova (TUM, School of Natural Sciences)

Integrating symbolic and subsymbolic AI for multimodal data fusion and enrichment of Building Digital Twins with material performance information

Supervisor TU/e: Ekaterina Petrova (Built Environment); Supervisor Partner University: André Borrmann (TUM, Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering)

A multiscale experimental–computational study of the mechanobiology of tissue shaping

Supervisor TU/e: Nicholas Kurniawan (Biomedical Engineering); Supervisor Partner University: Christoph Meier (TUM, Computational Mechanics)

Advanced characterization of advanced alkaline electrolysis (Alkali-ACE)

Supervisor TU/e: Thijs de Groot (Chemical Engineering and Chemistry); Supervisor Partner University: Christodoulos Chatzichristodoulou (DTU, Energy Conversion and Storage)

InP based electronic-photonic co-integrated transmitter for mmw and sub-THz frequencies

Supervisor TU/e: Idelfonso Tafur Monroy (Electrical Engineering), PhD candidate: Amgalan Sodnomay; Supervisor Partner University: Tom Keinicke Johansen (DTU, Space Research and Technology)

Addressing rebound effects in home automation through alternative design aesthetics

Supervisor TU/e: Lenneke Kuijer (Industrial Design); Supervisor Partner University: Daniela C.A. Pigosso (DTU, Civil and Mechanical Engineering)

Next Generation University

Supervisor TU/e: Marcel Bogers (Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences); Supervisor Partner University: Maria Theresa Norn (DTU, Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship)

The Fundamental Limits of DNA Data Storage

Supervisor TU/e: Alberto Ravagnani (Mathematics and Computer Science); Supervisor Partner University: Eitan Yaakobi (Technion, Computer Science)

From building digital twins to skill-dependent world models: an application to cooperative mobile robots

Supervisor TU/e: Elena Torta (Mechanical Engineering); Supervisor Partner University: André Borrmann (TUM, Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering)

2022

Mark Cornelissen

Power exhaust in fusion reactors: Visualizing the role of flows

Supervisor TU/e: Roger Jaspers (Applied Physics and Science Education) Supervisor Partner University: Artur Perek and Basil Duval (EPFL, School of Basic Sciences)

Kristina Kröll

Digital design tools to boost the uptake of reused materials in circular building practices

Supervisor TU/e: Torsten Schröder (Built Environment) Supervisor Partner University: Corentin Fivet (EPFL, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Glenn Weber

Combining microfluidics and mathematical modelling for precision oncology

Supervisor TU/e: Federica Eduati (Biomedical Engineering) Supervisor Partner University: Christoph Merten (EPFL, School of Engineering)

Kim Keumbee

Adaptive surfaces for switchable adhesion to biological species

Supervisor TU/e: Danqing Liu (Chemical Engineering and Chemistry) Supervisor Partner University: Anne Ladegaard Skov (DTU, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)

Lydia Tasiou

Low-rate error-correcting coding techniques for SRAM physically unclonable functions (CORTECH-4-PUF)

Supervisor TU/e: Alex Alvarado (Electrical Engineering) Supervisor Partner University: Antonia Wachter-Zeh (TUM, School of Computation, Information and Technology)

Hannah van Iterson

Designing Embodied Sensing Systems for Preventive Healthcare

Supervisor TU/e: Rong-Hao Liang (Industrial Design) Supervisor Partner University: Edwin En-Te Hwu (DTU, Health Technology, Drug Delivery and Sensing)

Hangyu Liu

Health illuminated: Quantified effects of light on health

Supervisor TU/e: Karin Smolders (Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences) Supervisor Partner University: Marilyne Anderson (EPFL, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Time-predictable platform for high-performance computing

Supervisor TU/e: Geoffrey Nelissen (Mathematics and Computer Science) Supervisor Partner University: Marco Caccamo (TUM, School of Engineering and Design)

Ding Ge

Production of metal powder via dendritic electrodeposition

Supervisor TU/e: Yali Tang (Mechanical Engineering) Supervisor Partner University: Wolfgang A. Wall (TUM, School of Engineering and Design)

Contact

For any questions regarding the program, feel free to send an e-mail to Nathalie Thielen from the Research Support Office.