As of July 2019, TU/e has launched the Irène Curie Fellowship. This program is aimed at talented women who pursue an academic career in our European top research university. TU/e will open vacancies for assistant, associate and full professor exclusively for female talent during the first six months of recruitment. Under European jurisdiction it is lawful to specifically recruit underrepresented groups. We welcome all persons who (self-)identify as female to apply within this program.


  • Tenure track position of 5 years or senior position

  • Substantial start-up package

  • Develop your own research line

  • Participate in curriculum of department

  • Dedicated mentoring program

  • Dual career opportunity for spouses

As an Irène Curie Fellow, you will receive a tenure track position as assistant professor of 5 years. After a maximum of 4 years, the tenure decision will be made. If you already have a more senior profile, you are welcome to apply as associate of full professor. You will receive a tailor-made career proposal.

As an Irène Curie Fellow you will be offered the opportunity to establish an independent research program in collaboration with colleagues at our university, and at national and international institutions. Furthermore, we expect you to contribute to the curriculum of the department.

You will receive a substantial start-up package to kick-off your career in our university and, for example, hire a PhD candidate. In order to empower you, we provide support such as training programs for academic leadership and the university teaching qualification. A dedicated mentoring scheme is offered to support your ambitions, to increase your scientific career opportunities and to contribute to a stronger network of talented female scientists.

Flexible work schedules can be arranged. Family friendly initiatives are in place, such as our Dual Career Opportunity program to support accompanying partners, an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Where innovation starts, and people matter

In the TU/e community of students and staff, we strive for diversity and inclusion. A diverse workforce generates better problem-solving strategies and more creative ideas, it accelerates innovation and enables teams to better learning and growth. Moreover, a broader network improves the capacity to function well in a pluralistic society, and it enables the connection to a wider number of stakeholders.

As TU/e strives for a diverse workforce, a special focus on female talent in science is necessary. Aside from the advantages of diversity, the Irène Curie fellows can serve as role models for the next generation of female scientists.

Irène Curie

Irène Joliot-Curie was a French scientist, the daughter of Marie Curie and the wife of Frédéric Joliot-Curie. Together with her husband, Irène Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935 for their discovery of artificial radioactivity. Furthermore, she was the first female undersecretary of state in France.

Irène Curie became actively involved in promoting women's education and was passionate in the feminist movement, especially for sciences. She continuously applied for the French Academy of Sciences, an elite scientific organization, knowingly that she would be denied. She did so to draw attention to the fact they did not accept women into the organization.

Irène Curie is a symbol for the next generation of female scientists TU/e is looking for.