Why participate in a Master/PhD project at COBRA? Its excellence and comprehensive scope is unique worldwide. An international evaluation panel has concluded that, in COBRA’s field, there are only one or two institutes with similar quality in the world.

COBRA’s research is a key pillar of European dominance in photonic integration. This could only be achieved by the coordinated efforts and excellence in materials, devices and systems research.

COBRA offers a prestigious post-academic educational program for PhDs and PostDocs. The educational program is aimed at developing and expanding the professional and personal expertise of the PhD students. It consists of a wide range of workshops and training sessions for the development of general as well as specific knowledge and skills, tailored to the different stages of a PhD research project. On the one hand, it is aimed at acquiring skills to successfully complete the PhD tasks; on the other, to enhance the career prospects.

Recently, we have started a NWO-recognized Graduate School on Photonics in Eindhoven in order to integrate Master and PhD education into a challenging program for future students. Concomitant with the research program, COBRA’s educational task is to train a new generation of scientists, engineers and future industry leaders who will tackle the scientific and technical challenges related to size scaling and power dissipation of photonic components and networks. They will be trained in what can be considered Europe's leading hub for research in photonic integration and photonic communication systems. COBRA is located at the heart of Brainport Eindhoven, a region with one of the highest concentrations of high-tech applied R&D in Europe (Philips Research, ASML, FEI, the High Tech Campus, and the Holst Center). The necessary international and intersectoral training for COBRA students is warranted by research collaborations with Europe's largest industrial R&D centers in the field (IBM, Oclaro, III-V Labs, ASML) and other key industrial and public research centers, so that students may acquire the wide set of expertise and competences required to drive the optics revolution in computing systems.

As a research school, COBRA offers an extensive educational program to all of its PhD students, who have a four-year contract with the TU/e and are on the payroll of a COBRA group. Together with the supervisor, every PhD student will write a training and supervision plan. The program consists of Master and specialized courses organized by COBRA, the faculties of Electrical Engineering and Physics (Proof-program) and external partners. All parts of the program are also open to every postdoc affiliated to COBRA.

It is highly rewarding to participate in a Master/PhD project at COBRA, since we are the leading institute in Europe for optical materials, devices and systems research. Our main expertise is Indium Phosphide (InP), a field of research where Europe leads the USA and Asia. Also, Europe offers many silicon and III-V foundries.