Faculty of Applied Sciences (Delft University of Technology) - Funded Professional Doctorate Traineeships

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

TU Delft in the Netherlands is consistently ranked within the top 20 in the THES world ranking of science and technology universities. The working language in Master’s, PDEng and PhD education and research is English.

Faculty of Applied Sciences, TU Delft

The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty at TU Delft and is equipped with advanced laboratory and experimental facilities. It has more than 200 academic staff and approximately 400 PhD and postdoc researchers from all over the world. Fundamental and applied science research is conducted in biotechnology, life sciences technology, chemical technology, nanoscience, nanotechnology, biophysics, radiation science and technology, biomedical engineering, energy technology, and engineering physics.

Process & Equipment Design - PDEng traineeship

Location: Delft, Netherlands    


Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Job Code: DCT08-000
# of openings: 12
Application deadline:


Job category: PDEng funded position

Candidate requirements

Requirements: Applicants should preferably have an MSc degree in:
- Chemical Engineering or Biochemical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering, with a specialization related to chemical engineering, such as Industrial Process Equipment and Energy Systems.
- Applied Earth Sciences, with specialization Raw Materials Processing or Petroleum Engineering
- Physical Technology
- Other, with equal merit, within the discretion of the Selection Committee.

We are especially looking for trainees with an open, creative mind and a critical attitude: trainees with ambition in innovative design developments. Delft University of Technology is a bi-lingual organisation. Good command of the English language (written and oral) is essential. Trainees will be recruited from the top 25% of the student population.


The post-M.Sc. Designer Programme "Process and Equipment Design" enrolment is limited to 12 PDEng trainees per year. Therefore the selection procedure is severe. The applicants must have above average ratings and must be highly motivated to ensure completion of the traineeship within two years. The programme welcomes applications from well-qualified students who have successfully completed 5 years of university training (M.Sc., Ir., Drs.). Graduates with diverse backgrounds are admitted:

  • Chemical Engineering or Biochemical Engineering
  • Applied Mechanical Engineering, with a specialization related to chemical engineering, such as Industrial Process Equipment and Energy Systems
  • Applied Earth Sciences, with specialization Raw Material Processing or Petroleum Engineering
  • Physical Technology
  • Other, with equal merit, within the discretion of the Selection Committee

The Selection Committee judges the incoming applications by the criteria mentioned. When a first evaluation turns out positive, the applicant is invited for an interview to ascertain suitability for the course. Prior to this interview the Selection Committee sometimes will request further written information or additional references. The official regulation concerning the admission procedures can be obtained upon request.

At the start of the course, every PDEng trainee drafts an individual training programme. The programme depends on skills and interest. Part of the programme is compulsory, part of it is optional. For trainees who must remedy M.Sc. level gaps, advanced M.Sc. level subjects are available. The training co-ordinator who acts on behalf of the Programme Committee, must approve the training programme. The subject of the individual design project will be determined at the end of the first year.

Each participant will have a mentor for the duration of the course. The scientific co-ordinator of the course will act as mentor in the first year, the professor responsible for the individual assignment will act as mentor in the second year. After one year progress is evaluated. For admission to the second year all first year subjects must be completed.

The programme takes two years (3400 hours) and is divided into four phases.

A general description of these phases can be found here.

  1. Broadening phase )___ (together: 1100 hours)
  2. Deepening phase )
  3. Group Design Project (600 hours)
  4. Individual Design Project (1700 hours)

All courses are taught in English.

The two-year position leads to a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) degree, and is focused on integrating several disciplines in order to innovatively design Chemical Processes and Process Equipment. The gained expertise is in much demand and therefore this programme offers very good prospects for a professional future career in the Dutch and international chemical industries.

Please visit our website for more detailed information about the programme.

Please note:

In order to be considered for the PDEng-traineeship in Process and Equipment Design, you need to upload preferably in one PDF-file your letter of motivation, Curriculum Vitae, copy of passport, BSc and MSc diploma's and transcripts and two (2) reference letters. Incomplete applications, will not be taken into consideration.

The application deadline for submitting your documents:

September intake

  • 1st of April for Non-Europeans
  • 1st of June for Europeans

February intake

  • 1st of September for Non-Europeans
  • 1st of November for Europeans


Project Leader

Head of Research Project: Program Director: Ir. Pieter Swinkels
Project contact: Program Coordinator: MSc. Mahsa Hajivandi

Employment conditions

Employment conditions: The extent of this position is a maximum of 38 hours per week (1 FTE). This position initially has an employment basis of 2 years (1 year with an extension of 1 year). For an estimation of the minimum monthly PDEng salary please visit the website www.3TU.nl, chapter Application). Benefits and other employment conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The successful candidate will be employed by the Delft University of Technology. Enrollment is possible in January and September.

With regard to selection, students with an honour track have precedence in the application procedure.

Pay range

Pay range: 1865 Euros gross per month    

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