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.

Chemical Product Design - PDEng traineeship

Location: Delft, Netherlands    


Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Job Code: TNWCE12-035
# of openings: 12
Application deadline:


Job category: PDEng funded position

Candidate requirements

Requirements: The PDEng-programme in Chemical Product Design is intended for Master graduates in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering or Nano Engineering and related disciplines.
To join the Chemical Product Design traineeship, we expect:

. open, creative mind and a critical attitude
. Excellent command of English
. You enjoy working and studying in an international team
. demonstrated interest in product design and development
. sense of application of technology in industry
. your goal is a career in industry


In order to apply for the Chemical Product Design programme you are requested to submit in English, preferably in one pdf-file:

  • Letter of Motivation in which you express your motivation for the traineeship in Chemical Product Design and for design in general (not more than 1 page A4) 
  • Curriculum Vitae (not more than 2 pages A4)
  • Master's and Bachelor's degrees transcripts including grades obtained (plus a scale that indicates the maximum, minimum and passing grades)
  • Copies of Master's and Bachelor's degrees
  • A copy of your passport
  • Two reference letters from supervisors of recent (research) projects or (scientific) work
  • Proof of English proficiency from either TOEFL or IELTS, not older than 2 years:
    TOEFL: applicants taking the internet-based TOEFL are required to have a minimum total score of 100. TU Delft TOEFL Institution Code: 0031
    IELTS: if you take the IELTS test (academic version) your overall band score must be at least 7.0

The PDEng-programme “Chemical Product Design” focuses on the development of structured materials, formulations, and devices for the specialty chemicals, personal care, health care, food, semiconductor, and energy sectors.

During the PDEng-traineeship “Chemical Product Design” you deepen your domain knowledge in specific areas, strengthen your engineering skills, and acquire know-how about designing these innovative products as well as bringing them to the market.

Most of the introductory year is dedicated to advanced training and workshops in engineering design, social-economic aspects of design, as well as professional and business skills. The emphasis will be placed on the technical integration of disciplines, engineering design in an industrial context, and the recognition of the role technological product design plays in society. The first year will be concluded with a Group Design Project (GDP), in cooperation with industry. Besides the core programme you can select elective training modules in one of the five different profiles:

  • Energy conversion & storage systems
  • Nano-structured materials
  • Optical materials
  • Polymers & composites
  • Surfaces & coatings

The second year of the traineeship consists of the Individual Design Project (IDP). The project is performed in, or in collaboration with, the product development department of an industrial partner. The IDP offers the perfect opportunity to apply all your knowledge, acquired during the first year of the traineeship.

A certified designer has in-depth knowledge of design processes, theoretical as well as practical, which clearly distinguishes him/her from a Master’s. Besides design skills, you develop social skills working in multicultural teams. In this traineeship you gain:

  • knowledge and experience in multidisciplinary problem-solving
  • team work experience
  • training in and application of project management
  • an extensive academic and industrial network
  • the ability to apply your design and economic expertise in an industrial setting
  • helicopter view of design methods for chemical products 

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

Please note:

In order to be considered for the PDEng-traineeship in Chemical Product 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: Renee Aggenbach

Employment conditions

Employment conditions: You will be employed by Delft University of Technology (‘Earning while Learning’). PDEng positions start in February and September and have an employment basis of 2 years (1 year with an extension of 1 year).
Delft University of Technology offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, a free ADSL connection at home, and the opportunity to assemble a customized compensation and benefits package. Salary and other employments benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Pay range

Pay range: 1803 Euros gross per month    

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