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PhD education

HIMS groups frequently offer opportunies for obtaining a PhD degree. Current open PhD positions can be found via the 'vacancies' section in the menu above.

A PhD programme in The Netherlands takes 4 years of independent research, supervised by a professor. Most PhD candidates in the Netherlands are not students but employees of the university. As PhD student you get the opportunity to contribute to the development of knowledge in your subject. The programme is concluded by a thesis (dissertation) and/or a series of articles in scientific journals.

More information on becoming a PhD student

Research schools

The Dutch PhD trajectory includes courses taught within the framework of national research schools. These are collaborative research and PhD training institutions in specific domains. HIMS participates in two of them:

Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC)

HRSMC is a consortium of three Dutch Universities: the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the VU University Amsterdam (VU) and Leiden University (UL). It provides an extensive training programme for PhD students in inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry, crystallography and mass spectrometry.

HRSMC website

Netherlands Institute for Catalysis Research (NIOK)

NIOK is a virtual institute consisting of Dutch university groups active in all areas of catalysis. It fosters the advancement of both higher education and research and stimulates collaboration between scientists of different disciplines and Universities. NIOK also acts as the platform and sparring partner for national and international contacts on catalysis with academia, industry and government.

NIOK website

Other PhD education initiatives

Adding to the education in the framework of the national research schools, HIMS researchers are also involved in other inititatives providing PhD education:

COAST-ANAC PhD Education Program

The Dutch national organisation for COmprehensive Analytical Science and Technology (COAST) offers courses for PhD students who want to broaden or deepen their knowledge in analytical science techniques. Courses are offered throughout the year, as summer courses or as a one -or two-day topical courses on weekdays and/or Saturdays.

COAST-ANAC website

MolSim school

This yearly school on Molecular Simulation of the Amsterdam Center for Multiscale Modeling teaches its participants to understand and apply molecular simulations; to obtain insight in the underlying theory; and to develop skills by carrying out elementary simulations.

MolSim website

PhD skills development

Besides gaining scientific knowledge and skills, PhD candidates are expected to develop communication skills, personal effectiveness and didactic skills. To this end, the Faculty of Science offers an educational programme.

FNWI PhD Skills development website