PDEng Traineeship Chemical Product Design

Updated: 22 days ago
Deadline: 01 Sep 2021

The PDEng traineeship “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 traineeship you deepen your domain knowledge in specific areas, strengthen your engineering skills, and acquire know-how about designing these innovative products and bringing them to the market.

Most of the introductory year is dedicated to advanced training and workshops in engineering design, socio-economic aspects of design, and 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.

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.

Applicants should preferably have a MSc degree in:

  • Chemical Engineering or Biochemical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering or
  • Nano Engineering or 
  • Applied Mechanical Engineering, with a specialization related to chemical engineering
  • Other, with equal merit, within the discretion of the Selection Committee

We seek applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Open, creative mind and a critical attitude
  • Excellent command of English
  • Affinity for working and studying in an international team
  • Demonstrated interest in product design and development
  • Sense of the application of technology in industry
  • Goal of a career in industry.

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.4TU.nl , chapter Application (salary indication: max. €1970,- per month).

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.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. 

Enrolment is possible in February and September.

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct ). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 

With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

The webpage of the Department of Chemical Engineering can be found here .

Please visit www.pdeng.tudelft.nl/cpd for more information. You are also welcome to contact Drs. Renée Aggenbach, phone: +31 (0)15 – 27 85817, email: R.M.T.C.Aggenbach@tudelft.nl for any additional information.

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

Please note our application deadline of 5 months for non EU nationals and 3 months before start date for EU nationals.

To enter the online application procedure, you are requested to submit in English, through the application form:

  • Letter of application in which you explain your interest in the traineeship in Chemical Product Design and in design in general (not more than 1 A4 page)
  • 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 diplomas
  • A copy of your passport or ID card
  • Two reference letters from supervisors of  (research) projects or (scientific) work (These can be upload by you through the application form, or ask your referees to e-mail them to our coordinator  R.M.T.C.Aggenbach@tudelft.nl )

Please note that PDEng applicants are required to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. The applicant must submit a TOEFL-score of 100 (or higher) or IELTS-score with a minimum of 7.0  in each of the four sections. Certificates should not be older than two years.(Applicants whose native language is English or hold a degree from an institution in an English speaking country where English is the language of instruction, are exempted. Nationals from the USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempted from the English test requirement.) 

A presentation and an interview will be part of the selection procedure.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.


The PDEng traineeship “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 traineeship you deepen your domain knowledge in specific areas, strengthen your engineering skills, and acquire know-how about designing these innovative products and bringing them to the market.

Most of the introductory year is dedicated to advanced training and workshops in engineering design, socio-economic aspects of design, and 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.

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.

Applicants should preferably have a MSc degree in:

  • Chemical Engineering or Biochemical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering or
  • Nano Engineering or 
  • Applied Mechanical Engineering, with a specialization related to chemical engineering
  • Other, with equal merit, within the discretion of the Selection Committee

We seek applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Open, creative mind and a critical attitude
  • Excellent command of English
  • Affinity for working and studying in an international team
  • Demonstrated interest in product design and development
  • Sense of the application of technology in industry
  • Goal of a career in industry.

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.4TU.nl , chapter Application (salary indication: max. €1970,- per month).

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.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. 

Enrolment is possible in February and September.

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct ). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 

With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

The webpage of the Department of Chemical Engineering can be found here .

Please visit www.pdeng.tudelft.nl/cpd for more information. You are also welcome to contact Drs. Renée Aggenbach, phone: +31 (0)15 – 27 85817, email: R.M.T.C.Aggenbach@tudelft.nl for any additional information.

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

Please note our application deadline of 5 months for non EU nationals and 3 months before start date for EU nationals.

To enter the online application procedure, you are requested to submit in English, through the application form:

  • Letter of application in which you explain your interest in the traineeship in Chemical Product Design and in design in general (not more than 1 A4 page)
  • 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 diplomas
  • A copy of your passport or ID card
  • Two reference letters from supervisors of  (research) projects or (scientific) work (These can be upload by you through the application form, or ask your referees to e-mail them to our coordinator  R.M.T.C.Aggenbach@tudelft.nl )

Please note that PDEng applicants are required to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. The applicant must submit a TOEFL-score of 100 (or higher) or IELTS-score with a minimum of 7.0  in each of the four sections. Certificates should not be older than two years.(Applicants whose native language is English or hold a degree from an institution in an English speaking country where English is the language of instruction, are exempted. Nationals from the USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempted from the English test requirement.) 

A presentation and an interview will be part of the selection procedure.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.


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