Casimir Research School

Leiden, Netherlands
A major attraction of academic institutions is the interplay between young creative and ambitious students with experienced researchers and educators. It leads to a variety of hopefully ground-breaking new research results and to highly educated people who will find their way in various jobs in industry, institutions and academia. Hence, PhD students need to focus but should not become narrow-minded and should also be skilled communicators and project-planners.



The Casimir Research School (Casimir), established in 2004 by the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft and the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION), aims for an improved education of young researchers towards a PhD degree.


The research within Casimir has a strong focus in the nanosciences and with physics as a core discipline. For convenience we have grouped the various researchers together under 6 themes. Each of the themes interacts in a different way with neighboring disciplines and mixes applied research with fundamental research.

  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Physics of Nanostructures
  • Quantum Matter and Functional Materials
  • Quantum Information and Quantum Optics
  • Universe physics: theory and instrumentation
  • Dynamic Complex Systems


Leiden University and Delft University of Technology offer advanced, internationally competitive MSc programs in Physics and Applied Physics. The MSc study prepares you for a PhD program, or for a career in industry and many other attractive positions in society.

PhD Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at Casimir Research School!

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