4TU Stan Ackermans Institute

The design-traineeships of Delft University of Technology train you to translate academic developments in Life Sciences, (Bio)Chemical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering to real-life applications and industrial products, working to meet the industry‚Äôs demand for new technologies. 

PhD Programmes

Engineering & Technology (4)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)



A design-traineeship (PDEng-position) offers an application-focused alternative to a PhD position and provides you with a solid basis for an accelerated start in an industrial career. The programmes are a joint initiative of and are sponsored by the Dutch Life Sciences and (Bio)Chemical industry and the Dutch government.

Currently, TU Delft offers 4 PDEng-programmes:

  • Process and Equipment Design
  • Chemical Product Design
  • Designer in Bioprocess Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering


The expertise gained in this programme is in great demand and leads to excellent prospects for a professional career in the Dutch and international industry.

The design-traineeships are offered in close collaboration with industrial partners, like Shell, Akzo Nobel, DSM, TNO, ECN, Centocor, DOW Chemical, Promega, Octoplus, Johnson&Johnson, Nestle and Unilever.

Delft, South Holland, Netherlands


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