In a conscious desire to increase its pool of highly specialized researchers and to strengthen its links with universities, SCK•CEN embarked in 1992 on a programme to support PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers.
Preparing your doctoral thesis at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre offers you the best of both worlds: you stay in close contact with the academic world and you enjoy a unique international research environment, with advanced nuclear experimental facilities and top-level guidance from our experts.
PhD students should register at a pre-defined university, depending on the topic of their PhD. Although they are doctoral students at the university, they are based in Mol for the greater part of the time.
How to apply ?
- Please note that only applications where all required documents and information are received before the deadline (see below) will be considered.
- Candidates can apply for a maximum of two topics from the list of available topics. Candidates need to apply separately (online) for each topic.
- The submission deadline for applications is strict and can be found in the section "timing" (see below).
- The application form will be evaluated by the SCK•CEN's Scientific Council. When judged positively, the applicant will be invited to give an oral presentation on the research topic to a jury at SCK•CEN in Mol, Belgium. The various dates for these oral presentations have already been fixed and can be found in the section “timing”. Please reserve all these dates in your diary, since the exact date and timing will be determined only later by the SCK•CEN Academy and cannot be changed. SCK•CEN does not reimburse travel or accommodation costs incurred in order to attend the oral presentation. We do offer a webconferencing system for foreign applicants who have difficulties in travelling to Mol.
- Preference is given to candidates who have obtained a Master degree (or equivalent) with at least distinction in the final year. The period between being awarded the Master degree and the planned starting date of the PhD should not exceed 5 years.
- Citizens of States that have not signed/ratified the Non Proliferation Treaty are excluded from R&D topics related to the nuclear fuel cycle.
- The final decision about your application will be taken after the oral presentation, and will be announced officially soon afterwards.
- All additional enquiries regarding your application and the application procedure should be made to email@example.com.
Deadline for application: March 24, 2017
Notification of selection for first round: April 28, 2017
Second round - oral presentations: May 23 and 24, 2017
Notification of final result: June 30, 2017
Anticipated starting date of the PhD research (subject to university administrative issues): October 1, 2017