PhD research

Photo of PhD researchers at the Copernicus Institute

Our goal is to train curious, empowered and rigorous researchers who can address the social and technical challenges of a changing world.

PhD researchers at the Copernicus Institute come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds within the field of sustainability. Our 100+ PhDs have an academic and social home in one of our five research groups. The institute is a fun and vibrant place to work, with an open, productive and supportive research culture that values inclusivity and a diversity of perspectives. 

How do I find current PhD vacancies? 

All PhD positions are announced through the Utrecht University website: Working at Utrecht University 

Do I need to speak Dutch to work at the Copernicus Institute? 

English is our working language. Unless otherwise stated for a specific position, knowledge of Dutch is not required (although you are encouraged to learn Dutch while you are here!). 

Stories from our PhD research