Explore a career in plasma science and engineering

Will we ever harness the energy of the stars on Earth? Can we make clean fuels? What are the sources of gamma-ray bursts recorded throughout the universe? Is the LHC at CERN the biggest accelerator mankind will 
ever afford to build? The answers to these and many other questions are the scope of Plasma Science and Engineering – a multidisciplinary area encompassing some of the most exciting fundamental and applied research themes in today’s scientific landscape.

APPLAuSE is a doctoral program on Plasma Science and Engineering consisting in a student-centered and highly modular PhD program designed to enhance each student’s capabilities and maximize his/her potential. The hosting institution is IPFN, a research unit of Instituto Superior Técnico, and the degree is awarded by the University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Each PhD program has a duration of four years. Successful applicants will be awarded a fellowship for this period and have the opportunity to enroll in an exciting and international research environment.

The first year of the program comprises a semester of intensive modules, providing the scientific/technological background and exposing the students to the most exciting research topics. In the second semester students will be enrolled in laboratory rotations at the several facilities operated by IPFN.

From the second to the fourth year the student is enrolled in the thesis project. This period includes a one-year secondment abroad at one of the international leading research institutions / universities that collaborate with IPFN.

The global objective of the program is to provide each student with a broad knowledge in the field of plasma science and engineering by promoting a close interaction with renowned specialists, and to allow and in-depth expertise in the chosen area of specialization by providing unique opportunities for personal development and intellectual growth, in a friendly and collaborative international environment.

APPLAuSE is supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT).