AIMMS STAR-PLUS recruitment PhD Programme

PhD students will be hosted at VU Amsterdam under an employment contract and fall under the Collective Labour Agreement (“CAO”) for Universities. Appointment is for four years, with a decisive go/no-go moment after one year. The STAR-PLUS PhD students will be enrolled in the AIMMS PhD Programme. 

The STAR PLUS PhD education programme will focus on the in-depth training of the PhD student in topics that are relevant to the overall scientific objectives as well as on transferable skills that together give the student a broad scientific education that will be invaluable for their future careers. For these reasons AIMMS will offer a variety of courses to support the student’s development. In consultation with the supervisor, the PhD student selects a training programme from these courses.

PhD researchers will be supervised by at least a promotor and a co-promotor. The AIMMS director monitors the performance of these supervisors. The STAR PhD students are selected on the interdisciplinary nature of their research proposal, among other things. As a result, it is expected and encouraged (!) that the PhD students will have two supervisors (“promotors”) or one promotor and two co-promotors, preferably from two different research groups. This ensures translational properties of the research project.

An important aspect for early-stage researchers is to gain experience in an international setting –on top of the international mobility as set out in the selection criteria-, which is a valuable contribution to their research career and prepares them for knowledge essential for future continuation of career. A secondment is essential for AIMMS STAR PLUS PhD students and can be executed at either one of the academic partners at the ULLA consortium, one of the industrial partners, or other relevant partners.

The STAR PLUS programme and its partners 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 713669.  
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For all STAR PLUS related questions­ –or other more general questions about AIMMS- please contact:
Jurgen Haanstra via


The AIMMS Management Team (MT) will be responsible to see of the selection criteria are met and if procedures are followed correctly. Students that question the evaluation process, selection criteria or feel mistreated in any other way will have the opportunity to object any decision. Within six weeks of the date of the decision, objections can be made through the AIMMS office, which will inform the AIMMS Management Team. AIMMS will confirm the objection within one week, stating whether the objection is admissible and informing about the further steps.