Tamar Aprahamian, MA

Policy advisor Graduate Schools/ international affairs, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University


Welcome at Utrecht University!

Utrecht University (est. 1636) is a research-intensive university ranking no. 1 in The Netherlands and no. 52 in the world according to the Shanghai Ranking 2020. Utrecht University is located at the Utrecht Science Park, the perfect spot for our top-notch academic and applied research, high level tertiary education, start-ups, SME’s and multinationals.


At Utrecht University, we work together towards a better future for all of us. With our more than 7,000 members of staff, we provide socially relevant research and high-quality education. The university is an actively involved and committed part of our society, with the added value of an open mind about societal issues. We collaborate with other (international) universities, trade and industry, the authorities, the cultural sector and societal organisations. Working at Utrecht University means working at the best university in the Netherlands.

The world is changing rapidly. Complicated global issues such as wealth inequalities, climate change and healthy lifestyles are not limited to generations or continents, and cannot be solved from only one perspective.

This is why researchers and students from Utrecht University are continuously looking for new possibilities and solutions across the disciplines and form alliances with various external partners in the process. As a tight-knit community of alumni, students, employees and external partners, with confidence we work together towards a better world.

Utrecht University stands out of the crowd because of its focus on multidisciplinary research. Research is clustered within four interdisciplinary Strategic Themes.

Each year, some 550 new PhD candidates begin their research, and this group is very international. Utrecht University is a home to staff and students from 130 different countries. Among the international staff, English is the common colloquial language.

Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science offers PhD positions in the fields of Life Sciences, Natural Science and Pharmacy. Embarking on a career at our faculty is about bringing together bright minds from diverse backgrounds, disciplines and viewpoints.


You are the fundamental connection between research and education; between faculties and colleagues; between vast datasets and individuals. You play a crucial role in our quest to advance scientific research and to encourage the curious minds of the future through inspirational education.

While our staff members are all passionate about their own focus areas, the faculty also enjoys a truly multidisciplinary culture. We have 65 nationalities in our staff (including guests). Together with our students we are all defining, studying and sharing the insights of the future. Our bright minds are ambitious and overlapping and we know that working together is the only way to connect all the dots.


PhD Graduate Schools

The PhD and graduate research programmes at Utrecht University are organised within our Graduate Schools. The Faculty of Science has the following Schools:

Share your ideas

Collaboration between PhD candidates conducting research at the interface of the various disciplines creates an atmosphere that is conducive to breakthroughs in knowledge. Utrecht University encourages this stimulating, multi-disciplinary approach to the sharing of ideas, methods and techniques.

Research groups and PhD candidates meet regularly to present their most recent work and exchange ideas. As a Utrecht PhD candidate, you will be able to draw on a wide range of concepts, techniques, contacts, viewpoints and practical tools.

Support for international staff and guests

As one of Europe’s leading research universities, Utrecht is renowned for its innovative interdisciplinary research and emphasis on high-quality education. These two factors make the university a particularly attractive place for (guest) researchers, (prospective) PhD-candidates and other visitors throughout the world. Read more here.

Our International Service Desk (ISD) processes the visa applications of our international employees, PhDs and guest lecturers. The ISD performs this task for all Utrecht University departments. Read exactly what the ISD does for all our international staff members.

More information?

Please visit our website for more information about vacancies and career opportunities: uu.nl/science/careers!

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