Netherlands on the lookout for researchers

  • HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 12, 2015 19:38 IST

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will open admissions for the fourth batch of their PhD scholarship programme in July 2015. The five-year Computational Sciences for Energy Research (CSER) initiative, started in 2012, is supported with a commitment of about 45 million euros from Shell and the NWO. Fifty-five students have joined the PhD programme, part of the CSER initiative, to date and there are 20 more places to fill in 2015-2016. The ongoing partnership with NWO, the National Research Council, will provide postgraduate doctorate scholarships for a total of 75 Indian students at leading institutes in The Netherlands.

The aim of this programme is to develop new talent in the computational sciences who can help to deliver innovative technology solutions for the world’s e applicants will have a chance to work with Shell after finishing their programme. They will be offered jobs at Shell’s Technology Centre in Bengaluru — one of Shell’s three global hubs for technology in addition to Houston and Amsterdam. The students will also have the opportunity to pursue an internship at Shell R&D labs in The Netherlands during the course of their PhD studies.

Commenting on the programme, Harry Brekelmans, executive committee member and projects and technology director, Royal Dutch Shell, said: “Technical and competitive IT is a core part of our technology capability. It enables us to make better decisions and more efficiently manage our assets. Only the brightest and best minds, along with cutting edge hardware, will allow us to handle volumes of data to deliver the energy that society relies on.”

Yasmine Hilton, chairman, Shell Companies in India , said they were tapping into India’s talent pool to identify “brightest candidates who could partne with Shell in this journey.”

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