Role models Role models

What to do after your PhD or postdoc? What career options are there? What motivated other PhDs to choose for a particular career path? How do they like it and what skills do they consider important?

We lined up some role-models to inspire you. We are continuously extending this selection for careers in the life sciences or STEM, whether it is academia, industry, government, non-profit etc.

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Wietse Mulder PhD

Managing director at Genome Diagnostics

After working in the private sector for several years, Wietse Mulder PhD, managing director of Genome diagnostics, is now a successful life sciences entrepreneur. "Starting your own business is like writing your own job ad", Wietse says of his experience as an entrepreneur. It's exactly what he did five years ago. "Founding your own company is not for the faint-hearted though, you need to be willing to take risks", Wietse goes on. "But when it works it's just immensely satisfying."

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Wendy Mackus PhD

Assistant Director Research at Genmab

I may still have a future in academia but I know now that I have other options as well. Tenure isn't the be-all-end-all of a career in the life sciences. When I first realised this I suddenly lost all fear doubt about the future. My career at Genmab has given me peace of mind.

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Karin Havenith PhD

Principle scientist at Genmab

When she first started to work for Genmab Karin spent a lot of time in the lab conducting applied science. She has now moved to more buro-work, thinking up and evaluating applied science. Her current research project is coming to an end, and the final product is ready to go to market. 'In my job I get all the science without the networking and politics of academia. Yes, I really fit into this place more than I could ever have imagined.

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Joost Bakker PhD

scientific writer and graphics designer at Genmab

An academic career, with all that it entails, wasn't what Joost Bakker PhD was after. In industry he also took some time to find out what he really wanted. He's now going down the alternative science career path at Genmab. About his current job Joost says: 'my non-scientific skills finally get the attention they deserve.

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