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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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Victor Winter PhD

Hoofd Kennispunt Betawetenschappen, Utrecht University

Victor Winter studied chemistry at the Utrecht University during which he specialized in biochemistry. He continued with a PhD in molecular biology at the faculty of biology of the same university. After his PhD he realized he did not want to continue his career as a scientist and instead he started as an education manager within the Science Faculty. Tasks included coordinating master programmes, setting up a graduate school and organizing education accreditation procedures amongst others.



Gijsbert van Willigen PhD

Biological/Environmental Safety Officer, Leiden University Medical Center

Gijsbert van Willigen obtained his PhD in 1992 in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis at the UMC Utrecht. He continued working in this field as a postdoc and was involved in several grant applications. From 2000 he has been working as a local radiation safety officer. From June 2002 he became a biosafety officer and a few years later also an environmental safety officer for gene therapy at the LUMC in Leiden.


Michel Hooiveld PhD

Medical Advisor Oncology & Immunology, GlaxoSmithKline

Michel got his MSc in Environmental Health Sciences (faculties Health Sciences and Medicine) at the Maastricht University (NL), after which he started a PhD project at the Utrecht University at the department of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology. The academic defence of his thesis was in 2003.
In 2002 Michel started working at a contract research lab (NOTOX, NL), where he was responsible for the conduct of (pre-clinical) toxicity studies, and the set-up, launch and conduct of a new laboratory for regulatory immunotoxicity testing.


Sandra Migchielsen PhD

Project Manager-Life Sciences, Amsterdam Innovatie Motor

Since obtaining her PhD (1996), Sandra Migchielsen has maintained the link with science & technology while working outside academia. After a spell as Publishing Assistant with Bohn Stafleu van Loghum (1997), Sandra moved to international scientific publishing house Elsevier (1997-2006). Managing and developing Elsevier’s Inorganic Chemistry portfolio as (Senior) Publishing Editor, she achieved journal impact and circulation growth, while focussing on quality and service. During this time she built an international network of contacts and developed both project management and product development skills.


Barry van der Strate

Project manager at PRA International

Barry van der Strate studied medical biology at the University of Groningen. After finalization of his PhD thesis he was was a post-doc for 7 years at the University Medical Center Groningen at 2 different departments. He joined PRA in 2008 as a Project Manager /Study Director at the Bioanalytical Lab, PRA intl. Assen - Large Molecule Group.