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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Maarten Honing PhD

Head Analytical Department at Schering-Plough

After obtaining his Bachelor in clinical-chemistry (1981) and Immunochemistry (1983), he started his Masters at the UvA (1984), besides his full-time position as technician at the Central Laboratory for Clinical Chemistry at the VUMC. Following his graduation in 1991 in Analytical Sciences with Prof H. Poppe, he performed his PhD focused on Analytical MS at the CSIC Research Institute in Barcelona (Spain), in collaboration with the VU.


Niki Georgiou PhD

Team leader Immunology at Danone Research

After obtaining her BSc in Biochemistry from UMIST, Manchester, England and MSc Food Biotechnology from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Niki Georgiou pursued the position of Junior Researcher at the Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology Division of Utrecht University working on Aflatoxin decontamination by fungi. After 3 years she joined the IRAS (Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences) for one year before starting her PhD in 1997 on Iron chelation and HIV-1 replication at the University Medical Centre Utrecht.


Koen Verhoef PhD

Manager of the Technology Transfer Office at the Netherlands Cancer Institute

Koen Verhoef is Manager of the Technology Transfer Office of the NKI-AvL since 1 May 2009. In this role, he is also responsible for the coordination of the valorisation activities of the Cancer Genomics Centre. Prior to this, he worked as a business developer/IP specialist within the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of VU University (VU) and VU University medical centre (VUmc) in Amsterdam.


Freya Senf PhD

Freya SenfProgramme officer at Technology Foundation STW

During her PhD in molecular microbiology, Freya Senf realised that being in the lab day in day out was not her cup of tea. She therefore orientated herself on a career outside science and signed up for a career development course. This was helpful and made her realise what she sought in a job. After obtaining her PhD, she worked at Hezelburcht BioTop BV as a grant consultant for Life Science research. She assisted both academic scientists and companies in obtaining grants, and managed support offices for grant management. After a year she realised that she preferred a job that was less focused on profit but more on applied science and technology transfer.


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."