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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- entrepreneurs

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Catalina Vasilescu PhD

R&D engineer, Allseas Engineering B.V.

Catalina Vasilescu studied civil engineering and computer science in Bucharest. She had an Erasmus scholarship and she did her master thesis at TU Delft.


Patrick van Hemert PhD


Engineering Specialist Refractories, Tata Steel Europe

Patrick van Hemert has been working as an Engineering Specialist Refractories at Tata Steel Europe for 13 months. After his PhD, and a post-doc, at Delft's Applied Earth Sciences, he decided he preferred to work in an industrial setting


Ruben Sharpe PhD

Program Officer at Technology Foundation STW

Ruben Sharpe obtained his PhD in the field of surface science from the University of Twente in 2006. He spent the first few years outside academia researching optochemical sensors at Holst Centre. 


Liesbeth Hartsuiker PhD

Researcher, Apollo Tyres Global R&D B.V.

After obtaining her BSc degree in Industrial Engineering & Management in 2004 at the University of Twente, Liesbeth Hartsuiker switched to a Master's studies in Biomedical Engineering. 


Jeroen Jocker PhD

Senior petrophysicist, Schlumberger

Jeroen Jocker started his career with Schlumberger in 2006 as a research scientist in Ridgefield (CT) and later in Boston (MA). He is currently responsible for advanced interpretation software development while providing global support to  Schlumberger customers