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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- private-public partnerships
- non-profit organisations
- entrepreneurs

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Stefan Kowalczyk PhD

Patent examiner medical diagnosis, European Patent Office

Since two years, I am a patent examiner at the European Patent Office (EPO), where I am responsible for granting (or refusing) patents on medical diagnosis technologies


Kirsten Ampt PhD

Program Officer, STW

After finishing her PhD in chemistry in York, Kirsten moved back to the Netherlands and started work as a postdoc when she realised that aiding others to perform their research was something she preferred to actually doing research herself


Marta Dobrowolska PhD

Research Specialist, INCOTEC

Currently Marta Dobrowolska is part of the film coating team at Incotec International BV working on film coatings containing plant protection products. From February 2009 until June 2013, she was a part of the Advanced Soft Matter group as a PhD candidate at TUDelft


Judith J. Smit PhD

Subsidy & Funding, Catalyze

Judith is a Life Sciences consultant at Catalyze. She obtained her MSc in Neuroscience at VU University Amsterdam in 2007. Following her master’s degree, she studied the molecular mechanisms underlying the Ubiquitin System in cells as a PhD and Postdoc.


Hugo-Jan Jansen PhD

Senior Advisor, Ministry of Defence

Hugo-Jan Jansen started his Ph.D. at the Department of Preventive Dentistry of the University of Nijmegen. Part of the research he carried out in  Canada. He successfully defended his thesis in 1996. Subsequently, he moved to the United Kingdom.