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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Niels Hagenaars PhD

Strategist, Gupta Strategists

Niels studied pharmacy in Utrecht and graduated in 2005. During his PhD, Niels enjoyed the intellectual freedom and exchange of thoughts with colleagues. However, he developed the need for a future job that would be more diverse


Chris Valentin PhD


Project lead/Architect, ASML

Between 2008 and 2013, Chris Valentin concluded his PhD research in the field of Mechatronics at TU Delft and ASML. The research consisted of the mechatronic design of a photomask curvature manipulator to improve focus in photolithography machines. Chris has been working in the ASML Research department since 2011.


Bastiaan Knarren PhD


Sr. Hardware Architect Optical sensors, ASML – Development and Engineering

Bastiaan Knarren obtained his BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Eindhoven. His PhD also was done at that university, in cooperation with the Physic department. His PhD was received in 2003. After his PhD he worked one year as researcher in the same group before joining a start-up company for one year. He joined VIRO Engineering in June 2005 and worked as contract engineer full-time for ASML.


Sandra Hötzl PhD


Project Manager/ Senior Scientist, Oral healthcare group, Philips Research

Sandra Hötzl studied Technical Chemistry at the Technical University in Graz, Austria with a specialization in Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Food Chemistry. After receiving her MSc degree in 2003 she moved to the Netherlands, where she pursued a PhD in the Membrane Enzymology group at Utrecht University.


Floor van de Pavert


High-tech entrepreneur, self-employed

Floor van de Pavert is a high-tech entrepreneur. Currently she consults on several start-ups and prepares for her next high-tech venture.