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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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Dragana Mijatovic-Jovanovic PhD


Strategy Expert, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands

Dragana Mijatovic-Jovanovic, PhD, received her B. Sc. degree in Physics at University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Her M.Sc. and PhD degree she obtained in Applied Physics in the field of Materials Science and Superconductivity at University of Twente in 2004 followed by a two year postdoc research in Nanotechnology and Nanofluidics.  Since 2006 she is with Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL)


Jan Willem Wijnen PhD


Executive Publisher, Elsevier Science

Jan Willem Wijnen obtained his PhD in organic chemistry at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in 1997. He was researcher at ATO-DLO (Wageningen) for a year, after which he became publishing editor chemistry at Kluwer Academic Publishers (now Springer)


Petra van der Werf PhD


Advisor, Ambient / RO2

Petra van der Werf obtained her master in applied physics from the University of Twente. In 2005, she went to Utrecht University to start a PhD in the group ‘Oceans and Climate’ on the subject of variability of the Mozambique Channel through flow. Since 2010, she works at Ambient / RO2


Evert-Jan Blom PhD


Scientist Lead Discovery, Keygene N.V.

After Evert-Jan Blom (1978) studied Biology at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, with a specialization in Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics. After receiving his Msc degree in 2002, he started a PhD project within the Molecular Genetics Group in Groningen. In 2009 Evert-Jan joined the Lead Discovery group in the Bioinformatics department of Keygene NV.


Nathalie Koning PhD


Scientific Communication Manager, Excerpta Medica

After obtaining her PhD in the field of neuroimmunology at the University of Amsterdam, Nathalie performed four years of postdoctoral research at the VU University Medical Center. In 2012, she left academia and started to work as scientific communication manager at Excerpta Medica