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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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Ingeborg Streng-Ouwehand PhD


Managing Editor, Elsevier

Dr. Ingeborg Streng-Ouwehand is the Managing Editor of the Elsevier journal Vaccine.  After completing a Master in Oncology at the VU University, Amsterdam, in 2007 Ingeborg Streng-Ouwehand earned her PhD in immunology in the lab of Prof. Dr. Y. van Kooyk. 


Martijn Wilmer PhD


Postdoc Cell4Pharma, UMC St Radboud

Martijn Wilmer obtained his PhD degree at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre. He developed immortalized human renal cell lines to investigate the cellular metabolism involved in the progression of the rare disorder nephropathic cystinosis.


Arfan Ikram PhD


Assistant professor, Erasmus MC University Medical Center

Arfan Ikram is assistant professor and head of neuro-epidemiologic research at the departments of Epidemiology, Radiology, Neurology, Erasmus MC Rotterdam. His research focuses on the etiology of neurologic diseases in the elderly, including dementia, Alzheimer disease, stroke, Parkinson disease, and polyneuropathy.


Luc Rietveld PhD


Staff Member, Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (AWT)

As a student, Luc worked at the EMBL in Heidelberg. In 1999 he obtained his PhD at Utrecht University in the field of gene regulation. After finishing his PhD he did a post-doc at the Radboud University for four years. After his research period Luc switched to the science & innovation policy field. 


Sabina Lukovac PhD


Employeneur TMC Group – Innovation Scientist TNO

Sabina Lukovac studied Medical Biology at the University of Groningen and obtained her PhD in Medical Sciences entitled “Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency and The Small Intestine” at the University Medical Center Groningen in 2010. From 2010-2012 she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania