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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Marijn Vlaming PhD


Scientist pharmacokinetics, TNO

Marijn obtained her PhD in the field of pharmacokinetics at the NKI in Amsterdam. She decided to move to a position within R&D in a more applied/translational field and started as a junior scientist/project leader at TNO in Zeist.


Marloes Schepens PhD


Scientific Assessor Consumer Safety, Ctgb

Marloes Schepens studied Biomedical Sciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen. In 2005 she started her PhD-project ‘Nutritional modulation of intestinal inflammation’ within the Top Institute Food and Nutrition, which she carried out at NIZO food research in Ede. She obtained her PhD-title in 2011. Subsequently, she workd as a scientist in gut biology at Danone Research


Benyamin Houshyani PhD


Seed Technology Scientist, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds

In 2000, Benyamin obtained his MSc. in the field of Agrotechnology. Then he started as a field technical expert in local vegetable seed companies followed by international plant breeding firms for 6 years, where he practiced various skills from agronomy to commerce. Due to his emerged interest in plant breeding and science...


Quido Valent PhD


Cluster manager Life Sciences & Health, Amsterdam Economic Board

Quido was trained as technician and started his PhD 2yrs after he graduated (HLO). He finished his PhD at the VU (Molecular Microbiology) in exactly 4yrs time (subject: protein secretion in E. coli). His post-doc period (6yrs) he spent at Immunology, (NKI, Amsterdam) working on T-cell signal transduction. After 13yrs on the lab, he became Senior Consultant Life Sciences 


Judith Raaijmakers PhD


Regional Medical Advisor, Novo Nordisk B.V.

After briefly working for the research school she graduated from in 2009, working at the University Medical Center Utrecht, Judith worked as project leader Life Sciences for a non-profit foundation set up to strengthen the economy of the province of Utrecht. Since April 2011, she has worked as a Regional Medical Advisor for Novo Nordisk B.V.