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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Sjoerd van den Berg PhD


Clinical Chemist resident, Amphia Hospital, Breda

Sjoerd obtained his PhD in endocrinology/human genetics at the LUMC in Leiden. Afterwards he continued as a postdoc at the LUMC in the same research field. As a PhD student/postdoc he (co)-authored ~30 peer reviewed research papers (h-index: 8), and set up a large international academic/industrial collaboration. In 2012 he started to work as a Clinical Chemist resident 


Terry Vrijenhoek PhD


Program manager, UMCU, Center of genome diagnostics

L’ADN fait n’importe quoi (DNA does whatever). That was the opening statement of the thesis of Terry Vrijenhoek. It refers both to the unpredictable way in which our DNA acts, and to the unlimited possibilities it has for patient diagnostics and patient care. Terry currently coordinates the Centre for Genome Diagnostics


Farid El Oualid PhD

Postdoc NKI, COO UbiQ Bio Bv

Farid studied Chemistry and obtained his PhD in Bio-organic Chemistry at Leiden University. After obtaining a Marie-Curie Fellowship, he performed post-doctoral research at Oxford University. In 2008 he joined Huib Ovaa at the Netherlands Cancer Institute where he has since been working on the development of new chemical protein-ligation technologies


Maarten Janmaat PhD


Scientific Writer, Genmab

In 2006 Maarten obtained his PhD in the field of medical biology at the VUMC. After his PhD, he worked as a postdoc for a few years on two different projects in the same field. In 2009, he moved to the industry and started as a Scientist at Merus, which develops innovative antibody therapeutics. In addition to labwork, a lot of writing was involved in this position. In his current position as Scientific Writer at Genmab 


Karsten Kaspers PhD

HLO Teacher, Hogeschool Leiden

Karsten Kaspers was born in the little town of Borne (The Netherlands) in 1976. After finishing high school (MAVO) he studied analytical chemistry at the laboratory school (MLO) in Hengelo. With a letter of recommendation he switched after two years to the higher laboratory school (HLO) in Enschede. Receiving his Propedeuse within one year he switched again to the University of Utrecht where he studied chemistry for five years. After graduating in 2000 at the inorganic (physical) chemistry group of Prof. Meyerink, he took a PhD position at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (University of Utrecht).