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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Marja Miedema PhD

marja_thumbConsultant "science and society" at Erasmus MC

What to do after your PhD when you do not want to continue in research? Marja faced this difficult question in 2007. By coincidence she stumbled upon a vacancy for Consultant Science and Society. This meant she would be involved in all non-scientific communication of the Cluster Medical Genetics of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam.


Dagmar Eleveld-Trancikova PhD

Science manager at UMC St Radboud

Dagmar obtained her first PhD in oncology in Slovakia. After moving to the Netherlands, she performed fundamental research on understanding of Dendritic cell imunobiology for almost 10 years; as a PhD student, later on as a postdoc. She supervised students and technicians, contributed to the different activities translating research to the different levels of audience.


Daphne Pontier PhD

Medical affairs officer at Janssen

Daphne Pontier (1981) studied Biomedical Sciences in Leiden (2000). She performed her major research project at the University of California Berkeley and obtained her master's degree (cum laude) in 2006. Daphne then started her PhD research on genome instability Ronald Plasterk’s and Marcel Tijsterman’s lab at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht.


Mariken Rebers PhD

Senior Research Product Specialist at INCOTEC

Mariken Rebers completed an MSc in Biology at Wageningen University in 1988. As part of her MSc, she worked for a year at the Institute of Biological Chemistry in Pullman Washington, USA. In 1989 she started her PhD on plant physiology in Wageningen. During this, she worked shortly in the Frontier Research Program at RIKEN institute in Wako-shi, Japan. After finishing her PhD she joined this Research Program, to work as postdoc on the cloning and expression of genes during tomato flower development.


Cor van der Struijf PhD

struijf_stem2012_thumbGlobal Technical Advisor Royal Dutch Shell, IBM

Cor van der Struijf is IBM’s Global Technical Advisor for Royal Dutch Shell. In this role, he advises both Shell and IBM to formalize long-term technical strategies of both companies. Cor is an active board member of several organizations