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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- academia
- companies
- private-public partnerships
- non-profit organisations
- entrepreneurs

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Toine Ketelaars PhD

ketelaars_stem2012_thumbPatent Counsel, Vanderlande Industries

Toine Ketelaars studied Chemical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology and holds a Ph.D. degree in Process Engineering from the same University (1992). He has worked in research positions for very large, multinational companies, a research institute, as well as


Nanneke de Fouw PhD

fouw_stem2012_thumbFreelance project and change manager

Dr Nanneke J. de Fouw read medical biology at Utrecht University. She gained her PhD at Leiden University on a thesis on Activated protein C and fibrinolysis. After a short period as clinical research associate, Nanneke held several posts at Unilever Research & Development, Vlaardingen, the Netherlands, working on developing and launching food products. Apart from this


Frederik Spiegelhalder PhD

spiegelhalder_stem2012_thumbExperimental Physicist, MAPPER lithography B.V.

Frederik Spiegelhalder obtained his master in physics from the University of Heidelberg in 2005. In 2006 he moved to Austria to study mixtures of degenerate Fermi gases at the IQOQI in Innsbruck.


Arian Nijmeijer PhD

nijmeijer_stem2012_thumbTeam Leader Membrane Technology, Shell

Arian Nijmeijer graduated in 1995 at the University of Twente in the field of Chemical Engineering with the specialisation Inorganic Materials Science. In 1999 he received his PhD in the field of Inorganic Membranes at the same university.


Pieter Stienstra PhD

stienstra_stem2012_thumbProject, interim and general manager

Pieter Stienstra read geology at VU Amsterdam and Leiden University and obtained his PhD at Utrecht niversity. After a broad professional career, he now works through his own consulting agency, applying his experience and knowledge in ever changing contexts.