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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Joost Rommes PhD

rommes_stem2012_thumbProgram manager, NXP Semiconductors

Since Joost Rommes received the M.Sc. degree in computational science, the M.Sc. degree in computer science, and the Ph.D. degree in mathematics from Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2002, 2003, and 2007, respectively. In 2007 he started as a researcher at NXP Semiconductors.


Erik de Groote

grootte_stem2012_thumbManagement consultant, Xelvin

After completing his studies of both Physics and Computer Science, Erik de Groote started working in the ‘consultancy world’ as he wanted to both focus on technical as well as the social aspect of the job.


Aurel Ymeti, PhD

R&D Director, OSTENDUM 

After working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente, where he received his PhD, Dr. Aurel Ymeti founded his own company, Ostendum, in 2008. In 2011 he won with Ostendum the Young Technology Award, an award for fast-growing, innovative companies in the East of the Netherlands. 


Marein de Jong PhD


Senior Policy Advisor, Aids Fonds

Marein obtained her bachelor degree in Biology and Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, USA, where she received an full- athletic scholarship from of the university swimming team. She continued her education with a Master degree biomedical sciences, specialisation Oncology from the Free University (VU), Amsterdam. In the research group of prof.dr. Theo Geijtenbeek (VUmc, currently AMC), Marein obtained her PhD entitled “Langerhans cells and dendritic cells in innate defense against pathogens” (2010) and followed by a post-doc in immunology in the group of prof. dr. Hergen Spits, AMC. In 2012 she made the move from academia to


Katarzyna Kolodziej PhD

Compliance Officer QA

Since May 2012 I have been a compliance officer at the Quality Assurance department of Teva Nederland. I am responsible for assessment and maintenance of the compliance of drug production procedures with GMP and Teva quality guidelines and with registration files. Before that, for almost two years I was R&D Manager in very small, privately owned company