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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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Uloff Muenster PhD

Managing Director at Merck BV

Three years after obtaining his PhD (1992) in Medicine/Experimental Cardiology and Physiology, Uloff started his career as a clinical researcher at Merck and soon switched to the position of a medical advisor in thyroid products, followed by Product Management positions. Along with his job, Uloff pursued his MBA in the UK during 1999-2001. In 2002 he obtained his first position as a general manager at Merck, followed by several management positions in different countries. He currently holds the position as managing director at Merck BV Netherlands.

Uloff spoke at the Life Science Talent Café 2011 and participated in the roundtable-discussions at PCDI Postdoc Retreat 2012.

Chantal van Gils PhD

Manager Health Outcomes at Glaxo Smith Kline

Chantal van Gils (1979) graduated as Medical Doctor in 2004 and in 2007 she obtained her masters degree in Health Economics. Subsequently she was appointed as researcher at the Erasmus University, institute for Medical Technology Assessment where she worked on her PhD in Health Economics/Clinical Epidemiology.


Anita van den Hoek PhD

Research Scientist at TNO - Quality of Life

Anita van den Hoek studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Utrecht and graduated in 2000. After that, she joined the Department of Endocrinology at the Leiden University Medical Center as a PhD student, supervised by Prof. Dr. H. Pijl (LUMC) and Prof. Dr. Ir. L.M. Havekes (LUMC/TNO). During this PhD project she investigated the role of the brain in insulin sensitivity/ Type 2 Diabetes, resulting in her thesis entitled: 'Insulin sensitivity - Modulation by neuropeptides and hormones'. She further specialized herself by acquiring a post-doc position...


Eva Teuling PhD

Science outreach officer at ERIBA, UMCG, Groningen

After obtaining her PhD in Rotterdam in 2008, Eva worked in Chicago for 6 months and moved to Groningen in 2009 for a postdoc. Already knowing that a scientific career would not be way to go, she had many other activities next to her research. Especially after attending the postdoc retreat in 2010, her focus was on developing a career in science communication. Since that year...


Herman Wijshoff PhD

ErikResearcher Computational Physics, Oce Technologies

Herman Wijshoff was born September 3, 1961. He graduated from high school (Gymnasium) in Sittard. In September 1979 he started to study Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology. In 1986, he received his MSc degree in Physics on the behavior of two dimensional electron gases at semiconductor heterojunctions. In that same year, he joined the Research and Development department of Océ Technologies B.V. in Venlo.