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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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Yansen Lauw PhD

Research Scientist, DSM

Yansen Lauw grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia. After finishing his bachelorstudy in Indonesia, he moved to the Netherlands to complete his master study 
in Applied Mathematics at Twente University. In 2006, he obtained his PhD  in Physical Chemistry from Wageningen University. He then continued as a 
postdoctoral fellow at NINT,Canada (2006-2007) and at CSIRO, Australia (2007-2010).






Marcel Kwa PhD

Pharmacovigilance assessor, Medicines Evaluation Board (CBG-MEB), Den Haag

Marcel Kwa studied Biology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. After obtaining his PhD at the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, he continued his research at Wageningen University (1994-1997), and the Laboratory of Neurogenetics, AMC University (1997-2007).








Erik van Beers PhD

Head of R&D, Skyline Diagnostics

Erik van Beers (1963, Biology, Utrecht 1988) started his professional career in virology to later specialize in epithelial cell-biology and genetics at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam (PhD Thesis). He specialized in virology and later developmental neurobiology in drosophila at Emory University (USA). Meanwhile whole genome methods started booming. When he returned to Amsterdam he chose to study hereditary oncogenomics at the NKI.






Jacqueline Kruse PhD

Senior research manager, Dutch Cancer Society, Research Programme

Jacqueline Kruse graduated in chemistry and molecular biology at the Radboud University Nijmegen. She obtained her PhD at Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), studying radiation-induced heart injury. In 2001, Jacqueline became postdoc at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI/AvL), department of Experimental Therapy. In 2004, she moved back to the LUMC to do a postdoc at the department of Toxicology. During that time, she led seminars and supervised PhD-students and technicians in the laboratory.






Daphne Thijssen-Timmer PhD

Manager R&D cellular therapies, Sanquin

Daphne Thijssen-Timmer obtained her PhD in the Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. In 2004 she moved to Sanquin where she participated in the European Framework program ‘Bloodomics on the cell biology of megakaryocytes and platelets’, in particular on the discovery of new proteins.