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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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Joost Neijssen PhD

Scientist, Antibody Science, Genmab BV, Utrecht

Joost Neijssen works as a scientist in an antibody discovery team at Genmab. He supervises a team consisting of two research technicians and a junior scientist. He is responsible for the pre-clinical research and development of a therapeutic antibody against a cancer target. Based on his data, new drug candidates are selected for further development and clinical evaluation.





Erna Erdtsieck-Ernste PhD

Program Manager Cardiovascular Disease, Centre for Translational Molecular Medicine, Eindhoven

Erna Erdtsieck-Ernste (medical biologist) obtained her PhD at the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research on functional neuro-teratology and continued as postdoc on molecular brain models, followed by a Fellow-position on phosphorylated recombinant proteins at the University of Amsterdam. In 1996 she shifted her career and became Research Manager at the Foundation “Huisartsen Laboratorium” (Breda) to initiate a new department for clinical research.






Johan de Vogel- van den Bosch PhD

Scientist, Danone Research


Johan de Vogel-van den Bosch currently holds a position as scientist at Danone Research –Centre for Specialized Nutrition. He manages research projects in a team with scientists in collaboration with statisticians, marketers and clinical trial managers. He provides this team with updates on literature, patents and competitor activities. He holds a Bsc. in medical biology and a Msc. in biology.






Ralph van Berloo PhD

Bioinformatician at Keygene NV


In 2000 Ralph van Berloo obtained his PhD in the field of Plant Breeding at Wageningen University. He continued as a postdoc in a project dealing with quantitative disease resistance, which resulted in the co-authorship of a patent. He then joined the Centre for Biosystems Genomics as a postdoc focusing on analysis, visualization and data curation of genomic data while he moved gradually into the field of bioinformatics.


Kirsten Bijker PhD

Educational Director, manager Research Institute MOVE, VUmc, Amsterdam

Kirsten Bijker obtained her PhD in 2003 in the field of Exercise Physiology at VU University Amsterdam. During the completion of her thesis, she started as lecturer and as manager of the research school IFKB, both at VU University Amsterdam. Because a managing job turned out to be much more fun than she could imagine beforehand, in 2007 she shifted to a full time organizing position as manager of the VU University research institute MOVE.