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Employability and the Job Market

Turn your PhD degree into a fulfilling career!

We help prepare PhD candidates with the skills and tools needed to embark on a successful career path after their PhD studies, either within or outside of academia.

Our Employability Programme will provide PhD candidates in the final year of their research with access to employers who offer mentoring, internship and work experience opportunities within the Netherlands.

Employability and Job Market Opportunities

We are currently developing a platform where we will offer short term work placement opportunities with various industry, governmental and non-governmental partners here in the North (Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe) and throughout the Netherlands. More information about this programme will be posted here soon.

Read Want to avoid a 'default postdoc'? Try an Internship (Science, May 7, 2018).

Career Preparation Resources for PhD Candidates

  • Career Perspectives Series offers PhD candidates a unique programme to help you discover and develop your soft skills as a researcher and see how and where these skills can be applied to various career options.
  • Career Services offers help for PhD candidates with CV writing and interview preparation.
  • Connect with fellow PhDs through the various active PhD Organisations in Groningen.
  • We are currently working on a PhD Alumni network together with the University of Groningen Alumni Association to connect current PhDs with alumni on career-related topics.


Testimonials from PhD Alumni

Dr. Mirjan Petrusma
Dr. Mirjan Petrusma
"Start early to think of your career after obtaining your PhD. This will not only make you more aware of opportunities but will also help to build your network."

Dr. Mirjan Petrusma ( PhD 2011) Patent information specialist at Northern Knowledge at the University of Groningen.

Dr. Wouter de Jong
Dr. Wouter de Jong
"My PhD study was a very valuable experience for me. It offers the opportunity to further develop yourself as a person as well as guide you in the next steps in your career."

Dr. Wouter de Jong (PhD 2010) Entrepreneur. Founder and Managing Director of Bio-ITech BV.

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