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FSE Postdoc Prize 2023 - 8 December 2023

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From left to right: Dr. Julien Es Syed, Dean Joost Frenken, Dr. Kelley Leung (winner), Prof. Marleen Kamperman, and Dr. Pim de Haan

The fifth FSE Postdoc Prize ceremony took place on December 8th, 2023. This prize is organized by the FSE Postdoc Council and is a recognition to an outstanding postdoctoral researcher of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The FSE Postdoc Prize 2023 was awarded to Dr. Kelley Leung from GELIFES. Congratulations Kelley!

FSE Postdoc Holiday party - 7 December 2023

With the holidays coming up, the postdocs of the Faculty of Science and Engineering got together at Brouwerij Martinus in December 7th, 2023. At this party postdocs had the opportunity to hangout, meet new people, and get into the holiday spirit. We had a lot of fun with drinks and snacks, some dancing and culture exchange! There was even room for some grinches with our White Elephant Gift Exchange! We look forward to keep doing these events and make our short time at the University of Groningen as pleasent and fruitful as possible!

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Postdocs at the holiday party

Spring PostDoc BBQ - 8 June 2023

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Having food and drinks!

On june 8th, 2023 we had our Spring FSE PostDoc BBQ. Looking back, we can reflect on a delightful gathering filled with wonderful company, delicious food, and favorable weather. The event served as an opportunity to reinforce existing connections and establish new ones in a relaxed and informal environment. By uniting in this manner, we fostered a stronger network and a shared sense of belonging within the PostDoc community.

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The Postdoc council!

Thank you for joining the event!

FSE Postdoc Holiday party - 1 December 2022

Brouwerij Martinus
Our great party!

Before everyone went on holiday we got together at Brouwerij Martinus to hangout and get into the holiday spirit. We had a fun evening with drinks, snacks, and a really fun White Elephant Gift Exchange! In the following some pictures from the event!

drinks in Brouwerij Martinus
Drinks and socializing!
drinks in Brouwerij Martinus
Having fun!
The PD council
The PD council!

FSE Postdoc Prize 2022 - 24 November 2022

Winner of the postdoc prize
From left to right: Dr. Joana Sabino Pinto, Dr. Qi Zhang (winner), Dean Joost Frenken and Dr. Margot Kuitems

The fourth FSE Postdoc Prize was awarded to Dr. Qi Zhang of the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry. Qi received the prize for his impressive work and its high impact. His research focuses on dynamic disulfide plastics and smart materials. Dean Joost Frenken handed over the Postdoc Prize statue to him. The prize also includes EUR 2,500 for an international scientific visit.

Annual PostDoc BBQ - 3 September 2019

Our great BBQ food
Our great BBQ food

On 3rd of September 2019, we organized the Second Annual FSE PostDoc BBQ. Now we can look back on a nice event with great company, nice food, and the weather. Old contacts were strengthened and new contacts were made, in an informal setting. Coming together in this kind of way, enhances our network and the sense of being a PostDoc community.

Beer and networking
Beer and networking
We hope to see you all next BBQ!
We hope to see you all next BBQ!

Thanks everybody
for joining!

Spring event "Life after a PostDoc" - 10 May 2019

On 10th of May 2019 we organized the FSE Postdoc Network Spring Event, with the title 'Life after a Postdoc'. About 60 people attended the event and saw the PostDoc council open the event with a short presentation explaining the council's work and the program for the day. 7 speakers were invited to talk about a wide range of career possibilities for postdocs. The first talk was given by drs. Liesbeth Volbeda, career counselor at RUG. She talked about how to take the best choices and what skills to improve in order to advance our careers and about the career development courses/trainings offered by the university.

Part of the audience
Part of the audience

Next, drs Geert-Jan Arends, senior consultant at RUG’s strategy department for education and research, research policy and funding office, presented funding options for researchers, mainly the different grants offered by the European Union. Dr. Marnix Wieffer, senior marketing manager at Elsevier, told the audience about his career path, starting in academia and continuing in sales at Elsevier. He offered advices about a career in sales and encouraged us that as postdocs we have the necessary skills for this. The first part of the talks was followed by a coffee break, where the participants had the chance to talk with the invited speakers and to have their CVs checked by Human Resources.

Coffee, networking and CV checks
Coffee, networking and CV checks

In the second part of the event, Prof. Aard Groen, Dean of Entrepreneurship in Groningen gave a talk about VentureLab North, a business accelerator for startups and existing companies in the Northern Netherlands, explained what to do to get support for a startup. Drs. Corina Prent, Director of RUG Holding B.V and Senior Development Manager talked about her career path from a degree in chemistry to industry and funding an own company. Next, Dr. Régis Gengler, Sr Product and Process development engineer at Johnson&Johnson Vision Care, Inc, talked about how he changed his career in academia to working in a company and offered some input on what opportunities are available for postdocs in industry. The final talk of the event was given by Dr. Luigi Debarberis, Senior Scientist at the Directorate of Energy, Transport and Climate at the Joint Research Center (JRC) in Petten, about what the JRC does in the EU and what positions are available for postdocs there. We closed the afternoon with a borrel where many handshakes and business cards were exchanged in a pleasant and open atmosphere. Thank you everybody!

The presentations of the speakers can be found below:

Liesbeth Volbeda - Careers of Postdocs

Geert Jan Arends - Have fun, get funded

Marnix Wieffer - Moving from academia into sales

Aard Groen - Entrepeneurship at RUG

Corina Prent - A career path leading to the RUG Houdstermaatschappij

Régis Gengler - Transition into industry

Luigi Debarbaris - Working at the EC Joint Research Center

Régis presenting tips for transitioning
Régis presenting tips for transitioning

2nd Annual Postdoc event - 5 October 2018

After the official launch of the Postdoc network in 2017, the annual Postdoc event officially became recurring on Friday October 5, 2018. Approximately 50 postdocs joined this year, a great turnout, to learn about new career opportunities, to network and to have fun!

The event started off with tea and coffee with large numbers being drawn to the HR Talent development stand run by Liesbeth Volbeda where career counseling and courses to expand your skill set were advertised. Postdoc ambassador Diederik Roest welcomed everyone on behalf of the FSE board and proceeded to chair the event by announcing Aditya Iyer, who updated all participants about the progress and plans of the organisers, the Postdoc Council itself.

Two external speakers formed the main dish of the event: Dirk Kuijken informed us on the Energy Academy Europe, part of the New Energy Coalition aiming towards a transition away from natural gas and into sustainable energy sources. He explained the workings of the building we were sitting in, a zero-emission environment, which explained why we were sitting between cucumbers, strawberries and cucumbers while still being in the newest building on the Zernike campus. Second, Karin Bodewits, author of several novels on academic life and co-founder of from spoke to us about both the funny and the dark side of the academic world, and helped us to prepare for our future careers.

We finished off the afternoon with a pub quiz, organised by the Postdoc council. Team Christeam scored an impressive 22 out of 30 points on topics like The Netherlands, general knowledge, music and sports, and took home the prizes. It was a good way to finish an afternoon with a great atmosphere and many new connections!

Annual PostDoc event attendees
Annual PostDoc event attendees

“Timeless” teaching credit

Teaching is an important part of academia, and teaching experience shows you have the communication and organisation skills important in any job. If you are a Postdoc involved in teaching, you should be able to get credit for this, even though the teaching responsibilities might officially lie at a PI. Since 2016, the university uses the Timeless application for this, found at

Every course coordinator can and should enter the people that were responsible for any teaching activities (including supervision of students) with the right amount of hours spent on teaching (under My Activities). Only the coordinator can enter this data and it is used to allocate teaching budgets, so it is important and official. If you are not the course coordinator, please check if they have correctly entered the hours you spent on teaching, because this record serves as evidence for your activities. If any coordinators haven't done this, please remind them to do so during the active academic year, as you can't go change previous years anymore, they are required to accurately enter these records by FSE rules. Supervision of BSc, MSc or PhD students should also be entered in the system, although this is somewhat more elaborate because of the lack of course codes and official allocated time.

As the FSE Postdoc council, we have made sure all Postdocs are automatically added to the Timeless system so they can get the credit they deserve for teaching. We recommend (PDF) printing your Timeless records from time to time for future reference or support of applications outside the University of Groningen. More information and a point of contact in the case of issues can be found at


The event on "How to become a Tenure Tracker" for PostDocs of the Faculty of Science and Engineering took place on Wednesday, May 30th 2018, at Van Swinderen Huys. The event was organized by the FSE PostDoc Council for postdocs that are considering TT as a future step in their careers. At the event, Henk Haagsma from the HR explained regulations of the tenure track system at FSE and Prof. Petra Rudolf (former head of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering) gave a fascinating talk about insightful tips on "how to become a successful TT". Dr Anna Salvati and Dr Jocelien Olivier (tenure track assistant professors at different stages of their career) shared their stories, daily activities and tips on how to manage the time as assistant professor, while Prof. Ming Cao shared his experience as successful tenured professor. Postdocs were able to interact with representatives of the Talent Development Office and receive information about grant applications, subscribe for personal meeting to discover how they can develop their career and prepare for tenure track.

Tenure Track Event, May 30, 2018

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