Donders Career event
Donders Career event

Donders Career Event

Tuesday 28 May 2024, 1 pm

For the Workshops we have a max capacity FULL = FULL

What is it about?
The Donders Career Event will be an afternoon full of career-related workshops, talks from Donders Alumni, and a social gathering at the end of the afternoon.

You can follow a workshop catered to your needs, whether you want to get more insights into your own motivation and values with a career profile, better understand your transferrable skills, are looking for practical tips about applying and networking or want to explore how to become an entrepreneur.

Several talks by Donders alumni will give you an overview of different career opportunities after your time at the Donders Institute. These will include working as a consultant, change manager at an energy network company, quality officer at a clinical software provider, business developer, program officer at NWO, or science journalist. We will also hear about building a career at the university in an academic or non-academic position. Of course there will be time to ask your own questions.

The Career Day is organized by the Donders graduate school, incorporating input from the Donders postdoc council and the Donders PhD council.

Who is this day for?
The day is free of charge and open to all PhD candidates and postdocs of the Donders Institute.


  • 13:00 - 13:30 Plenary opening: Overarching information about the career paths of Donders Alumni
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Workshop round: You can choose to attend one of the workshops below
  • 15:15 - 16:30 Previous Donderians talk about their career paths
  • 16:30-17:00 Panel Discussion/Q&A: time to ask your own questions to our alumni
  • 17:00 Drinks



Design your own career profile!

In this workshop you will get guidance to build up your own career profile in a few easy steps. A career profile will give you direction and help to take control of your career. Working on your career profile will make you become more aware of what you are capable of and which direction you want to take. It definitely will help you to make the right choices for your future.

Trainers: HR Department, Team Sustainable Employability.

Transferrable skills for a job outside academia

Most of you know what a career in academia looks like, the skills and knowledge you need and how to present yourself and your research for the next step. But what are your options outside academia? (How) do you match the job requirements?

In this workshop we help you identify the skills that you developed in the last years and how they relate to or how you ‘translate’ these to required skills in industry.

Trainer: Gesa Kappen, DownSideUp


What helps you to find a new job? An effective and attractive CV and networking! We will help you with both. First goal of a CV is to get the reader curious so that you will be invited at a job interview. How do you write such an effective CV? And how can networking contribute? Do you know how to use Linkedin at networking? We will tell and show you our advices in an interactive way. 

Trainers: Career advisors Radboudumc

Exploring Entrepreneurship

This workshop hosted by Mercator Launch guides you through the first steps of exploring entrepreneurial opportunities regarding innovative ideas and/or inventions. In an interactive session we teach you the basic elements of how to explore the desirability, feasibility and viability of your startup proposition. By using a business model canvas, we work together towards a first overview on the important topics e.g., customer segment, value, key activities, resources, revenue and cost streams. Besides gaining knowledge on what business models could be interesting for your idea we also share many tips and tops on building a startup company.


We invited several Donders alumni to tell you about the different steps in their career paths and different working environments. You will hear about how they got their position they now have, what their role(s) entail and which skills they regularly use in their daily work life.

Peta Baxter

After obtaining her PhD at the DCC in 2022, Peta worked as a consultant in the social sector at Van Dam Datapartners for two years, where she helped governmental bodies to do more with their data. Now, she is a change project manager at Alliander, one of the top three energy grid management companies in the Netherlands, where she ensures that strategic decisions are translated well into the daily operations of the company.

Erno Hermans

After his PhD in 2006 from the Dept. of Experimental Psychology at Utrecht University, Erno joined the Donders Institute as a postdoc at the F.C. Donders Centre/DCCN between 2006 and 2008. After another postdoc at New York University in 2010/2011 he came back to the Donders Institute and the Radboudumc, first as assistant professor, then as associate professor, and now he is Professor of Cognitive Affective Neuroscience at Radboudumc and PI at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging.

Anna Santaella Tortós-Sala

Anna obtained her PhD in 2020 at the Neurochemistry department (with Marcel Veerbeek) at the Radboudumc. Afterwards, she worked as a Pharmacovigilance Consultant at DADA Consultancy and currently is Quality Officer and Medical Data Scientist at Itemedical, a software company, specialized in the development and delivery of certified medical software and services.

Stan van Pelt

After a Master of Science in Biology and a PhD in the sensorimotor group with Pieter Medendorp, different postdocs at the DCCN, the ESI/MPI in Frankfurt, and the DCC, Stan now works as a freelance science journalist (writing for e.g., the Volkskrant, and different University magazines such as Vox) and as a lecturer for popular science writing.

Inge Volman

After obtaining her PhD in 2013, Inge had several academic positions at the Behavioral Science Institute in Nijmegen, University College London, and the University of Oxford. She also founded her own company Innovative Ideas and is co-founder of Social Shuffle. Her goal is to bridge the gap between research, industry and society and she now works as a business developer at the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the Radboud University and is Interim Innovation Manager at NOLAI. 

Arjen Bergsma

Arjen obtained his PhD in 2016 at the rehabilitation department at the Radboudumc. During his PhD, which he worked on part-time, he also had a position at UTwente, where he initiated and coordinated several research projects. He now works as a programme officer Medical Technology at NWO for applied and engineer sciences (domein TTW). 

Mieke van Holstein

Mieke obtained her PhD at DCCN and DCMN in 2015. Afterwards she did a Postdoc at the University of British Columbia, then worked as a projectleader and consultant at ValueCare, a medical IT company in Utrecht and is now working as project manager for the interfaculty initiative Focused Ultrasound at the Knowledge Transfer Office of the Radboud University. 

Tuesday 28 May 2024, 1 pm
Registration deadline
Contact information

Contact dgcncoordinator [at] (dgcncoordinator[at]donders[dot]ru[dot]nl) for more information.

The registration form closed on May 18th, you can still sign up by sending an email to dgcn [at] (dgcn[at]donders[dot]ru[dot]nl)