Career prospects

After your studies

Knowledge about stress adaptation is crucial for our society. Think of animal well-being, nature conservation, agriculture and biotechnology. Radboud University connects fundamental research to these real life situations, by collaborating with governmental organisations, NGOs and biotech companies. These are also the organisations where most Adaptive Organisms students end up after graduation or after obtaining their PhD, either as a researcher or in a research-related job such as policy officer or consultant.

Possible occupations

  • Researcher at a university or research institute
  • Researcher in a company, either a large or a start-up company
  • Researcher at a governmental institute or NGO
  • Consultant in agriculture or nature conservation
  • Policy officer
  • Communications officer at nature organisation
  • Teacher in biology (HBO or secondary education level)

From the graduates of the Master’s programme in Biology, 50% found a job within their field. The gross starting salary based on 37 hours a week is €2,800. (Source: Studiekeuze123)

PhD positions at Radboud University

Every year, Radboud University offers about 5 to 10 PhD positions in this field of research. Of course, many graduates also apply for a PhD position at related departments in the Netherlands, or abroad.

Radboud Career Service

Radboud Career Service Science helps students, PhDs and alumni with advice and counselling, either in an individual interview or in a workshop with fellow students. Career Service Science can introduce you to people at national and international companies and organisations that offer interesting jobs and internships. With their extensive knowledge of the labour market and recruitment experience, they advise you on how to find the job you desire.

Why stop learning after graduation?

In order to keep pace with the rapid progress in our current society, you must continue to work on your development even after getting a degree. This allows you to keep up with societal change and make a worthwhile contribution to both your personal development and to wider society. For any questions regarding this lifelong development, Radboud Academy is pleased to help you. ​So, are you looking to deepen your knowledge after obtaining a Master’s degree? Then a post-master might be something for you. Or do you want to learn to translate your academic skills into an actual job? Then you can participate in our Young Professional Programme after your Master's (in Dutch).