Career prospects discussion meeting for final-year PhD students and postdocs in Leiden



12:00-14:00 hrs


Leiden, Gorter room, Oort building 173, Niels Bohrweg 2, Leiden


As a postdoc or a PhD student, demonstrating full commitment to your research project while keeping an eye on your next career step in- or outside academia can be experienced as quite a challenge. How can you reach your full potential and get the most out of your research project? How can you prepare for the next step when your contract ends? It is important that you are encouraged to actively think about your position and the direction that you are heading to. PIs can play a positive role in this process, but sometimes remain uninvolved.

After four successful earlier editions, we will organize a similar meeting on October 31st. The goals of this meeting are:

  • To increase awareness among supervisors, postdocs and PhD students on the necessity of personal and career development to deliver excellent research;
  • To call postdocs and PhD students into action, to take charge of their own career;
  • To encourage supervisors to actively support their employees in career development and in future career decisions;
  • To stimulate early career researchers and their supervisors to jointly take actions to improve personal, professional and career development.

Janke Dittmer - Gilde Healthcare
For this fifth edition we have invited Janke Dittmer, partner at Gilde Healthcare, to join us. He led Gilde's investment in Definiens (acquired by AZ), Sapiens (acquired by Medtronic), FIRE1, Lumeon and Nyxoah and was involved in several other investments including NightBalance and Stat Dx. He currently represents Gilde on the board of FIRE1, Lumeon and Nyxoah. He served on the supervisory board of Definiens and Sapiens until trade sale.
Prior to joining, he was a Venture General Manager and Head of Business Development & Strategy within Philips' Corporate Venturing unit in Healthcare. On top of shaping the strategy, he was responsible for selecting new investment opportunities. He also started and lead two ventures in the fields of cardiology and sepsis. He served as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company advising leading High Tech companies on strategies for growth and strategic marketing. Prior to this, he cofounded a Nanotech company in the Silicon Valley after serving as a Fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He earned a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge in the UK and was a Post-Doc in Nanotechnology at the University of California, Berkeley.
He is a founder and former healthcare chairman of the International Venture Club and has advised the European Commission on innovation policy.

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Please join us at this discussion, we greatly appreciate your presence and contribution. You can register by filling in the form below. The data will be used for organizational purposes only, we won't keep the registration list in our archives longer than necessary.