PhD students and post-docs

The Academy employs about 100 to 200 PhD students every year and a fluctuating number of people in post-doc positions. The Academy’s research institutes serve as incubators and magnets for top Dutch and foreign researchers. Career and talent development are an important focus to the Academy and its institutes.

Our strategic agenda for 2016-2020, Science and scholarship connect, says the following: 

'... talented researchers [...] should regard an affiliation with an Academy institute as a boost to their careers. The Academy aims to help its researchers acquire competencies relevant to careers in research, in business, or in the public or semi-public sector. At the heart of this policy is personalised talent development, i.e. helping each individual utilise and develop their specific talents (p. 26).' 

Dutch businesses and the Dutch government increasingly require highly educated professionals to deal with complex social, economic, technical and scientific trends and issues. A PhD programme and post-doc position give such professionals the necessary solid basis.

Of all Dutch PhD candidates, some 20-50% pursue careers in academia; the remainder work for government, the non-profit sector, industry or NGOs. That is why the Academy emphasises the career paths of PhD students and post-docs and pays special attention to transferrable skills.

Career Centre KNAW

You can get help planning your career from Career Centre KNAW. Career Centre KNAW manages the Academy’s jobs database and provides ‘job-to-job’ guidance. It also offers training, assessments and coaching programmes for all Academy employees.

Contact Career Centre KNAW