Career possibilities

Following graduation, you will be a trained, multi-disciplinary analyst and problem solver. You will have learned how to analyse complex problems, such as those that occur in biological systems, and have mastered the quantitative tools needed to address these problems. You will have acquired skills to apply in Nanobiology research areas such as Biomedicine, Synthetic Biology, Optics and Biotechnology either within academia, medical institutions or industry.

Beyond conducting research, you could find your place at an industrial company, a scientific institution or a government agency where you will use your scientific knowledge to draft and evaluate research proposals and policy plans submitted by national and international research groups. Your ability to shift between the domains of science and technology also forms an excellent foundation for a career as a teacher, science journalist or advisor. Your excellent problem-solving skills will afford you first-rate job opportunities.

PhD programmes

Starting work

Research Scientists

  • In academia: Molecular Medicine, Biophysics on topics such as stem cell and cancer research, Synthetic Biology and Nanoscience.
  • In business: Scientist/project manager in research and development in companies such as DSM and Philips.

Commerce & Technology

  • Developer or product specialist in imaging/nanotech instruments.
  • Software specialist in imaging/data analysis.

Government & Society

  • Science communication/education.
  • Science funding and policy organisations.
  • Editor in scientific and academic publishing.

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