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Postdoc committee

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Welcome to the website of the NKI postdoc committee!

The postdoc committee represents the interest of all postdoctoral fellows working at the NKI. Our main goals are to evaluate and improve the environment and education for NKI postdocs. In 2011, twelve NKI postdocs initiated the NKI PhD student and Postdoc Survey in order to assess issues important to postdocs and PhD students working at the NKI. The current postdoc committee, postdoc@NKI is one of the outcomes of this survey. The survey also provided us with great insight into aspects in need of improvement and since its inception, the committee has been busy addressing these points to enhance the NKI postdoc experience.

Examples of what we do can be found under the links below and include, but are definitely not limited to, providing practical support for current and new postdocs, organizing fun and educational activities as well as dealing with career and safety issues.

Postdoc@NKI

Members
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Members

 

The committee consists of approximately 10 postdocs, representing various departments throughout the NKI.

Click here to read more details about the members. 

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Postdoc Dean
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Postdoc Dean

 

Fred van Leeuwen:

"Postdocs fulfil a key role in the success of the research in our institute. As Dean for Postdoc Affairs, I work with the NKI postdoc committee and Human Resources to enable our postdocs to make the most out of their careers. We have just initiated and are further developing a training program to stimulate postdocs to take charge of their careers and develop themselves as highly skilled, innovative and independent researchers."

 

 

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Postdoc training program
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Postdoc training program

 

In collaboration with postdocs@NKI, the NKI Postdoc Dean and Human Resources are developing an educational program for postdocs. The goals of the program are to provide postdocs with the tools to take charge of their professional and personal development at the NKI, to ensure they make the most of their time at the NKI and to prepare them for the next step(s) in their career. The initial phase of the program has already begun and was officially launched at a Kick-off Event on the 27th of October 2014. Further modules are currently being developed and will begin in the second half of 2015.

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Events and initiatives
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Events and initiatives

 

Career evenings

On a yearly basis, we invite former NKI postdocs who have pursued interesting careers in and outside of academia to present at our NKI Career Evening. At this event, alumni give a short informal presentation about their career path to date and share experiences about their professional life. Following the presentations, we hold a mixer where attendees can interact with the speakers in a relaxed atmosphere. We aim for these events to be an opportunity for current postdocs to broaden their career outlook.

Seminars and workshops

We regularly organize a variety of informative seminars and workshops for the NKI postdoc community. In the recent past, these have included seminars on funding sources, communicating with the media, referencing software options as well as a workshop on technology transfer.

Grant writing courses

Since many postdocs will have to apply for grants or scholarships, postdocs@NKI have already organized three in-house grant writing courses for postdocs. These one-day courses help you to further develop your grant writing skills, focusing on developing a clear and concise writing style.

Newsletters

To keep the postdoc community well informed on any developments relevant to their work at the NKI as well as the activities that we organize, we produce a monthly email newsletter.

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Expats
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Expats

 

Postdocs@NKI have updated the NKI expat brochure for foreign employees. This brochure is a source of helpful information about moving to and working in the Netherlands. Topics such as housing, insurance, bank accounts and many more are addressed in the brochure. You can download the file here.

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