PCDI Community

PCDI supports early career researchers in their (broad) professional and career development by organising various activities. By participating, many of your questions about professional development and career planning will be answered. Through the PCDI community, additionally, you can get into contact with other early career researchers.  

What do you do to develop yourself? What comes to your mind when you think about your development and your future as a (science) professional? How do you prepare yourself for your next career step? How can you get into contact with former colleagues who have recently taken an important career step? And how can you grow your network, also outside academia?

Share your thoughts and ask questions through the PCDI community. By doing so you will not only focus your thoughts, but may also help those of others.

  • Do you have a specific question? Post it in the PCDI-LinkedIN group. This group currently counts 2,250 (ex-) postdocs and PhD students who may all help you on your way, either now or in the future. Share your thoughts and extend your network.
  • Get inspired by colleagues who are no longer working as scientists in academia or made a transition outside academia after their PhD/postdoc through our section with role models
  • Keep yourself updated on important news and read updates about our activities via Twitter @PostdocNews and facebook. Tweet your thoughts and questions right to our desktops!
  • Keep yourself informed on the activities PCDI undertakes to boost professional and career development in policy making by reading our newsletter. Important updates are also shared through our blog below



Optimize Career Chances Outside of Academia

Dutch universities still pay too little attention to the career management of PhD candidates and postdocs. Although the number of PhD candidates is increasing and a large majority of doctoral graduates ultimately find a career outside of academia, there are too many missed opportunities in the current system for PhD candidates and postdocs to develop themselves broadly into scientific professionals. Focused activities are necessary at a national level in order for PhD candidates and postdocs to adequately realise their potential outside of the university. This is what PCDI and PNN plead for in a memorandum published today.


De Wetenschapsvisie 2025 - Wat je moet weten

Tijdens de presentatie van "Wetenschapsvisie 2025: keuzes voor de toekomst" vroeg Lilian Menu van PCDI aandacht voor een betere voorbereiding van wetenschappers op carrièremogelijkheden buiten de universiteit, vooral ook omdat er voor het overgrote deel van de promovendi geen arbeidsplaats is in de wetenschap. Promotiestudenten moeten daarom meer ruimte krijgen om zich te verdiepen in die carrièremogelijkheden en zich er beter op voor te bereiden. Het punt van PCDI sloot aan op enkele punten in de wetenschapsvisie, maar wat stond daar nu precies allemaal inDaarom hier een (uitgebreide) samenvatting door Gerjon Ikink.


Increased attention for improved career perspectives. Take your chances!

Early career researchers (ECRs) have been facing concerns for career perspectives for a long time, but career development never seems to have been a priority of policy makers. Over the last twenty years the number of PhD students has more than doubled, while career opportunities for those wishing to continue their career inside academia have become increasingly sparse. In competition for the best scientists, universities had the tendency to focus on the happy few that showing scientific excellence. But now, change is on the horizon. Take your chances!


Lilian Menu interviewed for career pages

Lilian Menu, the director of PCDI was interviewed for the career pages of nrc.next (5 June 2013) on the gap between academia and industry experienced by PhDs.



CBR: Central Bureau for Research Capabilities


plaatje_blog_ernst_geutjes_2“When will you finally finish your PhD”?, is a question I get almost every week. My PhD has been lasting for 5 years, 5 months and 27 days now. I have no idea when I am going to finish, I don’t even know whether it is going to be this year or next year. For sure, I am not the only PhD candidate in this situation. In the Netherlands, every PhD candidate gets an employment contract of 4 years. However, only 7% of all PhD candidates succeed in finishing their PhDs within this time frame. In the worst-case scenario, PhD candidates have to ask for unemployment pays. Besides doing research, writing job application letters to vague scientific acquaintances suddenly becomes a weekly prerequisite.