Round table for social sciences and humanities

Round table for social sciences and humanities careers: Inside or outside academia?

At some point during your PhD you will have to make up your mind on whether you want to continue working inside academia or switch to a job outside of academia. But what is like to work outside of academia? In what way is a PhD useful? In this interactive session, PhD holders will talk about their career so far. Some of them are working inside academia and others outside, so you can get an impression of both types of career paths and their advantages and disadvantages. Join the sessions and ask them everything you have always wanted to know about the life after having pursued a PhD! There will be 2 round table sessions: one for natural science students and one for social science and humanities students.

The following PhD holders will join this session:

Dr. Bettina Reitz-Joosse: After her pursuing her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Bettina Reitz-Joosse completed her PhD training in Classics at Leiden University. Afterwards, she held positions as postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University, the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome (KNIR), and at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2016, Bettina Reitz-Joosse works as an assistant professor of Latin Literature and is NWO-Veni researcher at the Classics department of the University of Groningen.

Dr. Gert Stulp: Gert Stulp obtained his Master’s degree in Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Groningen and Cambridge University which was followed by a PhD dissertation in Evolutionary Social Psychology. Thanks to his NWO Rubicon postdoctoral fellowship, he could spend two years at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2015, Gert Stulp was awarded an NWO-Veni grant and is since then working at the Department of Sociology at the University of Groningen.

Sander Wirken: Sander Wirken received his Master’s degrees in Law and International Security at the University of Amsterdam and the Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris, and is now PhD researcher in International Criminal Law at the University of Amsterdam. Besides his scientific work, he is a board member of Impunity Watch, Niños de Guatemala, and the Ibero-American Institue of The Hague. Additionally, together Joey Boink, Sander Wirken directed “Burden of Peace”, an award-winning film about former Attorney General of Guatemala Claudia Paz y Paz.

Dr. Aad Osterhof: Aad Oosterhof pursued his PhD in Organizational Behavior at the University of Groningen. After completing his PhD degree, he joined Artefaction where he specialized in secondary vocational education. He then founded the company Van Kessel & Oosterhof Management Consultants & Practitioners which develops projects in the field of affordable organization of education. Their main area of expertise is the interface of education and government.


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