Career Guidance

Enhancing the transition to the next position

A postdoc's transition to their next position is the most challenging step in a research career. We consider it our responsibility to prepare and support this transition, thus VIP2 will implement the following initiatives:

Applying to an academic position

  • Provide the fellow with the opportunity to have a mock selection procedure in-house. The academic mentor(s) as well as other faculty members will give constructive and detailed feedback on the fellows' research proposal and the scientific talk prepared for a job interview.
  • Postdocs that are actively on the job market will be given the opportunity to witness the search procedure for incoming VBC group leaders.

Transitioning to a non-academic position

We will established a dedicated VIP2 Advisory Board (VAB) consisting of leaders in different sectors of the scientific workforce. The VAB will convene once per year at the VBC to advise fellows during the career symposium. In addition, VIP2 fellows will have specific training on career development and the opportunity to make a 2-month secondments in a non-academic sector (see Training). One-to-one coaching:
Fellows have the opportunity to work with a professional coach on strategies and solutions for their individual professional situation.


After finishing the second year in the programme, the VIP2 fellows can undertake a 2-month secondment in a different sector.  The VAB, whose expertise spans publishing, consulting, administration, education, and industry, will be responsible for advising and assisting in the identification of secondment opportunities suited for the fellows’ aspirations. The secondment can be at one of the biotech companies at the VBC or at other companies and organisations in Europe.  Via the VAB and our alumni network, we will help fellows to find positions in an organisation of the sector of their interest.