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Becoming a postdoc


If you dream of an academic career after your PhD, a postdoc job is often the logical next step. But a career in academia is not a given for everyone, so it is important that you start thinking about what you want to do after your PhD in good time. The career advisers and the Career Platform can help you with this. 

Postdocs receive a temporary contract, often as part of a specific project. Every year, hundreds of researchers apply for postdoc positions at Leiden University.

Leading Fellows Postdoc Programme

One of our great successes has been the Leading Fellows Postdoc Programme, organised in collaboration with Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus MC and Leiden University Medical Center. Ninety PhD graduates from all over the world have had the opportunity to work on their own research for two years as postdocs. The programme was supported by a European Marie Curie COFUND grant.

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