Career path - Postdoctoral Researcher

Tess Korthout

Tess Korthout

Job title: Postdoctoral Researcher
Company: Hubrecht Institute
Time in this position: 8 months
Highest level of education: PhD, Netherlands Cancer Institute

Research at the Hubrecht Institute is pioneering in developmental and stem cell biology. The institute encompasses 24 research groups that perform fundamental, multidisciplinary research on healthy and diseased cells, tissues and organisms. As a postdoc researcher, I am exploring newly developed single-cell sequencing data sets to understand how DNA is organised in a cell.

How did you encounter this job?
Networking during conferences.


Can you tell a little bit about the application process you went through?
First, I had an informal interview of approximately one hour to discuss the project. Then, I got invited for the second interview where I had to give a seminar and 1-on-1 meetings with each person in the lab.

What was challenging for you when you started in this position?
In your PhD you're still learning. As a postdoc, all of the sudden people expect you to be an expert.

What are your tips for job seekers?
Start early with talking to people at conferences, express that you are interested in a postdoc. In general, the starting date can be negotiated so you can apply before you graduated your PhD.

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