Career prospects

When you complete your Master's degree, you are well-equipped to function independently in the international field of life sciences. With the provided (specialized) knowledge, skills and insight into the fields of bio(medical) sciences, you are prepared for a career in science, either inside or outside academia.

The information below contains examples of companies where GSLS-alumni are employed and is not exhaustive. There are of course more organizations within all the categories below that are interested for you.

A significant proportion of the GSLS graduates go on to do a PhD (approximately 63%). The GSLS offers several PhD programmes, but it is also possible to conduct a PhD at other universities and research institutes (i.e. Hubrecht Institute, RIVM, NKI, Sanquin, NIOO) in The Netherlands or abroad.

The best way to find a PhD is to contact the professor in the field you want to specialize in. Another option would be the websites of the universities and/or academic hospitals or Academictransfer.

If you do not want to obtain a PhD degree but still want to perform research, you can look for a position as a research technician or researcher in a (pharmaceutical) company (i.e. GenMab, Janssen Pharmaceutical Company, Danone Nutricia Research, Mercachem Syncom, Thermofisher scientific).

Check for vacancies the website of the company or their LinkedIn-page. There are also recruitment agencies with a broad range of research vacancies, like laboratorium, checkmark, labresource, science@work, fmfvacatures.

Are you passionate about how to make all kinds of knowledge accessible and useful for your target audiences, you can consider to replace your research profile with the communication profile.

Career possibilities are working as a (freelance) science journalist (for Elsevier or the NewScientist), policy advisor (communication), or a program developer at a science museum (i.e. NEMO). If you would like to be more involved in clinical trials, you can consider a career as medical writer, where you are responsible for the writing deliverables for submission to regulatory agencies, like the FDA.

If you are passionate about sharing your knowledge, and you would consider a career as a teacher in secondary education, the education profile might be right for you. This profile replaces the minor research project. You can also follow a one-year (Dutch language) teacher training program upon completion of your current Master's degree. This will grant you a first degree teaching qualification for secondary education. That means you will be able to work in the upper and lower years of VMBO, HAVO, and VWO in the Netherlands. 

If you are interested in life sciences business, you can replace the research profile with the management profile. This profile focusses on economics, organization & strategic management, marketing, operations management, financial management, and entrepreneurship.

Think about a sales or marketing position in a (life sciences) company (i.e. Eli Lily, GenDx, AbbVie). As medical science liaison (for example at Novartis, AstraZeneca), you contribute to the positioning of a product.

More excited about the clinical operations within the pharmaceutical industry (i.e. Novartis, Abbvie, Merus and the Clinical company), have a look at positions like (junior) clinical research assistant, clinical research coordinator or clinical trial coordinator. Within those positions, the practical support and the monitoring of clinical trials is the main part of the responsibilities. With a few years of experience, the next step in your career could be a position as clinical research associate and/or clinical project manager.

As a consultant, in most cases, you will be hired by different companies, which provide you the opportunity to get to know different parts of the industry in a short amount of time. Examples of consultancy companies are IQVIA, Vintura, The Decision Group, Deltares, Gupta Strategists and Accenture.

If you are more passionate about the healthcare, you can think about a traineeship at HighSelect, Zorgon, Talent for care or a management traineeship or Business Controller traineeship at Amsterdam UMC.

Interested in using, analyzing and interpreting big-data? You can replace the research profile with the applied data science profile or the bioinformatics profile. Consider a career as data scientist or data manager at a research institute, research-oriented pharmaceutical company, biotechnology company or health care companies (i.e. Altrecht). There are also consultancy companies that are specialized in data science (i.e. Big Data Replubic).

If you passionate about policy and stimulating and facilitating research, you can consider a career as program secretary/manager or grant advisor of a charity or foundation (i.e. NWO, ZonMw, Nierstichting, Hersenstichting). Think about a Clinical Assessor at the Medicines Evaluation Board, policy advisor or academic counsellor of a Undergraduate or Graduate School (for example Biology or Biomedical Sciences) or a traineeship at the national government (i.e. Ministry of Education, Culture and Science or Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport) or TNO.