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Course to prevent burn-out (in Dutch)

Do you want to prevent signs of burn-out or know how to deal with existing complaints? At the 19th of October a Dutch course especially for PhD candidates starts in Amsterdam. The course is called Flourishing voor promovendi. See the flyer for more information.


UPDATE: cake winner of September (filling in your Who-is-Who page)

The winner of the cake of September is Joanne Donkers.

Do you want to win a cake as well? Fill in your Who is Who page now.

The AMC-VUmc Alliance Research Institutes and the AMC Graduate School ask all PhD candidates to complete their Who-is-Who page and thus register with the research institutes. They need this information to contact you. Make yourself and your research more visible to other researchers!

For every AMC PhD candidate, a new Who-is-Who page has been created. It will become visible after content has been added. All new AMC PhD candidates receive a confirmation e-mail upon registration with the Graduate School with detailed instructions. Other AMC PhD candidates can go to the ‘Wetenschapsregistratie’ page on AMC Intranet - Medical Library. You can also find a pdf file with an instruction here and you can look on the intranet page of the Medical Library. Please add the AMC theme you perform your research in (max. 2), and all other relevant information.

Pdf file with instructions

In September, October, November and December 2017, each month a delicious cake will be allotted to one of the new Who-is-Who page owners. DO IT NOW AND WIN!


Course on employability outside academia

The new edition of the course Employability Outside Academia, starts 27th of October in Utrecht (course dates: 27 October, 24 November, 5 January (all Fridays)).

Do you want to continue your career outside academia after your PhD or postdoc, but you are not sure which is the best next step for you? How do you find out what is really important to you? How do you make yourself attractive as a PhD professional and what can be your added value in business or non-profit? Prepare yourself in this course for a successful career step.

For more information about this course, please visit the PCDI website. Please note: Many institutes have financial arrangements for career development (e.g. transition budget or personal budget) that can be addressed to (partially) cover the registration fee. It is definitely worth checking!


Looking for new buddies

Starting PhD candidates, especially those from other countries, may encounter difficulties in adjusting to a foreign culture or becoming accustomed to working at the AMC. The AMC Graduate School has initiated a Buddy Project for support. Buddies are experienced AMC PhD candidates who are motivated to help other PhD candidates. Due to nearing graduation of current buddies, the AMC Graduate School is looking for new buddies. Please contact the PhD Study Advisor if you would like to volunteer as a buddy .


New PhD candidate advisor

Kirsten Douma is the new PhD candidate advisor as of 1 August 2017. She is available for all AMC PhD candidates for questions, information and support, both in general and in case of problematic situations. All meetings remain confidential.


Discount on language courses at UvA Talen

UvA Talen, the independent language centre of the University of Amsterdam, offers a wide range of fast-paced and lively courses in Dutch, ranging from elementary to advanced levels. During these courses students work on their general language skills, and systematically and rapidly build up vocabulary.
UvA Talen’s Dutch evening courses consist of one or two classes a week, and start four times a year. For those who want to improve their Dutch in a short period of time UvA Talen offers intensive daytime courses, starting every four weeks.
Besides Dutch, there are eleven other languages to choose from, including English, Spanish and Chinese. You can check all languages and starting dates on

UvA Talen offers an exclusive 15% discount on all group courses for AMC/AMR employees. To claim your discount, use the promotional code AMC2017 when registering.

Tailor-made programmes
In addition to regular language courses, UvA Talen offers tailor-made programmes designed to suit specific needs and individual schedules. These include industry-specific corporate courses and individual programmes aimed at medical Dutch. Special offers for tailor-made programmes are available for AMC/AMR employees. Find out more on


Traineeship Healthcare Venture Capitalist

INKEF Capital offers you a chance to make a difference as an Analyst of the investment team for a period of 6 months, and come out of this experience as a trained venture capitalist. In this half a year, you will be involved with deal sourcing and help manage the pipeline of opportunities. You will actively participate in due diligence of new ventures, diving into the scientific or engineering underpinnings of the innovation, study intellectual property, analyze markets and competitive environments, evaluate and benchmark business models and metrics. You will be performing a deep dive into a technology area of joint interest to shape an investment thesis. You will be actively involved in supporting INKEF’s current and future portfolio companies and will have exposure to a large number of entrepreneurs.

Analyst Healthcare – Your Background: You have an exceptional academic background in biomedical sciences, with having (or about to complete) a PhD or an MD from a leading global university being a major plus. You have some professional experience (internship) in banking, strategy/healthcare consulting, equity research, at a leading industry player or even your own venture. You have a strong interest in the healthcare industry at large and a passion to make an impact. You have a strongly inquisitive mind and are resourceful in cracking unknowns. You are known by your peers for your ability to communicate effectively both verbally and textually. You’re energized by tight deadlines and multiple priorities—they focus your efforts and spur you to develop smarter ways to organize your work. You have a true passion for new technology developments and their impact on the world (as for example, regenerative medicine, genome editing, big data bioinformatics).

How to apply Email your motivation and your resume to


Young Talent Fund

The Young Talent Fund 2018 is open for application until 14 November 2017.


IXA (breakfast) workshops on valorisation

IXA regularly organises workshops on various topics in valorisation, such as 'how to finance your idea', 'Intellectual Property and Research Contracts' and 'The next step in valorisation'.

The workshops are open to all scientists from AMC, HvA, UvA, VU, VUmc and NWO Institutes. Participation is free of charge. For the workshops starting at 08:30 hrs breakfast will be served. For more information about the topics, dates and locations, go to IXA.


Career guidance

ProActief, UvA’s center for career guidance, offers PhD candidates training to be successful in finding employment outside academia.


European PhD Course portal

EMTRAIN developed an international course portal containing information about European PhD courses in biomedical research. See


New brochure 2017-2018 now available. Hard copies at J1A-112.



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