The AMC Graduate School has moved to a new location: E2-172.

UPDATE: cake winners for completing their Who-is-Who page

The winner of the cake of September is Joanne Donkers (Tytgat Institute). The winner of October is Karen Bolhuis (Oncology). The winner of November is Bas Haak (CEMM).

Do you want to win a cake as well? Complete 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!


IXA patent workshop in AMC

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

On the 14th of December a patent workshop will be held in the AMC, room L0-219, from 8.30-10.30. Questions that will be addressed are: What is patent? Why should I apply for it? What can I use it for? What's in if for me?. Click on this link for more information and registration

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.


24 day writing challenge

Imagine you would work on your academic paper or proposal every day. Not for a full day, but just two hours, every morning. Imagine how much you can do in a week! Feel like joining. You can sign up for this 24 day writing challenge here: The challenge is from January 15th - February 15th 2018.


Course: Flourishing for PhD students

LifeLong organises a course, in English, for PhD candidates who would like to learn how to prevent or effectively manage burn-out symptoms. The course consists of 8 sessions on Thursday evening and starts on the 11th of January. In the flyer you can find more information, or have a look at


Communicative scientist wanted

'Scientist wanted' is an initiative of three PhD candidates who think that discussing science does not have to be boring. They collect video and written profiles for on their platform. On the 28th of November they organize a kick-off workshop in which you can learn how to develop your own video profile. For more information:


Renewal of guest appointment - important message

Recently, many PhDs have received an automated e-mail from the AMC HR Servicedesk saying your guest appointment (in Dutch gastaanstelling) is ending. In the e-mail, you are advised to contact the director of the Graduate School, MEA Stouthard, in case your guest appointment should be renewed. However, as long as you are registered as a PhD candidate with us, we will annually renew your guest appointment automatically. Therefore we ask you not to contact us about this e-mail.


Fire talk training for grant applicants

Prof. Milo Puhan is a Full Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Zurich, Switzerland ( During a SPINOZA visit he will provide a presentation skills training on fire talks in the context of grant application. You can practice and get feedback from him and a simulated grant committee on your fire talk. When you are not yet in the phase of presenting your grant proposal yet, you can also get acquainted with the context of presenting grant proposals by signing up for the simulated grant committee. There are maximum 10 spots for postdocs and final year PhDs practicing fire talks and maximum 7 spots for postdocs and final year PhDs in the simulated grant committee.

When? Monday 15 January 2018 from 13.30 – 17.00.

What? To provide presentation skills training in the context of a grant application and to familiarize postdocs with the work of a grant committee. The presenting postdocs send a max. 3 minute fire talk film of their lecture, no later than 10 December. Do not use slides, but other objects or use flipchart to draw while talking (the precise criteria will be sent in advance). The grant committee postdocs need not send a fire talk film to prof. Puhan.

Where? AMC, exact location to be determined.

How? Sign up quickly by completing the following link:

Be aware! Because of the limited spaces in the training, signing up = showing up. Signing up has an obligatory character and means you have to prepare a fire talk film or prepare yourself as a committee member.


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


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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