The PhD Career Hub


We care about your professional future. Finding a fulfilling job can be challenging because it requires a good understanding of who you are, what the labor market offers and how to successfully apply for jobs. UGent has taken several initiatives to support you in this search. This includes an information portal, workshop offer and career coaching. As you start thinking about your next career step we encourage you to go from our online offer to more specific training and coaching. 


The PhD Career Hub

The PhD career hub is a learning track designed to support PhDs and postdoc researchers in preparing their next career step. It offers step-by-step directions to guide you in your journey, whether you're pursuing an academic career or a career beyond academia.

  • Discover your skills, talents, interests and values
  • Find out about careers, company cultures and how to look for a job
  • Develop skills
  • Apply for jobs

Doctoral training

The Doctoral School offers a number of workshops related to career management.

  • Click here for the current workshop offer

Career coaching

Have you taken the time to go through the PhD Career Hub and attended a career management workshop, but still feel you don't know what to do? You can request one-on-one career coaching.

What to expect

  • Career coaching helps you understand your interests, competences, motivations and values
  • Better self-understanding is the basis for making better career choices and helps you find a job that aligns with who you are and what you want
  • A career coach can also help you revise your CV and prepare for a job interview

What not to expect

  • A career coach will not tell you which job you should pursue and can't provide an exhaustive overview of the job market

How to apply?

  • Send a short motivation mentioning your current situation and what you have done prior to asking for personal career coaching. Make sure to specify what you are looking for in a career coach

apply here

The Flemish job portal for doctorate holders

The PhD Talent Pool Flanders is a new Flemish recruitment platform designed to better and faster align the supply and demand for PhD talent. The platform offers both academic and non-academic jobs and also lists numerous
events that are relevant to PhD degree holders who are looking for a job. 

visual PhD Talent Pool

Future job events

NEW: Job shadowing for PhD candidates and postdocs

PhD candidates and postdocs who engage in job shadowing gain insight into the work routine of a (PhD) professional, his/her role(s) and responsibilities. Job shadowing provides a better (and nuanced) understanding of the skills and competences needed to succeed and thrive in a particular job. In short, it allows to ‘test-drive’ a career.

Interuniversity job market for young researchers

Since 2012, the Ghent University's Doctoral Schools have been a partner in the successful Afstudeerbeurs hosted by AUGent. As of 2020 they joined forces with colleagues in the other Flemish universities to co-organise the Interuniversity Job Market for Young Researchers. Together we scout for companies interested in hiring PhDs, offer CV analysis and speed career coaching as well as facilitate relevant career orientation workshops for PhD candidates and PhD degree holders.

  • We are looking forward to the 2024 edition! Registration for PhD candidates and postdocs opens in February 2024.
  • Check the 2023 aftermovie

From PhD to SME

A 1-year leadership programme developed by Voka, the Flanders' Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Past job events


From PhD to job market

Since 2008 Ghent University's Doctoral School has organised an annual doctoral conference targeting the transition of young high potentials with a PhD degree to the job market.

Interactive career days Janssen Pharmaceutica