Interuniversity Job Market for Young Researchers 2023

Block your diary and join us on Thursday 23 March 2023 in Flanders Expo for the career event of the year! The in-person job fair will be preceded by an online offer of CV analysis, speed career coaching and career lunches.

The cross-disciplinary Job Market for Young Researchers, co-organised by UGent, KU Leuven, VUB, UAntwerpen and UHasselt, provides a unique opportunity to meet in person + 100 companies and organisations, collect valuable industry information, build networks, practice and sharpen interview techniques, join onsite workshops and so much more in Flanders Expo Ghent.

In addition we offer online CV analysis and speed career coaching (9 March) and a series of online career lunches (between 7 February and 16 March) in the run-up to the in-person fair.

Participation in the Job Market for Young Researchers is free, but registration via the Job Market for Young Researchers website is mandatory

CV analysis: book an appointment asap

CV analysis is offered online on Thursday 9 March. Unfortunately, places are limited, so do not postpone booking your 20-minute online consultation with an expert. 
Having received confirmation upon registration for the fair, you will be able to log in and book an appointment for a CV check. You need to upload your CV in order to finalize your appointment.

Personalised career coaching: do not miss it!

Do you need help identifying your skills set and selling it? Are you doubting your career direction? Do you not know how to competitively market yourself? Ask one of our career coaches! Book a 20-minute online coaching session on Thursday 9 March and discuss your most urgent career question. Having received confirmation upon registration for the fair, you will be able to log in and book your consultation appointment. You need to upload your career question in order to finalize your appointment!

Career lunches: tap into a wealth of information

  • Find out about the hiring trends in the current PhD job market through a range of interactive online career lunches (from 7 February through to 16 March, from 12:00-13:00). The list of career lunches as shown below is preliminary. We also bundle all online career lunches in the PhD Talent Pool. Log into the Talent Pool to stay updated!
  • Participation in the online career lunches is free of charge, but registration for the separate lunches is compulsory.

TUES 7 February - Janssen Pharmaceutica

“A view of scientific life at the heart of Janssen’s PhD/PD Community”

Dina Rodrigues Martins, PhD Researcher in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Nandi Snehashis, EU Industrial Doctoral Scientist (Marie Curie Fellow)

Mohamed Kreir, PhD, Principal Scientist

THURS 9 February

TUES 14 February - Bank van Breda

“IT traineeships for PhDs”

Burt Vertongen, IT Manager at Bank Van Breda

Thomas Verbruggen, PhD, Team Lead IT at Bank Van Breda

THURS 16 February - B12 Consulting

“What to expect in your first year as a software consultant”

Vincent Min, PhD, Associate - Data Scientist at B12 Consulting

TUES 21 February

TUES 23 February - Boston Consulting Group

A career beyond your PhD? Beyond is where we begin!"

Lode Lancksweerdt, PhD, Consultant at BCG

Finn Ruthenberg – Managing Director & Partner, core member of BCG GAMMA (part of BCG X, the tech build and design unit of BCG)

    TUES 28 February - MOORE

    “Moore Grants & Incentives –  entering a new world of innovation and discovery”

    Katelijn Schautteet, PhD, senior manager at Moore

    Dries Vaes, PhD, consultant at Moore

    Alexandra Bouriakova, PhD, consultant at Moore

    Bert Braeckman, PhD, manager at Moore

    THURS 2 March - Ardena

    “Tips from HR: how to make a resume for a job and profile on LinkedIn”

    Stijn Maertens, HR manager Ardena Belgium

    TUES 7 March - BAIN & COMPANY

    “A career in Strategy Consulting for PhDs”

    Thierry Catfolis, PhD, expert partner at Bain & Company

    Amalie Dualeh, PhD, senior manager at Bain & Company

    Arnould de Potesta, senior specialist, recruiting at Bain & Compay


    Register for participation in the job market for young researchers - log in & make an appointment! 

    You need to upload your CV and/or career question in order to finalize the appointment!


    “Discover the world of managing plant bacterial diseases at the Scientia Terrae Research Institute”

    Charlotte Van Ouytsel, HR Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Christine Vos, Senior Research Associate at Scientia Terrae

    THURS 16 March - IQVIA

    “IQVIA, where you can put your passions to work. See how your skills can reshape the future of healthcare”

    Jessica Van den Broeck, Director Clinical Operations, R&DO Site Management, Belgium
    Bert Kindt, Senior Director, Market Development & Information Offerings, Belgium & Luxembourg

    TUES 14 March - ADDESTINO

    "Value of a PhD in Addestino: consulting on the edge between business and technology"

    Frederik van Eeghem, PhD, Consultant at Addestino Innovation Management


    Opportunities for working in Taiwan international enterprises 

    On Thursday 23 March PhD candidates and postdocs will be able to take part in a range of onsite career-focused workshops to be organised in Flanders Expo Ghent. Stay tuned for further info!

    Prepare for the fair

    Much like the workplace, the interuniversity Job Market for Young Researchers provides opportunities first and foremost to those who are driven to succeed. Make use of the CV checks, speed career coaching and career lunches that will be organised online in the run-up to the in-person fair, and put the advice given into practice in Flanders Expo Ghent on 23 March. 

    Recognition as transferable skills seminar

    UGent doctoral candidates who would like to have their job fair attendance recognised as a transferable skills seminar (cluster ‘career management’), are expected to combine their visit to the in-person fair with participation in at least 2 other activities (online CV analysis (9/3), online speed career coaching (9/3), or onsite workshops (23/3)). Please pick up a fair attendance form from the UGent booth (Job Market for Young Researchers), and return it to the same booth once it has been completed. In case of further questions, contact dr. Katrien Daemen-de Gelder.


    Online & Flanders Expo Ghent for the in-person job fair.