The main content creator of Welcome Solutions is Natalia Bielczyk, PhD to be. Natalia is a researcher with a background in Medical Physics, Applied Mathematics, and Psychology (3xMS), just about to graduate from a PhD in Computational Neuroscience from the Donders Graduate School, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre.
In 2018, she established Stichting Solaris Onderzoek en Ontwikkeling, an international non-profit organization with ANBI status which helps researchers in getting better mentoring in academia and in successful transfers to industry. She is the author of the book “What is out there for me? The landscape of post-PhD career tracks.” In her free time, Natalia blogs about jobs, careers, science, and whereabouts.
In recent years, Natalia has also developed a broad personal network in IT and biotech industries, from startups to corporations, both within the Netherlands and abroad.
Natalia also has former experience in helping academics in career development. In 2017-2019, she was working as a Career Development & Mentoring Manager in the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Student & Postdoc Special Interest Group. She was coordinating the OHBM International Online Mentoring Program and organizing international symposia dedicated to mentoring and career development. She is a holder of Basiskwalificatie in Onderzoekstages (BKO), a Dutch professional academic teaching qualification.
Personal website: www.nataliabielczyk.com
Academic CV: www.nataliabielczyk.com/mycv
Twitter tag: @nbielczyk_neuro
Natalia’s personal story: PhD Career Stories, episode #97
Bielczyk, N. Z. & Bonet-Carne, E. (2020). Safety vs freedom: the landscape of post-PhD careers. eLife blog. https://ecrlife.org/academic-career-landscape/
Bielczyk, N. Z., Ando*, A., Badhwar*, A., Caldinelli*, C., Gao*, M., Haugg*, A., Hernandez*, L. M., Ito*, K., Kessler*, D., Lurie*, D., Makary*, M. M., Nikolaidis*, A., Veldsman*, M., Allen, C., Bankston, A., Costa Boffino, C., Bottenhorn, K. L., Braukmann, R., Cheplygina, V., Ercan, E., Finc, K., Foo, H., Khatibi, A., La, C., Mehler, D. M. A., Narayanan, S., Poldrack, R. A., Raamana, P. R., Salo, T., Goddard-Sebillotte, C., Uddin, L. Q., Valeriani, D., Valk, S. L., Walton, C. C., Ward, P. G. D., Yanes, J. A., Zhou, X., OHBM Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group. Effective self-management for early career researchers in the natural and life sciences. Neuron 22(2): 212-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2020.03.015
Cheplygina, V., Hermans, F., Albers, C., Bielczyk, N., Smeets, I. (2020). Ten Simple Rules for Getting Started on Twitter as a Scientist. PLoS Computational Biology 16(2): e1007513. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007513
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Natalia also gives public talks (both online and on-site) dedicated to self-navigation on the job market, careers for PhDs and Master’s graduates, and the process of adaptation to the new working culture and finding your identity in the new working environment.