The main content creator of Welcome Solutions is Dr. Natalia Bielczyk. Natalia is a researcher with a background in Medical Physics, Applied Mathematics, and Psychology (3xMS obtained from University of Warsaw), and Computational Neuroscience (PhD obtained 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 that helps researchers in getting better mentoring in academia and in transfers to industry. In 2019, she authored the book “What Is out There For Me? The Landscape of Post-PhD Career Tracks“. In her free time, she blogs on jobs, careers, and science.

Natalia has experience in helping academics in career development. In 2017-2019, she worked 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 also holds Basiskwalificatie in Onderzoekstages (BKO), a Dutch professional academic teaching qualification.
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.

Academic history:

Academic CV:

PhD Thesis: Signal Detection and Causal Inference in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Personal updates:

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LinkedIn account:

Twitter tag: @nbielczyk_neuro, @nBielczykCrypto

Media/press appearances:

Natalia on her own story arc so far: PhD Career Stories, episode #97

Natalia on handling failure and hardship throughout the professional career: “How I Fail” Series by Veronika Cheplygina, S02E02

Natalia on what she learned about herself in academia: Share on Board series, article #2

Natalia on the job market for PhDs and self-navigation in the job market: PaPa PhD podcast, S02E07

Natalia on her company, her book, and looking for a new purpose after leaving academia: #ChangeHigherEd & #HireHigherEd event, November 25th 2020

Natalia on her gap year after the PhD: Self-Compassionate Professor podcast, episode 42