PhD Talent Coordination Team

Welcome on the web page of the PhD Talent Coordination Team of the 5 Flemish universities!



  • We help employers connect with PhD Talent
  • We facilitate information exchange within the PhD Talent Network
  • The input of companies and other employers is crucial to stay relevant



Our mission is to bridge the gap between academia and the world of work beyond academia by connecting relevant stakeholders 

  • who are committed to encouraging and better facilitating the PhD talent flow to the knowledge economy, as well as to raising awareness about the added value of the PhD degree;
  • who are committed to better aligning the competency-based (transferable skills) training as currently offered by the universities with the expectations of the non-academic labour market, taking into account the contours as specified by the Flemish government;
  • who are committed to instigating different forms of talent connections that unlock and demystify the non-academic labour market.

We want to bridge the gap between academia and the world of work beyond academia by actively reaching out to companies/ organisations/ institutions who are as yet unfamiliar with the added value of the PhD degree



The PhD Talent Coordination Team consists of the following coordinators, affiliated with the doctoral schools or career centers of the 5 Flemish universities:

  • Nicole Wedell-von Leupoldt (KU Leuven)
  • Ilse Van Damme (UHasselt)
  • Rosanne Ceuppens (UHasselt)
  • Katrien De Gelder (UGent)
  • Simon Amez (VUB)
  • Anne-Sofie Vanhaeght (VUB)
  • Kristien Daems (UAntwerpen)
  • Lotte De Leeuw (UAntwerpen)
  • Karolien Van Dessel (UAntwerpen)



Download our portfolio here.

We organise/support three types of events:

  • Category I events (Events we organise that you can tap into)
    • Job market for young researchers
    • Job Shadowing
    • PhD Talent Stakeholder meeting
  • Category II events (Events we co-organise with you)
  • Category III events (Events you organise – we communicate)

We created the PhD Talent Pool, a career and job site for all PhD candidates and postdocs of the five Flemish universities and beyond. Employers looking for PhD’s can post their vacances here for free.

We organise a PhD Talent Stakeholder Meeting and a PhD Talent Advisory Board (see below).

You can also book us as speakers.




Send us an email if you’re interested in joining us at one of our stakeholder meetings!



  • Exchange between academia and the non-academic labour market regarding PhD talent acquisition related topics​
  • Further intensify collaboration between the non-academic labour market and academia ​
  • Create new collaborations





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