“The real world starts after finishing your (post)doctoral degree” is it truth or myth? How can you bridge the gap between academia and industry? To solve this question, you need to start by understanding what is available in the industry. What are the different type of roles? What are the parallels and differences with your academic career? In this workshop we will provide a behind the scenes perspective of a typical R&D organisation in a corporate context, the different roles and responsibilities. You will go through an R&D case study and get to experience the typical functions involved in the innovation and production process.

Learning objectives

  •  Understanding the general structure of an (industrial) R&D organisation.
  • Understanding the different roles and responsibilities within an R&D organisation.
  • What are the key expectations and deliverables of a PhD profile in an R&D organisation?
  • Break the ‘real world’ myth, by identifying the parallels between academia and industry.

This 6-hour workshop includes a real business case to analyze and to experience the core responsibilities

Target group

(Post)doctoral researchers of the University of Antwerp who consider looking for a job in industry.

Practical Information

Date and location:

6 September 2024
9h00 - 16h30
Campus Drie Eiken - room to be confirmed


Robin Lefebvre, business manager and coach of the training company Grow to excel. His credo is “Excelling leaders are grown not born”.

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This course counts for 0,7 docop-points.


Registration via Sisa Selfservice . Log in with your student account. This course (and thus registration) falls under academic year 2023-2024!