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Considering alternative careers for PhD students? One of the most difficult decisions for any PhD student is whether or not to pursue a career in academia. In order to make this decision, you first need to understand what other alternative careers for PhD students are out there. How to find the good position with PhD degree in industrial company? The most common alternative careers for PhD students along with a brief description of what each career entails will be showed.


Sten Johansson
Sten Johansson
Senior Professor
Department of Management and Engineering
Division of Engineering Materials
Linköping University, Sweden


Zschech Ehrenfried
Zschech Ehrenfried
Division Director
Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS
Dresden, Germany

Ehrenfried Zschech is department head for microelectronic materials and nanoanalysis at Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems in Dresden, Germany, which he joined in 2009. His responsibilities include multi-scale materials characterization and reliability engineering. He holds an adjunct professorship at the Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University, Poland, as well as honorary professorships for nanomaterials at Brandenburg University of Technology and for nanoanalysis at Dresden University of Technology.

He received his Dr. rer. nat. degree from Dresden University of Technology, and having spent four years as project leader in metal physics and reliability of microelectronic interconnects at the Research Institute for Nonferrous Metals in Freiberg, he was appointed as a university lecturer in ceramic materials at the Freiberg University of Technology. In 1992, he joined the development department at Airbus in Bremen, where he managed the metal physics group and studied laser-welding metallurgy of aluminum alloys. From 1997 to 2009, he managed the Materials Analysis Department and the Center for Complex Analysis at Advanced Micro Devices in Dresden where he was responsible for analytical support to the process control and technology development in cutting-edge semiconductor manufacturing, as well as for physical failure analysis.

He has been a DGM Board Member and a FEMS Executive Member. He was elected FEMS President for the 2012-2013 period. He has been a member of the Steering Committee of The European Platform on Advanced Materials and Technologies (EUMAT) since 2013 and of the Operational Management Board of the European Materials Characterization Council since 2016.

Frans Vos
Frans Vos
Visiting Professor
KU Leuven / Belgium

Driven by his Passion for Materials Frans Vos founded his company Materials Consult in 2006. Materials Consult is specialized in failure analysis and materials selection, offering services to industry and authorities. The main focus is on the properties of materials and their interaction with the environments to which they are subjected. Corrosion and wear analysis are in this respect fields of specialization. This knowledge on Materials is transferred to society by means of training programs on e.g. ‘corrosion prevention’, ‘wear and lubrication of machine components’ and ‘metals production and properties’.

At the same time Frans Vos is visiting professor at the faculty of Engineering Technology at the KU Leuven, Belgium, where he teaches corrosion and welding metallurgy to future welding engineers.

Prior to his present activities Frans Vos was working for Vinçotte International, an authorized inspection body, where he was responsible for the metallurgical laboratory team as well as for the inspection services on coatings and polymer constructions.

Frans Vos studied Materials Engineering at the KU Leuven, Belgium, followed by realizing a Ph.D. in the field of thermal spraying of self-lubricating coatings for high temperature applications. Later in his career he also obtained a degree ‘introduction to law for court experts’ at the university of Ghent, Belgium. As to the materials societies Frans Vos is since 2013 a board member and communications coordinator of the ‘Bond voor Materialenkennis (Society for Materials Knowledge)’, bringing together the Dutch speaking materials experts in The Netherlands and Belgium. In 2017 he was elected as the Honorary Treasurer of FEMS, starting from on 2018, January 1st.

Robert Octavian Grasin
Robert Octavian Grasin
Group Leader, RBRO/EQV-A
Robert Bosch S.R.L
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Grasin Robert is the responsabile manager of the Analysis Group of Engineering Quality and Validation Department of Bosch Engineering Center Cluj. He obtained his PhD in the filed of Materials Sciences at the same Babes Bolyai University of Cluj, where he studied Technological Physics. During his career path he also worked as young researcher in the field of structural characterization of amorpous carbon like materials at Thin Films Physics Laboratory of the Research Instuitute of Technical Physics and Materials Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences where he also participated in EU founded FP6 – FULLMAT research project.

At the moment his main interests are in the field of different analysis techniques applied in both R&D validation and quality management of production. He also supports the educational activities in the common master program of Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and Robert Bosch. As a member of the Center of Competence of Bosch, he also participates at the specific Analysis and Reliability Team activities.