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Debat | Career Talk

Career Talk with Maurien Olsthoorn

  • Maurien Olsthoorn, Senior Science Fellow Analytical Sciences at dsm-firmenich
  • Ilse Huijskens
dinsdag 13 juni 2023
Gorlaeus Building
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden

Let op: dit event is Engelstalig


Have you thought about your ambitions after your graduation or promotion? Come and get some inspiration from Maurien Olsthoorn*! She will discuss her impressive career at one of Holland's largest international companies – dsm-firmenich, previously Royal DSM – in a talk show setting.

The Career Talk will take place on 13 June at 16.00h in the atrium of the Gorlaeus Building. The talk show will close with announcing the winner of dsm-firmenich’s Krijn Rietveld Award. Afterward, there will be drinks. 

All students and staff of the Faculty of Science are welcome to attend. Registration is obligatory. 

For master students of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry and Life Science & Technology this event is considered a valid event as part of the Career Orientation module (AASCO (PBS) or WORK2 (LST/Chem)) and approved by your study program. 

Do you want to attend?

Registration for this event is obligatory


About Maurien Olsthoorn

Maurien Olsthoorn is a Senior Science Fellow Analytical Sciences in dsm-firmenich within the BioData & Translational Sciences group.  She has a company-wide responsibility for the strategic, analytical developments to provide key insights for all innovations, which means that she works with teams across the globe. Working on the interface of different scientific disciplines such as data science, (physical-) chemistry and biology, Maurien also dedicates her time to progressing disruptive food solutions that support the global protein transition away from animal origin towards more plant-based alternatives. 

To create this brighter future, Maurien leads teams that characterizes taste and texture and develop AI-driven and automation tools that create faster insights. Recently, the team launched Delvo®ONE – based on a machine learning algorithm designed for yogurt producers that uniquely creates yogurt culture blends.  

Since joining in 2000 in Delft, Maurien has worked as a scientist in different analytical disciplines in biotechnology and food science R&D and has managed teams and novel development projects. Maurien was also involved in developing proteomics and metabolomics workflows, industrial enzyme development and characterization, microbial strain and process improvement, ingredient-food matrix characterization. She is a co-author of different publications and represents her company in external forums. She is inspired by the dsm-firmenich’s drive to deliver science-based, sustainable, and scalable solutions that address our world’s challenges today. 

The Krijn Rietveld Award: stimulating innovation in Data Science and Life Sciences 
Did you know that dsm-firmenich awards 10.000 euros to the best MSc or Ph.D. research of our Faculty in Data Science and Life Sciences? Maurien will explain how you can become eligible for this grand prize and will also announce the 2023 Krijn Rietveld Award winner. 

About dsm-firmenich
Fun fact: Royal DSM originated from the Dutch State Mines. After closing the mines, the company evolved from producing bulk chemicals to more bioscience-based solutions while keeping the original abbreviation of the company name. As of 9 May 2023, the company merged with the Swiss Firmenich, which is now called dsm-firmenich. 

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