LUMC's Young Faculty Network

LUMC's Young Faculty Network (YFN) aims to connect postdoctoral fellows, senior researchers, and assistant and associate professors within the Leiden University Medical Center. It provides a platform to exchange knowledge, ideas, and experiences amongst members. Furthermore, the YFN works together with the LUMC's Board of Directors and different local committees to promote the role of young scientists within the university medical center.

Latest news

The YFN is looking for new board members!
We are looking for enthusiastic colleagues who are willing to represent the LUMC’s Young Faculty Network as board members. Applicants should send a motivation letter (1 A4) and their CV (2 A4) until 15 February to

Successful organization of grant writing and leadership courses!
In November, the YFN organized, in collaboration with LURIS, the course “How to write an excellent grant proposal”, for the second time. Nine participants preparing for VENI and KWF applications participated in this course which was very well received (scored 9/10). All participants indicated that the course significantly improved their research proposals!
For the first time, the YFN organized a “leadership in Science” course, in collaboration with Elroy. This course was aimed at improving leadership skills of young LUMC scientists and participants ranged from young postdocs to early group leaders (20 participants). The group was highly enthusiastic about the content of the course which scored 4.5/5 points.
YFN aims to provide these courses at a regular basis to support the development of LUMC’s young scientists.

LUMC mentoring program
The YFN, with the support of the Dean, has initiated a mentoring program for our YFN members. This program is meant to guide and support young talented researchers in order to increase scientific excellence at the LUMC. The mentoring program is specifically intended to inspire, provide advice on scientific career building, personal development and academic productivity. The mentoring program kick-started last fall with 18 mentees-mentor pairs. YFN members can apply for this program annually (watch our newsletter) and, if selected, are matched to top senior faculty from the LUMC.


The YFN organizes annually symposia and workshops covering topics which are relevant to our members. More information on upcoming events can be found in the LUMC activities calender.


Since 2016 the YFN Board is constituted Janine van Gils (NIER), Luuk Hawinkels (MDLZ), Noel de Miranda (PATH), and Diane van der Woude (REUM).       



The primary platform for YFN is a dedicated LinkedIn network group, where interesting articles and polls are posted and a forum is provided to discuss amongst members of the group. Memberships and posts are moderated to ensure focused discussions 

YFN encourages all LUMC employees fitting the profile to join the YFN LinkedIn group for which a LinkedIn account is required.


The YFN was founded in 2012 by four young faculty members from the LUMC - Ramon Arens (IHB), Mettine Bos (STOL), Yaël Nossent (HLK) and Wiep Klaas Smits (MM) - with endorsement from the Dean of the LUMC, Prof.Dr Pancras Hogendoorn.


LinkedIN: LUMC's YFN group on LinkedIn

LUMC's YFN group on LinkedIn