In the past 20 years nearly all of the graduates of the Master of Statistics have found interesting jobs in the area of statistics in a wide range of sectors and in locations all over the globe :
- biomedical research institutes
- the pharmaceutical industry
- academia (PhD)
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Marijke Van Moerbeke, Belgium
We were told many things during our studies, like: “there is no free lunch in statistics but there is at Janssen Pharmaceutica” and “come on guys, it is not rocket science.” However, we students, did not think it was always that easy. During the regression course in our first weeks we had professor Sotto begging us for solutions. Also, mastering the software was a challenge for most of us but with the help of the professors and friends we learned to manage. The numerous group projects helped to strengthen the bonds between the different students. We have grown over the master years. However, the biggest challenge, the thesis, was yet to come. It brought us joy when we got meaningful results, it brought us despair whenever we didn’t, as well as sleepless nights trying to figure out why. However, the results were rewarding. After two years of hard work, we can say that we did not merely “get” our diplomas, but rather that we earned them.
Not all was work, there was the symposium where we met Sir David Cox, a living legend among statisticians and beyond, there was the opportunity to visit many Belgian and foreign cities and there turned out to be a first-snow experience for many. The professors were, while giving us mountains of work, also willing to answer elaborate mails and open their office doors after an unexpected knock. It is a nice feature that the distance between students and professors is small. The Master of Statistics is a great learning experience, of course in statistics with professors whose names are known all over the world but also socially when interacting with various cultures.
Victor Lih Jong, Cameroon
With the constant evolution of high-throughput technologies, the future of biomedical research has been projected to be at the molecular level. These advanced genomic and proteomic technologies generate large amount of data that require multi-disciplinary expertise to handle and derive useful information from the generated data. This often requires a blend of biological, database management, computer programming, data mining, and advanced statistical skills.
Despite being an intensive program, the Master of Statistics – Bioinformatics trajectory produces multi-disciplinary expertise in such a way that it provides its graduates with the necessary background and/or hands-on experience in molecular biology, database management, data mining algorithms, standard and advanced statistical modeling, reporting, communication, and, in summary, being an independent professional and a great team player.
Coming from a mathematical and computing background, this master trajectory equipped me with the relevant biological and statistical knowledge that, in turn, earned me the position of a statistical bioinformatics consultant (in charge of all high-dimensional experimental designs, data-preprocessing, data analyses, and analyses pipelines) at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a PhD Fellow (with focus on class prediction with high-dimensional data) at Utrecht University.