Natalia Bielczyk is an entrepreneur, researcher, author, and philanthropist. She graduated from the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Warsaw, Poland, with a triple MS title in Physics, Mathematics, and Psychology. Thereafter, she went through a PhD program in Computational Neuroscience at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior in Nijmegen, the Netherlands (graduated in June 2020). Her PhD thesis was dedicated to signal detection and causal inference in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
In 2018, she launched a public foundation, Stichting Solaris Onderzoek en Ontwikkeling that aims to help early-career researchers find new careers in industry. She also owns Welcome Solutions, a company developing new tools and practices to help professionals in navigating on the job market, and in finding/creating their dream jobs. In 2019, she authored a book entitled "What is out there for me? The landscape of post-PhD career tracks." In her free time, she blogs about science, careers, and whereabouts. Even though she chose to work in the open job market, she is still a researcher in her free time - and has a strong belief in the compatibility of science and entrepreneurship.