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The Cheeky Scientist Association is the world’s largest job search training platform specifically for helping PhDs get hired into industry careers. It’s also the world’s largest PhD-only job referral network. Learn more about joining below.


Top Industry Career Ebooks

Top 20 Industry Jobs For PhDs

Isaiah Hankel, PhD & Arunodoy Sur, PhD

Learn about the top 20 industry careers for PhDs (regardless of your academic background). In this eBook, you will gain insight into the most popular, highest-paying jobs for PhDs – all of which will allow you to do meaningful work AND get paid well for it.

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Industry Resume Guide For PhDs

Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Learn how to craft the perfect industry resume to attract employers. In this eBook for PhDs, you will get access to proven resume templates, learn how to structure your bullet points, and discover which keywords industry employers want to see most on PhD resumes.

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Salary Negotiation For PhDs

Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Learn advanced salary negotiation strategies for PhDs. In this eBook, you will learn how to set your “walkaway number,” spot “appeal-to-authority” tactics,  and avoid “muddying the waters.” You will also learn the one question that can your salary by as much as $10,000.

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Top 20 Transferable Skills For PhDs

Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Learn the top 20 transferable skills that industry employers ranked as “most important” for PhDs to include on their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. In this eBook, you will learn to start speaking the language of industry so that hiring software algorithms and hiring managers will notice you.

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Informational Interviews For PhDs

Isaiah Hankel, PhD & Jeanette Mcconnell

Learn how to set up and execute informational interviews with PhDs and other professionals working in industry. In this eBook, you will learn exactly which questions to ask during an informational interview and how to turn that interview into a successful job referral.

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Top 40 Networking Scripts For PhDs

Isaiah Hankel, PhD & Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Learn how to get replies from top employers and recruiters as a PhD. This eBook will show you the exact words and phrases to use when following up after phone screens, video interviews, site visits, informational interviews, networking meetups, salary negotiations, and more.

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Career Training Programs

Cheeky Scientist Association

Get access to the world’s largest PhD-only industry job search training platform and private PhD-only job referral network.

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Get access to MBA-level training and a network of MBAs so you can transition into management-level position in industry.

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Get access to top PhD entrepreneurs, business owners and investors in this world class startup training program. 

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Medical Science Liaison Alliance

Get access to top PhD MSLs and MSL hiring managers in this advance program so you can get hired into a top MSL position.

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R&D Society

Get access to PhDs at the world’s largest R&D companies in this advanced program so you can get hired into a top R&D position.

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Medical Writing Organization

Get access to top Medical Writers in industry in this award-winning training program so you can get hired as a Medical Writer.

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International PhD Community

Get access to top immigration lawyers and PhD expats in industry to learn the visa process and get hired in industry.

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Technical Training Programs

Expert Cytometry

Get access to expert training in flow cytometry, including real-time guidance by top flow cytometry scientists.

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Expert Microscopy

Get access to expert training in microscopy, including daily mentorship by microscopy experts across disciplines.

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Expert Sequencing

COMING SOON: Get access to expert training in next generation sequencing (NGS) by top NGS experts.

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Bring our award-winning career development training team to you. Our event team will help you set up a live seminar or webinar. Every live event includes free online training program memberships so attendees can continue to learn after the event.

Hiring Solutions


Are you an employer looking to hire hard-working, high-quality job candidates with exceptional research, analysis, problem solving and execution skills?

Get access to our carefully curated professional network of over 100,000 PhDs, including highly trained professionals in the life sciences, physical sciences, computer sciences, engineering, social sciences, education, economics, finance, business, humanities and more.


Most Popular Articles

A PhD Job Search—What’s Normal And What’s Not

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How To Write A PhD Thesis And Get A Job At The Same Time

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What To Do When Your Academic Advisor Mistreats You

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PhD Jobs: How To Transition From Academia Into Business

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Success Stories

Senior Representative

Alex Portillo, Ph.D.

Bruker Nano Surfaces

“I became a member of Cheeky Scientist after struggling for over 3 years to find a full-time teaching position in academia. After a ton of frustration, Cheeky gave me the…

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Evidence Evaluation Specialist

Swetha Arikatla, Ph.D.

Smith & Nephew

“I joined Cheeky Scientist hoping to transition into a new career path. Suffice it to say… I did it! I currently work as an evidence evaluation specialist – a position…

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Evidence Evaluation Manager

Rebba Casteel, Ph.D.

Smith & Nephew

“Cheeky Scientist helped me overcome the challenges I faced in my job search. I learned how to successfully transition into my current position as an evidence evaluation manager at Smith…

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Technical Director

Ron Hunter, Ph.D.

Mérieux NutriSciences

“I needed to overcome my personal version of imposter syndrome in order to pursue the career and lifestyle I wanted. It wasn’t easy, but the folks at Cheeky Scientist made…

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Research Scientist

Harshavardhan Sundar, Ph.D.


“I didn’t know how to best prepare for my transition into industry, so I struggled to shift out of my long-held academic mindset. Everything changed once I became a member…

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Central Monitoring Associate

Lois-May Young, Ph.D.

Lois-May Young

“With a 6-year career gap in my resume due to starting a family, I didn’t know how to begin my job search. But then I joined Cheeky Scientist, and I…

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Software Engineer

Camillia Smith Barnes, Ph.D.


“Before Cheeky Scientist, I had never worked outside of academia. I didn’t even know how to begin my industry job search. CS has changed my life for the better –…

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Data Scientist

Marios Tsatsos, Ph.D.

Clarivate Analytics

“I was struggling to find the right career path to match my goals and lifestyle. When I decided to join Cheeky Scientist, I discovered the data scientist career path and…

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Licensing Manager

Ananda Gosh, Ph.D.

Langone Health

“I’m a Biochemist with a background in Zoology. I was one of those PhDs who thought he was only qualified for bench positions. Cheeky Scientist showed me that wasn’t true…

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Program Manager

Arya Ashok, Ph.D.

AVM Biotechnology

“I had been uploading resumes online for 6 months with no success before joining Cheeky Scientist. It turns out there is a right way–and a wrong way–to build out a…

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Communication Associate

Sherri Ter Molen, Ph.D.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

“I was frustrated after spending months on job applications and receiving no response to my job search efforts. I finally joined Cheeky Scientist, and now I’m a communication associate for…

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Director of Science Outreach

Alexis Paez, Ph.D.


“I knew I didn’t want to do lab work forever, but I didn’t know how to target a different path in my job search. Cheeky Scientist helped me articulate the…

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Social Media Analyst

Regina Gonda, Ph.D.

Bakamo Social

“I’m a PhD in Archaeology, and thanks to Cheeky Scientist, I’m also a Social Media Analyst with Bakamo Social! CS showed me you can land the industry career of your…

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Senior Consultant

Patricia Silva, Ph.D.

Monmouth Partners Ltd.

“A year before completing my PhD, I got a head start on my industry transition process and joined Cheeky Scientist.  I’m a senior consultant in healthcare analytics at Monmouth Partners,…

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Medical Science Liaison

Elisa Maria Guimarães-Souza, Ph.D.

The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

“I joined Cheeky Scientist because I was struggling to find fulfillment in academia. I knew she needed to improve my networking skills to transition into industry, but had no idea…

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Associate Director

Ann Grosse, Ph.D.

Scholar Rock

I was feeling stuck in my job search, unsure of where to start or how to market myself to industry employers. Now, I hold a top position as an associate…

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Associate Manager

Clare Chang, Ph.D.

dMed Biomedical Company.

I joined Cheeky Scientist after submitting my resume to countless companies. I had been hoping for a fulfilling career, but no luck. With the help of the CS community, I…

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Senior Research Scientist

Christopher Drummond, Ph.D.

Charles River Laboratories

“Before I became a Cheeky Scientist member, I had applied to over 200 positions online. No successes. Cheeky Scientist showed me I had what it took to get a position…

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Managing Consultant

Priyasri Shotton, Ph.D.

Lilly Pharmaceuticals

“I faced constant rejection – inundated with misinformation about my job search. I thought I was supposed to HIDE my PhD on my resume… Cheeky Scientist was exactly what I…

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Field Application Scientist

Alex Woycheck, Ph.D.


“As a Cellular and Molecular Biology PhD, I struggled a lot with impostor syndrome. I didn’t have confidence. Cheeky Scientist changed all of that for me. I mastered the Cheeky…

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Project Manager

Jessica Kishimoto, Ph.D.

Chatham Labs

“I am a Medical Biophysics PhD who joined Cheeky Scientist after struggling to establish an industry career. I was so passionate about joining industry, but things just weren’t working out….

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Principal Chemist

Gabriele Dadalt Souto, Ph.D.

Oriflame Cosmetics

“I have a PhD in Nanotechnology, and I guess you could say I had a scattered approach to my job search before becoming a Cheeky Scientist member. I learned to…

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Client Manager

Arsalan Daudi, Ph.D.

Coleman Research

“My PhD background is in the life sciences, with a specialization in biotechnology. It used to be that I never heard back from employers. Cheeky Scientist showed me how to…

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User Experience Researcher

Christopher Lirette, Ph.D.

The Home Depot

“Wow. I didn’t even have the right mindset to approach industry. Cheeky Scientist changed all that. I learned to leverage my transferable skills and worked as hard as I could…

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Principal Scientist

Fred Westhorpe, Ph.D.

CuraSen Therapeutics

“I’m a biochemist, and before joining Cheeky Scientist, I didn’t understand the power of networking. Cheeky gave me the tools I needed to fully engage with professionals in my field….

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Medical Science Liaison

Huey Wen Lee, Ph.D.


“I didn’t even know how to write an industry resume before joining Cheeky Scientist… Fast-forward – now I’m a medical science liaison, an incredible position in a rapidly growing career…

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Senior Manager

Jeannette Stankowski, Ph.D.


“I never got past initial phone interviews in my job search process before joining Cheeky Scientist. It’s surreal to think that I’m now a senior manager in the medical science…

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Scientific Consultant

Ravikiran Ravulapalli, Ph.D.

Sanofi Pasteur

“I thought I couldn’t land a great industry position with only academic experience… Until I became a Cheeky Scientist program member. Now I’m in the position I’ve always wanted to…

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Strategy & Communications Director

Yousuf Ali, Ph.D.


“I applied to every industry position with the exact same resume before becoming a Cheeky Scientist program member. I first transitioned into industry as a Medical Science Liaison, and now…

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Scientific Editor

Francisco Mora, Ph.D.

Cactus Communications

“I was afraid that my PhD background was too niche to be valuable in industry. However, after joining Cheeky Scientist and becoming a member, I learned how to leverage my…

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Research Scientist

Giuseppe Allegretta, Ph.D.


“My resumes and job applications were constantly being rejected before becoming a Cheeky Scientist program member. Now I’m in a prestigious industry position as a Research Scientist. I am grateful…

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Scientific Support Specialist

Perrine Friedel, Ph.D.

Polyplus-Transfection S.A.

“I recommend Cheeky Scientist to all PhDs because Cheeky Scientist’s programs helped me develop my job search strategy and learn the transferable skills I needed to get hired. Now, I’m…

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Medical Science Liaison

Yuri Klyachkin, Ph.D.


“Thanks to Cheeky Scientist, I went from being unemployed to one of the highest paying positions in industry. Before Cheeky Scientist, I did two post-docs and ended up unemployed. I…

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Field Sales Specialist

Yahfi Talukdar, Ph.D.

Biosense Webster

“I was struggling to find success in my industry job search before becoming a Cheeky Scientist program member. Cheeky Scientist provided the momentum and networking community I needed to land…

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Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.
Research Scientist

Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.


“I found myself in a period of career ambivalence before becoming a Cheeky Scientist member. Cheeky Scientist’s programs motivated me to re-visit my industry transition plan, invest in my career…

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Senior Purification Scientist

Abhay Thakur, Ph.D.

Pall Corporation

“Cheeky Scientist helped me perfect my LinkedIn profile, strengthen my salary negotiation skills, and land a top industry position as a Senior Scientist. I highly recommend Cheeky Scientist’s programs to…

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Jackie Johnson
Managing Director

Jackie Johnson, Ph.D.

JLJ Consultancy

“Cheeky Scientist helped me target my job search and land multiple job offers from large companies, which I was able to leverage into creating my dream career. Now, I’m running…

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Maxwell Caughron
Program Manager

Maxwell Caughron, Ph.D.


“I knew I wanted to leave the academic track I was on, but I didn’t know where to begin to target an industry position. Cheeky Scientist provided me with the…

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