About Us

Leverage Your PhD To Transition Into A Meaningful, High-Paying Career

Welcome to Cheeky Scientist. Here, you will learn the following...

  • How to write the perfect industry resume
  • How to turn networking contacts into job referrals
  • How to create the perfect LinkedIn profile with our LinkedIn experts
  • How to be more confident in your interviewing and networking skills
  • What options you have outside of research
  • How to get recruiters and hiring managers to contact you
  • Where to find top unlisted jobs and how to choose the right job for you

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Current unemployment rates after graduating with a PhD (The Atlantic)...

Cheeky Scientist's Mission

Only 2% of Fortune 500 CEOs have PhDs (StatisticBrain Report).
Our mission is to increase this number to 51%.

Cheeky Scientist’s goals...

  • Place 1,000,000 PhDs into industry positions.
  • Support all PhD programs in providing industry training to their PhD students, postdocs, and researchers.
  • Enact change that requires all government-funded principal investigators and academic advisors to receive management and financial training.

PhD industry career survey data (936 PhDs polled)…

Creator & President of of the Focus & Behavioral Health Institute

Treating & Curing Neurodegenerative Diseases in Children

We are the home of the Cheeky Scientist Association – the world’s #1 non-academic career training program for PhDs.

The Association is a private network of over 4,000 PhDs who are in non-academic careers or who are seeking non-academic careers from over 32 different countries.

We Have Placed Associates in over 100 different top companies including...

The Association is full of real PhDs who have transitioned into top industry jobs and who meet virtually and in person all over the world.

Arya Ashok, Ph.D.

Project Leader Translational Oncology at Champions Oncology

Hear From Current Associates

Arya’s background is in life sciences as a biological scientist and she had been uploading resumes online for 6 months before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as Project Leader of Translational Oncology. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

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Publisher top industry transition ebooks...

Published in top media like Nature, New Scientist, and The Guardian…

Over 100,000 social media followers (60,000 fans on Facebook alone). Join the community here…

Meet The Cheeky Scientist Management Team...

Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Founder
Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
Laura Anderson
Chief Executive Officer
Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.
Catherine Sorbara, Ph.D.
Chief Operations Officer
Jackie L. Johnson, Ph.D
Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.
General Manager
Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.
Sarah Rodrigues, Ph.D.
Assocation Program Manager
Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D.
Ann Grosse, Ph.D.
Association Program Manager

Meet the Cheeky Scientist consulting team…

Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.
Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.
Jackie L. Johnson, Ph.D
Jackie L. Johnson, Ph.D
Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.
Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.
Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D.
Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D.
Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.
Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.
Sarah Rodrigues, Ph.D.
Sarah Rodrigues, Ph.D.
Ann Grosse, Ph.D.
Ann Grosse, Ph.D.
Amy Heffernan, PhD.
Amy Heffernan, PhD.
Michael Smith, M.B.A.
Michael Smith, M.B.A.
Aja Davis, M.B.A., M.Sc.
Aja Davis, M.B.A., M.Sc.
Karin Weigelt, Ph.D.
Karin Weigelt, Ph.D.
James McCracken, Ph.D.
James McCracken, Ph.D.
Ping Lu, Ph.D.
Ping Lu, Ph.D.

How to bring us to your company, university, institute, or nonprofit organization.

If you’re interested in bringing Cheeky Scientist to your organization for an industry training seminar or workshop, just submit your name and email below. You can also contact us at info@cheekyscientist.com. Our annual calendar fills up quickly so contact us in the early stages of your seminar or workshop organization process.

FAQ

IS CHEEKY SCIENTIST AND THE CHEEKY SCIENTIST ASSOCIATION REAL OR IS THIS A SCAM?

Yes, Cheeky Scientist and the Cheeky Scientist Association is real, and the results are real. We get this question a lot, which make sense for two reasons. First, PhDs and other high-level academics are logical professionals. Many of them have been stuck in academia for a long time and have been led to believe that they do not have many viable career options outside academia. As a result, when these professionals see our assertions about how valuable PhDs are and how they can easily get into high-paying and meaningful non-academic careers, it seems somewhat unbelievable. Second, the results simply seem too good to be true. As one Associate said, “The video testimonials were so positive and successful, I didn’t believe them. Thankfully, I joined anyway.”

The data doesn’t lie, as they say - if you look at our many video testimonials here and our many written testimonials here, you will see that dozens and dozens of PhDs have willingly put their names, faces, and professional reputations behind Cheeky Scientist and Cheeky Scientist’s programs. As a PhD, you know that this is very rare. If you are still concerned about how real Cheeky Scientist is, you can reach out directly to any of the many Associates and professionals who have gone through our programs on LinkedIn and ask them for yourself. Just enter “Cheeky Scientist” into your LinkedIn search bar and you’ll be able to find an Associate to talk to directly, or just look for this Association Graduate LinkedIn profile badge...

HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE CHEEKY SCIENTIST ASSOCIATION CURRENTLY HAVE INDUSTRY JOBS?

Over 20% of Associates currently have industry jobs. Most of the remaining Associates are PhD students and postdocs who are at various stages of the transition process, from identifying the right industry position for them, to networking and generating, to interviewing and negotiating job offers.

I AM A NON-STEM PHD. IS CHEEKY SCIENTIST STILL RIGHT FOR ME?

While our program does have a STEM slant, we have thousands of Cheeky Scientist Insiders and hundreds of Cheeky Scientist Associates who are not in STEM. In fact, 14% of our Associates have PhDs in the social sciences and 7% have PhDs in the humanities. The materials and strategies we teach are applicable across a range of industries, particularly because our clients are transitioning into jobs in a range in sectors. For instance, Associates have transitioned into top industry jobs in psychology, sociology, agriculture, design, cuisine, banking, pharma, electronics, and political science, to name a few. When we teach a strategy, the example story presented in the material might be of a STEM PhD, but you will be able to apply the scenario to yourself no matter what industry position you’re interested in. For example, if we are teaching you how to approach a recruiter correctly, the strategy you learn will be effective regardless of if you are seeking a research scientist position, a sociology position, or a marketing communications position.

I was concerned that there wouldn't be much value in the Cheeky Scientist Association for me. But I was wrong.

Kenli Urruty, Ph.D.

“I'm NOT a STEM PhD and I was concerned that there wouldn't be much value in the Cheeky Scientist Association for me. But I was wrong. As an Associate, I learned how to network properly and how to better spend my time. I also learned about the importance of referrals and was able to get a better sense of what options were available to me. What I enjoyed most about the Association was hearing stories from other PhDs, including what obstacles others are up against and how to overcome those obstacles. My favorite part of the program was being able to grow my network by connecting with the Association”s exclusive group. I got the tools I need to get the industry job I want and am happy I took a risk to join because really there was no risk.”

Kenli Urruty, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Diversity Coordinator

I’M FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY AND LOOKING FOR A JOB IN THE U.S., IS CHEEKY SCIENTIST STILL RIGHT FOR ME? OR I’M LOOKING FOR A JOB OUTSIDE OF THE U.S., IS CHEEKY SCIENTIST STILL RIGHT FOR ME?

Yes, we have thousands of Cheeky Scientist Insiders and hundreds of Associates from 32 different countries who have transitioned into jobs in 24 different countries, not just the U.S. We’ve also helped international PhDs get visa sponsorships for jobs in 11 different countries, not just the U.S.

I AM IN THE EARLY STAGES OF MY PHD PROGRAM. CAN CHEEKY SCIENTIST STILL HELP ME?

Yes, we have thousands of PhD students who are Cheeky Scientist Insiders and hundreds of PhD students who have joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and have successfully lined up industry jobs prior to graduation. ~22% of those in the Association are still in graduate school. On average, it takes PhD students 6 months to 2 years to line up a job in industry so PhD students should not wait to get approval to graduate to start their job search.

I HAVE A MSC DEGREE. CAN CHEEKY SCIENTIST STILL HELP ME?

Yes, we have hundreds of MSc holders who are Cheeky Scientist Insiders and many MSc holders in the Association who have transitioned successfully into industry positions. ~7% of those in the Association are MSc holders.

I AM NOT IN A PHD PROGRAM YET. CAN CHEEKY SCIENTIST STILL HELP ME?

Yes. For example, we have many people who are not in a PhD program yet in the Association. The value is that these people get to network with thousands of other PhDs and industry professionals prior to joining graduate school. In many cases, these people have received letters of recommendation from other Associates - letters that have helped them get into graduate programs.

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