Alex Woychek, PhD, MPH
Alex Woychek, PhD, MPH

Alex Woychek, PhD, MPH is an innovative research scientist with expertise in molecular biology, cell culture, and microscopy. She has many accolades, including 2 first-author publications, a best abstract award, a Teaching Excellence award, and 3 travel awards. After receiving her PhD, she successfully transitioned directly into a FAS position without doing a post-doc.

Articles Written By Alex Woychek, PhD, MPH

5 Reasons Why You Should Transition Into An Application Scientist Role Today

By: Alex Woychek, PhD, MPH

During my third year of graduate school I realized that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life writing grants. I enjoyed teaching but at the bench side one-on-one, not in a giant lecture hall. It became clear to me that I was not destined to be a professor, I didn’t want to chase a tenure track position I was likely never going to get, nor would really enjoy.  At the same time, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I came from a small University, where networking was nearly impossible. I was surrounded only by…

What Is An Application Scientist & How To Become One

By: Alex Woychek, PhD, MPH

Application scientists help customers use and apply a company's products. As ASBMB indicates, it’s very common to find job postings for application scientist positions that ask specifically for PhDs. And in most cases, application scientists will need to hold a doctoral degree. This is because they’re experts who draw from heavy science experience to use and teach others about complex products. Usually, science application happens in a STEM field like engineering or biotechnology. Science-based companies like Thermo-Fisher represent the sort of employer that needs PhDs who can interact directly with customers on their behalf. These customers won’t usually be laypeople…