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Isaiah Hankel, PhD
Isaiah Hankel, PhD Chief Executive Officer at Cheeky Scientist

Isaiah Hankel holds a PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology. An expert in the biotechnology industry, he specializes in helping other PhDs transition into cutting-edge industry career tracks.

Isaiah believes--from personal experience--that if you feel stuck somewhere in your life, it’s a clear sign that you need to make a change. Don’t sit still and wait for the world to tell you what to do. Start a new project. Build your own business. Take action. Experimentation is the best teacher.

Isaiah is an internationally recognized Fortune 500 consultant, CEO of Cheeky Scientist, and author of the straight-talk bestsellers Black Hole Focus and The Science of Intelligent Achievement.

Articles Written By Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Clinical Versus Non-Clinical R&D Jobs For PhDs

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he compares the highest paying clinical and non-clinical R&D industry roles available for PhDs Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why PhDs should explore the industry roles available to themNext, Isaiah reveals the clinical and non-clinical R&D jobs available for PhDs Finally, Isaiah describes the 6 high-paying clinical and non-clinical PhD job titles From This Week’s Show…  Why PhDs Must Explore The Industry Roles Available To Them You can’t hit a target that you never set. To build a transition plan you need to set a desired role. Therefore, approach the career plan…

Best Of Transition: PhD Jobs & Job Search Strategies, May 15th 2021

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week, we at Cheeky Scientist scour the Internet for the best articles on topics that help in the search for the Best of Transition: PhD Job Search in the industry. Our two consultants independently search for the most informative articles in the categories of networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and a top overall article for the week – if it’s a recent article that can help readers find and acquire PhD jobs, then we want to include it in this weekly digest.…

The Top 5 PhD Job Applicant Mistakes Marking You Dead-On-Arrival

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

In the beginning, you only bothered with applications for your dream industry postings.  They had openings. You have a PhD and the skills.  It seemed like an open-and-shut case. Days turned into weeks. Your phone never rang, and your inbox stayed empty. “They probably already filled the position before seeing my application. They can’t exactly backtrack after hiring someone.” You moved on to your second-tier choices, then third, and then whoever else had a relevant opening with a salary you could live with. Sadly, this is usually the point where most PhDs give up and sentence themselves to a resentful…

Where Do You Measure Up To The Average PhD Looking For A Job? (Data From 1,679 PhDs Reveals The Truth)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

My resume is above average. Certainly it’s at the mean. That was my belief when I started my job search. I’m way ahead of where I should be when it comes to transitioning into industry. I mean …I haven’t even graduated and I was already looking at options. That was another belief I had when I started my industry job search. Looking back, I’m amazed at how unscientific my approach was when it came to the most important thing in my life at the time – my career. In retrospect, I had no idea what I was doing. I was…

How Do You Compare To The Average Job Candidate? (1,679 PhDs Surveyed)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he reveals how do PhDs compare to the average job candidate Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why PhDs should know how they compare to the average job candidate Next, Isaiah reveals the major disconnect points between PhDs’ beliefs and the PhD job search processFinally, Isaiah discusses how PhDs compare against the average job candidate From This Week’s Show…  Why PhDs Should Compare Themselves Against The Measuring Stick  You’re going to get a measuring stick today. You will be able to see if you measure up to what the average job candidate is…

Best Of Transition: PhD Jobs & Job Search Strategies, May 8th 2021

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week, we at Cheeky Scientist scour the Internet for the best articles on topics that help in the search for the Best of Transition: PhD Job Search in the industry. Our two consultants independently search for the most informative articles in the categories of networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and a top overall article for the week – if it’s a recent article that can help readers find and acquire PhD jobs, then we want to include it in this weekly digest.…

Salaries For 43 PhD Industry Jobs (The Highest Paying Job Is No Surprise)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

PhDs are increasingly being hired in the top-paying jobs across industries. So, there is no reason for you to stay stuck in academia where PhD salaries are stagnant or plummeting. The U.S. National Institute of Health reports a starting annual salary of US $37,740 for academic postdocs and a study published in Nature reported a starting salary of US $23,660 — the minimum wage set by the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act.  Even with the current inflation, the average salaries for postdocs are below $49,999 per year. This means that rent and prices of other day to day products and…

How To Get Hired Into A Product Management Position – The 12 PhD Skills You Need To Showcase

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah and Gunnar as they reveal the strategies PhDs need to get hired into product management roles Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode on product management roles… First, Isaiah explains what is a product management role and how it is different from user experience researcher and other popular rolesNext, Isaiah and Gunnar reveal why PhDs are preferred for product management roles Finally, Isaiah discusses the strategies for PhDs to get hired in product management positions and the skills needed What Defines A Product Management Role Product management roles are ubiquitous in industry across all sectors. There is a huge …

Best Of Transition: PhD Jobs & Job Search Strategies, May 1st 2021

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week, we at Cheeky Scientist scour the Internet for the best articles on topics that help in the search for the Best of Transition: PhD Job Search in the industry. Our two consultants independently search for the most informative articles in the categories of networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and a top overall article for the week – if it’s a recent article that can help readers find and acquire PhD jobs, then we want to include it in this weekly digest.…

How To Find Great Companies Hiring PhDs Now (+Take The First Step)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

I thought I was doing what PhDs were “supposed” to do. After 10 years of hard work, I was reaching a major milestone: my thesis.  But, in the back of my mind, I knew I was treating my thesis like a means to an end. How could I not? I was a 32-year-old student, who had never actually worked a day in the field, turning over stones for a groundbreaking discovery.  Sure, I knew my stuff and had confidence (I was a PhD after all). But there’s a certain type of confidence that you can only earn through the mundane…

5 Infuriating Reasons Why The PhD Crisis In Academia Is About To Get Worse

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

There is a crisis in academia. PhD salaries are stagnant. The economy is facing inflation, yet PhD salaries are dropping. One of the worst mistakes you can make in your professional career is staying in academia beyond your PhD. The sooner you realize this, the better it is for your career and your overall future. PhDs are exceedingly valuable in industry. During your time in graduate school, you acquired mastery over a field of study. You learned how to research, analyze, innovate, and present data. Furthermore, you  learned to innovate and push the boundaries of knowledge.   You amassed skills such…

Average Salaries Of 45-PhD-Level Careers Reviewed

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he reveals the average salaries of the most popular PhDs-level industry roles  Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why PhDs need to know which are the high paying PhD salariesNext, Isaiah reveal why PhDs shy away from these high paying roles Finally, Isaiah discusses the average salaries of some popular industry PhD-level roles From This Week’s Show…  Why PhDs Should Compare Salaries Salary is not everything but it can help you in terms of a reference point. I’m going to talk about salaries across the categories of jobs that are available to you.…