The Cheeky Scientist Association Gets PhDs Like You Hired In Industry

The World’s Largest PhD-Only Job Search Training Platform & Best PhD-Only Job Referral Network

  • 60% of all PhDs end up unemployed at some point in their career (Nature)
  • The average postdoc length is 6-10 years across multiple postdocs (Royal Society)
  • PhDs who do postdocs make less money and achieve less overall in their careers compared to PhDs who do not do postdocs (Nature Biotechnology)
  • Full-time professorships are at an all-time low because they are being replaced by low-paying adjunct professorships (Science)
  • The academic system is broken. PhDs are not valuable in academia but they are very valuable in industry
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Success Stories

Fred Westhorpe, PhD

Fred Westhorpe, PhD

Principal Scientist
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. Now I'm a principal scientist at CuraSen. I had the potential, but Cheeky Scientist showed me how to access it.

Gabriela Henriques, PhD

Gabriela Henriques, PhD

Scientist
CPI

I was threatened with losing my PhD. I felt like I wasn't worthy of my Marie Curie Fellowship. My dream career felt like a nightmare. Thankfully, I had this association to guide me. I followed all the CSA modules and advice, and in 3 months, I got my first job offer!

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Data Scientist
Itron

The postdoc position I was at didn't really provide the kind of professional support and resources that I needed. CSA provided concrete guidance. It definitely provided me with a network, it provided me with a way to forge my own path.

Huey Wen Lee, PhD

Huey Wen Lee, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Ipsen

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 field for PhDs. I can't understate the difference between my new career and my old academic lifestyle.

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

R&D Engineering
B9Creations, LLC

Having a strategy that helps motivate you and takes you through these steps and also helps you realize how much help you can get, it's really overwhelming at first. There's so much positive help. Just the private group by itself is worth the investment and worth the time.

Asjad Alim, PhD

Asjad Alim, PhD

Plant Breeder
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

My new boss started saying that Postdocs are very expensive. He was searching some cheap options (PhD students). They'd already used my project's money on other projects without my knowledge. That was the point I started thinking options outside academia... And CSA is where it started

Alyssa Johnston, PhD

Alyssa Johnston, PhD

Senior MSL
NS Pharma

The biggest struggles I had were just finding resources and people to talk to. I thought the private group was one of the best things about joining the Association. It's a place where people are lifting each other up and helping each other and that was great.

Jeannette Stankowski, PhD

Jeannette Stankowski, PhD

Senior Manager
Biogen

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 liaison field at Biogen. Resumes, networking, negotiations... Cheeky Scientist knows how to get you into the job of your dreams.

Ravikiran Ravulapalli, PhD

Ravikiran Ravulapalli, PhD

Scientific Consultant
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 be as a Scientific Consultant and I have Cheeky Scientist to thank.

Ralph Hazlewood, PhD

Ralph Hazlewood, PhD

Associate Manager
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

CSA taught me that in industry, it's all about moving a project forward. It's about showing employers you can succeed. You really have to change your mindset in a job search. Don't take for granted all the experience you have!

Danka Kozareva, PhD

Danka Kozareva, PhD

Technician/Scientist
Transpharmation Ireland

I started following Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and was receiving a lot of really useful information like the CV Guide, the Transferable Skills Guide. One of the people on the team was very responsive to my emails, very interested in my personal situation, and she then sent me the Industry Guide, which was extremely helpful. I had no idea what positions were out there or where to start.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Francisco Mora, PhD

Francisco Mora, PhD

Scientific Editor
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 background to get hired. Now, I'm a Scientific Editor and enjoy what I do every day. Thank you Cheeky Scientist.

Giuseppe Allegretta, PhD

Giuseppe Allegretta, PhD

Research Scientist
BASF

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 for everything that Cheeky Scientist taught me and for the network that I continue to have access to through Cheeky Scientist.

Perrine Friedel, PhD

Perrine Friedel, PhD

Scientific Support Specialist
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 in a top position as a Scientific Support Specialist, working with a great industry team.

Dignesh Shah, PhD

Dignesh Shah, PhD

Associate Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Perspectum Ltd.

Maximize the benefits of CSA's resources, build and trust your strategy/road map for a transition, continue to learn from rejections, and always be ready for the interview!

Nicole Bowens, PhD

Nicole Bowens, PhD

Medical Writer
ASAP Medical Writing LLC

The Association and its members were vital in helping me to maintain focus, and they offer a wealth of insight and information. As is often said, 'Knowledge is power.

Farzana Alam, PhD

Farzana Alam, PhD

Scientist
Eagle Pharmaceuticals

CSA helped me to regain my faith in myself. I learned to build my resume, shape my LI profile, prepare for interviews, network, and negotiate.

Ron Hunter, PhD

Ron Hunter, PhD

Technical Director
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 it possible. I'm now happily employed as a technical director of chemistry at Merieux NutriSciences.

Harshavardhan Sundar, PhD

Harshavardhan Sundar, PhD

Research Scientist
Amazon

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 of Cheeky Scientist. Now I work in a top position at Amazon as a research scientist.

Lois-May Young, PhD

Lois-May Young, PhD

Central Monitoring Associate
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 successfully landed a top position as a central monitoring associate at a clinical research company in Australia.

Robert Hable, PhD

Robert Hable, PhD

PhD LDP
BASF

I was very stuck in academia. My mental health was at its lowest point - I had a hopeless mindset. CSA gave me hope that there was more outside of academia. The Association provided a great road map to career success.

Camillia Smith Barnes, PhD

Camillia Smith Barnes, PhD

Software Engineer
Google

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 - now, I'm a software engineer at Google. Pretty big difference. Cheeky Scientist made it possible, and they'll do the same for you.

Marios Tsatsos, PhD

Marios Tsatsos, PhD

Data Scientist
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 realized I actually had the skills required for the position. Now, I AM a Data Scientist - at a top company in London, UK.

Gabriel Villar, PhD

Gabriel Villar, PhD

Director of R&D and Quality Assurance
Koppert Biological Systems

I had been left in the dust by my academic institution. After joining CSA, everything was an 'A-ha' moment. The CSA platform was incredibly helpful and allowed me to hit the ground running as I applied to industry positions.

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Licensing Manager
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 at all. I'm a licensing manager and a patent agent, which roles I could not have obtained without Cheeky's help.

Minsu Kang, PhD

Minsu Kang, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Avanir Pharmaceuticals

With the things I learned in CSA, things started opening up to me in my job search. I started feeling more positive. The CSA network was incredible - what makes it different is how involved the other PhDs are.

Arya Ashok, PhD

Arya Ashok, PhD

Scientific Program Director
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 resume. Cheeky Scientist taught me the difference and so much more. These days, I'm a program manager at AVM Biotechnology.

Tao Wang, PhD

Tao Wang, PhD

R&D Chemist
Canadian Energy Services

Transitioning into industry is a life-and-death issue... You can't just 'do it next week' or 'try again next year.' In the CSA private group, most of the suggestions were really helpful. I really like how active the group is, and I like how selfless the other PhDs are.

Mariano Gonzalo, PhD

Mariano Gonzalo, PhD

Application Specialist
NanoTemper Technologies

In the beginning, I was skeptical of CSA. But once I joined and began doing the modules, my anxiety went away little by little. I realized other PhDs felt the same - everyone was depressed in academia, and it wasn't just me. It was natural, and CSA taught me how to fix my job search to get hired in industry.

Navein Arumugasaamy, PhD

Navein Arumugasaamy, PhD

Investigator
GSK

One of the first things I did after I joined was to go through the Cheeky transition plan. It really helped me rethink how I was approaching my career and what I wanted to actually do. I finally realized what I wanted to do with my career. I was able to focus my energy and be impactful in the world.

Shraddha Sharma, PhD

Shraddha Sharma, PhD

Research Scientist
Translate Bio

I wanted to explore the real world. I was sure that I wanted to be in industry, but I didn't know how to get there... Knowing my value as a PhD was an 'a-ha' moment. I got back my confidence after joining Cheeky.

Vidhi Thakkar, PhD

Vidhi Thakkar, PhD

Medical Writer
Smith & Nephew

I had joined CSA during my PhD and I have to thank Isaiah Luke Hankel for creating this lovely group.

Defne Us, PhD

Defne Us, PhD

Computer Tomography Imaging Expert
medPhoton GmbH

I had no idea how to transition into industry... It was helpful to see how similar [the Associates'] problems were. I wanted to give CSA a try, and I'm glad I did.

Shen Lin, PhD

Shen Lin, PhD

Principal Scientist
Spirovant Sciences, Inc.

I joined the CSA to connect with more like-minded scientists and to prepare for future roles in industry. The most useful part of the CSA has been learning about how to network effectively and using networks to my advantage to get the next job.

Samantha Shelton, PhD

Samantha Shelton, PhD

Technical Applications Scientist
10X Genomics

My mindset before joining the Association was very negative... The biggest thing CSA gave me was a boost in confidence--a boost in hope.

Evgeny Smirnov, PhD

Evgeny Smirnov, PhD

Material Scientist
Mighty Buildings

People in CSA are open-minded. They are very supportive. You can write whatever question you want, and they will give you 10 replies. This group really helps you to solve very complicated questions. They face it and share their knowledge of it.

Giuseppe Lonetto, PhD

Giuseppe Lonetto, PhD

Giuseppe Lonetto, Ph.D.
Altran

I didn't know what was out there for PhDs... I was kind of lost. I was really struggling to find my direction. The Association provides tons of videos, slides, and you actually get a strategy for how to approach the job market. I learned how to assemble everything  - that's when I saw potential.

Yamina Berchiche, PhD

Yamina Berchiche, PhD

Sr. Scientist
Generate Biomedicines, Inc.

I didn't know what my value was. Once I found CSA existed, I finally realized that my training was valuable. I was able to use the Cheeky career map to get a job... Everyone in CSA is there to learn - they're very supportive.

Sarah Rodrigues, PhD

Sarah Rodrigues, PhD

Customer Consultant / Research Solutions
Elsevier

When I joined Cheeky, I started to think about where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. I was able to work backwards and form a strategy - I wasn't a victim anymore. Your PI is not responsible for your success... You are.

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Recruitment Officer
Emeritus Research

I knew that I needed to have aa well-developed strategy in order to be successful. When I joined the Association, I was very far off from a real job search. But having access to CSA's network was huge.

Prasad Subramaniam, PhD

Prasad Subramaniam, PhD

Research Scientist
Bristol-Myers Squibb

I had a resume, but there are certain strategies that get you ahead of the crowd - strategies I hadn't been using. In CSA, I learned to think from the perspective of industry. The CSA private group was a very perceptive community, and you had a lot of insightful answers from other PhDs when you asked a question.

Lana Itskovich, PhD

Lana Itskovich, PhD

Clinical Research Coordinator
Pain Management Center

I had been told my position was out of funding. It was at that time I saw a CSA post on Facebook describing industry transitions. I realized that if other PhDs could do it, I could do it too.

Sherri Ter Molen, PhD

Sherri Ter Molen, PhD

Communication Associate
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

I'm a more experienced PhD but still got hired because of Cheeky Scientist. Before joining, 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 the NCSBN. I just can't believe I didn't join Cheeky sooner.

Nikolett Biel, PhD

Nikolett Biel, PhD

Pharmacology/Toxicology Reviewer
FDA

I just went for it. I said, if I'm not going to invest in myself, no one else is going to. I'm going to take a chance and see what this is all about. Maybe I'll learn a little bit, maybe I'll learn a lot, who knows. And within a couple of days I knew I made the right decision.

Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Editor
Royal Society of Chemistry

Cheeky Scientist and Isaiah really helped me to see that I did have value, and I did have value for companies outside of doing just bench research. Because I'd really come to the conclusion that that was not something I wanted to do, but I struggled that I didn't have the skills to do anything else. In academia I had no work/life balance, and in joining Cheeky Scientist I gained that work/life balance back.

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Research Scientist
Estée Lauder

I'm very, very happy with my overall experience with the Cheeky Scientist Association. For me, joining the Association was the perfect timing when I was trying to get into industry. It was the perfect place at the perfect time to start learning how to effectively transition into the private sector.

Alexis Paez, PhD

Alexis Paez, PhD

Field Director
NeuroNexus

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 type of career and lifestyle I wanted. Now, I hold an industry position as director of science outreach at NeuroNexus.

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Celegene

I got an offer about two weeks ago and I’m transitioning to a Medical Science Liaison role. It was a good break for me, but I couldn't have done it without Cheeky Science Association and all the guidance and the blueprint they provided for me.

Regina Gonda, PhD

Regina Gonda, PhD

Social Media Analyst
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 choice, regardless of your PhD background.

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Research Scientist
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

I've always been a lifelong academic, and I was just ready to break out of the ivory tower and do more meaningful and more impactful work. Having access to all the Cheeky Scientist resources enabled me to immediately take the actions that would lead to my eventual job offer.

Hank Cheng, PhD

Hank Cheng, PhD

Therinibio
Scientist II

I was alarmed to realize how many people were stuck in postdocs. CSA's call to action encouraged me to be accountable and take responsibility.

Marylen Rimando, PhD

Marylen Rimando, PhD

Research Scientist
IHRC

First, what I really liked about Cheeky Scientist was how supportive everybody is. All the materials were great, but I think the one thing that really stuck with me was the transition plan. It really lets you look at yourself where you are now, and look at where you want to go, and then develop a strategic plan to get to that point.

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Health Science Policy Analyst
NIH

I saw Cheeky Scientist on Facebook, Linkedin and I decided to give it a shot and that's what I did. It's like a leap of faith, you really don't know but I just did it anyways and I am so grateful I did, I met a lot of people.

David Pereira, PhD

David Pereira, PhD

Lead Research Scientist
Phase Scientific International

Having Cheeky Scientist as a resource was definitely helpful, just being so supportive and how responsive everyone was, it was great seeing that consistency. I think Cheeky Scientist definitely took the time to address every question that pops us. I like that Cheeky Scientist is not just saying things but actually doing it, Cheeky Scientist is doing what they're preaching.

Presheet Patkar, PhD

Presheet Patkar, PhD

Competitive Intelligence Analyst
EmPartners

I started talking to other Cheeky Scientist members and I received nothing but extremely positive feedback, not just about the organization but everything from top to the middle management to everyone who's trying to break into a role. The feedback was just so amazing.

Patricia Silva, PhD

Patricia Silva, PhD

Senior Consultant
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, Ltd. I had the education and talent, but CS made it all possible by showing me how to apply it to industry.

Aaron Kellogg, PhD

Aaron Kellogg, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Shire Pharmaceutical

I was finishing a training grant and had started looking for industry jobs, and was getting absolutely nowhere. So I started looking around for recruiters or anybody I could talk to to get training on how to make that transition. [Cheeky Scientist's] focus on how to make an industry resume instead of an academic resume, seeing the before and after of my resume, there was a big divide between what I was putting out and what I should've been putting out.

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Executive Director of Research and Planning
American Campus Mauritius

The first thing that struck me was that I'm not the only one who has been in this situation. You really feel connected right away. There were so many people already in the Cheeky Scientist Association with experience I could learn from.

Elisa Maria Guimarães-Souza, PhD

Elisa Maria Guimarães-Souza, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
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 where to start. CSA, showed me the way. I'm now a medical science liaison.

Ann Grosse, PhD

Ann Grosse, PhD

Associate Director
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 director of alliance management and business development for Scholar Rock. Don't hesitate to become a Cheeky member - it's worth it.

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Equity Research Biotech
H.C. Wainwright & Co.

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association and after joining the Association, there were two Anandas. Things changed very fast when I joined Cheeky, and the networking platform Cheeky has is excellent. I got really inspired, because you see so many people like you who are coming together and trying to help each other. Also the entire support staff is excellent.

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Data Scientist
Itron

I really liked that I was able to connect with a lot of other CSA members via Linkedin and get some information to reuse. Another thing that I did liked was not just the resume review but also people who would post their transition stories. That to me was really inspiring, almost like a blueprint.

Clare Chang, PhD

Clare Chang, PhD

Associate Manager
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 learned to confidently network and finally became an associate manager of medical writing at dMed Biomedical Company.

Ashley Zuniga, PhD

Ashley Zuniga, PhD

Clinical Project Manager

I was confident in my networking and my ability to speak with people outside of academia, but I had a lot of work to do to get my academic skill sets and my research translated into a very non-academic, non-research role. The other part was LinkedIn. I hadn't put a lot of thought into how important it was, and it turned out to be probably the most important tool.

Roshan Thomas Ramlal, PhD

Roshan Thomas Ramlal, PhD

Full-time CDC contract & two remote part-time/short-term writing CDC contracts.
CDC in the Office of Health Communications

The first tool that Cheeky Scientist provided was the career map and that really made a huge difference. It changed my perspective on how I was looking and it gave me a fresh start. That's what actually convinced me to join the program, I was getting value and wanted to see how I could go deeper in the program. The Facebook group also helped me, seeing what different experiences people were going to and if I had a question I would get an immediate response. That was really useful.

Christopher Frummond, PhD

Christopher Frummond, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
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 as a Senior Research Scientist. Become a member if you're ready to get hired in a top industry role.

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Priyasri Shotton, PhD

Priyasri Shotton, PhD

Managing Consultant
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 needed to turn my career around. Now, I work for one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Alex Woycheck, PhD

Alex Woycheck, PhD

Field Application Scientist
ChemoMetec

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 course materials and fully engaged with their private networking community. Long-story-short: Now I'm a field application scientist.

Jessica Kishimoto, PhD

Jessica Kishimoto, PhD

Project Manager
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. Cheeky Scientist quickly taught me the skills I needed to perfect my resume and negotiate a job offer for a higher salary.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Gabriele Dadalt Souto, PhD

Gabriele Dadalt Souto, PhD

Principal Chemist
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 refine my process and landed an amazing new position as a Principal Chemist at Oriflame Cosmetics. Extensive network, incredible people - Cheeky Scientist is highly recommended!

Arsalan Daudi, PhD

Arsalan Daudi, PhD

Client Manager
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 work smarter--not harder--and pave my own way to an industry job as a research associate.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Julia Isacescu, PhD

Julia Isacescu, PhD

Medical Writer
Own Company

There were a lot of layers I need it to really work through, the structure of the program addresses those things. You're really not alone, there was a lot of support in the network. There was a ridiculously amount of content that's just so rich, it's been an enriching experienced honestly. I learned a lot and I know I still have a lot to learn but I'm doing well.

Natalia Vtyurina, PhD

Natalia Vtyurina, PhD

Associate Consultant
ProPharma Group

All the advice from Cheeky Scientist was very very useful. I would get advice that I would never get from anyone else. Nobody was answering my emails and calls and only after joining Cheeky Scientist programs, it was almost like a miracle, something changed all that. I followed all the Cheeky Scientist advice and it worked out.

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Scientist
Meso Scale Diagnostics

I've gone to so many great meetups where I've gotten great pieces of advice that I've been able to implement, they've introduced me to people who have been crucial in keeping me motivated and focused during my job search. It's really encouraging, when it's a difficult time in your career and you're not sure how to move forward, to have all these people cheering you on.

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Irene Minkina, PhD

Irene Minkina, PhD

Medical Writer II
Clinical Thinking (Nucleus Global)

My biggest challenge was my mindset. My mindset was basically that I was garbage outside of academia, frankly. I didn't think I could do anything else, I didn't think I had transferable skills. I had an extremely limiting set of beliefs before I joined. It's not about your little tiny thing that you research, it's about all those transferable skills that any Ph.D. acquires as they go through their program.

Asjad Ali, PhD

Asjad Ali, PhD

Plant Breeder
Department of Primary Industries

My main challenges were my CV, networking, and having confidence in your PhD when looking for industry positions. I gained a lot of confidence from reading the materials from the Cheeky Scientist Association and talking with the support team.

Airama Albisa, PhD

Airama Albisa, PhD

Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Farmhispania Group. S.L.

For me the Association was helpful because I was able to see all the different paths available, other than just working in the lab. The private group was great because of all the information there, as well as the support from all the other people facing the same challenges you are.

Abha Chalpe, PhD

Abha Chalpe, PhD

Senior Knowledge Partner
Innoplexus

The primary difficulty I faced was not being able to get my resume through to HR. I would post my resume on a careers website or on the company's website itself, and I would never hear back. The Cheeky Scientist materials were incredibly helpful, especially in making my resume and LinkedIn profile.

Deepak Joshi, PhD

Deepak Joshi, PhD

Model Design Consultant
Taconic Biosciences

After doing postdocs for many years I realized that I am more inclined toward industry positions, but I really didn't know how to find a job. After joining the Association I was surprised to find a lot of people like me. I gained a lot of confidence and felt like I was not the only postdoc having these problems.

Swati Kunduri, PhD

Swati Kunduri, PhD

MSL
Chiesi

The private group was very instrumental, Cheeky Scientist has several groups and I joined the MSLA group and I think it's worth every penny. The leaders are great and there is accountability which you need. There's constant constructive feedback or anything that can help you improve so it was very effective.

Ralph Hazlewood, PhD

Ralph Hazlewood, PhD

Regeneron
Senior Manager

Once I joined Facebook and the community I realized the value. Where you can pitch an idea to someone and within a day you usually get 14-15 comments of advice. Most of the time they were great advice, it became a great avenue for advice and not only for application materials, resumes, etc. but also a mental health check. It was very uplifting. The advice and the commodity is genuine.

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Medical Science Liaison at
Biotheranostics, Inc.

Here I am with an offer for an MSL position. Words can not describe the rewarding feeling you have when you finally land the job that you have always wanted. This has been quite a journey, with many challenges and rejections, but being persistent and focusing on my goal has led me here. Special thanks to my MSLA comrades [in CSA].

Ranjani Muralidharan, PhD

Ranjani Muralidharan, PhD

Laboratory Manager
LSAI Labs, LLC

Through Cheeky Scientist, I came to know my worth as a PhD. I was working at an environmental remediation firm, which was no way related to my PhD. work. But as soon as I joined the group, the transition plan helped me realize where I want to be.

Jared D Hoffman, PhD

Jared D Hoffman, PhD

Medical writer
Medpace

In the Association, I met and talked with numerous awesome people both in-person and over the phone. I realized just how fun, rewarding, and helpful this can truly be. I cannot thank all of the people I talked with enough for your help and support!!

Supraja Narasimhan, PhD

Supraja Narasimhan, PhD

Clinical Research Scientist
Karyopharm Therapeutics, Inc.

Thanks to all the Cheekies who have supported the CSA private group and given so much to this community. Thank you!! There is still so much more to learn, and I hope to get back in the group and contribute.

Alex Portillo, PhD

Alex Portillo, PhD

Senior Representative
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 course materials to successfully transition into an industry career. I'm thrilled to report that I'm now a  senior representative at Bruker Nano Surfaces in California.

Damon Ng, PhD

Damon Ng, PhD

Senior Scientist, In Vivo
PsychoGenics

I wondered why my applications were going into a black hole. I'd never hear back, and a computer-generated email is the most I'd get from employers. When I discovered CSA, I attended some of the webinars, and it made sense to me. I finally learned why I'd never heard back from employers all that time.

Marie Catherine Wavreille, PhD

Marie Catherine Wavreille, PhD

User Experience Researcher
Google

I didn't really know what was outside of academia. I knew I didn't want to pursue the academic path, but I didn't know my options. I barely used LinkedIn, and I had no network. CSA helped me overcome these challenges. Now I work at Google as a UX researcher!

Galen Miller, PhD

Galen Miller, PhD

Senior Scientist
Horizon Discovery

The biggest part was letting go of my publications and presentations. CSA taught me I could turn them into numbers for industry to understand, and that was powerful.

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Amgen

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 received many rejections throughout my industry job search. Now, I'm a Senior Medical Science Liaison manager at Amgen. Thank you Cheeky Scientist for helping me escape the scarcity mentality of academia, learn the power of networking, and leverage my PhD to get my dream job for me and my family.

Tapan Kumar Nayak, PhD

Tapan Kumar Nayak, PhD

Field Application Scientist
Nanion Technologies

I got a position as an application scientist in one of the leading Electrophysiology automated devices company in NJ. It materialized purely due to networking (apart from being qualified, which many are!). It wouldn't have been possible without CSA.

Swetha Arikatla, PhD

Swetha Arikatla, PhD

Evidence Evaluation Specialist
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 I landed after responding to a job posting in the Cheeky Scientist private networking group.

Zahra Bahrami, PhD

Zahra Bahrami, PhD

Associate Scientist
23andMe Therapeutics

I realized during the first years of my PhD that academia was not for me. I convinced myself to join CSA, and I must say that it was one of the best decisions I have made in my life! I was amazed by the amount of resources and support that this excellent community provided.

Yahfi Talkukdar, PhD

Yahfi Talkukdar, PhD

Field Sales Specialist
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 a top industry position as a Clinical Account Specialist. Today, I work as a Field Sales Specialist for Biosense Webster. Thank you Cheeky Scientist!

Rebba Casteel, PhD

Rebba Casteel, PhD

Evidence Evaluation Manager
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 and Nephew. Cheeky Scientist opens up so many professional doors for PhDs...

Naomi Knoble, PhD

Naomi Knoble, PhD

Research Scientist
Evidera

I'm a social scientist and got hired with Cheeky Scientist. But before joining the Association, 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 and recognize my true value. I now hold a top position as a Research Scientist at Evidera and have Cheeky Scientist to thank.

Julie Dela Cruz, PhD

Julie Dela Cruz, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Eli Lilly

Before I joined the Association, I only applied to jobs online. I never heard back from anyone in industry, and I ended up in a second postdoc just to pay the bills. But through CSA, I learned how to network, and I cannot stress enough the power of networking. I had someone put my resume on the hiring manager's desk. Now I'm a medical science liaison at Eli Lilly.      

Jackie Johnson, PhD

Jackie Johnson, PhD

Managing Director
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 a Medical Writing consultancy and loving every minute of it.

Maxwell Caughron, PhD

Maxwell Caughron, PhD

Project Manager
Microsoft

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 supportive network and goal-setting strategies I needed to confidently pursue the best industry career path for my ideal professional lifestyle. I know hold a top position as a Project Manager at Microsoft.

Rinu Kooliyottil, PhD

Rinu Kooliyottil, PhD

Biological Scientist IV
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Before CSA, I never got a call for an interview. The resume I had was always that long format from academia. CSA helped me face this and other problems that were keeping me from getting hired. And the CSA network actually helped me land some interviews. You post questions in the private FB group and get answers so quickly! Everybody there is on the same page.

Sara Artusi, PhD

Sara Artusi, PhD

Scientist Platform Development
Krystal Biotech

When I first joined CSA, anything related to the job search caused of an unbearable amount of stress and anxiety I decided to take one step at a time, starting with CS webinars and the team’s suggestions. Before long, I received a formal job offer. I used CSA's tips for an effective negotiation and officially signed a contract!

Banu Mukund, PhD

Banu Mukund, PhD

Field Application Scientist
Beckman Coulter

I didn't even know I could go to professional conferences and events made for networking. My LinkedIn profile and resume needed help, and I was able to get help with those through CSA. I needed a peer group where I could share my experiences and questions with my peers: other PhDs. Luckily, I found that here in CSA!

Sangram Raut, PhD

Sangram Raut, PhD

Analyst
Reata Pharmaceuticals

My PI's funding was diminishing, and he asked me to look for a new job in the next 3-6 months. aI joined CSA and actively applied to positions using CSA strategies. Now, in my new industry position, I feel relieved, stress-free, and happy. My heartfelt gratitude to Team Cheeky and the resources they provide.

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Business Development Manager
CRO

Before joining Cheeky Scientist I didn't know how I was going to do this. Where do I even begin? So I saw Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and on LinkedIn and I thought, maybe I should give it a shot. It was a leap of faith but I did it anyway, and I'm so grateful I did.

Guillem Brandariz de Pedro, PhDs

Guillem Brandariz de Pedro, PhDs

Account Manager
Agilent Technologies

CSA's materials are very straightforward. I didn't know how many roles you can find in industry - academia is all about research and development. Rinse and repeat. But there is so much more than that. I was able to find an industry role that was more people-oriented where I can apply my PhD. It was very useful to be able to interact with people from the CSA community.

Nick Allen, PhD

Nick Allen, PhD

Application Scientist
Abacus dx

My biggest reservation was the misconception that I'd be turning my back on what I'd been doing for almost a decade, but that really hasn't been the case. A lot of the skills that I picked up during my studies have definitely helped me during this transition. I haven't been lacking in intellectual challenge in my new role, which was another thing I was quite afraid of.

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Analytical Scientist
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

The private group was the biggest plus that Cheeky Scientist offered. It was so supportive, so dynamic, and willing to help at a moment's notice. You can get 24/7 feedback on any material that you want feedback on, you can contribute and help other people, so it's such an amazing network.

About The Association

The Cheeky Scientist Association is the world’s largest PhD-only industry job search training platform and best PhD-only industry job referral network. When you become an Associate, you get access to our proven job search blueprint, which includes 200+ hours of training, interviews with industry PhDs working in the most popular careers for PhDs, lifetime access to a private job referral network of thousands of PhDs, and much more. You get instant feedback from our trainers 24/7 on any job search-related question so you can be 100% confident in your decisions about your job search and your overall career.

Here’s The Detailed Training You’ll Receive From The Cheeky Scientist Association...

A private, highly organized and optimized PhD-level job search blueprint, so you can stop wasting time searching through thousands of outdated articles online and stop wondering if other people’s advice is incorrect, biased, or both.

  • As soon as you join the Association, you get immediate access to your own private password-protected membership dashboard, which includes the Cheeky Scientist Core Training Program.
  • This training program includes over 100X training courses presented by our team of successful PhDs, MBAs and business professionals – all professionally organized into easily digestible modules.
  • The courses are recorded and archived for you to watch or re-watch whenever you want, at your own pace.

A personalized transition plan and transition map, so you can be 100% sure that you’re applying to the right job positions for your unique situation and your unique skills, even if you don’t know where to start in your job search and even if you don’t know what jobs are available.

  • All Associates get access to the award-winning Cheeky Scientist Industry Transition Plan (2nd Edition).
  • This plan takes you step-by-step through the process of figuring out exactly what career you want, what your career strengths are, and which job positions are a perfect fit for you.

Continued and cutting-edge advice from current industry professionals, so you can stop worrying about whether or not the information you’re learning about is up-to-date and correct, and so you can figure out which job positions are right for you even if you don’t know where to start.

  • All Associates get lifetime access to all new Cheeky Scientist training webinars. We host over 50 new training webinars each year with PhD professionals currently working in a wide array of industry positions, as well as with recruiters, hiring managers, resume experts, senior executives, and special guests who have leading-edge expertise in what it takes to get a non-academic job and be successful in industry.
  • You get access to our 40 industry position guide, which provides insider information on the top 40 non-academic positions for 2017, as well as how to determine which positions are right for you.
  • You also get access to hundreds of private documents and elite industry transition tips that are updated daily so you can be sure you’re always on the cutting edge of your job search and your overall career.

Private, instant, real-time feedback from our team of experts on any question you have related to your job search or to your unique situation, so you can be 100% confident in the decisions you’re making about your transition and your overall career.

  • This includes instant, real-time feedback on your industry resume, on generating job referrals, on interviewing, and on negotiating job offers.
  • By becoming an Associate, you will get lifetime access to our private Association community forum, which gives you direct contact with our Association management team and consultant team, as well as over 500 PhD industry professionals who are also in the private group.
  • You can ask questions, get support, and comment with the entire team of Cheeky Scientist experts in real-time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other Cheeky Scientist Associates that want to talk, network, and share information are waiting on the inside for you, right now.

Lifetime access to our private job referral network, so you can stop spending countless hours trying to figure out how to network with people you’ve never met and don’t know anything about – this group will ensure that you never have to cold contact anyone for a job again.

  • When you become an Associate, you get immediate access to our private, thriving community of 7,000 PhDs from 100+ different countries.
  • That’s right – you get immediate access to an existing network of PhDs who will support you in your job search and start giving you job referrals right away.
  • You will also get access to our new, private Members Directory so you can search for other Associates by their name, PhD background, career interests, location, and LinkedIn profile details.
  • When you become an Associate, you get immediate access to our private, thriving community of 7,000 PhDs from 100+ different countries.
  • That’s right – you get immediate access to an existing network of PhDs who will support you in your job search and start giving you job referrals right away.
  • You will also get access to our new, private Members Directory so you can search for other Associates by their name, PhD background, career interests, location, and LinkedIn profile details.

Increased visibility on LinkedIn so you can finally start being contacted by top employers.

  • Once you join the Association and finish your training, you will receive a custom, globally recognized Cheeky Scientist “Industry Trained” LinkedIn badge to put on your LinkedIn profile so our company partners and recruiting firm partners can quickly and easily find you and contact you.
  • As an Associate, you also get access to our full list of company and recruiting firm affiliates, including top recruiters and hiring managers that you can contact directly about industry jobs.

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Personalized Career Guidance For PhDs Like You

The Cheeky Scientist’s Association contains everything you will need to pursue a fulfilling career in your field of choice. Including…

  • A private, highly organized and optimized PhD-level job search blueprint, so you can stop wasting time searching through thousands of outdated articles online and stop wondering if other people’s advice is incorrect, biased, or both.
  • Lifetime access to our private job referral network of over 7,000 PhDs, so you can stop spending countless hours trying to figure out how to network with people you’ve never met and don’t know anything about – this group will ensure that you never have to cold contact anyone for a job again.
  • Private, instant, real-time feedback from our FULL team of experts on any question you have related to your job search or to your unique situation, so you can be 100% confident in the decisions you’re making about your transition and your overall career.
  • Continued and cutting-edge advice from current industry professionals, so you can stop worrying about whether or not the information you’re learning about is up-to-date and correct, and so you can figure out which job positions are right for you even if you don’t know where to start.
  • A personalized transition plan and transition map, so you can be 100% sure that you’re applying to the right job positions for your unique situation and your unique skills, even if you don’t know where to start in your job search and even if you don’t know what jobs are available.
  • Increased visibility on LinkedIn so you can finally start being contacted by top employers. Proven resume templates to get through Applicant Tracking System software. And much, much more.

Success Stories

Fred Westhorpe, PhD

Fred Westhorpe, PhD

Principal Scientist
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. Now I'm a principal scientist at CuraSen. I had the potential, but Cheeky Scientist showed me how to access it.

Gabriela Henriques, PhD

Gabriela Henriques, PhD

Scientist
CPI

I was threatened with losing my PhD. I felt like I wasn't worthy of my Marie Curie Fellowship. My dream career felt like a nightmare. Thankfully, I had this association to guide me. I followed all the CSA modules and advice, and in 3 months, I got my first job offer!

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Data Scientist
Itron

The postdoc position I was at didn't really provide the kind of professional support and resources that I needed. CSA provided concrete guidance. It definitely provided me with a network, it provided me with a way to forge my own path.

Huey Wen Lee, PhD

Huey Wen Lee, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Ipsen

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 field for PhDs. I can't understate the difference between my new career and my old academic lifestyle.

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

R&D Engineering
B9Creations, LLC

Having a strategy that helps motivate you and takes you through these steps and also helps you realize how much help you can get, it's really overwhelming at first. There's so much positive help. Just the private group by itself is worth the investment and worth the time.

Asjad Alim, PhD

Asjad Alim, PhD

Plant Breeder
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

My new boss started saying that Postdocs are very expensive. He was searching some cheap options (PhD students). They'd already used my project's money on other projects without my knowledge. That was the point I started thinking options outside academia... And CSA is where it started

Alyssa Johnston, PhD

Alyssa Johnston, PhD

Senior MSL
NS Pharma

The biggest struggles I had were just finding resources and people to talk to. I thought the private group was one of the best things about joining the Association. It's a place where people are lifting each other up and helping each other and that was great.

Jeannette Stankowski, PhD

Jeannette Stankowski, PhD

Senior Manager
Biogen

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 liaison field at Biogen. Resumes, networking, negotiations... Cheeky Scientist knows how to get you into the job of your dreams.

Ravikiran Ravulapalli, PhD

Ravikiran Ravulapalli, PhD

Scientific Consultant
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 be as a Scientific Consultant and I have Cheeky Scientist to thank.

Ralph Hazlewood, PhD

Ralph Hazlewood, PhD

Associate Manager
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

CSA taught me that in industry, it's all about moving a project forward. It's about showing employers you can succeed. You really have to change your mindset in a job search. Don't take for granted all the experience you have!

Danka Kozareva, PhD

Danka Kozareva, PhD

Technician/Scientist
Transpharmation Ireland

I started following Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and was receiving a lot of really useful information like the CV Guide, the Transferable Skills Guide. One of the people on the team was very responsive to my emails, very interested in my personal situation, and she then sent me the Industry Guide, which was extremely helpful. I had no idea what positions were out there or where to start.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Francisco Mora, PhD

Francisco Mora, PhD

Scientific Editor
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 background to get hired. Now, I'm a Scientific Editor and enjoy what I do every day. Thank you Cheeky Scientist.

Giuseppe Allegretta, PhD

Giuseppe Allegretta, PhD

Research Scientist
BASF

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 for everything that Cheeky Scientist taught me and for the network that I continue to have access to through Cheeky Scientist.

Perrine Friedel, PhD

Perrine Friedel, PhD

Scientific Support Specialist
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 in a top position as a Scientific Support Specialist, working with a great industry team.

Dignesh Shah, PhD

Dignesh Shah, PhD

Associate Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Perspectum Ltd.

Maximize the benefits of CSA's resources, build and trust your strategy/road map for a transition, continue to learn from rejections, and always be ready for the interview!

Nicole Bowens, PhD

Nicole Bowens, PhD

Medical Writer
ASAP Medical Writing LLC

The Association and its members were vital in helping me to maintain focus, and they offer a wealth of insight and information. As is often said, 'Knowledge is power.

Farzana Alam, PhD

Farzana Alam, PhD

Scientist
Eagle Pharmaceuticals

CSA helped me to regain my faith in myself. I learned to build my resume, shape my LI profile, prepare for interviews, network, and negotiate.

Ron Hunter, PhD

Ron Hunter, PhD

Technical Director
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 it possible. I'm now happily employed as a technical director of chemistry at Merieux NutriSciences.

Harshavardhan Sundar, PhD

Harshavardhan Sundar, PhD

Research Scientist
Amazon

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 of Cheeky Scientist. Now I work in a top position at Amazon as a research scientist.

Lois-May Young, PhD

Lois-May Young, PhD

Central Monitoring Associate
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 successfully landed a top position as a central monitoring associate at a clinical research company in Australia.

Robert Hable, PhD

Robert Hable, PhD

PhD LDP
BASF

I was very stuck in academia. My mental health was at its lowest point - I had a hopeless mindset. CSA gave me hope that there was more outside of academia. The Association provided a great road map to career success.

Camillia Smith Barnes, PhD

Camillia Smith Barnes, PhD

Software Engineer
Google

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 - now, I'm a software engineer at Google. Pretty big difference. Cheeky Scientist made it possible, and they'll do the same for you.

Marios Tsatsos, PhD

Marios Tsatsos, PhD

Data Scientist
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 realized I actually had the skills required for the position. Now, I AM a Data Scientist - at a top company in London, UK.

Gabriel Villar, PhD

Gabriel Villar, PhD

Director of R&D and Quality Assurance
Koppert Biological Systems

I had been left in the dust by my academic institution. After joining CSA, everything was an 'A-ha' moment. The CSA platform was incredibly helpful and allowed me to hit the ground running as I applied to industry positions.

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Licensing Manager
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 at all. I'm a licensing manager and a patent agent, which roles I could not have obtained without Cheeky's help.

Minsu Kang, PhD

Minsu Kang, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Avanir Pharmaceuticals

With the things I learned in CSA, things started opening up to me in my job search. I started feeling more positive. The CSA network was incredible - what makes it different is how involved the other PhDs are.

Arya Ashok, PhD

Arya Ashok, PhD

Scientific Program Director
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 resume. Cheeky Scientist taught me the difference and so much more. These days, I'm a program manager at AVM Biotechnology.

Tao Wang, PhD

Tao Wang, PhD

R&D Chemist
Canadian Energy Services

Transitioning into industry is a life-and-death issue... You can't just 'do it next week' or 'try again next year.' In the CSA private group, most of the suggestions were really helpful. I really like how active the group is, and I like how selfless the other PhDs are.

Mariano Gonzalo, PhD

Mariano Gonzalo, PhD

Application Specialist
NanoTemper Technologies

In the beginning, I was skeptical of CSA. But once I joined and began doing the modules, my anxiety went away little by little. I realized other PhDs felt the same - everyone was depressed in academia, and it wasn't just me. It was natural, and CSA taught me how to fix my job search to get hired in industry.

Navein Arumugasaamy, PhD

Navein Arumugasaamy, PhD

Investigator
GSK

One of the first things I did after I joined was to go through the Cheeky transition plan. It really helped me rethink how I was approaching my career and what I wanted to actually do. I finally realized what I wanted to do with my career. I was able to focus my energy and be impactful in the world.

Shraddha Sharma, PhD

Shraddha Sharma, PhD

Research Scientist
Translate Bio

I wanted to explore the real world. I was sure that I wanted to be in industry, but I didn't know how to get there... Knowing my value as a PhD was an 'a-ha' moment. I got back my confidence after joining Cheeky.

Vidhi Thakkar, PhD

Vidhi Thakkar, PhD

Medical Writer
Smith & Nephew

I had joined CSA during my PhD and I have to thank Isaiah Luke Hankel for creating this lovely group.

Defne Us, PhD

Defne Us, PhD

Computer Tomography Imaging Expert
medPhoton GmbH

I had no idea how to transition into industry... It was helpful to see how similar [the Associates'] problems were. I wanted to give CSA a try, and I'm glad I did.

Shen Lin, PhD

Shen Lin, PhD

Principal Scientist
Spirovant Sciences, Inc.

I joined the CSA to connect with more like-minded scientists and to prepare for future roles in industry. The most useful part of the CSA has been learning about how to network effectively and using networks to my advantage to get the next job.

Samantha Shelton, PhD

Samantha Shelton, PhD

Technical Applications Scientist
10X Genomics

My mindset before joining the Association was very negative... The biggest thing CSA gave me was a boost in confidence--a boost in hope.

Evgeny Smirnov, PhD

Evgeny Smirnov, PhD

Material Scientist
Mighty Buildings

People in CSA are open-minded. They are very supportive. You can write whatever question you want, and they will give you 10 replies. This group really helps you to solve very complicated questions. They face it and share their knowledge of it.

Giuseppe Lonetto, PhD

Giuseppe Lonetto, PhD

Giuseppe Lonetto, Ph.D.
Altran

I didn't know what was out there for PhDs... I was kind of lost. I was really struggling to find my direction. The Association provides tons of videos, slides, and you actually get a strategy for how to approach the job market. I learned how to assemble everything  - that's when I saw potential.

Yamina Berchiche, PhD

Yamina Berchiche, PhD

Sr. Scientist
Generate Biomedicines, Inc.

I didn't know what my value was. Once I found CSA existed, I finally realized that my training was valuable. I was able to use the Cheeky career map to get a job... Everyone in CSA is there to learn - they're very supportive.

Sarah Rodrigues, PhD

Sarah Rodrigues, PhD

Customer Consultant / Research Solutions
Elsevier

When I joined Cheeky, I started to think about where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. I was able to work backwards and form a strategy - I wasn't a victim anymore. Your PI is not responsible for your success... You are.

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Recruitment Officer
Emeritus Research

I knew that I needed to have aa well-developed strategy in order to be successful. When I joined the Association, I was very far off from a real job search. But having access to CSA's network was huge.

Prasad Subramaniam, PhD

Prasad Subramaniam, PhD

Research Scientist
Bristol-Myers Squibb

I had a resume, but there are certain strategies that get you ahead of the crowd - strategies I hadn't been using. In CSA, I learned to think from the perspective of industry. The CSA private group was a very perceptive community, and you had a lot of insightful answers from other PhDs when you asked a question.

Lana Itskovich, PhD

Lana Itskovich, PhD

Clinical Research Coordinator
Pain Management Center

I had been told my position was out of funding. It was at that time I saw a CSA post on Facebook describing industry transitions. I realized that if other PhDs could do it, I could do it too.

Sherri Ter Molen, PhD

Sherri Ter Molen, PhD

Communication Associate
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

I'm a more experienced PhD but still got hired because of Cheeky Scientist. Before joining, 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 the NCSBN. I just can't believe I didn't join Cheeky sooner.

Nikolett Biel, PhD

Nikolett Biel, PhD

Pharmacology/Toxicology Reviewer
FDA

I just went for it. I said, if I'm not going to invest in myself, no one else is going to. I'm going to take a chance and see what this is all about. Maybe I'll learn a little bit, maybe I'll learn a lot, who knows. And within a couple of days I knew I made the right decision.

Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Editor
Royal Society of Chemistry

Cheeky Scientist and Isaiah really helped me to see that I did have value, and I did have value for companies outside of doing just bench research. Because I'd really come to the conclusion that that was not something I wanted to do, but I struggled that I didn't have the skills to do anything else. In academia I had no work/life balance, and in joining Cheeky Scientist I gained that work/life balance back.

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Research Scientist
Estée Lauder

I'm very, very happy with my overall experience with the Cheeky Scientist Association. For me, joining the Association was the perfect timing when I was trying to get into industry. It was the perfect place at the perfect time to start learning how to effectively transition into the private sector.

Alexis Paez, PhD

Alexis Paez, PhD

Field Director
NeuroNexus

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 type of career and lifestyle I wanted. Now, I hold an industry position as director of science outreach at NeuroNexus.

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Celegene

I got an offer about two weeks ago and I’m transitioning to a Medical Science Liaison role. It was a good break for me, but I couldn't have done it without Cheeky Science Association and all the guidance and the blueprint they provided for me.

Regina Gonda, PhD

Regina Gonda, PhD

Social Media Analyst
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 choice, regardless of your PhD background.

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Research Scientist
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

I've always been a lifelong academic, and I was just ready to break out of the ivory tower and do more meaningful and more impactful work. Having access to all the Cheeky Scientist resources enabled me to immediately take the actions that would lead to my eventual job offer.

Hank Cheng, PhD

Hank Cheng, PhD

Therinibio
Scientist II

I was alarmed to realize how many people were stuck in postdocs. CSA's call to action encouraged me to be accountable and take responsibility.

Marylen Rimando, PhD

Marylen Rimando, PhD

Research Scientist
IHRC

First, what I really liked about Cheeky Scientist was how supportive everybody is. All the materials were great, but I think the one thing that really stuck with me was the transition plan. It really lets you look at yourself where you are now, and look at where you want to go, and then develop a strategic plan to get to that point.

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Health Science Policy Analyst
NIH

I saw Cheeky Scientist on Facebook, Linkedin and I decided to give it a shot and that's what I did. It's like a leap of faith, you really don't know but I just did it anyways and I am so grateful I did, I met a lot of people.

David Pereira, PhD

David Pereira, PhD

Lead Research Scientist
Phase Scientific International

Having Cheeky Scientist as a resource was definitely helpful, just being so supportive and how responsive everyone was, it was great seeing that consistency. I think Cheeky Scientist definitely took the time to address every question that pops us. I like that Cheeky Scientist is not just saying things but actually doing it, Cheeky Scientist is doing what they're preaching.

Presheet Patkar, PhD

Presheet Patkar, PhD

Competitive Intelligence Analyst
EmPartners

I started talking to other Cheeky Scientist members and I received nothing but extremely positive feedback, not just about the organization but everything from top to the middle management to everyone who's trying to break into a role. The feedback was just so amazing.

Patricia Silva, PhD

Patricia Silva, PhD

Senior Consultant
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, Ltd. I had the education and talent, but CS made it all possible by showing me how to apply it to industry.

Aaron Kellogg, PhD

Aaron Kellogg, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Shire Pharmaceutical

I was finishing a training grant and had started looking for industry jobs, and was getting absolutely nowhere. So I started looking around for recruiters or anybody I could talk to to get training on how to make that transition. [Cheeky Scientist's] focus on how to make an industry resume instead of an academic resume, seeing the before and after of my resume, there was a big divide between what I was putting out and what I should've been putting out.

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Executive Director of Research and Planning
American Campus Mauritius

The first thing that struck me was that I'm not the only one who has been in this situation. You really feel connected right away. There were so many people already in the Cheeky Scientist Association with experience I could learn from.

Elisa Maria Guimarães-Souza, PhD

Elisa Maria Guimarães-Souza, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
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 where to start. CSA, showed me the way. I'm now a medical science liaison.

Ann Grosse, PhD

Ann Grosse, PhD

Associate Director
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 director of alliance management and business development for Scholar Rock. Don't hesitate to become a Cheeky member - it's worth it.

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Equity Research Biotech
H.C. Wainwright & Co.

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association and after joining the Association, there were two Anandas. Things changed very fast when I joined Cheeky, and the networking platform Cheeky has is excellent. I got really inspired, because you see so many people like you who are coming together and trying to help each other. Also the entire support staff is excellent.

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Data Scientist
Itron

I really liked that I was able to connect with a lot of other CSA members via Linkedin and get some information to reuse. Another thing that I did liked was not just the resume review but also people who would post their transition stories. That to me was really inspiring, almost like a blueprint.

Clare Chang, PhD

Clare Chang, PhD

Associate Manager
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 learned to confidently network and finally became an associate manager of medical writing at dMed Biomedical Company.

Ashley Zuniga, PhD

Ashley Zuniga, PhD

Clinical Project Manager

I was confident in my networking and my ability to speak with people outside of academia, but I had a lot of work to do to get my academic skill sets and my research translated into a very non-academic, non-research role. The other part was LinkedIn. I hadn't put a lot of thought into how important it was, and it turned out to be probably the most important tool.

Roshan Thomas Ramlal, PhD

Roshan Thomas Ramlal, PhD

Full-time CDC contract & two remote part-time/short-term writing CDC contracts.
CDC in the Office of Health Communications

The first tool that Cheeky Scientist provided was the career map and that really made a huge difference. It changed my perspective on how I was looking and it gave me a fresh start. That's what actually convinced me to join the program, I was getting value and wanted to see how I could go deeper in the program. The Facebook group also helped me, seeing what different experiences people were going to and if I had a question I would get an immediate response. That was really useful.

Christopher Frummond, PhD

Christopher Frummond, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
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 as a Senior Research Scientist. Become a member if you're ready to get hired in a top industry role.

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Priyasri Shotton, PhD

Priyasri Shotton, PhD

Managing Consultant
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 needed to turn my career around. Now, I work for one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Alex Woycheck, PhD

Alex Woycheck, PhD

Field Application Scientist
ChemoMetec

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 course materials and fully engaged with their private networking community. Long-story-short: Now I'm a field application scientist.

Jessica Kishimoto, PhD

Jessica Kishimoto, PhD

Project Manager
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. Cheeky Scientist quickly taught me the skills I needed to perfect my resume and negotiate a job offer for a higher salary.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Gabriele Dadalt Souto, PhD

Gabriele Dadalt Souto, PhD

Principal Chemist
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 refine my process and landed an amazing new position as a Principal Chemist at Oriflame Cosmetics. Extensive network, incredible people - Cheeky Scientist is highly recommended!

Arsalan Daudi, PhD

Arsalan Daudi, PhD

Client Manager
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 work smarter--not harder--and pave my own way to an industry job as a research associate.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Julia Isacescu, PhD

Julia Isacescu, PhD

Medical Writer
Own Company

There were a lot of layers I need it to really work through, the structure of the program addresses those things. You're really not alone, there was a lot of support in the network. There was a ridiculously amount of content that's just so rich, it's been an enriching experienced honestly. I learned a lot and I know I still have a lot to learn but I'm doing well.

Natalia Vtyurina, PhD

Natalia Vtyurina, PhD

Associate Consultant
ProPharma Group

All the advice from Cheeky Scientist was very very useful. I would get advice that I would never get from anyone else. Nobody was answering my emails and calls and only after joining Cheeky Scientist programs, it was almost like a miracle, something changed all that. I followed all the Cheeky Scientist advice and it worked out.

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Scientist
Meso Scale Diagnostics

I've gone to so many great meetups where I've gotten great pieces of advice that I've been able to implement, they've introduced me to people who have been crucial in keeping me motivated and focused during my job search. It's really encouraging, when it's a difficult time in your career and you're not sure how to move forward, to have all these people cheering you on.

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Irene Minkina, PhD

Irene Minkina, PhD

Medical Writer II
Clinical Thinking (Nucleus Global)

My biggest challenge was my mindset. My mindset was basically that I was garbage outside of academia, frankly. I didn't think I could do anything else, I didn't think I had transferable skills. I had an extremely limiting set of beliefs before I joined. It's not about your little tiny thing that you research, it's about all those transferable skills that any Ph.D. acquires as they go through their program.

Asjad Ali, PhD

Asjad Ali, PhD

Plant Breeder
Department of Primary Industries

My main challenges were my CV, networking, and having confidence in your PhD when looking for industry positions. I gained a lot of confidence from reading the materials from the Cheeky Scientist Association and talking with the support team.

Airama Albisa, PhD

Airama Albisa, PhD

Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Farmhispania Group. S.L.

For me the Association was helpful because I was able to see all the different paths available, other than just working in the lab. The private group was great because of all the information there, as well as the support from all the other people facing the same challenges you are.

Abha Chalpe, PhD

Abha Chalpe, PhD

Senior Knowledge Partner
Innoplexus

The primary difficulty I faced was not being able to get my resume through to HR. I would post my resume on a careers website or on the company's website itself, and I would never hear back. The Cheeky Scientist materials were incredibly helpful, especially in making my resume and LinkedIn profile.

Deepak Joshi, PhD

Deepak Joshi, PhD

Model Design Consultant
Taconic Biosciences

After doing postdocs for many years I realized that I am more inclined toward industry positions, but I really didn't know how to find a job. After joining the Association I was surprised to find a lot of people like me. I gained a lot of confidence and felt like I was not the only postdoc having these problems.

Swati Kunduri, PhD

Swati Kunduri, PhD

MSL
Chiesi

The private group was very instrumental, Cheeky Scientist has several groups and I joined the MSLA group and I think it's worth every penny. The leaders are great and there is accountability which you need. There's constant constructive feedback or anything that can help you improve so it was very effective.

Ralph Hazlewood, PhD

Ralph Hazlewood, PhD

Regeneron
Senior Manager

Once I joined Facebook and the community I realized the value. Where you can pitch an idea to someone and within a day you usually get 14-15 comments of advice. Most of the time they were great advice, it became a great avenue for advice and not only for application materials, resumes, etc. but also a mental health check. It was very uplifting. The advice and the commodity is genuine.

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Medical Science Liaison at
Biotheranostics, Inc.

Here I am with an offer for an MSL position. Words can not describe the rewarding feeling you have when you finally land the job that you have always wanted. This has been quite a journey, with many challenges and rejections, but being persistent and focusing on my goal has led me here. Special thanks to my MSLA comrades [in CSA].

Ranjani Muralidharan, PhD

Ranjani Muralidharan, PhD

Laboratory Manager
LSAI Labs, LLC

Through Cheeky Scientist, I came to know my worth as a PhD. I was working at an environmental remediation firm, which was no way related to my PhD. work. But as soon as I joined the group, the transition plan helped me realize where I want to be.

Jared D Hoffman, PhD

Jared D Hoffman, PhD

Medical writer
Medpace

In the Association, I met and talked with numerous awesome people both in-person and over the phone. I realized just how fun, rewarding, and helpful this can truly be. I cannot thank all of the people I talked with enough for your help and support!!

Supraja Narasimhan, PhD

Supraja Narasimhan, PhD

Clinical Research Scientist
Karyopharm Therapeutics, Inc.

Thanks to all the Cheekies who have supported the CSA private group and given so much to this community. Thank you!! There is still so much more to learn, and I hope to get back in the group and contribute.

Alex Portillo, PhD

Alex Portillo, PhD

Senior Representative
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 course materials to successfully transition into an industry career. I'm thrilled to report that I'm now a  senior representative at Bruker Nano Surfaces in California.

Damon Ng, PhD

Damon Ng, PhD

Senior Scientist, In Vivo
PsychoGenics

I wondered why my applications were going into a black hole. I'd never hear back, and a computer-generated email is the most I'd get from employers. When I discovered CSA, I attended some of the webinars, and it made sense to me. I finally learned why I'd never heard back from employers all that time.

Marie Catherine Wavreille, PhD

Marie Catherine Wavreille, PhD

User Experience Researcher
Google

I didn't really know what was outside of academia. I knew I didn't want to pursue the academic path, but I didn't know my options. I barely used LinkedIn, and I had no network. CSA helped me overcome these challenges. Now I work at Google as a UX researcher!

Galen Miller, PhD

Galen Miller, PhD

Senior Scientist
Horizon Discovery

The biggest part was letting go of my publications and presentations. CSA taught me I could turn them into numbers for industry to understand, and that was powerful.

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Amgen

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 received many rejections throughout my industry job search. Now, I'm a Senior Medical Science Liaison manager at Amgen. Thank you Cheeky Scientist for helping me escape the scarcity mentality of academia, learn the power of networking, and leverage my PhD to get my dream job for me and my family.

Tapan Kumar Nayak, PhD

Tapan Kumar Nayak, PhD

Field Application Scientist
Nanion Technologies

I got a position as an application scientist in one of the leading Electrophysiology automated devices company in NJ. It materialized purely due to networking (apart from being qualified, which many are!). It wouldn't have been possible without CSA.

Swetha Arikatla, PhD

Swetha Arikatla, PhD

Evidence Evaluation Specialist
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 I landed after responding to a job posting in the Cheeky Scientist private networking group.

Zahra Bahrami, PhD

Zahra Bahrami, PhD

Associate Scientist
23andMe Therapeutics

I realized during the first years of my PhD that academia was not for me. I convinced myself to join CSA, and I must say that it was one of the best decisions I have made in my life! I was amazed by the amount of resources and support that this excellent community provided.

Yahfi Talkukdar, PhD

Yahfi Talkukdar, PhD

Field Sales Specialist
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 a top industry position as a Clinical Account Specialist. Today, I work as a Field Sales Specialist for Biosense Webster. Thank you Cheeky Scientist!

Rebba Casteel, PhD

Rebba Casteel, PhD

Evidence Evaluation Manager
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 and Nephew. Cheeky Scientist opens up so many professional doors for PhDs...

Naomi Knoble, PhD

Naomi Knoble, PhD

Research Scientist
Evidera

I'm a social scientist and got hired with Cheeky Scientist. But before joining the Association, 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 and recognize my true value. I now hold a top position as a Research Scientist at Evidera and have Cheeky Scientist to thank.

Julie Dela Cruz, PhD

Julie Dela Cruz, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Eli Lilly

Before I joined the Association, I only applied to jobs online. I never heard back from anyone in industry, and I ended up in a second postdoc just to pay the bills. But through CSA, I learned how to network, and I cannot stress enough the power of networking. I had someone put my resume on the hiring manager's desk. Now I'm a medical science liaison at Eli Lilly.      

Jackie Johnson, PhD

Jackie Johnson, PhD

Managing Director
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 a Medical Writing consultancy and loving every minute of it.

Maxwell Caughron, PhD

Maxwell Caughron, PhD

Project Manager
Microsoft

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 supportive network and goal-setting strategies I needed to confidently pursue the best industry career path for my ideal professional lifestyle. I know hold a top position as a Project Manager at Microsoft.

Rinu Kooliyottil, PhD

Rinu Kooliyottil, PhD

Biological Scientist IV
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Before CSA, I never got a call for an interview. The resume I had was always that long format from academia. CSA helped me face this and other problems that were keeping me from getting hired. And the CSA network actually helped me land some interviews. You post questions in the private FB group and get answers so quickly! Everybody there is on the same page.

Sara Artusi, PhD

Sara Artusi, PhD

Scientist Platform Development
Krystal Biotech

When I first joined CSA, anything related to the job search caused of an unbearable amount of stress and anxiety I decided to take one step at a time, starting with CS webinars and the team’s suggestions. Before long, I received a formal job offer. I used CSA's tips for an effective negotiation and officially signed a contract!

Banu Mukund, PhD

Banu Mukund, PhD

Field Application Scientist
Beckman Coulter

I didn't even know I could go to professional conferences and events made for networking. My LinkedIn profile and resume needed help, and I was able to get help with those through CSA. I needed a peer group where I could share my experiences and questions with my peers: other PhDs. Luckily, I found that here in CSA!

Sangram Raut, PhD

Sangram Raut, PhD

Analyst
Reata Pharmaceuticals

My PI's funding was diminishing, and he asked me to look for a new job in the next 3-6 months. aI joined CSA and actively applied to positions using CSA strategies. Now, in my new industry position, I feel relieved, stress-free, and happy. My heartfelt gratitude to Team Cheeky and the resources they provide.

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Business Development Manager
CRO

Before joining Cheeky Scientist I didn't know how I was going to do this. Where do I even begin? So I saw Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and on LinkedIn and I thought, maybe I should give it a shot. It was a leap of faith but I did it anyway, and I'm so grateful I did.

Guillem Brandariz de Pedro, PhDs

Guillem Brandariz de Pedro, PhDs

Account Manager
Agilent Technologies

CSA's materials are very straightforward. I didn't know how many roles you can find in industry - academia is all about research and development. Rinse and repeat. But there is so much more than that. I was able to find an industry role that was more people-oriented where I can apply my PhD. It was very useful to be able to interact with people from the CSA community.

Nick Allen, PhD

Nick Allen, PhD

Application Scientist
Abacus dx

My biggest reservation was the misconception that I'd be turning my back on what I'd been doing for almost a decade, but that really hasn't been the case. A lot of the skills that I picked up during my studies have definitely helped me during this transition. I haven't been lacking in intellectual challenge in my new role, which was another thing I was quite afraid of.

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Analytical Scientist
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

The private group was the biggest plus that Cheeky Scientist offered. It was so supportive, so dynamic, and willing to help at a moment's notice. You can get 24/7 feedback on any material that you want feedback on, you can contribute and help other people, so it's such an amazing network.

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