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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.

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.

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.

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.

Yousuf Ali, PhD

Yousuf Ali, PhD

Strategy & Communications Director
Novartis

I applied to every industry position with the exact same resume before becoming a Cheeky Scientist program member. I first transitioned into industry as a Medical Science Liaison, and now I'm a Strategy & Communications Director at Novartis. I would encourage any PhD who wants to work in industry to join Cheeky Scientist.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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].

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.

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.

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...

Abhay Thakur, PhD

Abhay Thakur, PhD

Senior Purification Scientist
Pall Corporation

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

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.      

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.

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.

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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Data Scientist Syndicate

If you want to help companies make data-driven decisions and interpret their data to get valuable insights, then you’ll want to take a look into this six-module program. The DSS allows PhDs to…

  • Get an introduction into the field of data science, understand why this field is so hot right now, and learn about the main positions available in this field. The DSS explores how data scientists can impact different industries and the skills they need to be successful in industry. Most of the skills you have already developed during grad school.
  • You’ll learn about the most relevant program languages and tools used by data scientists today. The program explores top-of-the-line tools used by data scientists in different fields and gives you resources you can use to learn them.
  • Learn how to prepare yourself for interacting with companies hiring data scientists. Let the Data Scientist Syndicate prepare you to create your portfolio, deal with take-home assignments, and much more. The course will help you better understand the expectations of an interviewing organization.

Program leaders in the Data Scientist Syndicate include Kasey Hemington, PhD, Data Scientist at Canada Post; and Shobeir K.S. Mazinani, PhD, Senior Data Scientist at Aetna. If you’re passionate about using the scientific method to back up your decisions with data, you’ll want to give the Data Scientist Syndicate serious consideration.

Application Scientist Assembly

Are you a driven PhD who thrives on science and interactions with diverse audiences including researchers, lay people, and business decision makers? Are you the person in the lab that others go to for troubleshooting? Do you find yourself surrounded by people because others enjoy your charismatic personality?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you would make a fantastic Application Scientist. Application Scientists are customer-facing technical experts who serve as liaisons between biotech companies and those who rely on their products. Let the ASA prepare you for this career that capitalizes upon your knack for building relationships and satisfies your thirst for scientific innovation.

  • Learn about the different types of Application Scientists and what their work days look like. The Application Scientist position allows you to leverage many skills that you developed during your time in academia. As an Application Scientist, you’ll need to keep your knowledge up to date, communicate with customers, and more.
  • Understand key Application Scientist terminology. As with any profession, there are essential terms you need to get familiar with if you want to be an Application Scientist. This course will help you acquire the Application Scientist vocabulary so you can make a good impression with decision makers.
  • Learn how to succeed in the Application Scientist hiring process and what career progression can look like once you land your first Application Scientist role. The ASA shows you how to set up your job search strategy to find the position that is best for you. It also covers the many vertical and horizontal moves that a role as an Application Scientist will open for you. 

The ASA program leader is Alex Woychek, PhD, MPH, award-winning expert in  molecular biology, cell culture, and microscopy and Field Application Scientist at Akoya Biosciences. Through the program, you’ll get all the insider insights from Alex and the other current industry Application Scientists on the ASA Board you need to break into the Application Scientist industry. These insights are exclusive to the ASA. You won’t find this information anywhere else.

If you’re passionate about being part of the leading edge of science—and seeing your scientific expertise have a positive impact—you’ll want to give the ASA serious consideration.

ScientistMBA

This detailed program is a crash course in business for any PhD who aspires to a management role. If you want access to business training for managing people and departments, this program will equip you. ScientistMBA allows PhDs to…

  • Get an introduction to critical business concepts. Those who are part of an organization’s upper hierarchy are expected to be business savvy. The ScientistMBA program helps you prove that you belong in the ranks of managers. This course will explain economics, finance, organizational structure, and more.
  • Read relevant case studies. Practical application is an essential part of absorbing new information. You’ll find that ScientistMBA provides access to a case study for each module.
  • Gain guidance for getting hired into a management position. The ScientistMBA program devotes several of its modules toward landing a position that is NOT an entry-level job. We’ll cover everything from different types of networking to your elevator pitch.

The ScientistMBA course is headed by program leaders Ramya Raman, who holds her PhD and MBA, and has won several training awards in business leadership, Becky Papp, who holds an MBA and has worked with many of the worlds fastest growing tech companies, specializing in transforming startups into mid-size private companies with large investors, and Aja Isble, who holds her MSc and MBA and has worked in executive roles at Amgen, Baxter, Shire, and Takeda. If you’re a PhD who wants to accelerate how quickly you become a manager, check out this eight-module course.

R&D Society

Are you a PhD who loves research experiments? If so, you likely have a lot of research experience, which gives you the “R” in R&D, but you likely do NOT any development experience whatsoever, whether product development, drug development, business development, or other. This means you are lacking the “D” in R&D. How can you get hired into an R&D position if you are lacking half of the R&D equation.

  • Know the difference between research in academia and research in industry. As an R&D scientist, you’ll still be leveraging your skills in hands-on research. However, you will have very different goals from those you pursued in academia. This course will help you shift your mindset so you know what to expect and how to align yourself with the objectives of a potential employer.
  • Learn how to prepare yourself for interacting with R&D companies. Let the R&D Society prepare you to handle a phone interview, deliver a presentation, and much more. Your course will help you better understand the expectations of an interviewing organization.
  • Discover how you can mature in your career. Wondering what lies beyond securing your first R&D position? You’ll discover other industry jobs to consider as well as R&D trends.

The R&D Society is headed up by your program leaders Nathalie Fiaschi, PhD who is an Associate Director at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest and most successful pharma companies in the world (thanks in part to a PhD who came in as Regeneron’s CEO and build the company to fame), and Elliott Brecht, PhD, a Senior Scientist at Genentech who has traveled the world training R&D professionals on advanced research and business concepts. If you’re ready to put your laboratory skills to work for a better cause than pleasing your PI, the R&D Society can help.

Regulatory Affairs Council

This detailed program is a crash course in regulatory affairs for PhDs who aspire to work with regulations either ina. private company of a government agency. If you want access to targeted content about the regulatory affairs field, you’ll want to explore this program. The RAC allows PhDs to…

  • Get an introduction to the regulatory affairs industry. You will explore what regulatory affairs is and what the role of a regulatory affairs specialist encompasses. You will also go through the steps necessary to get products approved and how regulatory affairs professionals influence each of those steps.
  • Discover the responsibilities of regulatory affairs professionals. What are the main tasks that regulatory affairs specialists do on a daily basis? In the RAC, you’ll learn the skills that project managers need to be successful. You will also go through the day to day tasks of regulatory affairs specialists a how these are different if you work for a company or for the government.
  • Understand what your career progression will look like once you gain regulatory experience. Industry experience as a regulatory affairs specialist will open many doors in your career. The RAC will walk you through all of your options so that you can have a fulfilling career.

The RAC is led by Rebba Boswell-Casteel, PhD, Evidence Evaluation Manager at Smith & Nephew. If you want to ensure that safe and effective products reach the market by safeguarding regulatory compliance, you’ll want to get access to the Council right now.

PhD Negotiation League

Are you a PhD who understands the importance of professional negotiation, but you feel uncomfortable negotiating? Or maybe you feel that you will never be successful in a professional negotiation setting. If so, you should give the PNL a look. PNL allows PhDs to…

  • Understand the basics of negotiation—what it is and why it matters. This program will give you detailed information about professional deal making and how this skill can play a significant role in your career satisfaction and progression – you will become a better negotiator.
  • Review the most relevant negotiation tactics that you can use in a professional setting and the behaviors that reliably make the other side like you, increasing your chances of success.
  • Go through specific scripts that will allow you to practice negotiating in different situations so you can enter your real life negotiation prepared and confident.

The PhD Negotiation League is led by Don Asher, PhD, world-renowned business executive, expert negotiator, and bestselling author of 10 different career development books. If you’re interested in learning how to expertly negotiate salary contracts and make bigger and bigger deals as you climb the corporate ladder, you’ll want to get access to the League.

Project Management Consortium

This detailed program is a crash course in project management for PhDs who aspire to a Project Manager role or want to showcase their Project Management skills in different industry positions. If you want access to targeted content about managing projects in industry, you’ll want to explore this program. The PMC allows PhDs to…

  • Get an introduction to critical project management concepts. You will explore the phases of a project, what you have to take into account to prevent your projects from failing, and the most common methodologies and tools to manage projects in industry.
  • Discover project manager responsibilities. What are the main tasks that project managers do on a daily basis? In the PMC, you’ll learn the skills that project managers need to be successful. You might think that managing projects in industry is completely different from doing research in academia, but this program will help you showcase your current skills to industry hiring managers.
  • Understand what your career progression will look like once you gain project management experience. Industry experience as a project manager will open many doors in your career. The PMC will walk you through all of your options so that you can have a fulfilling career.

The PMC is led by Orly Levitan, PhD, award-winning instructor and Senior Project Manager at HYGIEACARE Inc. If you’re interested in leading important initiatives and harnessing team dynamics to accomplish company goals, you’ll want to get access to the Consortium right now.

PhDCEO

Are you a PhD with a patent to your name? Have you spent too many years in academia when you could have pursued your passion for merging science with entrepreneurship? If so, you’ll want to explore our PhDCEO program—a course designed for the PhD who desires to transition into the role of a business owner. With this course, you can…

  • Discover the startup model that mitigates your risk of failure. You’ve heard the saying, “Most startups fail.” If you’re wondering how to avoid becoming part of a statistic, check out the PhDCEO program. This course will introduce you to a business model that wields the power of the scientific method, making it easier to succeed.
  • Learn how to launch your startup…without venture capital. Yes, your PhDCEO course will cover investors (in fact, there’s a whole module devoted to the topic). However, our course is designed to help you become an entrepreneur who doesn’t need to beg investors to back your startup.
  • Broaden your understanding on a range of entrepreneurial topics. When you land an industry position, your transition technically ends with accepting your first job. However, when you’re starting a business, you’re effectively creating your transition. This course supports your new role by covering a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship, such as your minimum viable product (MVP) and project management.

In the PhDCEO program, your program leaders will be Isaiah Hankel, PhD, the founder of Cheeky Scientist and bestselling author of two business books, and other startup experts including winners of Startup Weekend awards. Upon becoming a member, you can also discover other PhDs who aspire to be entrepreneurs through your private group.

Medical Writing Organization

Are you a PhD who’s known for your proficiency with the written word? Do you stand out from other PhDs because writing research papers is second nature? If so, you’ll want to explore this six-module training program. The MWO allows you to…

  • Discover which skills matter for the medical writing profession. Not every PhD is qualified to become a medical writer. In this program, you’ll learn about the important competencies that should be in your toolbox. (Hint: You’ll learn that having English as your first language isn’t one of them.)
  • Get exercises to prepare you for your future career. When you join the MWO, your learning experience won’t simply be an exercise in abstract thinking—it will also involve a heuristic element. The MWO includes realistic medical writing (and editing) assignments. These provide a practical look at the medical writing industry while helping you gain some much-needed experience.
  • See what insiders have to say. Are you eager to glean information from other medical writers about what it’s like to work in this industry? Your course includes commentary from those with experience in medical writing, and your private group will include medical-writing PhDs.

When you join the MWO, your program leader will be Evguenia Alechine, PhD, ELS, a European and American Medical Writing Association speaker and team leader, Anand Devasthanam, PhD, a Medical Writer at Parexel, and Clare Chang, PhD, a Medical Writer at dMed Pharmaceuticals. If you’re ready to enter a profession that allows your communication skills to more fully flourish, use the MWO to boost your confidence and begin targeting medical writing positions.

Medical Science Liaison Alliance

Are you a driven PhD who thrives on science and person-to-person interactions with PhDs, MDs and other Key Opinion Leaders or KOLs? Can you deliver an informative, accurate scientific presentation…and then find yourself surrounded by a knot of other colleagues who enjoy your charismatic personality? Let the MSL Alliance acquaint you with a career that capitalizes upon your knack for building relationships and satisfies your thirst for scientific innovation.

  • Understand key MSL terminology you should know. As with any profession, there are important terms you need to get familiar with if you want to be an MSL. If you desire to make a good impression with decision-makers, this course will help you begin to acquire the MSL’s vocabulary.
  • Discover an MSL’s responsibilities. The MSL position may look radically different from the roles and responsibilities you’ve had in academia. As an MSL, you’ll need to keep your knowledge up to date, cultivate communication with key opinion leaders, and more.
  • Learn the process for bringing a medical therapy to market. As an MSL, it’s important to have a solid grasp of the clinical trials involved in medical therapies. If you’re unfamiliar with clinical trials, the MSLA will help you understand the “behind the scenes” of medical drugs.

For the MSL Alliance, your program leaders will be Yuri Klyachkin, PhD, a Senior Regional Medical Science Liaison for Celgene and Elizabeth Jeanne Thatcher, PhD, a Field Medical Science Liaison Director at Pfizer. If you’re passionate about being part of the leading edge of science—and seeing your scientific expertise have a positive impact—you’ll want to give the MSL Alliance serious consideration.

Management Consulting Firm

This program is designed explicitly for PhDs who want to transition into management consulting. This program will show you everything you need to know to leverage the skills you gained in grad school during the consulting hiring process. MCF allow PhDs to…

  • Understand how the management consulting industry works and what you should expect your day-to-day to look like once you become a management consultant.
  • Get familiar with the consulting hiring process and all of its components. You’ll learn how to prepare for the case and the fit interview so you wow employers and get hired.
  • Learn how to approach a case study. The program will show you the parts of a case interview and how you should practice them before applying to management consultant roles.

The MCF program is headed by program leader James Wadsworth, a former management consultant at McKinsey & Co., who has extensive experience coaching consulting candidates. If you’re a PhD who wants to enter the consulting world, you should check out this laser-focused program.

International PhD Community

International PhD Community
If you are an international PhD who wants to work in the US but are not a US citizen—getting hired in industry becomes more challenging. As you look to transition, you might struggle to understand which route you should take to stay in the U.S….or how to move past your immigration status when it comes to employers. If you’re a PhD who needs guidance, use this course to…

  • Get clarity on which industry companies are currently hiring expats and get clarity on the various visas available to you. Would you find it hard to explain F-1 visas, J-1 visas, and H-1B visas to a fellow PhD? Then, you might have difficulty helping an organization understand your situation. If the immigration process seems like wading through an alphabet soup, let the International PhD Community help you understand the characteristics of the visas covered in your course.
  • Get personalized advice from a variety of top immigration lawyers in the U.S., as well as other expats already working in industry. One PhD may want to pursue an H-1B visa. Another PhD may decide that the EB-1 visa is the better choice given his or her circumstances. After going through the International PhD course, you’ll have key information to select the option that provides the best chance for staying in the US.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the immigration process and the advantages you have as an expat, so you can explain the process simply to employers, thereby relieving their stress and uncertainty about hiring you. There’s a chance that your future employer isn’t well acquainted with the US immigration process. As an international PhD, it’s your job to be your employer’s trusted resource. This course will empower you to bridge any information gaps an interviewing organization might have.

Brian Getson, JD, an immigration lawyer and Partner at Getson & Schatz, Arunodoy Sur, PhD, a Business Analyst and Technology Licensing Officer at Nova Southeastern, and Rupsa Basu, PhD a Research Scientist at TechnoVax are the program leaders of the International PhD Community. By going through this program, you’ll make progress toward learning about US immigration, choosing the best path forward, and accurately communicating about the immigration process with organizations interested in your skills.

Clinical Research Coalition

This detailed program is a crash course in clinical research for PhDs who aspire to work with clinical trials either in the operations or the development arm. If you want access to targeted content about the clinical research field, you’ll want to explore this program. The CRC allows PhDs to…

  • Get an introduction to the clinical development industry. You will explore what clinical research is and what the roles of different clinical research professionals encompass. You will also go through the steps necessary to design and carry out clinical trials and how clinical research professionals influence each of those steps.
  • Discover the responsibilities of clinical research professionals. What are the main tasks that clinical research professionals perform on a daily basis? In the CRC, you’ll learn the skills that clinical research professionals need to be successful. You will also go through the day-to-day tasks of clinical research professionals a how these are different if you work in operations or development.
  • Understand what your career progression will look like once you gain clinical research experience. Industry experience as a clinical research professional will open many doors in your career. The CRC will walk you through your options so that you can have a fulfilling career.

The Clinical Research Coalition is led by Monika Vinish, PhD, a CRA II at Syneos Health, and a board of other top Clinical Research Associates and Scientists. If you want to ensure the development of the best possible clinical trials, you’ll want to get access to the CRC right now.

Business Development Federation

Are you a driven PhD who thrives on getting to know how companies work and interacting with diverse departments, including marketing, product development, and management? Do you want to leave the research bench behind and get involved with the business side of things? Do you find yourself surrounded by people because others enjoy your charismatic personality?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you would make a fantastic Business Developer. Business Developers are experts that strategize pipelines for companies on their business-to-business and business-to-clients relationships. Let the BDF prepare you for this career that capitalizes upon your knack for building relationships and satisfies your thirst for understanding business and sales cycles.

  • Learn about the different companies that hire business developers and what a day of work looks like for these professionals. The Business Developer position allows you to leverage many skills that you developed during your time in academia and learn some new and exciting skills. 
  • Understand key Business Development terminology. As with any profession, there are essential terms you need to get familiar with if you want to be a Business Developer. This course will help you acquire the Business vocabulary you need to make a good impression with decision makers.

If you’re passionate about being part of the most strategic business decisions—and seeing your expertise have a positive impact in companies within different industries—you’ll want to give the BDF serious consideration.

Interdisciplinary PhD Guild

The Interdisciplinary PhD Guild is the number 1 industry job search training platform, and PhD-only industry job referral network targeted explicitly to Interdisciplinary PhDs.

If you want to access materials to help you transition into industry created by and for Interdisciplinary PhDs, this program will equip you. IPG allows Interdisciplinary PhDs to…

  • Understand why Interdisciplinary PhDs should consider leaving academia and why the skills you developed during grad school are so valuable to industry hiring managers. This program will show you how to set up a transition plan that you can use to change your mindset and get hired. 
  • Explore relevant industry positions where Interdisciplinary PhDs can transition into and excel at. IPG also covers relevant transferable skills that every Interdisciplinary PhDs has and are coveted in industry. 
  • Gain guidance for getting hired into your target position. From learning how to create a complete LinkedIn profile and how to network to preparing for job interviews, the IPG will teach everything you need to know to set up a successful job search strategy.

The IPG program is headed by program leaders Regina Gonda – a PhD in environmental archeology, currently working as a business development manager at UX studio – and Christopher Lirette – a PhD in American studies, currently working as a senior user experience researcher at the Home Depot. If you’re a Interdisciplinary PhD who wants to accelerate how quickly you get a fulfilling industry position, you need to check out this program.

**New Program**
User Experience Squad

If you want to serve as the liaison between companies and users and help create products that offer enjoyable experiences, then you’ll want to take a look into this four-module program. The UXS allows PhDs to…

  • Get an introduction into the field of user experience, understand why this field is so hot right now, and learn about the main positions available in this field and how they interact with different departments of the company. The UXS explores how User Experience (UX) Researchers can impact different industries and the skills they need to excel at their jobs. You will notice that you have already developed most of the skills during grad school.
  • You’ll learn about the most relevant research methods and tools used by UX Researchers today. The program explores top-of-the-line tools used by Uc Researchers in different fields and gives you resources you can use to learn them.
  • Learn how to prepare yourself for interacting with companies hiring UX Researchers. Let the User Experience Squad prepare you to create your portfolio, deal with case studies and research plans, and much more. The course will help you better understand the expectations of an interviewing organization.

If you’re passionate about using your research background to help innovative and user-centered products come to market, you’ll want to give the User Experience Squad serious consideration.

 

**New Program**
Intellectual Property Pack

This detailed program is a crash course in intellectual property (IP) for PhDs who aspire to work in the IP field or want to showcase their Intellectual Property knowledge in different industry positions. If you want access to targeted content about what IP entails and how it affects different products and industries, you’ll want to explore this program. The IPP allows PhDs to…

  • Get an introduction to critical intellectual property concepts. You will explore the different types of intellectual property – patents, copyrights, trademarks, etc – and what are the implications for each type.
  • Discover PhD-level positions within IP, such as patent agent and technology transfer. What are the main tasks that these professionals do on a daily basis? In the IPP, you’ll learn the skills that IP professionals need to be successful.
  • Understand what the hiring process looks like for PhD-level positions in IP and how to navigate all the steps for the process. Industry experience in the IP field will open many doors in your career. The IPP will walk you through all of your options so that you can have a fulfilling career.

If you’re interested in playing an active role in ensuring the innovative products hit the market while protecting the intellectual property of the companies that develop those products, you’ll want to get access to the Pack right now.

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James Wadsworth, , Program Leader Of The Managment Consulting Firm

James Wadsworth, , Program Leader Of The Managment Consulting Firm

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Kasey Hemington, PhD, Program Leader Of The Data Scientist Syndicate

Kasey Hemington, PhD, Program Leader Of The Data Scientist Syndicate

Canada Post

Orly Levitan, PhD, Program Leader Of The Project Management Consortium

Orly Levitan, PhD, Program Leader Of The Project Management Consortium

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Ramya Raman, PhD MBA

Ramya Raman, PhD MBA

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Rebba Boswell-Casteel, PhD

Rebba Boswell-Casteel, PhD

Smith & Nephew, Program Leader Of The Regulatory Affairs Council

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Aetna, Program Leader Of The Data Scientist Syndicate

Regina Gonda, PhD

Regina Gonda, PhD

UX Studio, Program Leader Of The Interdisciplinary PhD Guild

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Amgen, Program Leader Of The MSL Alliance

Alex Woychek, PhD, MPH

Alex Woychek, PhD, MPH

Akoya Bioscience, Program Leader Of The Application Scientist Assembly

Monica Vinish, PhD

Monica Vinish, PhD

Citeos Health, Program Leader Of The Clinical Research Coalition

Christopher Lirette, PhD

Christopher Lirette, PhD

Home Depot, Program Leader Of The Interdisciplinary PhD Guild

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yousuf Ali, PhD

Yousuf Ali, PhD

Strategy & Communications Director
Novartis

I applied to every industry position with the exact same resume before becoming a Cheeky Scientist program member. I first transitioned into industry as a Medical Science Liaison, and now I'm a Strategy & Communications Director at Novartis. I would encourage any PhD who wants to work in industry to join Cheeky Scientist.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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].

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.

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.

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...

Abhay Thakur, PhD

Abhay Thakur, PhD

Senior Purification Scientist
Pall Corporation

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

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.      

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.

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.

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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