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Transition Into A Highly Paid Industry Position Where You Can Still Do High-Quality, Meaningful Scientific Research

Introducing the R&D Society by Cheeky Scientist

The R&D Society, or RDS for short, will ensure that you get hired into a prestigious R&D position where you can do meaningful research and be paid well for it. As a PhD, you likely have plenty of Research experience, but little or no Development experience, which means you have the “R” in R&D but not the “D.” RDS will train you in “Development” so you can finally get hired into a high-paying, meaningful R&D position in industry. The RDS program leaders and board members are senior R&D professionals with PhDs working at Regeneron, Intel, Google, Apple, Dow Chemical, Pfizer, Zeiss, Estée Lauder, L’Oréal, and more.

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Here Is A Sneak Peek At What RDS Members Get Access To...

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Success Stories

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.

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.

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.

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].

About The R&D Society

As soon as you become an RDS member, you get access to the RDS training dashboard, which includes 20+ advanced training videos, 12 advanced training workbooks, and interviews with top R&D professionals at Genentech, Regeneron, Novartis, Apple, Dow Chemical, Intel, MedImmune and more. You also get instant, lifetime access to a private job referral network of R&D professionals and R&D hiring managers and guaranteed instant feedback from these R&D professionals 24/7 on any job search-related question so you can get hired into a top R&D career now.

Here’s The Targeted Training You’ll Receive From The R&D Society...

Module #1 Academic vs. Industry Research, Part 1 Academic vs. Industry Research, Part 2

You understand academic life, but, more than likely, R&D positions are a mystery. To demystify the world of research and development and help you know what to expect, this module covers…

  • What separates academic and industry research and the difference between R&d companies versus r&D companies. By the end of this module, you’ll understand what type of company would best suit your skills and work preferences.
  • What your typical day will look like once you transfer to an industry position and how your work environment will differ. Begin to make a mental transition as you understand the tightly focused work environment at major R&D companies. You’ll understand key differences, such as why you’ll leave your work at the lab, why your environment will be less social, and more.
  • The different branches of research and development—pharmaceutical, medical biotechnological, industrial biotechnological, agricultural biotechnological, or consumer products. Understand the different products and companies under each group and why working at a company like Origen might suit you better than working at a firm like AstraZeneca.
  • What you need to know about publishing, conferences, and successfully transitioning to your first job.

Module #2 The Industry R&D Hiring Process, Part 1 The Industry R&D Hiring Process, Part 2

If you’re wondering how R&D companies choose candidates, then this module will help you understand the typical process. This module covers…

  • The two types of event networking activities you should engage in and how one type of networking activity can help you bypass competition to make a positive impression with company professionals.
  • What you need to know about recruiters and how you can leverage contract-to-hire positions. Even if you haven’t considered a staffing solution, this module explains the benefits of this option for getting your foot in the door of your future company.
  • How to craft a resume that increases the chances a company will read it as well as how to create a CV that’s tailored for an industry position. This module will detail the ingredients of a strong bullet point for your summary and how you can incorporate details that underscore your suitability for an R&D position.
  • How to make your LinkedIn profile relevant to the positions you’re looking for and why you should consider LinkedIn Premium to increase the likelihood of an interview.

Module #3 Industry R&D Interviews & Site Visits Interview Presentations & Industry Presentation Skills

  • The process you can expect once HR reaches out for an interview. Know what HR is attempting to discover and what you should never discuss with HR during the phone call.
  • The unexpected questions a hiring manager may ask you and how you can effectively navigate this scenario. This module will explain some queries that may catch you by surprise so you can start preparing now.
  • What a typical site visit looks like and what skills and behaviors a company will use the visit to evaluate. Know what situations to avoid, what questions to ask, and what to do in difficult situations. This module helps you enter an R&D company site prepared and ready to take on new challenges.
  • Get the facts on how your industry presentation will differ from the presentations you’ve given in academia. You’ll understand everything from how to make a good first impression to the details you need to include in your slides. Discover what a research and development company is thinking during your interview so you answer critical questions in the best way. This module covers…

Module #4 Career Trajectory as an Industry R&D Scientist, as well as Current R&D Trends

Landing an R&D position is only the beginning of a new chapter in your career. Enter the industry with a forward-thinking mindset. This module covers…

  • The company ladder you would climb in a larger company as well as what positions you could seek in a smaller company. There’s a difference between startups, smaller companies, and giant players in the R&D space, and this module will help you distinguish between the three.
  • What positions you can transition to—should you ever desire a different company role. Your scientific position can open many opportunities, and this module will help you understand other jobs and their accompanying duties.
  • Relevant information on the R&D trends affecting big pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, and other firms. You’ll get up-to-date information that sheds light on the future of biologics, cosmeceuticals, and more so you can capitalize on opportunities in the R&D industry.
  • Where the demand for certain scientists is rising, what you can expect to see in the marketplace, and, most importantly, why it’s important to adapt to business trends. You’ll get a broad overview that helps you understand how to view R&D companies strategically.

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Take Your Research From The Bench And Into The Real World

This program will ensure that you get hired into a prestigious R&D position where you can do meaningful scientific work and be paid well for it. As a PhD, you likely have plenty of Research experience, but little or no Development experience, which means you have the “R” in R&D but not the “D.”

RDS will train you in “Development” so you can finally get hired into a high-paying, meaningful R&D position in industry. The RDS program leaders and board members are senior R&D professionals with PhDs working at Regeneron, Intel, Google, Apple, Dow Chemical, Pfizer, Zeiss, Estée Lauder, L’Oréal, and more.

Success Stories

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.

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.

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.

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].

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$46,341 Average annual postdoc salary (Glassdoor)
$81,887 National Average for Scientist I Positions (Glassdoor)
$101,000 National Average for Senior Scientist Positions (Glassdoor)
8.7% Projected Growth of Global Biopharmaceuticals Market through 2025 (researchandmarkets.com)
10% Growth of Biotechnology jobs opportunities by 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
$635 billion Projected pharmaceutical sales in North America for 2022 (Statista)

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