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Introducing The User Experience Squad By Cheeky Scientist

User Experience Squad

The User Experience Squad, or UXS, will ensure you get into a high paying UX Researcher career where you will leverage your technical and communication skills to help companies improve their products and fullfil the expectations of end users. The UXS program leaders and board members are UX Researchers currently working in industry who will train you on the process of understanding the UX field, communicating your relevant experience throughout all steps of the hiring process, and getting into the right UX Researcher career for you, no matter your background or target industry. This is the only program specifically for PhDs and designed by PhDs currently working in top UX researcher roles.

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Success Stories

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.

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.

Brent Ware, PhD

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst
Medtronic

I think my biggest "aha moment" [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They're looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we're used to as PhD students every day.

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Optics Engineer
SigTuple

In India when there are job openings, sometimes there will be thousands of applications, so to get noticed among this many applications, I had to do something different that other people were not doing. After I joined the Association I learned a lot, right now I'm getting a lot of responses. After joining the Association the way I'm conducting the job search process is completely different.

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Senior Scientist, Bioprocess Development
Seagen

Right after my PhD I knew I did not want to go into academia and the postdoc path. So I started applying for non-academic positions, but there were two problems. First, I did not know which job titles I might be eligible to apply to. The other part was that all my thought process, my resume, my LinkedIn, everything was academic. Before joining the Association I was lost, I was discouraged. After joining the Association, things started to be a lot different.

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.

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.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Before coming to this field I didn't really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it's not just like any other program on the internet. It's a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Scientist I
MedImmune

The biggest challenge for me to start with, was just to get people to notice me, basically. You look on LinkedIn and see all these job advertisements and don't know how to get your resume in front of the right people. That was really the first thing I needed help with, and once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and began learning the networking techniques, it really changed my whole job search.

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

COVID-19 Environment Testing Marketing Lead
EnviralTech

I had a hard time accepting the fact that I had to network, and that my PhD and resume were not enough to find a job. Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I definitely was lost. I had sent many resumes with no response whatsoever, and I didn't know where to go. I was just lost. For me, the "aha moment" came on Day 1. I was invited to the private group, and I think after an hour I had already gotten my money's worth.

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.

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.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer
CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn't realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn't have. That was huge.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer
Corning

As many of you PhDs have experienced, there's really not much guidance as to how to structure your resume for industry. That was one challenge for sure, because after uploading my resume in its previous form I usually didn't get any kind of response. Knowing how to tailor a resume to a specific position was a big challenge, but...after taking care of that it becomes a lot easier.

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Product Manufacturing Engineer
Honeywell

My situation was a little bit different in the sense that I was already in industry but I wanted to transition into a different industrial sector. The main challenge I had was marketing myself in terms of transferable skills to the new industry that I was targeting. That was a huge challenge for me. I had interviews, went for on-site visits, and most of the interviews I felt like I did quite well and was hoping for a job offer, but it never materialized. I started asking myself, what was it I wasn't doing right. That's when I joined the Association. The Association provided a lot of valuable resources, from webinars to resume resources, information on negotiating salary, and the private group.

About The User Experience Squad

As soon as you become a UXS member, you get access to the UXS training dashboard, which includes 4 training modules with 40+ training videos and 13 advanced training workbooks. You also get access to monthly webinars about relevant topics in UX. Finally, you get lifetime access to a private job referral network of UX Researchers and UX hiring managers and guaranteed feedback from these UX Researchers 24/7 on any job search-related question so you can get hired as a UX Researcher now.

Here’s the Targeted Training You’ll Receive From The User Experience Squad...

Module #1

Breaking Down The User Experience (UX) Field

You know you want to be a UX researcher. You want to develop needed familiarity with the responsibilities that come with the role and how it fits within the UX industry. This module covers…

  • What UX Is. This module explains the value of the surging UX field and defines UX industry-specific terminology. You’ll learn how UX research works with UX design to generate a product that delights customers.
  • The UX Research Process. This module outlines the steps of the UX research process and how UX researchers approach each step. It describes the overall approaches and specific methods UX researchers employ to understand users’ attitudes when interacting with a product.
  • UX Researcher Responsibilities. This module details what activities UX researchers are expected to perform throughout each stage of the product development cycle.
  • Who Hires UX Researchers. This module outlines the different sectors and types of companies that hire UX researchers. You’ll learn the general similarities and differences among UX researcher roles at different types of companies.

Module #2 

What Makes A Successful UX Researcher?

You want to know what being a UX researcher looks like day to day and what skills are needed for success. This module covers…

  • Earning Potential And Lifestyle. This module presents UX researcher salary ranges based on experience, geographic location, and company size. It also describes the lifestyle of a UX researcher and the factors that contribute to job satisfaction in the UX field.
  • A Day In The Life Of A UX Researcher. This module delineates the main activities that UX researchers must perform on a day to day basis. You’ll learn about each of these activities in detail and how much time a UX researcher should expect to contribute to each to achieve their objectives.
  • Essential Skills For UX Researchers. This module details the most sought-after technical and transferable skills for UX Researchers. It also explains how you have already developed these skills during your PhD.
  • Professional Resources. To be a top performer in UX research, you will need to hone your skills before, during, and after your transition. This module points you toward professional groups, conferences, blogs, and more that you can use to ensure you stay up to date with the rapidly evolving UX industry.

Module #3

Getting Hired As A UX Researcher

When it comes to securing a job offer as a UX researcher, you can significantly improve your chances with the right techniques. This module covers….

  • Job Search Toolkit. To transition into the UX industry from academia, you will need to reframe your PhD experience using industry-specific keywords. This module provides key insights to help you accomplish this task through your resume, LinkedIn, UX research portfolio, and networking.
  • Building Your Portfolio. A strong UX research portfolio can provide a competitive edge to prospective UX researchers. Additionally, assembling such a portfolio can help you organize your experience. This module explains what your portfolio should include and how to structure it.
  • The UX Researcher Hiring Process. This module describes the phone screen and interview process for UX researchers. You’ll find out how to prepare for both video and on-site interviews, including what specific questions you can expect.
  • Interview Tasks. You will likely be given tasks to test your UX research and communication skills during your interview. You’ll learn what these tasks are and what you can do to make sure you are ready for them.

Module #4

UX Career Trajectory

Now that you have secured a position as a UX researcher what next steps should you take to continue growing professionally and personally? This module covers…

  • The First 90 Days. This module explains what to expect and how to behave during your first few months on the job to set yourself on a trajectory for long-term career success.
  • Vertical Career Progression For UX Researchers. You’ll learn the most common vertical moves in the UX industry and how long it generally takes to climb the ladder.
  • Horizontal Moves Within The UX Industry. As a UX researcher, you will gain skills that are in-demand for other UX Industry roles. This module outlines these jobs and how you can leverage your experience as a UX researcher to transition into one of them.
  • Future Career Paths. Your UX researcher skills are readily transferable to several different PhD-level jobs in other top industries. You’ll find out what skills you will need to highlight and those you may need to build if you select one of these roles as your next career step.

Enter Your Info Below To Get On The Waitlist for User Experience Squad

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The #1 UX Training Program For PhDs Only

This is the only UX training program specifically for PhDs and created by PhDs currently working in industry UX Researcher roles. The UXS board members have already made their transition and currently work in different companies across the world. This program will ensure your transition into a high-paying and well respected UX Researcher position even if you don’t have industry experience. Once you are hired as a UX Researcher, you will be able to influence the products that will transform your target industry, advocate about the importance of good UX, and impact the lives of end users.

Success Stories

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.

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.

Brent Ware, PhD

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst
Medtronic

I think my biggest "aha moment" [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They're looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we're used to as PhD students every day.

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Optics Engineer
SigTuple

In India when there are job openings, sometimes there will be thousands of applications, so to get noticed among this many applications, I had to do something different that other people were not doing. After I joined the Association I learned a lot, right now I'm getting a lot of responses. After joining the Association the way I'm conducting the job search process is completely different.

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Senior Scientist, Bioprocess Development
Seagen

Right after my PhD I knew I did not want to go into academia and the postdoc path. So I started applying for non-academic positions, but there were two problems. First, I did not know which job titles I might be eligible to apply to. The other part was that all my thought process, my resume, my LinkedIn, everything was academic. Before joining the Association I was lost, I was discouraged. After joining the Association, things started to be a lot different.

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.

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.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Before coming to this field I didn't really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it's not just like any other program on the internet. It's a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Scientist I
MedImmune

The biggest challenge for me to start with, was just to get people to notice me, basically. You look on LinkedIn and see all these job advertisements and don't know how to get your resume in front of the right people. That was really the first thing I needed help with, and once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and began learning the networking techniques, it really changed my whole job search.

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

COVID-19 Environment Testing Marketing Lead
EnviralTech

I had a hard time accepting the fact that I had to network, and that my PhD and resume were not enough to find a job. Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I definitely was lost. I had sent many resumes with no response whatsoever, and I didn't know where to go. I was just lost. For me, the "aha moment" came on Day 1. I was invited to the private group, and I think after an hour I had already gotten my money's worth.

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.

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.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer
CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn't realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn't have. That was huge.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer
Corning

As many of you PhDs have experienced, there's really not much guidance as to how to structure your resume for industry. That was one challenge for sure, because after uploading my resume in its previous form I usually didn't get any kind of response. Knowing how to tailor a resume to a specific position was a big challenge, but...after taking care of that it becomes a lot easier.

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Product Manufacturing Engineer
Honeywell

My situation was a little bit different in the sense that I was already in industry but I wanted to transition into a different industrial sector. The main challenge I had was marketing myself in terms of transferable skills to the new industry that I was targeting. That was a huge challenge for me. I had interviews, went for on-site visits, and most of the interviews I felt like I did quite well and was hoping for a job offer, but it never materialized. I started asking myself, what was it I wasn't doing right. That's when I joined the Association. The Association provided a lot of valuable resources, from webinars to resume resources, information on negotiating salary, and the private group.

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24,000 number of UX researcher job openings worldwide (UX Collective).
22% Expected annual growth rate of the UX market in the next 10 years (Center Centre)
$95,000 is the average salary for UX Researchers in the U.S (Glassdoor)
70% Percentage of CEOs who see investing on UX as a differentiator (UserZoom)
8 in 10 customers are willing to pay more for better customer experience (intechnic)
100 million predicted number of UX professionals in the world by 2050 (Nielsen Normal Group)

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When User Experience Squad opens up to new members, you'll be the first to know. You will also be notified about promotions and free webinars for User Experience Squad.