We Fight for PhDs and Phd Careers

We Fight for PhDs and Phd Careers

With 15,000+ active program memberships, we have helped and are helping thousands of PhDs transition into their first or next industry career. Our members develop their careers and technical skills for life.

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.

Vidhi Thakkar, PhD

Medical Writer - Smith & Nephew

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

Shen Lin, PhD

Principal Scientist - Spirovant Sciences, Inc.

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

Tapan Kumar Nayak, PhD

Field Application Scientist - Nanion Technologies

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

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.

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.

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.

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!!

Ranjani Muralidharan, PhD

Laboratory Manager - LSAI Labs, LLC

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

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].

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.

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.

Prasad Subramaniam, PhD

Research Scientist - Bristol-Myers Squibb

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

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.

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.

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.

Giuseppe Lonetto, PhD

Giuseppe Lonetto, Ph.D. - Altran

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

Evgeny Smirnov, PhD

Material Scientist - Mighty Buildings

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

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.

Defne Us, PhD

Computer Tomography Imaging Expert - medPhoton GmbH

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

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.

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.

Mariano Gonzalo, PhD

Application Specialist - NanoTemper Technologies

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

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.

Minsu Kang, PhD

Medical Science Liaison - Avanir Pharmaceuticals

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

Gabriel Villar, PhD

Director of R&D and Quality Assurance - Koppert Biological Systems

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

Robert Hable, PhD


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.

Farzana Alam, PhD

Scientist - Eagle Pharmaceuticals

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

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.

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!

Ralph Hazlewood, PhD

Associate Manager - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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

Asjad Alim, PhD

Plant Breeder - Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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

Gabriela Henriques, PhD

Scientist - CPI

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

Guillem Brandariz de Pedro, PhDs

Account Manager - Agilent Technologies

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

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.

Banu Mukund, PhD

Field Application Scientist - Beckman Coulter

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

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