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.

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Senior 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.

Monair McGregor, Ph.D.

Community Engagement Program Lead - SiteBridge Research, Inc.

I thought I had aged out of the opportunity to transition into industry and that where I was at the time was where I should be. After joining the Association, these mindset challenges and Imposture Syndrome were no longer an issue. The Cheeky Scientist social media quotes really helped me gain the confidence I needed to transition successfully. From there, I was able to create a professional industry resume and build my networking strategy. It feels great working for a company where my values align.

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Associate Director - The Estée Lauder Companies

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.

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.

Shobeir Seddington, PhD

Lead Director of Data Science and Personalization - CVS Health

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.

Brent Ware, PhD

Senior Quality Engineer - In Vitro Testing - Medtronic

I had to change my mindset and understand that what was valued in industry wasn’t valued in academia inversely. In industry it’s about what you can do and the bottom line.

Alexis Paez, PhD

Marketing Director and Director of Science Outreach - 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.

Robert Hable, PhD

Innovation & Product Commercialization Coordinator - 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.

Umar Twahir, PhD

GSC-ATS Supply Chain R&D Engineer - Equipment Design Engineer - Intel Corporation

One thing that I had never realized the power of, was LinkedIn. Upon joining the Association I saw how much LinkedIn was stressed. Immediately, I’m talking less than 48 hours after I started applying some of the LinkedIn makeover techniques provided through the modules and the books that we received as free gifts, I had a recruiter reach out to me and say, “We saw that you had project management experience, do you want a job?” It was amazing, because having had LinkedIn for about a year and a half before that, no one had ever reached out to me. Just doing ten percent changes resulted in an immediate reach out from a recruiter.

Eda Machado, Ph.D.

Clinical Project Manager - IQVIA

I had spent many years in academia; I was stuck in that mindset for so long before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association. I thought I could only do academic work, and that industry wasn’t a possibility for me until I joined the Association. I love the amount of support I receive from the Cheeky team and other members of the Association. The community is very precious to me and my success.

Paige Potts, Ph.D.

Evidence Evaluation Specialist - Smith+Nephew

I was afraid that I didn’t have enough technical skills. But the program taught me the importance of highlighting my strengths. So, I was able to narrow down my job search to careers that would fit my strengths. Even so, I suffered from severe imposter syndrome, but the group has helped me realize my potential. I am a very well trained academic who knows how to go down to the grindstone and get things done, and because of these skills and work ethic, I am so valued in industry.

Shilpa Sen, PhD

Qualification Services Project Manager - Cytiva

Being able to work, having skills, and still not getting any job is kind of frustrating. But the Cheeky Scientist Association platform not only gives you confidence, but also a supportive environment where you can talk about your problems to other people who might be in the same situation. CSA gives all of us PhDs a platform that helps us move forward.

Roshan Thomas Ramlal, PhD

Evaluation Lead, Digital Communications - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

Abhay Thakur, PhD

Head of Dowstream Manufacturing - Thermo Fisher Scientific

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.

Yahfi Talkukdar, PhD

Senior Territory Manager - Johnson & Johnson MedTech

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!

Shounak Datta, Ph.D.

AI Data Scientist 3 - Change Healthcare

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I would submit an academic CV attached to my job applications versus an industry resume. Reflecting on that now, “what was I thinking?”. After joining the association, I learned how to write an industry resume and started to feel confident in my job search.

Mentor Mulaj, PhD

Senior Scientist, Large Molecule Drug Product Development - Johnson & Johnson

Like many other PhDs, I had no idea initially that there were other alternatives for PhDs and I was 100% focused on academia. Soon after I joined my first postdoc I realized that academia might not be a good fit for me so I started searching for other opportunities, but guess what, it was not easy. Thankfully I came across the Cheeky Scientist Association and I finally joined. As soon as I joined the Association it felt like being home. You will feel the warm welcome in the Facebook group when you ask questions. You will start feeling like you’re going in the right direction.

Gabriel Villar, PhD

Manager, R&D Operations - Upward Farms

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.

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Nonfabrication Process Engineer - Meta

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.

DeLisa West, PhD

Alzheimer's Disease Diagnostic Consultant - Eli Lilly and Company

The biggest thing that I’ve gotten from Cheeky was the informational interviews. It helped me learn the right words to use and narrow down my skills. I’ve made some lifelong friends and colleagues through this. There are so many resources to help you make the right steps moving forward. This was the most life-changing process. I value myself and my PhD more now than I did before joining Cheeky.

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.

Alex Portillo, PhD

Non-Systems Inside Sales & Marketing 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.

Lilly Jin Xu, PhD

Regulatory Affairs - Novo Nordisk

I learned, in networking, not to expect anything back right away, but to focus on adding value. I also learned how to initiate informational interviews with other Cheeky Scientist members and also outside of the group. I’m still learning from the group.

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director - Mind+Matter

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.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Global Genomics Services and Project Manager - 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.

Dignesh Shah, PhD

Risk Management Lead - Huma

I had several hiccups in drafting my resume. I would upload so many resumes and hear nothing back. I learned from Cheeky that every element needs to be in the right order going in the right direction; you don’t know which element will click. Just dumping everything into a CV won’t work.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Medical Manager - MRS, Biopharma Operations - Pfizer

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.

Costas Agalou, PhD

Chief Commissioning Editor & Deputy Editor-in-Chief - Wiley

The thing that really intrigued me about the Cheeky Scientist Association was that it focused on PhD students, and at that time that was exactly what I was looking for. [After joining the Association] the biggest and most immediate benefit that I found was the change of mindset. Every time I was applying for a job I changed my whole approach, from my CV to the end, until I secured a job. I think that was the biggest benefit that I saw in myself.

Siva Purushothuman, Ph.D.

NSW/ACT Territory Manager and Product/Business Development - JB Medical Equipment

As an academic, I never thought I was capable of possessing an Industry position until I joined the Association. The Cheeky Scientist modules helped bridge what I had done in academia into what is needed in industry. Immediately I learned the importance of networking and began setting goals. I was able to make meaningful network connections and find a career in industry.

Ron Hunter, PhD

Senior Scientist - Chemistry, Manufacturing & Control (CMC) - Cardinal Health

I needed to overcome my personal version of imposter syndrome in order to pursue the career and lifestyle I wanted. It wasn’t easy, but the folks at Cheeky Scientist made it possible. I’m now happily employed as a technical director of chemistry at Merieux NutriSciences.

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Senior Medical Science Liaison - The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

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.

Vincent Genest, PhD

Associate Partner - McKinsey & Company

During my PhD I considered doing something else, but my main challenge was that I didn’t know what I could do. So I was always in this mindset of trying to list what I could do with these exact skills that I learned as a PhD student, and the only thing I could come up with was postdoc. So I really failed to see any options moving forward. I was lucky enough to have a great postdoc, but when I started working more on my own I realized that I wasn’t happy as a postdoc and this was not what I wanted to do in my future life. Once I joined the Association, I really shifted my mindset. It was no longer about what can I do with the skills that I have right now, but rather what do I want to do, and then I’ll just frame my approach towards what I want to do. Just this little change in mindset really made the difference.

Sarah Rodrigues, PhD

Academic and Governmental Consultant - 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.

Ranjani Muralidharan, PhD

Senior Analytical Chemist - Vertellus

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.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Senior Analyst, Post Market Surveillance - Johnson & Johnson

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.

Zahra Bahrami, PhD

Scientist - 23andMe Therapeutics

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

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