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.

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.

Siva Purushothuman, Ph.D.

NSW/ACT Territory Manager - 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.

Rekha Rao, Ph.D.

InVitro Pharmacologist - Leidos Biomedical Research , Inc.

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I knew I wanted to transition into industry, but I didn’t know how or what to do. I had so many interests and would receive interviews but never got the job. After joining the Association, I realized that it was my mindset that was holding me back. I was ready to leave my academic mindset behind and take on industry. I learned that being physically prepared for your transition is not enough, you also have to be mentally prepared.

Chowdhury Ashraf, Ph.D.

Data Scientist - Dun & Bradstreet

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I didn’t know where to start nor what skill set I needed to transition into industry. Once I joined the Association, I submerged myself into the Association’s private networking community. I was overwhelmed by the support I received and felt comfort in knowing that I was not alone in my job search. I received positive mentorship that helped boost my confidence during my job search.

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.

Suparna Sarkar-Banerjee, Ph.D.

Bio-Imaging Scientist - Luxo Oncology at Lilly

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I struggled with the resume and interview process. Once I joined the association, I received an overwhelming amount of support from fellow PhD Cheeky members. The private PhD group provided me with a place to ask questions and receive advice right away.

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.

Asher Davidson, Ph.D.

Software Engineer - Insight Global

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I didn’t know how to make new connections and create a bigger network. After joining the Association, I learned how to present myself during my job search; humanize myself. I began to feel comfortable asking lots of questions and exerting my engagement during the interview process.

Mamuna Anwar, Ph.D.

Software Engineer - EPAM Systems

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I struggled with imposter syndrome and rejection. I knew I wanted to transition into industry but needed to make time for it. After joining the Association, I changed my academic CV to the Association’s resume template and immediately saw results; this motivated me to go further.

Sampurna Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D.

Scientific Inside Sales Representative - STEMCELL Technologies

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I knew I wanted to transition into industry, but I didn’t know what role would suit me best. I discovered that I wanted to be a bridge in the industry world; half research and half business. After joining the Association, I found great insight into my transition journey through the modules. I learned how to write an elevator pitch and all things networking.

Niranjan Thiruvur, Ph.D.

Research Scientist - PPD

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I felt really discouraged in my job search due to the gaps in my resume. Once I joined the association, I felt a great deal of relief knowing that I wasn’t alone. There were other PhDs out there, like me, struggling with Imposter Syndrome. Diving into the Association materials, the modules helped me develop a professional resume and prepare for salary negotiation.

Alexandra de Castro, Ph.D.

Editor in Chief - United Academics

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I only knew how to apply for jobs in academia since I’d been in the field for over 15 years. Once I joined the association, I realized how wrong I was in my job search process. I learned how to write a resume and the importance of LinkedIn. The private groups gave me a sense of comfort, knowing that I wasn’t alone in the process.

Jordan Tharp, Ph.D.

Researcher - Verily Life Sciences

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I struggled with building my industry network and how to prepare for my transition outside of academia. I first heard about Cheeky Scientist from a fellow colleague at UC Berkeley. Once I joined the association, I felt more confident in my job search by highlighting my strengths. I also learned how to “sell myself” something that I wasn’t taught in academia, so I relied heavily on my CV.

Paula Cunha, PH.D.

Clinical Research Associate - IQVIA

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I struggled with how to navigate the world and mindset of industry. My network was in academia; I knew I needed to branch out. Once I joined the Association, I felt more confident in my job search. I really enjoy the exclusive private groups because it is a space for PhDs to support one another and build their industry network.

Manish Verma, Ph.D.

Scientist ll - Astellas Pharma US

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I felt like no one understood me, and I didn’t have a mentor to guide me towards what I wanted for myself and my career. Once I joined the Association, I flourished in the collaborative community. I enjoy receiving advice from PhDs that have gone through similar experiences. I also love being a mentor to others.

Yaping Moshier, Ph.D.

Medical Science Liaison - Abbvie

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I felt like no one understood me, and I didn’t have a mentor to guide me towards what I wanted for myself and my career. Once I joined the Association, I flourished in the collaborative community. I enjoy receiving advice from PhDs that have gone through similar experiences. I also love being a mentor to others.

Bruno Gonzalez Nolasco, Ph.D.

Scientist ll - Generate Biomedicines, Inc

The biggest hurdle I faced before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association was not knowing what industry was asking for. I was unsure of how to market myself, for I spent most of my career in a postdoc position. After I joined the Association, my job search mindset started to change. I was able to gain the confidence and support I needed to be successful and transition into industry.

Saad Ahmed Sheikh, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist - Sandvik Group

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I struggled to get interviews, and my CV was 4 to 5 pages. Once I joined the Association, I was able to grasp the material and techniques from the modules and began to feel confident during the interview process.

Cornelia Stoian, Ph.D.

Application Scientist- Global Technical Support Specialist - Miltenyi Biotec

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I felt like I wasn’t ready or prepared to start my job search. Once I joined the Association, I was able to grasp the material and techniques from the modules and began to feel confident in my job search. I even went for the more challenging position and got it!

Katarzyna Romek, Ph.D.

Expert in Mass Spectrometry - Sebia

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I felt so alone and defeated in my job search. Once I discovered Cheeky Scientist and attended my first webinar, I was so happy that I even shed a tear. I immediately joined the Association, and felt comfort in knowing that I’m not alone. I am very grateful for the Association and am excited to start my new industry career.

Marios Zacharopoulos, Ph.D.

Manager (Management Consulting) - R.A. Crescenti Advisory

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I didn’t know where to start in my job search. Once I joined the Association, my goal was clear after seeing the Cheeky Scientist comprehensive transition plan. I love the material and the networking strategies that the Cheeky Scientist Association has in place. This is my 2nd Transition! This shows just how valuable the material is even after my 1st transition.

Swati Dhar, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist - NeoImmuneTech, Inc.

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I had a LinkedIn account, but I did not know how to optimize my utilization. After joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I felt at home in the community with like-minded professionals. Immediately my networking skills started to improve, and I was able to make connections outside of my academic circle. My favorite thing about the Association is how everyone looks out for one another. I actually found my current position via LinkedIn.

Emilia Bergoglio, Ph.D.

Research and Development Engineer - Splink, Inc

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I struggled with how to utilize the skills I learned in academia within the world of industry. After joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I received a lot of support from the exclusive membership Facebook Groups and Industry Professionals. I found my current job after communicating with someone within my network. This proves how powerful and important networking is.

Alex Coutinho, Ph.D.

Scientific Writer - Olink Proteomics

I knew I wanted to go into the medical writing field, but the biggest hurdle I faced before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association was knowing where to start. After stumbling upon Cheeky Scientist via LinkedIn, I discovered that they offer a Medical Writing Organization Program. After joining the association, I was introduced to LinkedIn and was able to hone in on my networking skills. As an introvert, I am one of the more quieter PhDs, but I found my voice and received a lot of support from the exclusive membership Facebook Groups.

Sergei Pustylnikov, Ph.D.

Scientist 2, Immunology - GreenLight BioSciences, Inc

The biggest hurdle I faced before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association was the job search process. I always knew I wanted to transition into industry and started to prep early on, but it wasn’t until I joined the association where everything came together. I was finally able to connect with others in industry and build my network. The private Ph.D. community provided me with the support and confidence I needed to adapt to a new culture.

Haewon Park, PhD

Clinical Training and Regulatory Affairs Specialist - LUTRONIC

Job hunting is such an isolating experience, and I felt so isolated before and was searching for a good community to talk to. That’s the value I found in the Association. It’s a group of people who have similar experiences and I immediately felt like I wasn’t alone. There are so many people who want to make a transition or explore a different field outside their major or dissertation. I felt like it was a great community to join, and learned so much about the value of networking. In the group, I could see people in a similar position as me getting jobs and succeeding. It was very inspirational.

Rachel Clemens, PhD

Commercial Innovation Manager, Life Science Lead - Center for the Advancement of Science in Space

The community itself was incredibly supportive. I don’t think I’ve encountered a more supportive community before. People really would help each other. One of the things in the Cheeky Scientist materials that really helped me was the Transition Plan, and specifically the strategy. Once I had that, it made it a lot easier for me to utilize my network more effectively and also to have a lot more confidence that this was the direction that I wanted to go in.

Leo Ai, PhD

Clinical Product Risk Specialist - Boston Scientific

I had primarily taken the same approach [to the industry job search] that I had with my postdoc applications, so my resume wasn’t getting much attention. So I knew something was missing there. That was the primary thing that was on my mind at the time, because I just wasn’t getting any sort of response from anything. [After joining the Association] one of the greatest “aha moments” was the concept of adding value. That was not something that I was used to. Another big “aha moment” was the concept of transferable skills. That’s what a lot of us coming from academia don’t really realize–if you feel like you’re missing something on your resume, that’s probably it.

Paige Castleman, PhD

Evidence Evaluation Specialist -

Job search techniques? I had none. I didn’t know where to start, and I only knew how to make an academic CV, I did not know how to make a resume, I didn’t know that it didn’t need to be longer than two pages maximum. And then networking, I’d only networked on campus, which still gave me good connections but they weren’t industry connections. So since then I’ve been networking on LinkedIn and just anywhere I go. If I learn that someone could potentially help me or I could help them, “Hi, my name is Paige. Nice to meet you.”

Arunodoy Sur, PhD

Technology Licensing Officer - Nova Southeastern University

First I went to the career development center at my university, and I was very disappointed with the feedback that I got. The main issue with career development centers at various universities is that the advice they give is tailored for undergrads. While going through this process I was trying to find some organization or some person that would be able to give me the proper advice. The whole concept of Cheeky Scientist being by PhDs, for PhDs, and how to transition out of academia, these three things are very unique. I wish that I had got this before graduating, but I’m getting it after graduating and now I’m in a position to help others.

Milind Nigam, PhD

Application Scientist - Benchling

Now that I’ve started working you get inundated with this whole new set of vocabulary, all these different abbreviations that if you’ve heard of them you don’t know what they mean, or you may never have heard of it and it’s totally foreign. So certainly getting exposed to some of those concepts in the SMBA, that was part of it, but also understanding different types of companies, what types of companies I want to go after, and what to look for when I conduct my job search. All that stuff really came into play.

Lin Zhang-Chen, PhD

Senior Clinical Scientist - Clinical Testing & Global Claims Group

I decided that the position I wanted was on the clinical side of personal care products, so from the technical side a PhD is enough, but this position required a lot of communication with marketing groups and also consumer insight. So after I joined the SMBA and went through the materials, when a scientific problem comes up I also see it from the consumer side, the marketing side. And I remember during my interview when I talked to a VP-level person, our conversation was more about consumer confidence in the product, and the VP gave me his business card. At that moment I thought, I probably made it this time.

Sedef Iskit, PhD

Consultant - Catalyze

I took a lot of things for granted when I finished my PhD. I thought I had a unique set of skills and I would get a lot of offers and I wouldn’t have to study any harder, and it would just flow from now on. But of course it didn’t. I applied to a lot of jobs and I didn’t have any interviews, and the very few times I did, I wouldn’t get the offer in the end. I was clearly doing something wrong. When I first joined the Association I was in the middle of interviewing, so I actually did the modules in reverse order. But it worked really well, I learned lots immediately because I had to dig into it deeply right away.

Aparna Lakshmanan, PhD

Submission Writer - Novartis

After my PhD I did apply to one non-academic position and one postdoctoral position, and I got the postdoc position. I started the postdoc and then next Association enrollment period started within a few months, and said I’m going to join and see where it goes. The first thing [about the Association that impressed me] was networking. Earlier when I used to go to conferences I would sit in a lot of talks, but later I realized that you have to spend time in booths. But even if you spend time in booths, you need to know how to approach the people there properly. CSA taught me to be generally interested in the company’s product portfolio, talk to people, then develop that relationship and get the right contacts. So that was really an “aha” moment.

Tapan Kumar Nayak, PhD

Application Scientist - Nanion Technologies

After joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I realized what the different possibilities were that were available for a PhD in the industry sector. I was never aware of all the possibilities that are out there. That was my turning point, joining CSA and learning about all the different job avenues. I also loved the private group. The most important part was all the available material in the group. You look for any question, or any issue, and you’ll definitely get an answer–either from the current members, or it has previously been answered. You’re always close to your answer when you’re in Cheeky.

Mentor Mulaj, PhD

Research Scientist - Thermalin

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.

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