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.

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Medical Advisor - Moderna

I started sending out hundreds of job applications and received many rejection letters. I was frustrated and confused; I hit a wall and didn’t know how to get out. I didn’t want to stay in academia. Once I joined Cheeky, I realized I needed to change my mindset. Breaking into industry is a process. I learned how to make my resume grab the hiring manager’s attention, create an eye-catching LinkedIn profile, and how to interview appropriately. The biggest takeaway was the networking strategy I gained. I learned that Internal referrals are the key to getting hired. I’ve carried these values through my first and second transitions.

Tina Matin, PhD

Senior Scientist - Sanofi

My transition was a long time coming. I didn’t know where to start. I faced immigration issues, and my niche wasn’t popular in industry when I started my job search. I didn’t let these obstacles stop me; I kept investing in my career development. Once I joined Cheeky, it gave me a good framework to work with. I got everything I wanted from Cheeky. Once my obstacles were removed, I was totally ready. I received 3-offers before even applying anywhere.

Swati Kunduri, PhD

Senior Medical Science Liaison - Chiesi Global Rare Diseases

I wasn’t sure which career path I wanted to pursue. I knew I wanted to be an MSL, but the competition and my lack of experience clouded my dream. Once I joined Cheeky, I realized I had transferable skills and learned how to position them. Having an accountability partner provided me with a lot of support during my transition.

Swati Bhatawadekar, PhD

Clinical Science Specialist - IVDR - Roche

I was lacking strategy and a more targeted approach. Cheeky taught me how to structure my resume to beat the system. I started looking at my resume with a hiring manager mindset and began to see results.

Stephen Vella, PhD

Medical Affairs Advisor - QIAGEN

My advisor was less than supportive of an industry career track. She refused to give me any letters of recommendation and told me to focus on my research and that the jobs would come. Cheeky gave me the tools and support to move forward. I was able to see that there was hope.

Stefanie Hassel, PhD

Research Manager -

I achieved tenure, but it wasn’t what I envisioned from an academic research career. I didn’t enjoy it. I was really missing the research side of things. Once I joined Cheeky, I was able to build up my business acumen and develop my career.

Sonali Pandhe, PhD

Senior Medical Science Liaison (Hematology/Oncology) - Covis Pharma

Before joining Cheeky, I remember how I’d get to round 2 or 3 of the interviews and wouldn’t pass. Then I would give up for a few weeks. Certain jobs in industry can be competitive and hard to get into. If it wasn’t for Cheeky, I wouldn’t have landed the job that I did.

Rekha Rao, PhD

In Vitro Pharmacologist - Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.

I spent 20 years in academia, and I realized that I was not going to get tenure. I started to apply for jobs but wouldn’t make it past the interview stage. It made me feel like I was a total failure. After joining Cheeky, I realized I was answering all of the interview questions wrong -I was not talking the industry language.

Nicole Febles, PhD

Scientific Writer - Bristol Myers Squibb

My mindset was very academic based. Once I joined Cheeky, I caught on to things I needed to change for my mindset to move forward into an industry position. It was great to have support and an accountability partner. I landed my job by getting an internal referral.

Natalie Batta, PhD

Medical Science Liaison - Alimera Sciences

I went to medical school in Mexico, but this wasn’t what I wanted to practice in. After joining Cheeky, I started highlighting my soft skills and got my resume noticed. My biggest advice would be to network like crazy.

Manali Garg, PhD

Assistant Manager - Datar Cancer Genetics Limited

After working in research for about a decade, I decide it was time to explore new ways to improve myself. After joining Cheeky, I realized what I needed to work on due to my big knowledge gaps. I began to study the materials to improve my job search strategy.

Krista Cosert, PhD

Scientist - Roswell Biotechnologies

After my 2nd postdoc, I knew I needed to do something different because transitioning was still my goal, so I decided to join Cheeky. Immediately I received help with my resume and learned the language of industry. I was able to show my value to employers and received many interview opportunities. In the end, I was able to choose what job I wanted.

Kartik Angara, PhD

Molecular Science Liaison - Caris Life Sciences

I’ve been a member of Cheeky Scientist since 2017. I enjoy talking to MSL’s in the private Cheeky group; that’s what got me motivated in my job search. The help you receive from mentors and peers is so valuable.

Karine Pozo, PhD

Program Manager - HeritX/CPI Cancer Prevention Initiative

I joined Cheeky because I wanted to gain methodology. The tools I received helped me learn how to be a productive Project Manager. I feel confident in my ability to move forward and flourish in my career.

Julie Dela Cruz, PhD

Medical Science Liaison - Eli Lilly and Company

I did my job search by myself for 6 months and it wasn’t really going anywhere. I didn’t know to network, so I just kept applying and applying. When I joined Cheeky I learned how to network and began asking for informational interviews. Cheeky has such a huge network that you can tap into and get referrals.

James Morris, PhD

Consultant - AgileBio

After a year in a postdoc, I realized that was the wrong place for me. After months of rejection, I knew something was missing in my job search strategy. Once I joined Cheeky, I got recruited by a company and continued to climb the industry ladder.

Dipankar Nath, PhD

Senior Data Scientist - British Telcom

I kept sending out my academic resume everywhere and received no response. I started to doubt myself. Once I joined Cheeky I learned how important it is to connect your soft skills to the job you’re applying to. I also learned how to understand a business which is very important when working in industry.

Dignesh Shah, PhD

Associate Regulatory Affairs Specialist - Perspectum Ltd

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.

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.

Damon McCune, PhD

Regional Medical Science Liaison Lead - Exact Sciences

I never had a hard time finding a job until PhD was on my resume. Then there were *crickets*. My biggest challenge was my resume and finding the right format. What was extremely helpful was connecting with as many people as possible and network.

Chronis Fatouros, PhD

Lab Head - iDNA Genomics

I was unsure of where to start, and I didn’t have any industry internships. My lack of experience was my biggest impediment. I wasn’t sure how to leverage what I learned in my academic career. After 3 months of joining Cheeky I received a job offer.

Alejandra Viviescas, PhD

Consultant And Content Manager -

I realized I didn’t want to stay in Academia anymore, but I had no idea what to do. Once I discovered Cheeky Scientist and joined, it was life-changing. I went from desperation mode to having all of these options to start thinking about what I wanted for myself. Cheeky’s methodology helped me create the career I wanted and would work for me.

Brent Ware, PhD

Senior Quality Engineer - 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.

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.

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