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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.


Success Stories

Stephanie Munroe
Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist

Stephanie Munroe, Ph.D.


“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.”

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Vidhi Thakkar
Medical Writer

Vidhi Thakkar, Ph.D.

Smith & Nephew

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

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Shen Lin PhD
Principal Scientist

Shen Lin, Ph.D.

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.”

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Alexis Paez, Ph.D., Field Director at Nexus

Did you know that 60% of all PhDs end up unemployed?

Reports by the UK Royal Society of Chemistry, the National Science Foundation and The Atlantic have found that most PhDs end up unemployed at some point in their careers because they are not trained in industry career development.

Did you know that 350,000+ PhDs are granted every year?

372,000 PhDs were granted last year but less than 1,000 full-time tenure professorships opened up based on a review of all accessible data. Meanwhile, low-paying, overworked postdoc and adjunct professorships are at a 40 year high.

Technical Director

Ron Hunter, Ph.D.

Mérieux NutriSciences

“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.”

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Research Scientist

Harshavardhan Sundar, Ph.D.


“I didn’t know how to best prepare for my transition into industry, so I struggled to shift out of my long-held academic mindset. Everything changed once I became a member of Cheeky Scientist. Now I work in a top position at Amazon as a research scientist.”

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Central Monitoring Associate

Lois-May Young, Ph.D.

Lois-May Young

“With a 6-year career gap in my resume due to starting a family, I didn’t know how to begin my job search. But then I joined Cheeky Scientist, and I successfully landed a top position as a central monitoring associate at a clinical research company in Australia.”

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Software Engineer

Camillia Smith Barnes, Ph.D.


“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.”

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Data Scientist

Marios Tsatsos, Ph.D.

Clarivate Analytics

“I was struggling to find the right career path to match my goals and lifestyle. When I decided to join Cheeky Scientist, I discovered the data scientist career path and realized I actually had the skills required for the position. Now, I AM a Data Scientist – at a top company in London, UK.”

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Licensing Manager

Ananda Ghosh, Ph.D.

Langone Health

“I’m a Biochemist with a background in Zoology. I was one of those PhDs who thought he was only qualified for bench positions. Cheeky Scientist showed me that wasn’t true at all. I’m a licensing manager and a patent agent, which roles I could not have obtained without Cheeky’s help.”

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Program Manager

Arya Ashok, Ph.D.

AVM Biotechnology

“I had been uploading resumes online for 6 months with no success before joining Cheeky Scientist. It turns out there is a right way–and a wrong way–to build out a resume. Cheeky Scientist taught me the difference and so much more. These days, I’m a program manager at AVM Biotechnology.”

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Communication Associate

Sherri Ter Molen, Ph.D.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

“I’m a more experienced PhD but still got hired because of Cheeky Scientist. Before joining, I was frustrated after spending months on job applications and receiving no response to my job search efforts. I finally joined Cheeky Scientist, and now I’m a communication associate for the NCSBN. I just can’t believe I didn’t join Cheeky sooner.”

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Field Director

Alexis Paez, Ph.D.


“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.”

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