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.

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.”

Chronis Fatouros, PhD

Lab Head - iDNA Genomics

A major thing I learned is that I was not so aware how important networking is. I was doing searches for jobs that fit my profile, then filling out the applications online, uploading my CVs, then waiting and usually not getting answers back. How I found this job now was through targeted networking. I met the CEO a year ago and I nurtured the relationship, and when the time was ripe I was invited for an interview with the CEO and the managing director, already having worked on the relationship in my networking.

Anna Frank, PhD

Associate Regulatory Consultant - Yordas Group

It was hard to think of leaving 15 years of hard work and getting into something new. I was browsing and applying online and trying to figure out how to do the job search and I found the Cheeky Scientist Association. I was looking for a community that could provide some guidance, because it’s very hard. I had never looked for a job before, I was recruited immediately after graduation, everything was going smoothly, so it was the first time in my life that I actually had to write a CV or do a cover letter.

Michelle Grant, PhD

Freelance Writer - Enago

I wasn’t sure the Association would benefit me, being in South Africa, but I was wrong. The private group is amazing. If you post a question or you support somebody you start building up relationships, and everybody in that group is fantastic.

Jo Ramos-VonRitchie, PhD

Patent Agent - US Patent & Trademark Office

The Association really helped me in figuring out who I am. The material just really clicked for me and made sense. Being able to just talk to somebody was great. The Cheeky Scientist Association is really interactive, the people really do care about you.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer - CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn’t realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn’t have. That was huge.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist - Sterling Pharma Solutions

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.

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Business Development Manager - CRO

Before joining Cheeky Scientist I didn’t know how I was going to do this. Where do I even begin? So I saw Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and on LinkedIn and I thought, maybe I should give it a shot. It was a leap of faith but I did it anyway, and I’m so grateful I did.

Airama Albisa, PhD

Regulatory Affairs Specialist - Farmhispania Group. S.L.

For me the Association was helpful because I was able to see all the different paths available, other than just working in the lab. The private group was great because of all the information there, as well as the support from all the other people facing the same challenges you are.

Irene Minkina, PhD

Medical Writer II - Clinical Thinking (Nucleus Global)

My biggest challenge was my mindset. My mindset was basically that I was garbage outside of academia, frankly. I didn’t think I could do anything else, I didn’t think I had transferable skills. I had an extremely limiting set of beliefs before I joined. It’s not about your little tiny thing that you research, it’s about all those transferable skills that any Ph.D. acquires as they go through their program.

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Scientist - Meso Scale Diagnostics

I’ve gone to so many great meetups where I’ve gotten great pieces of advice that I’ve been able to implement, they’ve introduced me to people who have been crucial in keeping me motivated and focused during my job search. It’s really encouraging, when it’s a difficult time in your career and you’re not sure how to move forward, to have all these people cheering you on.

Julia Isacescu, PhD

Medical Writer - Own Company

There were a lot of layers I need it to really work through, the structure of the program addresses those things. You’re really not alone, there was a lot of support in the network.
There was a ridiculously amount of content that’s just so rich, it’s been an enriching experienced honestly. I learned a lot and I know I still have a lot to learn but I’m doing well.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I’m doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn’t the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Data Scientist - Itron

I really liked that I was able to connect with a lot of other CSA members via Linkedin and get some information to reuse. Another thing that I did liked was not just the resume review but also people who would post their transition stories. That to me was really inspiring, almost like a blueprint.

David Pereira, PhD

Lead Research Scientist - Phase Scientific International

Having Cheeky Scientist as a resource was definitely helpful, just being so supportive and how responsive everyone was, it was great seeing that consistency. I think Cheeky Scientist definitely took the time to address every question that pops us. I like that Cheeky Scientist is not just saying things but actually doing it, Cheeky Scientist is doing what they’re preaching.

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.

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.

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.

Clare Chang, PhD

Associate Manager - dMed Biomedical Company.

I joined Cheeky Scientist after submitting my resume to countless companies. I had been hoping for a fulfilling career, but no luck. With the help of the CS community, I learned to confidently network and finally became an associate manager of medical writing at dMed Biomedical Company.