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.

Paolo Rusconi, PhD

Regulatory Submission Coordinator - Medpace

When I decided to quit my postdoc I spent some months looking for a position, and I managed to go through some interviews but I was never very successful. So I thought I still needed to optimize my approach to the job search, so I decided that joining the Association would be a good chance to get the most out of the few interviews I managed to get. For sure the most important thing [about the Cheeky Scientist Association] was that the materials were tailored for people with a background in academia. People with this kind of background aren’t really prepared to transition into industry because you spending your entire working life in academia. You have to reinvent yourself and understand how things work outside academia.

Jack O'Sullivan, PhD

UK Sales Manager - Stratech Scientific Ltd.

There was a very clear moment as I was trying to break into industry, that I said okay, I need help and I need to change something. It was this moment where I got head hunted by a recruiter for this job that I thought I was absolutely perfect for. I loved the company, knew loads about it, went and smashed the first interview, was going into the second interview, and then it all went wrong. I didn’t get it, and I realized I must be doing something fundamentally wrong and needed to make a change. I enrolled in tons of career development programs, I got a mentor, and I found the CSA as well. I just threw myself into everything. A huge difference between the CSA and other career development programs is that it’s run by people who have PhDs, have transitioned into industry, know science, and understand the industry really well. The advice I was getting from other sources was great broad advice, but not useful, while the advice I was getting from the CSA was so targeted, so clear.

Mathura Shanmugasundaram, PhD

MSL - OneOme

Even though I knew how to network and I knew how to present very well, and all the science, I didn’t know how to sell myself. The Cheeky Scientist Association really helped me in that sense. It helped me with strategy and with understanding what the industry was looking for. Also there was a rich network of people. They tell you their experiences, encourage you, and also tell you what not to do. I had a very academic CV, so I put it there and everyone told me “Hey, you have what it takes, you’re just not putting it there correctly.” All of this really made an impact.

Umar Twahir, PhD

PTD Module and Integration Device Yield Engineer - Intel

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.

Lalit Sharma, PhD

Scientist - Nurix Inc.

Initially for me the main thing was making the decision whether to go into academia or industry. That’s what I was struggling with, and I was leaning toward academia. But after I decided to look into industry, that’s why I realized that my surroundings, my network, was all in academia. I was lucky enough to get a good advisor, but they had only academic connections. So I knew that I needed a strategy to get an industry job, and that’s when I was looking around and found the Cheeky Scientist Association. When I was going through the modules on the website, the first thing that really helped me was the LinkedIn module, and also learning the difference between a CV and an industry resume. And in the private group, the success stories really motivated me, especially during the time when I was getting a lot of rejections. So that really motivated me.

Simi Muraleedharan, PhD

Development Scientist - BBI Solutions

When I first heard about the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was finishing up my PhD and thinking of doing a postdoc and trying to understand what to do after that. I didn’t want to do more than one postdoc, I wanted a clear plan for my career, so that’s when I joined the CSA. The most important information was about the CV, how different the academic CV is from the industry resume. The private group was also very useful–whenever we’d ask questions we’d get very helpful replies from the group. The Association exceeded my expectations for sure.

Kristin Cederquist, PhD

Development Scientist - DCN Diagnostics

I actually joined the Association because I had a job, this is actually my second industry job. I was not so happy at my company, they were restricting me in a bunch of ways, and around January of 2016 I joined the Association. My resume had gotten me a couple of jobs already, but I thought maybe I could make it better, maybe meet some people around the area, and actually I did and it was very helpful. In the private group, I really met a lot of interesting people that come from completely different backgrounds and have transitioned into industry. They were very active and very helpful.

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Product Manufacturing Engineer - Honeywell

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.

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Scientist I - MedImmune

The biggest challenge for me to start with, was just to get people to notice me, basically. You look on LinkedIn and see all these job advertisements and don’t know how to get your resume in front of the right people. That was really the first thing I needed help with, and once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and began learning the networking techniques, it really changed my whole job search.

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Optics Engineer - SigTuple

In India when there are job openings, sometimes there will be thousands of applications, so to get noticed among this many applications, I had to do something different that other people were not doing. After I joined the Association I learned a lot, right now I’m getting a lot of responses. After joining the Association the way I’m conducting the job search process is completely different.

Sergio Mojica, PhD

Technical Support Consultant - Bio-Rad Laboratories

I joined the Association because after receiving my PhD and doing a postdoc I realized that the academic path I was preparing for was full of insecurity and some peril. There were very few faculty jobs, the funding is scarce, there’s perpetual instability, and “publish or perish” culture makes it very difficult to succeed in that system while maintaining your sanity. So unfortunately I found myself completely unprepared for a job search outside academia. I had been following the Association for something like six months before I finally took the plunge and joined. Immediately after joining I was part of a supportive network of PhDs in the exact same situation. On top of that, the materials on resume building, LinkedIn, networking, and other subjects are extremely useful and practical.

Aswin Garimalla, PhD

Senior Chemist I - Adesis, Inc.

My main difficulty was not knowing how to approach a job search. The eye-opening stuff that I came to know from the Cheeky Scientist Association is that there is a method to this madness. You need to have an Excel sheet, you need to target certain companies, you need to know who are the contacts that you have in your network, all those things.

Aaron Donahue, PhD

Principal Medical Writer - IC Axon

I guess my main challenge was, where do I start? I didn’t start actively job searching before joining the Association. Essentially I knew that I didn’t really know what to do efficiently and effectively, and luckily I came across the Association before I was ready to start actively searching. Probably the biggest “aha” moment I had was going through all the material and realizing that there’s actually a system, or a series of steps, that make sense in terms of how to run an effective job search.

Jaesik Hahn, PhD

Sr. Systems Performance Engineer - ASML

The biggest hurdle for me was submitting resumes that would get through the applicant tracking systems and be seen by real human beings. Getting the first phone interview was a challenge for me. The most helpful part of the Association materials for me was the negotiation module, as well as the webinars on the whole process of transitioning to industry. It changed my perspective as a whole. The negotiation module really changed my attitude.

Victory Joseph, PhD

MSL - Genentech's Biooncology

The network that has been built in the Association is really the unique thing, the thing that separates this from other programs. There are other training programs out there, but they don’t have this kind of support network that’s built in. That’s really where the value comes in, because that group is constantly posting, they’re supporting each other, they’re doing mock interviews, people are posting about job opportunities all the time.

Shilpa Sen, PhD

Environmental Scientist - HDR

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.

José Contreras Mora, PhD

Application Engineering - Ingevity

Before I joined the Association I wasn’t looking for a job because it was a year before I graduated, but I was looking for an internship, and I had zero success doing that. A lot of the difficulty was that I didn’t know people in the industry, I wasn’t networking correctly. After I found out about the Cheeky Scientist Association and I joined, then I learned a lot.

Jason Nadell, PhD

Medical Writer - Flywheel Partners

Sending application after application out and not even having them read was a really bleak feeling, but finding the Cheeky Scientist Association really helped me with that. As soon as I joined, just seeing how much content was available was really incredible. In fact it was a little overwhelming at first. But within a day or two, getting into some of the modules and seeing all the information about the potential jobs out there just completely reinvigorated my spirits as far as the job search went.

Poornima Chandran, PhD

Patent Associate - Hasan and Singh Law Firm

Like any PhD who wants to transition into industry, I did face a lot of challenges, both technical and non-technical. I was basically trying blindly to get a job, not having a proper roadmap. Once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I got the kind of directions that I was looking for, what I was doing wrong, where I could improve. I got a better LinkedIn profile and a proper two-page resume. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong, but definitely I was doing something wrong because no one was calling me back.

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.

Rohan Gokhale, PhD

Research Associate - Nissan

I did not join the Association only for the sake of immediate job search gain, but I looked at it more as a long-term value. I found that the webinars really have a life-coaching philosophy, and I find that it’s going to be something that will stay with me for a long time. That’s why I made my mind up to join the Association.

Keerthi Srinivas, PhD

Fermentation Scientist II - Lygos

As a postdoc and a person who has a family I can’t just be careless with the money I spend, so I had to put a lot of thought into [joining the Association]. I was on the edge, but I thought “go for it”. All I can say now is, it was worth it. The Cheeky Scientist Association private group is, I would say, invaluable. The modules are amazing, they’re always growing.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer - Corning

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.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator -

Before coming to this field I didn’t really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it’s not just like any other program on the internet. It’s a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst - Medtronic

I think my biggest “aha moment” [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They’re looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we’re used to as PhD students every day.

Georg Bischof, PhD

MSL - ConsignMed for Averitas

The MSLA has been fundamental for my success. I say that because it really, really works. It’s a 24/7 program. Every time I have a problem I write a private message and I get a prompt, very good response. It’s not something generic, but a very hands-on approach. What people oftentimes don’t see is how much support we give each other in down times. I had all these cheerleaders in the MSLA that really helped me get through those darker times.

Mahesh Bhandari, PhD

Research Scientist - Takeda Pharmaceuticals

My goal was, right after my PhD, to transition into industry. I came across Cheeky Scientist, but at that time I was not sure if you were real. But I was needing that guidance and supportive group, and I found this perfect group. I went through all the modules, which are wonderfully organized. The group is really like-minded, supportive people, similar PhDs with similar goals in mind, transitioning into industry.

Mariano Cardenas, PhD

Application Specialist - NanoTemper Technologies

I began searching on the internet and I found you guys. At the beginning I was very skeptical, but once I decided to join and I began doing the modules, all of my anxiety and fears were going away little by little. The private group was also very important.

Pallevi Srivastva, PhD

Research Product Development and IP Research - Agilent Technologies

There is tons of information in the groups. Other than the information, the support is what I really like. People encourage you. It’s not a competition, it’s like a support group. We all are working towards not the same position, but the same goal, and everyone is very helpful and supportive. So the information and support are really really good parts of the group.

Cristina Pierro, PhD

Project Manager - Alien Technology Transfer

For me, the biggest challenge was to overcome the thinking that if you don’t do academic work, you’re worthless. Once I realized that that wasn’t true, then actually taking action was much easier. At that point, the biggest challenge became networking. At first I was skeptical about joining the Association because it is an American company and I didn’t know how helpful the networking would be across the ocean, but because the Association was expanding so much I ended up actually networking in person with other Italians. Once I started networking, that was really a pivotal moment.

Valeria Padovano, PhD

Research Scientist - The Broad Institute

I had been looking for jobs for a while, and it was really frustrating because I was sharing my resume and cover letter and I got a few phone screens, but nothing happened. But then a friend told me about the Cheeky Scientist Association, and things really started changing after I joined.

Ranjith Nadipalli, PhD

Analytical Consultant - Cambrex Charles City, Inc.

After six years of research, I wanted to transition into industry. Academics are always underpaid, so I always felt undervalued for my skills. That’s why I wanted to transition into industry. I personally recommended to more than 20 different graduate students to join the CSA, because I see their problems in academia.

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.

Greg Lambert, PhD

Technical Service Manager - Teijin Carbon America

The biggest thing I learned was to have an actual job search strategy in place, not just randomly throw out resumes. Talk to people who can actually help you, understand how to sell yourself, and don’t be afraid of selling yourself. Overall, just take a more intelligent, PhD-level approach to getting a job. The CSA helped me actually visualize that strategy and put it into action.

Ale Audia, PhD

Business Development Manager - Champions Oncology, Inc.

Before joining the Association, I had very little knowledge of what possibilities were out there for me besides research and academia. So I joined the Association and went through the modules, and I learned a lot about the possibilities out there and I started to be a little more confident. That’s what was missing for me, because I didn’t feel that I had the skills.