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.

Sara Artusi, PhD

Scientist Platform Development - Krystal Biotech

When I first joined CSA, anything related to the job search caused of an unbearable amount of stress and anxiety I decided to take one step at a time, starting with CS webinars and the team’s suggestions. Before long, I received a formal job offer. I used CSA’s tips for an effective negotiation and officially signed a contract!

Rinu Kooliyottil, PhD

Biological Scientist IV - Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Before CSA, I never got a call for an interview. The resume I had was always that long format from academia. CSA helped me face this and other problems that were keeping me from getting hired. And the CSA network actually helped me land some interviews. You post questions in the private FB group and get answers so quickly! Everybody there is on the same page.

Julie Dela Cruz, PhD

Medical Science Liaison - Eli Lilly

Before I joined the Association, I only applied to jobs online. I never heard back from anyone in industry, and I ended up in a second postdoc just to pay the bills. But through CSA, I learned how to network, and I cannot stress enough the power of networking. I had someone put my resume on the hiring manager’s desk. Now I’m a medical science liaison at Eli Lilly.




Zahra Bahrami, PhD

Associate Scientist - 23andMe Therapeutics

I realized during the first years of my PhD that academia was not for me. I convinced myself to join CSA, and I must say that it was one of the best decisions I have made in my life! I was amazed by the amount of resources and support that this excellent community provided.

Marie Catherine Wavreille, PhD

User Experience Researcher - Google

I didn’t really know what was outside of academia. I knew I didn’t want to pursue the academic path, but I didn’t know my options. I barely used LinkedIn, and I had no network. CSA helped me overcome these challenges. Now I work at Google as a UX researcher!

Maxwell Caughron, PhD

Project Manager - Microsoft

I knew I wanted to leave the academic track I was on, but I didn’t know where to begin to target an industry position. Cheeky Scientist provided me with the supportive network and goal-setting strategies I needed to confidently pursue the best industry career path for my ideal professional lifestyle. I know hold a top position as a Project Manager at Microsoft.

Jackie Johnson, PhD

Managing Director - JLJ Consultancy

Cheeky Scientist helped me target my job search and land multiple job offers from large companies, which I was able to leverage into creating my dream career. Now, I’m running a Medical Writing consultancy and loving every minute of it.

Abhay Thakur, PhD

Senior Purification Scientist - Pall Corporation

Cheeky Scientist helped me perfect my LinkedIn profile, strengthen my salary negotiation skills, and land a top industry position as a Senior Scientist. I highly recommend Cheeky Scientist’s programs to other PhDs.

Naomi Knoble, PhD

Research Scientist - Evidera

I’m a social scientist and got hired with Cheeky Scientist. But before joining the Association, I found myself in a period of career ambivalence before becoming a Cheeky Scientist member. Cheeky Scientist’s programs motivated me to re-visit my industry transition plan, invest in my career and recognize my true value. I now hold a top position as a Research Scientist at Evidera and have Cheeky Scientist to thank.

Yahfi Talkukdar, PhD

Field Sales Specialist - Biosense Webster

I was struggling to find success in my industry job search before becoming a Cheeky Scientist program member. Cheeky Scientist provided the momentum and networking community I needed to land a top industry position as a Clinical Account Specialist. Today, I work as a Field Sales Specialist for Biosense Webster. Thank you Cheeky Scientist!

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Medical Science Liaison - Amgen

Thanks to Cheeky Scientist, I went from being unemployed to one of the highest paying positions in industry. Before Cheeky Scientist, I did two post-docs and ended up unemployed. I received many rejections throughout my industry job search. Now, I’m a Senior Medical Science Liaison manager at Amgen. Thank you Cheeky Scientist for helping me escape the scarcity mentality of academia, learn the power of networking, and leverage my PhD to get my dream job for me and my family.

Perrine Friedel, PhD

Scientific Support Specialist - Polyplus-Transfection S.A.

I recommend Cheeky Scientist to all PhDs because Cheeky Scientist’s programs helped me develop my job search strategy and learn the transferable skills I needed to get hired. Now, I’m in a top position as a Scientific Support Specialist, working with a great industry team.

Giuseppe Allegretta, PhD

Research Scientist - BASF

My resumes and job applications were constantly being rejected before becoming a Cheeky Scientist program member. Now I’m in a prestigious industry position as a Research Scientist. I am grateful for everything that Cheeky Scientist taught me and for the network that I continue to have access to through Cheeky Scientist.

Francisco Mora, PhD

Scientific Editor - Cactus Communications

I was afraid that my PhD background was too niche to be valuable in industry. However, after joining Cheeky Scientist and becoming a member, I learned how to leverage my background to get hired. Now, I’m a Scientific Editor and enjoy what I do every day. Thank you Cheeky Scientist.

Yousuf Ali, PhD

Strategy & Communications Director - Novartis

I applied to every industry position with the exact same resume before becoming a Cheeky Scientist program member. I first transitioned into industry as a Medical Science Liaison, and now I’m a Strategy & Communications Director at Novartis. I would encourage any PhD who wants to work in industry to join Cheeky Scientist.

Ravikiran Ravulapalli, PhD

Scientific Consultant - Sanofi Pasteur

I thought I couldn’t land a great industry position with only academic experience… Until I became a Cheeky Scientist program member. Now I’m in the position I’ve always wanted to be as a Scientific Consultant and I have Cheeky Scientist to thank.

Jeannette Stankowski, PhD

Senior Manager - Biogen

I never got past initial phone interviews in my job search process before joining Cheeky Scientist. It’s surreal to think that I’m now a senior manager in the medical science liaison field at Biogen. Resumes, networking, negotiations… Cheeky Scientist knows how to get you into the job of your dreams.

Huey Wen Lee, PhD

Medical Science Liaison - Ipsen

I didn’t even know how to write an industry resume before joining Cheeky Scientist… Fast-forward – now I’m a medical science liaison, an incredible position in a rapidly growing career field for PhDs. I can’t understate the difference between my new career and my old academic lifestyle.

Fred Westhorpe, PhD

Principal Scientist - CuraSen Therapeutics

I’m a biochemist, and before joining Cheeky Scientist, I didn’t understand the power of networking. Cheeky gave me the tools I needed to fully engage with professionals in my field. Now I’m a principal scientist at CuraSen. I had the potential, but Cheeky Scientist showed me how to access it.

Arsalan Daudi, PhD

Client Manager - Coleman Research

My PhD background is in the life sciences, with a specialization in biotechnology. It used to be that I never heard back from employers. Cheeky Scientist showed me how to work smarter–not harder–and pave my own way to an industry job as a research associate.

Gabriele Dadalt Souto, PhD

Principal Chemist - Oriflame Cosmetics

I have a PhD in Nanotechnology, and I guess you could say I had a scattered approach to my job search before becoming a Cheeky Scientist member. I learned to refine my process and landed an amazing new position as a Principal Chemist at Oriflame Cosmetics. Extensive network, incredible people – Cheeky Scientist is highly recommended!

Jessica Kishimoto, PhD

Project Manager - Chatham Labs

I am a Medical Biophysics PhD who joined Cheeky Scientist after struggling to establish an industry career. I was so passionate about joining industry, but things just weren’t working out. Cheeky Scientist quickly taught me the skills I needed to perfect my resume and negotiate a job offer for a higher salary.

Alex Woycheck, PhD

Field Application Scientist - ChemoMetec

As a Cellular and Molecular Biology PhD, I struggled a lot with impostor syndrome. I didn’t have confidence. Cheeky Scientist changed all of that for me. I mastered the Cheeky course materials and fully engaged with their private networking community. Long-story-short: Now I’m a field application scientist.

Priyasri Shotton, PhD

Managing Consultant - Lilly Pharmaceuticals

I faced constant rejection – inundated with misinformation about my job search. I thought I was supposed to HIDE my PhD on my resume… Cheeky Scientist was exactly what I needed to turn my career around. Now, I work for one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Christopher Frummond, PhD

Senior Research Scientist - Charles River Laboratories

Before I became a Cheeky Scientist member, I had applied to over 200 positions online. No successes. Cheeky Scientist showed me I had what it took to get a position as a Senior Research Scientist. Become a member if you’re ready to get hired in a top industry role.

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.

Ann Grosse, PhD

Associate Director - Scholar Rock

I was feeling stuck in my job search, unsure of where to start or how to market myself to industry employers. Now, I hold a top position as an associate director of alliance management and business development for Scholar Rock. Don’t hesitate to become a Cheeky member – it’s worth it.

Elisa Maria Guimarães-Souza, PhD

Medical Science Liaison - The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

I joined Cheeky Scientist because I was struggling to find fulfillment in academia. I knew she needed to improve my networking skills to transition into industry, but had no idea where to start. CSA, showed me the way. I’m now a medical science liaison.

Patricia Silva, PhD

Senior Consultant - Monmouth Partners Ltd.

A year before completing my PhD, I got a head start on my industry transition process and joined Cheeky Scientist.  I’m a senior consultant in healthcare analytics at Monmouth Partners, Ltd. I had the education and talent, but CS made it all possible by showing me how to apply it to industry.

Regina Gonda, PhD

Social Media Analyst - Bakamo Social

I’m a PhD in Archaeology, and thanks to Cheeky Scientist, I’m also a Social Media Analyst with Bakamo Social! CS showed me you can land the industry career of your choice, regardless of your PhD background.

Alexis Paez, PhD

Field Director - NeuroNexus

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.

Sherri Ter Molen, PhD

Communication Associate - 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.

Arya Ashok, PhD

Scientific Program Director - 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.

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Licensing Manager - 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.

Marios Tsatsos, PhD

Data Scientist - 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.

Camillia Smith Barnes, PhD

Software Engineer - Google

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.