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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 knowledge for life.

Natalia Vtyurina, PhD

Senior Quality Assurance Officer - HALIX B.V.

All the advice from Cheeky Scientist was very very useful. I would get advice that I would never get from anyone else. Nobody was answering my emails and calls and only after joining Cheeky Scientist programs, it was almost like a miracle, something changed all that. I followed all the Cheeky Scientist advice and it worked out.

Naomi Knoble, PhD

Clinical Outcomes Research Scientist - FDA

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.

Beverly Brereton

Compliance Manager - Enel North America

Hi Isaiah, I got hired yesterday!….Thanks for all of your encouragement provided by way of your presentations.

Alex Woychek, PhD

Senior Field Application Scientist, Clinical Market Development - Akoya Biosciences, Inc.

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.

Mathura Shanmugasundaram, PhD

Associate Director, Global Medical Affairs - Biogen

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.

Divya Amin

Program Coordinator - University of Missouri Healthcare

I am grateful to Isaiah, Meera, Abha and all the CSA for their constant help and support. This was my transition from academia to the healthcare industry…I accepted this offer as I am in urgent need of a job as my current lab is closing soon. Thank you!

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Manager, Medical Writing - Taiho Oncology, Inc.

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.

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

R&D Engineer, 3D Printing Materials, Applications and Processes - B9Creations, LLC

Having a strategy that helps motivate you and takes you through these steps and also helps you realize how much help you can get, it’s really overwhelming at first. There’s so much positive help. Just the private group by itself is worth the investment and worth the time.

Srishti Dasarathy

AI Research Engineer - Lockheed Martin

Extra thrilled…I now have a fulltime job lined up before I even graduate. Yay! CSA helped me get my internship, 3 fulltime offers, and the offer I wanted at a competitive salary because I had other offers to leverage. All before I even graduated.

James Morris, PhD

Quality Assurance Manager - Gilead Science

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.

Alex Coutinho, Ph.D.

Science Content Manager - Olink Proteomics

I knew I wanted to go into the medical writing field, but the biggest hurdle I faced before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association was knowing where to start. After stumbling upon Cheeky Scientist via LinkedIn, I discovered that they offer a Medical Writing Organization Program. After joining the association, I was introduced to LinkedIn and was able to hone in on my networking skills. As an introvert, I am one of the more quieter PhDs, but I found my voice and received a lot of support from the exclusive membership Facebook Groups.

Marta Silva

Policy Analyst - Health Canada

Thank you for your advice, Isaiah! I’m super excited and grateful! I would never negotiate the salary and the other details of the offer if it weren’t for Cheeky Scientist. Thank you again

Banu Mukund, PhD

Field Project Manager - Beckman Coulter Life Sciences

I didn’t even know I could go to professional conferences and events made for networking. My LinkedIn profile and resume needed help, and I was able to get help with those through CSA. I needed a peer group where I could share my experiences and questions with my peers: other PhDs. Luckily, I found that here in CSA!

Mariano Gonzalo Cardenas, PhD

Product Specialist - NanoTemper Technologies

In the beginning, I was skeptical of CSA. But once I joined and began doing the modules, my anxiety went away little by little. I realized other PhDs felt the same – everyone was depressed in academia, and it wasn’t just me. It was natural, and CSA taught me how to fix my job search to get hired in industry.

Hasala Lokupitiya

Senior Polymer Scientist - Lyten

Thank you so much for all the help. I got so much help and inspiration by joining Cheeky!

Alejandra Viviescas, PhD

Consultant And Content Manager - Support Advisors Consulting Group

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.

Giuseppe Allegretta, PhD

Regulatory Scientist/Lab Leader - 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.

Shobana Sekar

Senior Bioinformatics Scientist - Roche

“I have been quiet here for a while but happy to finally share that I’ve transitioned! It was a long and challenging journey towards transition, being at another full-time job plus being a toddler mom, but I am so thankful I found this supportive community that has helped me and motivated me throughout.”

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.

Nick Allen, PhD

Clinical Development Manager - Nucleus Network

My biggest reservation was the misconception that I’d be turning my back on what I’d been doing for almost a decade, but that really hasn’t been the case. A lot of the skills that I picked up during my studies have definitely helped me during this transition. I haven’t been lacking in intellectual challenge in my new role, which was another thing I was quite afraid of.

Indrani Mukrajee

Product Manager - Miltenyi

I finally signed my contract and will be starting soon! I am very happy with the compensation package they have offered me and it meets my expectations.

Yamina Berchiche, PhD

Commercial Development Manager - Institute for Protein Innovation

I didn’t know what my value was. Once I found CSA existed, I finally realized that my training was valuable. I was able to use the Cheeky career map to get a job… Everyone in CSA is there to learn – they’re very supportive.

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.

Taranum Sultana

Research Administration -

Thank you for your support. I greatly benefited from your DD talks on the importance of networking on LinkedIn and resume-building tips. Your team member Meera was very helpful in building my LinkedIn Profile and resume. Thank you!

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Senior Manager, Strategic Applications Marketing - Seer

I’ve always been a lifelong academic, and I was just ready to break out of the ivory tower and do more meaningful and more impactful work. Having access to all the Cheeky Scientist resources enabled me to immediately take the actions that would lead to my eventual job offer.

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.

Nadzeya Kukhta

Technical Specialist - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

It feels incredible when you are able to check in with yourself and figure out what is it that you really want. After a long and exciting journey where I was blessed to meet tons of wonderfully bright people and make new friends, I’m elated to start a new chapter in my life as a Technical Specialist at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP!

Arunodoy Sur, PhD

Technology Licensing Officer - Nova Southeastern University

First I went to the career development center at my university, and I was very disappointed with the feedback that I got. The main issue with career development centers at various universities is that the advice they give is tailored for undergrads. While going through this process I was trying to find some organization or some person that would be able to give me the proper advice. The whole concept of Cheeky Scientist being by PhDs, for PhDs, and how to transition out of academia, these three things are very unique. I wish that I had got this before graduating, but I’m getting it after graduating and now I’m in a position to help others.

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.

Leandra Mangieri

Medical Science Liaison - Allergan Aesthetics

I am THRILLED to share that I’m starting a new position as Medical Science Liaison at AbbVie! I will be working in the Aesthetics division, at Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie company. My sincerest thanks and gratitude to all the inspiration people who’ve I met along the way in my journey as an aspiring MSL, who helped make this happen. their inspiration, guidance, and mentorship was key in my success in landing my dream MSL role!

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.

Marios Zacharopoulos, Ph.D.

Manager (Management Consulting) - R.A. Crescenti Advisory

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I didn’t know where to start in my job search. Once I joined the Association, my goal was clear after seeing the Cheeky Scientist comprehensive transition plan. I love the material and the networking strategies that the Cheeky Scientist Association has in place. This is my 2nd Transition! This shows just how valuable the material is even after my 1st transition.

Petro Starokadomskyy

Senior Scientist - Kyverna Therapeutics

So, I would like to express my appreciation and assure that your school was eye-opening!! Thanks!! I registered on your course 2 months ago, and from total ghosting I ended up with the dream job in biotech! This is quite incredible but my new LinkedIn/Resume combination brought dozens of responses – eventually I got to final stages of interview with 4 companies, one better than the other; and today I have signed the dream contract with one of them!

Supraja Narasimhan, PhD

Senior Manager, Clinical Scientist - Deciphera Pharmaceuticals

Thanks to all the Cheekies who have supported the CSA private group and given so much to this community. Thank you!! There is still so much more to learn, and I hope to get back in the group and contribute.

Jackie Johnson, PhD

Managing Director, Medical Communications - 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.

Valentina Dallacasagrande

Sr. Scientific Advisor - reVision Therapeutics, Inc.

Hi, I hope you are doing well! They made me an offer and I accepted it! I was very nervous and unprepared about the negotiation so I am a little bit upset with myself. But I am excited and nervous to start a new job and leave academia. It is what I wanted but now I feel the pressure!