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We Fight for PhDs and Phd Careers

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.

Lucia Fitts

GIS Research Associate - World Resources Institute

I signed the contract with my company of choice, they went up from 93k to 105k, which is pretty good for an NGO in the forestry field, all the comparable companies offered lower salaries. I had a recommendation from a PhD supervisor come in to the company right when I was negotiating and a parallel offer from a different company as well that helped in the negotiation. Super excited.

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.

Sk Yeahia Been Sayeed

Radio Frequency Engineer - Advanced Energy

I have recently joined Advanced Energy and so far I have been enjoying the work culture and environment. It is worth mentioning the beauty of Colorado and all outdoor activities. Therefore, if you see a job posting fitting your skillsets, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a referral.

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.

Ilke Roelofse

Research Specialist - RTW Investments, LP

I was offered the position with a life sciences investment firm this week and I happily accepted the offer.

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, PhD

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.

Navjot Kaur

Data Reporting Analyst - Government of Manitoba

I accepted the job offer and will start next week. Thank you for your support. I am looking forward to a promising future ahead.

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.

Karen Cummings

Senior Research Analyst - Open Health Evidence & Access

I’m happy to share that I’m starting a new position as Senior Research Analyst at Open Health Evidence & Access!

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.

Shikha Acharya

European Portfolio Manager, Scientific Instruments - Avantor

I’m happy to share that I’m starting a new position as European Portfolio Manager, Scientific Instruments!

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.

Suravi Pramanik

Scientist I - Tessera Therapeutics

I’m happy to share that I’m starting a new position as Scientist I at Tessera Therapeutics!

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.

Giovanni Di Mauro

RA CMC Biologistics Associate Manager - Novartis

I’m happy to share that I’m starting a new position as a RA CMC Biologics Associate Manager at Novartis! I wish I could say that my success was only due to my efforts. However, I would not have made it without the suport of incredible people who were always there to give me a confidence boost when giving up was the only option I saw tangible… despite it not being a possibility.

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.

Kim Lackey

Medical Science Liaison - NxGen MDx

I am so, so thankful, relieved, and excited to announce that I have officially joined the exceptional team at NxGen MDx as the Medical Science Liaison for their pathogen portfolio! This is such a phenomenal opportunity and I still cannot believe my luck that this was the path forward. Thank you, sincerely, to everyone (especially ALL of the current and former MSLs!) who encouraged, advised, and helped me get here – and special shout out to Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D., Meerambika Mishra, M.Phil., Ph. D., Abha Chalpe-Ghosh, Ph.D., and all of the Cheekies for the unwavering support (and sometimes tough love). I don’t think I could have done it without you. Thank you.

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.

Nilabh Ghosh

Global Product Manager - Hamilton Bonaduz AG

Extremely happy and delighted to announce that I have started working as a Global Product Manager with Hamilton Bonaduz AG. I will be involved in Product Life Cycle Management, Strategy and Innovation. I am eagerly looking forward to this exciting journey headfirst, ready to learn and grow.

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, PhD

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.

Roopa Kala Attuluri

Research Scientist II - Flagship Pioneering

Thrilled to share that I’m starting a new position as Research Associate II at Flagship Pioneering! Thank you for the smooth onboarding process Sofia Brites Boss Hozefa Bandukwala, Ph.D. Michael Askenase Ryan Kohn.Very much excited to start this journey.

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.

Heyam Hayder

Medical Writer - CMC Affinity | An IPG Health Company

I just wanted to share some good news. I received a job offer (yay). I am very happy with it. The salary is at the high range for this position (according to my research) and they also offer full benefits. Thank you and the team for all the help/tips.