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Arya Ashok, Ph.D.

Project Leader Translational Oncology at Champions Oncology

Arya’s background is in life sciences as a biological scientist and she had been uploading resumes online for 6 months before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as Project Leader of Translational Oncology. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Ananda Ghosh, Ph.D.

Tech Marketing Associate at Langone Medical

Ananda’s background is in life sciences as a zoologist and biochemist and he believed he was only qualified for bench positions before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as Marketing Associate and Patent Agent. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Antonio Martins, Ph.D.

Inhouse Consultant, Merck

Antonio’s background is in life sciences, specializing in pharmaceuticals and drug design and he had been uploading resumes online and hearing nothing in return before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Consultant. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Arsalan Daudi, Ph.D.

Client Manager at Coleman Research

Arsalan’s background is in life sciences, specializing in biotechnology and he never heard back after applying to over 50 positions before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Research Associate. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Abeer Eltanawy, Ph.D.

Scientist, Ayumetrix, LLC

Abeer’s background is in life sciences as a medical toxicologist and she feared she didn’t have any skills relevant to industry before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Scientist. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Christopher Drummond

Study Director 2, MPI Research (CRO)

Chris’ background is in life sciences as biochemistry and he applied to over 200 positions online unsuccessfully before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Study Director. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Fred Westhorpe

Senior Scientist, Merck

Fred’s background is in life sciences as a biochemist and he didn’t understand the power of networking before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Huey Wen

Medical Science Liaison, Astrazeneca

Huey’s background is in life sciences as a pharmacologist and she didn’t know how to write an industry resume before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Medical Science Liaison. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Jeanette Stankowski

Medical Science Liaison, Biogen

Jeanette’s background is in life sciences as a neuroscientist and she never got past initial phone interviews before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Medical Science Liaison. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Ravikiran Ravulapalli

Consultant, Sanofi Pasteur

Ravi’s background is in life sciences as a biochemist and he never thought he could get an industry position with only academic experience before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a R&D Consultant. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Lalit Sharma

Scientist I, Nurix Inc

Lalit’s background is in physical sciences as an organic chemist and he had no idea how to network with industry professionals before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as Scientist I. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Umar Twahir

PTD Module and Integration Device Yield Engineer, Intel

Umar’s background is in physical sciences as a chemist and he couldn’t find positions that matched his technical background before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a PTD Module and Integration Device Yield Engineer. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Shobeir Mazini

Data Scientist, American Traffic Solutions

Shobeir’s background is in physical sciences as a physical chemist and he struggled targeting his LinkedIn profile and resume to industry positions before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Data Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Nick Ross

Sr. Packaging R&D Engineer, Intel

Nick’s background is in physical sciences as an analytical chemist and he didn’t know how to set himself apart from the competition before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Packaging R&D Engineer. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Vincent Genest, Ph.D

Associate Consultant at McKinsey & Company

Vincent’s background is in physical sciences as a mathematician and he had no idea what positions were available to him before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as an Associate Consultant. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Kostas Agalou, Ph.D.

Commissioning Editor at Wiley Publishing

Kostas’ background is in physical sciences as a chemical scientist and he couldn’t break away from his academic mindset before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Commissioning Editor. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

David Grawoig, Ph.D.

Research Scientist at Brunswick Labs

David’s background is in physical sciences as a chemist and he had trouble staying motivated in his job search before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Chemist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Bishnu Joshi, Ph.D.

Research Scientist at Agenus Pharmaceuticals

Bishnu’s background is in physical sciences as a biological chemist and he was only applying to positions through online job portals before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Research Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Adwait Ranade, Ph.D.

Research Scientist at CiVentiChem LLC

Adwait’s background is in physical sciences as a Medicinal Chemist and he had been unsuccessful in his job search for 7 months before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Research Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Abhay Thakur, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist at LakePharma, Inc.

Abhay’s background is in physical sciences as a biophysicist and he was confused about how to transition into industry before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Lilian Josephson, Ph.D.

Senior Chemist at L’Oréal

Lilian’s background is in engineering as a chemical engineer and she had been struggling with application rejections before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Senior Chemist. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Aaron Gajadhar Ph.D.

Senior Scientist at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

Aaron’s background is in engineering as a biological engineer and he was a lifelong academic trying to escape academia before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Shanta Boddapati, Ph.D.

Bio Process Scientist at Seattle Genetics

Shanta’s background is in engineering as a chemical engineer and she didn’t know how to present herself at industry job interviews before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Bioprocess Scientist. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Yahfi Talkukdar, Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineer at Biosense Webster

Yahfi’s background is in engineering as a biomedical engineer and he never heard positive responses to his job applications before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Biomedical Engineer. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.

Research Associate at Real World Evidence Mapi Group

Naomi’s background is in social science as a counseling psychologist and she was not hearing back from applications where she was felt she was 100% qualified for before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Research Associate. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Meagan Ramsey, Ph.D.

Grant Development Specialist at UME

Meagan’s background is in social science as a life span developmental psychologist and she couldn’t figure out what positions were right for her before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Grant Development Specialist. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Aditya J. Desai, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Merck

Aditya’s background is in life sciences as a molecular pharmacologist and he continually sent out resumes without hearing any responses before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Scientist. Read the story to learn how he did it.

“I always wanted to go to industry. Before joining the CSA, I had sent out many resumes and kept getting no responses. I contacted people who did video testimonials for the CSA on LinkedIn and set up informational interviews with them. After talking with them I knew that the CSA would be able to help me. As soon as I joined, I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of material I had access to. The resume material helped me immediately. I stopped my job search and started going through the material. The mindset you develop from being a Cheeky Scientist is incredible - you gain confidence & courage to start networking. The negotiation materials were priceless. If you want to go to any position in industry, especially training that is not just lab based, the Association will give you the overall development for practical and theoretical aspects of industry. It grooms you to do well in everything from resumes to informational interviews.”

“I really wanted to transition into a new career. I was too desperate though, which made it hard as this desperation came off in interviews. After joining the Association I started created a more targeted approach. The Association materials helped me realize that Medical Writing would be perfect for me. Once I figured this out, everything became easy. I used the Association’s resume, LinkedIn, and job referral strategies and very quickly, after applying to just two other jobs, I got callbacks from both companies and job offers from both companies too. Just like that. Now I’m working at a company that treats me very well and where my PhD skills and my personality are a perfect fit.”

Elaine Lee Paoliello, Ph.D.
Medical Writer, Seattle Genetics

Elaine’s background is in life sciences as a molecular biologist and she lacked a clear, targeted job search strategy before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Medical Writer. Read the story to learn how she did it.

Francesco Conti, Ph.D.
Associate Editor, Springer Nature

Francesco’s background is in life sciences as a molecular biologist and he worked in academia for over 12 years after getting his PhD and thought his career was over before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as an Associate Editor. Read the story to learn how he did it.

“I worked in academia for over 12 years after getting my PhD and thought my career was pretty much over. I knew I had a lot of skills to offer outside of academia but I thought I was too old now, and I didn't know what I wanted to do. The Association helped me find my target. The online materials helped me understand what options were available and which careers would suit my strengths. All of the webinars were helpful in reaffirming my decision to leave academia and making me a stronger job candidate. From technical sales to communication, the webinars covered a breadth of transferable skill training and career topics. I enjoyed that I could always depend on the private group whenever I needed to to answer all my questions and help me prepare for upcoming interviews.”

“Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I knew I wanted out of academia but I didn’t know anyone from industry. I had NO IDEA how the job search process worked. I thought that if I just kept applying online, I would eventually get a job. I sent out thousands of resumes and never heard anything in return. After I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, my resume was completely overhauled. After this, I got hired very quickly. My LinkedIn profile went from 4 connections to over 500. All the Core Training Videos were very helpful, especially the interview information. I had no idea how the interview process worked and the training programs on these topics helped me. I did exactly what the instructors said and came up with a list of questions and turned myself into the interviewer. This strategy worked very well and now, thanks to the Association, I've started my industry career.”

Jiho Sohn, Ph.D.
Scientist, Biogen

Jiho’s background is in life science as a neuroscientist and he had no idea how the job search process worked before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Research Scientist. Read the story to learn how he did it.

Neelakantan T. Vasudevan, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Thermalin

Neel’s background is in life sciences as a biochemist and how to create an industry resume before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Scientist. Read the story to learn how he did it.

“I wanted to leave academia but industry was a black box to me. I had no idea what kinds of jobs to look for, who to talk to or how to approach a resume. I was lost! After joining the CSA, my number of connections on LinkedIn grew to +500. I received a lot of personal help in the private group for preparing my resume and preparing interview presentations. When I went for my industry interview, not only did they offer me the position, but they offered me a better position than the one I originally applied for. I became a Senior Scientist and received an excellent benefits package. Everything the Association said helped me during my transition and I cannot recommend them enough to other academics who wish to do the same.”

“There’s a lot of opportunity in Boston but also much more competition. I struggled to get my name out there and get an interview. After joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was really impressed with the support and the positive community - everyone was really open to helping others. After just a few days, I was able to start getting job referrals and securing interviews from other Associates. Despite the competition in Boston, I was able to get into a top job and am now very happy.”

Madhurima Das, Ph.D.
Management Consultant, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Madhurima’s background is in physical sciences as a biophysicist and she struggled getting noticed in the competitive environment for industry jobs before she joined the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Management Consultant. Read the story to learn how she did it.

Jovana Matic, Ph.D.
Head of Science, Vimeda GmbH

Jovana’s background is in physical sciences as a chemist and she lacked any information about job searching and struggled with networking before she joined the Association. Now she’s in a top job as Head of Science. Read the story to learn how she did it.

“Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I had no direction. I lacked any information about job searching and was geographically very isolated so did not have the opportunity to attend any networking events. What made it even worse was that everyone around me was confused too. I had no mentors, no guidance available to me. I had no idea what positions were out there. After joining, I gained immediate benefit from the Transition Plan - everything was very strategic, specific and easy-to-follow. I develop business acumen and thought more like an industry professional. My questions were always immediately answered in the private group and I felt a sense confident walking into my interviews.”

“I wanted to join the Association for a long time but did not have the money and my postdoc funding was set to expire. I also doubted that it would be helpful for someone like be, being an older academic. It was not long after joining that I realized it was well-worth the membership fee. If you don’t join the Association, you’ll never learn enough to get a job. The free content you find online is not enough -- you need the exclusive network that it offers. Recruiters started contacting me after -- and they still contact me! The private group is an essential feature. Everyone shares their personal highs and lows and encourages one another to persevere. Transitioning from academia is difficult and stressful but with the Association, you never feel alone and you know you are supported 100%. CSA has also allowed me to give back as a mentor. I no longer feel like a failure - I’m not a failure. I’m an achiever. The Cheeky Scientist Association makes me feel like a better person professionally and personally.”

Ji Hyun Lee, Ph.D.
Imaging Physicist MR, Tunnell Government Services, Inc

Ji Hyun’s background is in physical sciences as a medical physicist and she felt like a failure before she joined the Association. Now she’s in a top job as an Imaging Physicist. Read the story to learn how she did it.

Daniel Best, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Sygnature Discovery

Dan’s background is in physical sciences as an organic chemist and he didn’t know where to start his job search before he joined the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Scientist. Read the story to learn how he did it.

“Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was in a similar boat to many academics. I knew I wanted to leave academia but I didn't know where to start and I was ignorant of the industry landscape. After joining, I was hired faster than I could have ever expected. The CSA taught me how to set up informational interviews. This was key to help me start to understand what is valued in industry and where I might fit in (and how I already have skills for industry - I never thought about this before). I never thought about transferable skills at all actually - I had to change my mindset. In my mind PhDs could only leverage their publications and technical skills but the Association opened my eyes to the real value I could bring to industry.”

“I was struggling for over a year to get a job in industry without realizing that I was using the wrong workflow for job hunting. I thought all I was supposed to do was write resumes and upload them to job sites. I thought I could easily get a job. Of course, I was wrong and didn't make much progress. Once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I learned the correct workflow for getting an industry job. I made large gains and expanded my network significantly. The program gave me individual help, focusing on my specific needs. The program helped me organize all my job search materials and gave me daily action items to follow. The private group was great and provided me with close supervision that was both supportive and highly structured. The group held me accountable and helped me stay on track and make progress. We went over my targeted resumes in real time, they gave me individualized scripts, and I had access to the consultants on a daily basis. Overall, the Association provided the structure and organized habits I needed to get hired. I'm very happy with the result. It is the perfect program for any engineer.”

Chingyao Yang, Ph.D.
Automation Engineer at Hampton Creek

Chingyao’s background is in physical sciences as a materials chemist and he was using the wrong workflow for job hunting for over a year before he joined the Association. Now he’s in a top job as an Automation Engineer. Read the story to learn how he did it.

Alkaios Bournias-Varotsis, Ph.D.
Technical Marketing Engineer, 3D Hubs

Alkaios’ background is in engineering as a mechanical engineer and he lacked motivation during his job search before he joined the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Technical Marketing Engineer. Read the story to learn how he did it.

“The Cheeky Scientist Association is a network that helps you establish your career outside of academia. It helps you to develop your transferable skills, which are essential in industry. Every PhD can learn these skills but PhDs don't know what they don't know. The Association helps you to learn what you need to know to be successful in industry. I have a background in mechanical engineering and found the constant feedback from the group extremely helpful. I gained a lot of motivation and insights from reading the stories of other associates, which directly helped me to transition into my current role.”

“I had known early on that I wanted to leave academia but I didn’t know what I wanted to do or what position I was looking for. I had no idea where to start or how to crack into a new network in industry. Nothing in my current department had helped me previously and I was just doing what family members suggested I should but was getting what I needed. I heard about Cheeky Scientist from another PhD student and decided to join. After joining, I had some early “ah-ha” moments. The Association's private group and group posts were very helpful and all the instructional modules were exceptionally advanced but easy to understand. I appreciated and utilized the real world interviewing help, documents, Q&A and interviewing webinar in moving into an industry job.”

Camillie Birch, Ph.D.
Clinical Analyst at Hudson Alpha Institute

Camille’s background is in engineering as a biomedical engineer and she had no idea how to start networking with industry professionals before she joined the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Clinical Analyst. Read the story to learn how she did it.

Evan Dubiel, Ph.D.
Associate Research Scientist, PPD Laboratories

Evan’s background is in engineering as a chemical engineer and he had anxiety when it came to networking, especially with industry professionals outside his field, before he joined the Association. Now he’s in a top job as an Associate Research Scientist. Read the story to learn how he did it.

“I have a chemical engineering background and was looking for careers outside of academia. I tried writing cover letters and resumes on my own but was struggling to figure out how to write them and what industry wanted to hear. I had anxiety when it came to networking, especially with industry professionals outside my field. I came across CSA when a Cheeky article about the difference between academia and industry was forwarded to me by a professor. I loved the pitch: a program by PhDs for PhDs. A week later I was enrolled. The CSA is a support group and job referral network. It’s a group of PhDs where everyone’s goal is to get out of academia. There are lots of webinars, including a good one on Imposter Syndrome. You get job search strategies and perspectives of hiring managers. The interview presentation and negotiation webinars were the most valuable for me during my transition process, while the private group provided a personal touch. I was able to share scripts and resumes and having this personal guidance really helped with my confidence as well.”

“A postdoc did not seem very appealing to me - short-term contracts, no teamwork and no translation of my work to everyday life. I recognized how little training I actually had to transition into industry so with less than 6 months left in my PhD, I decided to join the Cheeky Scientist Association. I wanted help with my resume, building my LinkedIn profile as well as filling in the gaps of any business skill deficiencies. I found the most value from the private group. I received help straight away, was able to connect with other Associates on LinkedIn and got many suggestions on how to apply for jobs successfully. I managed to get a job only 4 days after enrolling!”

Martin Holmes, Ph.D.
Senior Product Manager, Self Care Catalysts

Martin’s background is in engineering as a biomedical engineer and he did not know how to translate his academic skills to business before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as Senior Product Manager. Read the story to learn how he did it.

Susmita Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.
Research & Development Specialist, Chemical Solutions Limited

Susmita’s background is in engineering as an environmental engineer and she did not know how to create an industry resume before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a R&D Specialist. Read the story to learn how she did it.

“Immigration issues caused a lot of headache for me early on. I was unable to get a H1B visa and had subsequently quit my job. I was then able to get a Green Card and started applying for months but never received any interviews even though I had previous industry experience. When I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was struck by all the success stories. I watched the resume workshop and it changed my entire life. I implemented the resume changes they recommended, sent it out to 3 companies and got 3 call backs the next day. I couldn't believe it. It was the best day I ever had - I was jumping up and down! I am very excited about my new job - the entire transition process has been a transformative experience for me.”