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We have the world's premier database of PhDs with technical expertise and key transferable skills like research, innovation, and analysis. As PhDs ourselves, we have intimate relationships with each job candidate and have trained them on the job search process.


Introducing Hiring Solutions

It’s no secret that the hiring process is challenging. You are well-acquainted with the skill it takes to match the right person to the right position. Cheeky Scientist is ready to help you filter through unqualified job-seekers and hand-select individuals from a pool of high-caliber job candidates.

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Our Pool Of Candidates Are Active, Open & Ready To Work For You

When you engage with us, you know you will get multiple qualified and carefully curated candidates delivered to you, each ready to work with purpose for you and your company.

Cheeky Scientist Hiring Solutions Is Simple and Straightforward

Cheeky Scientist Hiring Solutions Is Simple and Straightforward

When it comes to placing qualified talent, you need results...and you need them fast.

The good news is we’ve made signing up for Hiring Solutions—and using it—a simple process.

To begin with, there are no hidden fees.

To accessHiring Solutions, you only need to tell use how many positions you want to fill and how you want to gain access to our pool of qualified PhDs.

We’ve also made communication simple too.

You can send us as many jobs as you’d like.

You can contact as many PhDs as you’d like.

There’s no limit or ceiling to hold you back.

Finally, we’re committed to making your onboarding experience as easy and painless as possible.

Once you enroll, we’re here to support you so you’re up and running quickly. Sign up, and let our team help you get access to our qualified PhDs so you start finding the candidates you need right now.

What’s Your Offer/Loss Rate?

How much are you suffering from vacant positions or rejected offers? If you’re responsible for placing qualified talent, you face a metric that can make or break your career and even your company...

Your offer/loss rate.

This rate is simply your number of rejected offers divided by your total number of offered positions. Throw candidates who lack transparency or commitment into the mix, and that rate is going to climb. And then there are those offers that never even happen in the first place.

Like rejected offers, lost opportunity is another big hurdle human resource professionals face. So why is placing qualified talent so difficult...?

The Premier Hiring Solution Platform For Employers Seeking PhDs


You can’t find candidates who are fully engaged and actively searching for a job.

It’s the biggest problem for any employer or recruiter and a huge roadblock for hiring managers. Just because a person uploaded their resume online, responded to your LinkedIn post/message, or agreed to an interview…

Does NOT guarantee he or she is committed to finding a job.

More often than not, you don’t have visibility into whether candidates are actively searching for a job...or if they randomly uploaded their resume because they were frustrated one day. You might find a candidate who is open to a new position. You might even find a candidate who’s willing to complete a partial interview process.


You can’t find candidates who are qualified.

Ever posted a job opening...only to receive 450 responses (and only two of those responses were from truly qualified candidates)? You’re not alone in your struggle to find potential hires who fit the bill. According to CareerBuilder, “45% of employers currently have jobs they can’t fill because they can’t find qualified talent.”

And Recruitment Grapevine states that a recently published report reveals “nearly three quarters (72.8%) of recruitment professionals are struggling to find relevant candidates.” Big-name job boards or big-name recruitment firms may put you in touch with thousands of candidates. But when you’re responsible for placing talent, you’ll quickly learn that quantity doesn’t always equal quality.


You can’t conveniently contact candidates.

Unless you’re relying on referrals, many times, there’s a wall between you and potential candidates. LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, etc. All of these are helpful tools.

But they all place a technological barrier between you and the candidates you want to hire. Sure, you can find a person’s contact information in his or her resume. Yes, you can send a message through your platform of choice. But none of this is convenient.

When you need to fill a critical position, time is of the essence as another company may quickly scoop up your qualified candidate.


You can’t find candidates who are transparent.

Transparency and honesty are crucial in the hiring process. Get the wrong impression, and you can waste hours of precious time screening and interviewing candidates—only to find out they don’t have the required skills or they didn’t reveal their true geographic location.

Perhaps you’ve lessened your reliance on run-of-the-mill job boards to solve this problem. Maybe you’ve turned to LinkedIn or another platform for better transparency.

Here’s what you need to know…

According to a LendEDU poll, when it comes to LinkedIn, 23% of respondents have “a few lies” on their profiles. Even worse, 11% of respondents admitted their profiles are “almost entirely made up of things I have never done.”

The problem with most hiring platforms? There’s not an environment of honesty and transparency. These platforms aren’t built on a foundation of trust.


Let’s face it.

If you’re an employer, you can’t scale your company unless you are able to close top talent. If you’re a recruiter, you don’t get a commission unless a candidate closes. And closing a job-seeker isn’t as simple as finding an “experienced” candidate.

Companies are looking for candidates who can quickly learn—on the job—to do things the right way. In fact, this one quality—speed of learning—trumps “industry experience,” which is often another name for bad habits learned at another job.

The problem is that typical methods of recruiting don’t give you access to a pool of job-seekers who are truly trained in the art of learning.

What’s the answer to these challenges?

Overcoming these hurdles requires a radically different solution. And—frankly—your go-to recruiting platform probably isn’t going to cut it.

The Premier Hiring Solution Platform For Employers Seeking PhDs


Our Program Is for Employers and Recruiters Who Are Ready To…

  • Dedicate less bandwidth to filtering through unqualified job-seekers and more time hand-selecting individuals from a pool of high-caliber candidates.
  • Access an exclusive pool of PhDs and PhD candidates...all of whom are able to learn key technical and interpersonal skills quickly and correctly.
  • Interview candidates who have made a financial commitment to leaving academia and finding an industry job.
  • Get personalized access to pre-qualified resumes, phone numbers, and email addresses.
  • Gain 100% certainty that your candidate will agree to the job offer you are tasked with filling before you offer it.

Reduce The Time It Takes To Find Qualified Candidates & Fill Technical Positions


Instant Access to More Than 3 Million Qualified And Invested Candidates

During the hiring process, you’re dealing with a delicate balance…

The age-old conundrum between quantity and quality.

Get the best of both worlds with Hiring Solutions.

Our PhDs are qualified with the technical skills so many industries demand. And thanks to the Cheeky Scientist Career Development Platform Career Development Platform, our members have the resources and support they need to refine interpersonal skills such as networking, interviewing, and more.


Increased Visibility into Hiring Deal Breakers

Convenient visibility is critical to the hiring process.

We’ve designed Hiring Solutions to provide insight into factors that can make—or break—a job offer.

For instance, we’ve implemented an activity metric so we can deliver to you high-quality candidates who are actively looking for, not those who are only “kind of” looking. What’s more, we require our candidates to update their status weekly so their status stays up to date.

We’ve also made it easy to identify a candidate’s career interests, desired location, and actual location—things we use to provide you with top candidates in hours if not minutes.

To put it simply, Hiring Solutions increases visibility on critical issues that can stop an offer in its tracks.


The Convenience and Ease of Personalized Candidate Delivery

When you’re racing against the clock to find a qualified candidate…

Who wants to dig through a resume to locate an email address? Or wait a week for a reply to a LinkedIn message?

With Hiring Solutions, it only takes only hours for us to find you high quality candidates because we have close training relationships with every candidate.



An Atmosphere of Trust and Transparency

At the Cheeky Scientist Career Development Platform, we’ve created a special atmosphere with our members.

Cheeky Scientist is primarily run by PhDs...for PhDs, and the result is an atmosphere where members are transparent with each other and with us.

When you partner with Hiring Solutions, you’re getting exclusive access to this unique environment.

Find Candidates From 100+ Different Countries Within Hours


Key technical and interpersonal skills

All you have to do is provide us with the skills you want and we can find talent that either has these skills or has the background and resources that will allow them to gain these skills quickly.


Field of Study

We filter results by technical training that’s the perfect match for your job opening.


Career interests.

Don’t interview a research scientist candidate...who secretly wants to be a medical science liaison. Our platform confirms career interests with 100% certainty so you don’t waste your time on fruitless interviews.


Job-search status

We are able to filter candidates by active job-searching status. We even provide insight into where a candidate is in the process - for instance if he or she is uploading resumes or is holding interviews.


Built-In Job Position Marketing

You have the option of having us promote your job position to our entire platform, including millions or PhD readers, subscribers, members, followers and more.


Relocation Awareness

Sometimes an ideal candidate will live miles away. With Hiring Solutions, you’ll know a PhD’s location and if he or she is willing to move to a desired location before you give them an offer.

Our Story

In 2013, Dr. Isaiah Hankel launched the Cheeky Scientist Career Development Platform to help PhDs land industry positions. In fact, many of us got our first industry position thanks to what we learned from Cheeky Scientist.

Cheeky Scientist’s mission has been to empower PhDs with relevant knowledge and skills that will help them land their industry dream jobs. In 2018, we've since expanded our mission to you with Hiring Solutions.

We don’t simply understand the roadblocks PhDs face in the job search. We also understand the unique challenges of finding the right hire—obstacles such as slow communication, poor transparency, and job-seekers who are less than qualified. We’ve created Hiring Solutions to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

We know how complicated and time-consuming it is to simply place one qualified individual. We understand how, after long hours of interviewing, you often encounter yet another dead end.

Here's The Truth: A.I. Is Horrible at Finding Talent

Don’t get us wrong. Technological advances are good and beneficial. In fact, without the right technology, Hiring Solutions wouldn’t be possible. But technology has its limitations. When it comes to recruiting the right candidates, building relationships is the key to putting the right people in the right positions. The only problem can’t build relationships with everyone.

The solution?

Some might say, let’s make technology smarter. Let’s rely on advanced application tracking systems (ATS) software programs and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve our recruiting practices.

The problem is…

ATS and AI don’t have the human capacity to process subjectivity. They don’t have the unprogrammed intuition to know when an unlikely candidate is truly the best fit. ATS and AI can’t read someone’s potential. At the end of the day, you don’t need smarter technology. Your problem isn’t that you lack an advanced recruiting platform. Your real challenge?

You need a better pool of candidates, and a technology that embraces the human component of hiring. And that’s the strength of Hiring Solutions. While our platform gives you access to a pool of highly qualified talent, it lets you call the shots when it comes to evaluating resumes and making decisions about the best person for the job.

Here’s the reality…

Just as no job description is an exact representation of the role, no resume is an exact representation of a candidate. Sometimes, the best hire for an organization is someone an AI system would simply filter away. The reality is...that may just be a PhD.


PhDs Are A Goldmine For Your Open Positions, Here's Why...


PhDs are skilled in the school of learning.


PhDs are, by definition, innovators.


PhDs are collaborators.


PhDs have experience navigating failure.


PhDs are leaders who are able to handle uncertainty.


PhDs know how to find & analyze information faster than anyone.

Locate Top-Quality PhD Talent Fast

Most Recruiters Do Not Understand The Value Of PhDs…


Misconception #1: PhDs won’t fit in.

It’s true that university life is different from the business world.

But if you’re thinking that PhDs are too independent, that they won’t make a good culture fit, that they can’t work with a’s what you need to consider.

Many PhDs have deep experience creating results in less-than-ideal conditions with very challenging personalities.

PhDs work in an environment where they have little authority...yet they must closely coordinate their efforts with others and play cross-functional roles to move a project forward.

As you might imagine, navigating conflict becomes a very important skill.

And then there are those regular thesis committee meetings...

Imagine walking into a room where there’s a panel of PhDs who are experts in their fields. Imagine having these doctors dissect your research, your methods, or your logic—without mercy. And imagine that you have to endure this every few months.

As a result of all of this, PhDs have excellent cross-functional and conflict-resolution skills.

PhDs not only have the technical skills to thrive in industry; they have the ability to navigate difficult interpersonal challenges while getting results.


Misconception #2: PhDs are bookworms without relevant experience.

If you’re adept in hiring talent, you know one thing is for sure…

In the world of business, the hard skills listed on a job description only paint half the picture.

Most jobs require a number of critical interpersonal skills, such as…

  • The ability to work independently and with groups.
  • Initiative and leadership aptitude.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Adaptability.
  • And so much more.

Perhaps you think that PhDs lack these skills because they do nothing but read the latest scholarly articles and refine their dissertation.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, reading scholarly literature is only part of what it means to be a PhD.

In a typical week, PhDs find themselves…

  • Working cross-functionally with other PhDs they have no authority over to achieve complex results (collaboration).
  • Identifying problems, determining the right problem to solve, and then solving the right problem with the right solution (problem solving).
  • Collecting data and analyzing it in order to discover actionable results that will move their projects and goals forward (analysis).
  • Innovating and optimizing methodologies so they can achieve their results faster and better in the future (scaling).
  • Writing extensively about research findings (written communication).
  • Helping as a teacher assistant (leadership).
  • Attending a seminar on relevant topics (critical thinking).
  • Supporting fellow PhDs as needed (teamwork).
  • Giving a presentation to other PhDs (oral communication).
  • Meeting with an academic advisor (collaboration).

We could list more, but you get the picture.

PhDs enjoy ample opportunities to cultivate industry interpersonal skills—skills your open positions demand and require.


Misconception #3: PhD’s are overqualified.

Can you actually be overqualified for a top-level industry position?

The answer is no.

Which is why there is such demand for the superior knowledge and expertise that PhDs bring to the table.

In fact, recently, Fortune reported on the 15 best graduate degrees for jobs. Guess what diplomas landed on that list?

  • PhD in computer science
  • PhD in economics
  • PhD in pharmacy
  • PhD in mathematics
  • PhD in physics
  • PhD in physical chemistry
  • PhD in political science

That’s 7 out of Fortune’s 15 top positions.

Or consider the biotech field…

According to BioSpace, the second most in-demand job in this niche is a biomedical engineer.

What’s required?

If you guessed a PhD, you’re right. BioSpace notes that this position “calls for a PhD in biology, chemistry, bioengineering or related sciences and equivalent experience.”

On top of that, MassBioEd’s Job Trends Forecast for the life sciences industry in Massachusetts notes, “Job openings requiring a minimum of a Ph.D. have grown the fastest in recent years and are essential drivers of innovation and growth in the industry.” [Emphasis added]

The data doesn’t lie.

Smart organizations are hiring PhDs.

While Cheeky Scientist Addresses Each Of These Hiring Challenges—It’s Not For Everyone.

NOT For…

It’s NOT for Employers or Recruiters Who Treat Candidates like Numbers

This hiring manager or recruiter is only concerned with meeting a quota or filling an empty desk.

This person really doesn’t care about PhDs, the value they bring, or anything else other than a quick win.

Hiring Solutions puts you directly in touch with highly skilled job candidates. But don’t think it’s your ticket out of building relationships, offering input, and following hiring best practices.

The PhDs in the Cheeky Scientist Career Development Platform are a special group of people...and it’s important to us that organizations, hiring managers, and professional recruiters recognize our PhDs’ value and treat them accordingly.

Hiring Solutions is for human resource professionals who respect the environment we’ve created at Cheeky Scientist and treat people.


It's Not for Employers Who Dislike Feedback and Support

At the end of the day, Hiring Solutions isn’t for the hiring manager or recruiter who dislikes feedback and support.

You’ve met this kind of person before.

He or she quickly brushes off any attempts to provide guidance...but then wonders why there are no results.

If you dislike support, if you struggle with intellectual humility...then Hiring Solutions may not be for you.

Hiring Solutions centers around relationships, and we’re here to help our clients and guide them so they enjoy the best possible experience.

When You Sign Up,
You’ll Address 3 Important Hiring Challenges


You’re operating in a candidate’s market.

It’s a well-known fact that job-seekers call the shots in today’s market. When it comes to qualified candidates, leisurely taking your pick belongs to 2009, not 2019. The good news is, there’s no need to convince a passive candidate to consider your position—or contact a supposedly active job-seeker...who really isn’t interested in making a move. With Hiring Solutions, you’ll have access to elite, transparent talent that’s eager to be hired.


Your current recruiting tools aren’t meeting your needs.

Let’s face it...there’s a reason you’re researching Hiring Solutions or you wouldn’t be reading this page. Maybe you’re tired of receiving ill-matched candidates from a popular job board platform. Or perhaps you’re tired of the sporadic nature of referrals. You know there’s got to be an easier way to find the qualified individuals you need. Hiring Solutions does just that.


You’re tired of missing out on opportunities.

Each week spent in fruitless recruiting is a week that you’re missing out on opportunity. Qualified candidates are quickly hired, and you’re tired of missing out. Hiring Solutions provides access to the elite talent you need.

Tap into a Pool of Elite Talent

It’s Time to Transform How You Find the Right Candidates