Episode ##55: Maria João Pereira’s Tips&Tricks on how to get a job in industry after PhD


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2018-01-17 13.20.16_BW1Maria João Perreira is a Portuguese researcher with a biochemistry background, who moved to Sweden in 2011 to do a Master’s project at the Biomedical Center of Lund University.

Her interest for stem cells and regenerative medicine led her to a PhD in Stem Cell Biology, which she finished in December last year.

Very early in her PhD, she realized that career in academia did not fit well with her personality and interests, and so she started looking for opportunities to switch to the industry.

Today, Maria is a research scientist in a pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk.  

In this new episode, she shares some tips on how to facilitate the transition from academia to industry, as well as some advice on how to navigate the selection and interview process successfully.

“Start early. Remember: looking for a job is a full-time job. Even before starting to look and apply for jobs, you need to set your mind to it

– Dr. Maria João Pereira

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Episode #54: Dennis Fink’s story


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Dr. Dennis Fink, a PhD in Marine Microbiology, is back to our podcast!

In episode #20 Dennis told us how he became a science communicator and started his own company right after a PhD.

In October 2017, Dennis came back to big business and joined the famous biotech company Qiagen as a campaign manager and social media channel expert.

What motivated his choice?

How do his PhD and the skills he developed while being self-employed help him in the new job?

And why being present on Social Media can boost your career?

The answers to these questions in our new episode!

“Social media is not the answer to everything, but, for sure, it’s not a hazard. […] As a scientist, you should not be scared about the use of social media. Actually, contrary to this, you should use social media, you should use career networks, because it will make your life easier, especially, your professional one.”

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#53: We celebrate our two year anniversary


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Today marks the PhD Career Stories’ two year anniversary – hurray! Of course we want to celebrate this great occasion and for this we have prepared a special episode featuring the team behind the podcast. With the excellent guidance of the Founder Tina Persson, we discuss matters such as ‘Why do we think this podcast is so important? What learnings and insights have we gained so far? What are we expecting from the future?’

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#52: Matthias Antonin’s story


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Matthias_AntoninTwo years into his PhD studies, Matthias Antonin realised that he needed a plan B. Although doing a PhD at first seemed as the most logical step after his undergraduate studies in biochemistry, he now found himself more enthusiastic when brainstorming opportunities to found a company, than when performing research. He therefore signed up for economics and psychology studies at the distance learning university FernUniversität in Hagen. A transition that later on landed him a job within sales and marketing at Roche Pharma.

In this episode, Matthias will tell you about his journey from being a PhD student to working at the Startup Program Marketing & Sales of Roche Pharma. He reflects over the differences between distance-based and campus-based studying and the importance of networking outside of the academia to land a job in the industry.

Keep an open mindset and if opportunity doesn’t come to you, create your own opportunity.

– Matthias Antonin, Marketing & Sales Trainee at Roche Pharma

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Episode #51: Luca Forcucci’s story


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©_Ignacio_Aronovich2.pngOur guest today is Luca Forcucci

Luca Forcucci is a scientist and an artist at the same time. He holds a PhD in Music, Technology and Innovation from De Montfort University in the United Kingdom. In his research, he investigated how the human brain perceives sounds and space, and how our memories influence the images that we create while listening to the sounds.

Nowadays he is based in Berlin, but he prefers to call himself a “nomad”  since he presents his artworks and conducts the research all over the globe.

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#50: Johanna Dutton’s tips & tricks on resume writing for researchers looking to transition from academia to industry


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Johanna_DuttonJohanna Dutton is the Biomedical Engineer that after 10 years in industry decided to return to academia to pursue a PhD. She is also the Founder of Think Likely Resumes Service, a service providing do’s and don’ts on how to design a CV or resume for industry as well as interview coaching.

In this podcast Johanna will share her best tips and tricks on resume writing. We will learn how we can make our application letter and CV stand out and why it’s important to demonstrate other skills than the academic ones. She will also provide key points on what to include as well as exclude from the resume in order to convince the hiring manager or recruiter to meet up for an interview.

You need to be able to show that you have other skills and abilities that make you a competitive candidate.

– Johanna Dutton, PhD Graduate and Founder of Think Likely Resumes Service

About Johanna

Johanna earned her BS in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut and an MS in Analytical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then worked as an analytical chemist for almost ten years at Eisai before accepting a position as a formulation scientist at Novartis Vaccines, now GSK Vaccines. Currently, Johanna is a PhD Candidate in the Joint Program of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State. She spends some of her free time reviewing and editing resumes for students that want to transition from academia to industry.

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Episode #49: Martijn Bijker’s story


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Martijn_light.pngThe guest of our new episode is Dr. Martijn Bijker. 

Martijn Bijker was born and raised in the Netherlands where he did both his Masters and PhD in immuno-oncology. In 2007 he moved to Sydney, Australia to start his postdoc at the Garvan Institute and 4 years later transitioned to the pharmaceutical industry where he consecutively worked as a Medical Science Liaison (MSL).

Nowadays Martijn is an entrepreneur, and his career and coaching company “from SCIENCE to PHARMA” helps many PhDs and Postdocs to prepare for a smooth transition from academia into the pharmaceutical industry and MSL positions.

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