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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#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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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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Episode #47: Interview with Erik Alexandersson


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DSC_2646In this episode, Tina Persson interviews the associate professor Erik Alexandersson from the  Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp (SLU).

Erik has a background in plant molecular biology, and he is currently studying the interaction between potatoes and pathogens, as well as potato defense mechanisms both in the laboratory and in the field. He is also leading a project on biofortification of cassava. Half of the time Erik is the director of PlantLink – a collaboration between Lund University and SLU created to strengthen plant research in Southern Sweden. For a couple of years, he had also worked as an in-house editor at BioMed Central publisher in London before he decided to come back into the academic career.

Erik will reflect on his career choices and discuss with Tina how the series of life events may lead to the job of your dream and what do you need to sacrifices to get it.

“Dare and make the step, and move between environments, and going between countries. Because, I think, you learn and develop so much from seeing different systems. So if you have the possibilities, do not hesitate. Make a move!”

Dr. Erik Alexandersson

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#46 Magnus Eneberg’s story


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Magnus_EnebergDr Magnus Eneberg defended his PhD thesis Beyond the Product – Enabling Design Services in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises at Lund University in 2015. After working as a controller for a couple of years, Magnus returned to academia by studying theory architecture and design management. The latter led him into projects that had a focus on innovation with a design perspective. Currently, Magnus holds a position as a researcher, lecturer and project manager at KTH – The Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm.

In this episode he will tell you about his journey from being a PhD student to working as a service designer in a public organization within healthcare. Magnus reflects over the differences between academia and the “real world” and how one can translate ones academic skills to the skills one need to work in a company or organization.

Becoming a PhD student gave me the opportunity to explore not only the subject area of design, and innovation, organization learning, but also myself. Digging into the ontology and epistemology – it was great time to look at how I view the world, to put words on who I was or who I am.

– Dr. Magnus Eneberg, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

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