Gain Targeted And Personalized Guidance From R&D Professionals Who Know What It Takes To Land A Lucrative Industry Position
THE R&D SOCIETY EMPOWERS PHDS WHO WANT TO…
- Make the most natural transition from the academic lab to a high-quality industry job.
- Use what you have learned during your PhD and postdoctoral training to innovate and contribute meaningfully to science.
- Gain clarity on the positions and opportunities available as an R&D scientist.
- Understand the R&D work environment and what a typical day would look like.
- Get targeted, structured, and personal guidance from current industry R&D professionals on securing a position.
- Cultivate the skills major R&D companies will be screening for during interviews.
- Learn how to present your research effectively to corporate decision makers during site visits.
To Stack The Odds In Your Favor, You’ll Need….
- Inside information from a network of R&D professionals currently working in industry - the kind of professionals who are in the R&D Society.
- Knowledge of how to get job referrals from R&D professionals - job referrals that lead to interviews and job offers.
- Translate your academic presentation abilities into a presentation that is relevant to company leaders, showcases your skills and informs decisions.
- Craft a LinkedIn profile that highlights your unique qualifications for specific positions.
- Create a resume or CV that avoids losing the attention of a potential scientific employer.
- Cultivate skills to successfully interact with employers during phone conversations.
- Articulate your interest in a company at critical moments during the interview process.
- Give the right answers to important questions during your site visit.
- Learn how to reveal your personality in a way that shows you’d be a “team-player” and valuable team member.
- Express yourself in a way that aligns with a company’s goals.
- Showcase your collaboration abilities, problem-solving expertise, and other transferable skills.
- Ace the behavioral questions that all employers will ask you.
- “Wow” the audience with your interview presentation during your site visit.
The Goal Of Research Is Different.
According to the National Science Foundation, academia receives 56% of the funds devoted to basic research. In contrast, industry companies only receive 22% of the funds for basic research, but they claim 61% of the funds for applied research and 87% of the funds for development.
The point is clear—in academia, your efforts are centered around advancing knowledge, but in industry, your efforts are focused on developing a product or treatment that will benefit the consumers or patients.
- The work atmosphere is different. When you were completing your PhD or engaging in postdoc work, funding dictated research, and you had the freedom to spend extensive time on a project. In industry, company objectives hold the final say, and time is of the essence as you race against competitors.
- The communication expectations are different. Industry work will require complete concentration on your task; however, you’ll need more than technical skills, especially if you plan to climb the corporate ladder. Your future employer isn’t primarily looking at your publication record. They want to know how you’ll mesh with the company culture, how well you can collaborate, and what other transferable skills you have.
Knowing These Differences Between Academic Research And Industry Research Is What Will Help You Secure An Industry Job.
Meet The R&D Professionals In The R&D Society
We’re the research and development scientists at the Cheeky Scientist Association, and we oversee the R&D Society.
We understand that you know what you want—an industry position where you’re directly involved in tests and experiments at the bench.
But we also know what you need to get there—targeted and personalized guidance that’s tailored for R&D job searches.
To put it another way…
You’re convinced you want to leave academia.
You’re convinced you want to enter into an industry position.
But you’re also convinced about something else—you want to develop breakthrough technologies and be at the forefront of innovation.
It’s our goal to help you do just that.
The Entry-Level Scientist I Position Has You Earning Over $1,500 A Week And Over $310 A Day…
Doing What You Love - Meaningful, Scientific Work.
The R&D Society Can Pay For Itself In 2 days Or Less Once You’re Hired.
If joining the R&D Society (only until next enrollment) puts you on the bench following your passion even one week faster, the investment will have been well worth it.
After that one payment, you have access to the R&D Society for life, and, if you’ve landed a job, you’ll be able to help others find success just like you.
Whether you pay now or pay in installments, here’s the bottom line...
The R&D Society Includes Both A Board Certificate & An Ongoing Certification To Ensure You Are Always Certified As A Trained R&D Industry Professional
You will receive an official certification letter of recommendation from our R&D board upon completion of the course along with lifetime access to our annual certification program.
The R&D Society was created by and is maintained by a board of R&D professionals.
As such, each module includes a board certified exam and by passing the exam, you will receive a certificate from our board.
At the R&D Society, our goal is to help you smoothly transition into a highly paid R&D job so you can continue to do what you love most.
We help you achieve this goal by empowering you with training, resume templates, and guidance so you have a clear path for landing your first industry job.
Here’s what makes what we do so special and helpful for securing your first R&D job.
We are a targeted program run by R&D professionals for aspiring R&D professionals.
The result is guidance that is targeted, structured, and personalized.
As practicing research and development scientists, we know what companies are looking for, and we’re prepared to help you make the best impression possible.
We understand that R&D positions are probably something of a mystery as you don’t know what sectors are best for your background and interests or even what you can expect in a typical day.
Our team will make sure you have the training and personalized support you need to enter interviews prepared.
Another way our team works to help you succeed is helping you stay up-to-date.
Unlike academia, in industry, things are changing day-to-day. Market developments can quickly create a turn of events and your knowledge of these industry trends will determine not only your success in industry, but if you get hired in the first place.
With the R&D Society, you’ll enjoy access to up-to-date information from a group of professionals. In addition to our insights, the RDS private group allows you to ask practicing scientists questions about current trends and what companies you should keep an eye on.
But there’s another reason that joining the R&D Society gives you an edge…
The R&D Society maintains a strong community of R&D mentors, which means you’ll enjoy personalized guidance.
Let’s face it.
Not every PhD wants a research and development position. Some were trained in backgrounds that suit them for nonscientific industry positions. Others are tired of the bench and want to venture into a consulting or advisory position.
By nature, the R&D Society is a more intimate, targeted group of PhDs.
And that means that the guidance you’ve already gained will become even more personalized.
While landing an R&D position isn’t a magic formula, you can improve your odds with a program that targets your needs and provides tailored guidance.
Why Industry R&D Holds So Much Opportunity For PhDs
1. Research & Development is a massive part of industry.
According to UNESCO, the world spends $1.7 TRILLION on R&D every year, and the US alone spends $478 billion on R&D annually. This is a huge amount of money and this large spend creates many, many opportunities for PhDs in industry R&D.
2. R&D is always changing always advancing – and maintaining a culture of innovation was one of the top concerns for R&D employers.
As a PhD you are well suited to help companies maintain and build an innovative culture, and this is something you should communicate when you are talking with potential employers. According to the Innovation Research Interchange, more than 40% of the employers they surveyed said that one of their top innovation tactics is to hire new people. They are looking for new, fresh people who can bring innovative ideas to their companies.
3. In industry as a PhD you will be paid what you are worth.
According to Indeed, the average salary for a postdoctoral fellow is $48,000, while an industry Scientist role will earn you an average of $93,000 and a Principle Scientist role $145,000. In general, when you look at the averages across the board, you’re making at least twice as much in industry as you are in a postdoc. Industry provides the resources and opportunity for you to do meaningful innovative work and be paid well.
3 Biggest Advantages Of Working As An Industry Research Scientist Versus An Academic Research Scientist…
1. Your Progress Is Measured Accurately And Consistently Based On Performance.
In industry, your performance on assigned work and shared goals is used to accurately measure your progress. Your performance is also used for determining promotions, salary increases, and bonuses. Not only this, but there are specific people designated for measuring your progress and they are actually held accountable to it.
The important takeaway here is that you know exactly how you are doing at all times.Your goals, your manager’s goals, and the company’s goals are aligned, which helps manage expectations. Don’t underestimate the motivational power of this kind of clarity and feedback.
It’s powerful and it leads to a much happier personal and professional lifestyle.
2. You Are Rewarded For Being A Leader And Showing Initiative.
In industry, you will work with a very fast work pace and be expected to deliver accurate results quickly. This is a good thing. It’s even enjoyable. The reason working at a faster pace is enjoyable is because you are working with a team whose goals are aligned with your goals.It’s also enjoyable because you are rewarded for finding better ways of doing things. If you take the initiative to improve the workflow of a system, improve a product, or make any part of the company better—you’re rewarded.The more confidently you take initiative, the more you are rewarded.
This is very difficult for most academics to understand. How can initiative be so valuable? How can confidence be valuable? The answer, in short, is—time is money. Not only that—relieving pain is money and boosting team morale is money.The more time you give back to your boss, like by making a particular workflow more efficient, the more you are rewarded. Likewise, the easier you make your boss’s life and the happier you make your team, the more you are rewarded. True leaders are promoted quickly in industry. This isn’t always the case in academia.
3. You Are Part Of A Supportive And Structured Work Environment.
In industry, every scientist has their own project. At the same time, every scientist helps each other with their projects. Everyone is trained to support each other. In fact, the ability to work well independently AND as part of a team is the main requirement of getting a job as a research scientist in industry. Industry teams are not only very supportive, they are highly structured.
Overall, there is a clear and defined corporate ladder in industry. The key to climbing this ladder is to take initiative and show leadership skills whenever possible. This means going out of your way, without being asked, to improve company systems and to relieve your boss and the company in general of tedious work.
By achieving your goals and staying aligned with the company goals, you can move your career forward past the research scientist position and on to bigger and better roles.
Whether You Have 20 Publications or None at All, You Can Get Hired.
- Cell biology
- Molecular biology
- Organic chemistry
- Physical chemistry
- Inorganic chemistry
- Analytical chemistry
- Molecular genetics
- Classical genetics
- Mechanical engineering
- Aerospace engineering
- Biomedical engineering
- Biomechanical engineering
- Invertebrate zoology
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Marine Biology
The R&D Society Has Helped PhDs From A Variety Of Scientific Disciplines Transition Into All Kinds Of Industry R&D Positions…
Those In The R&D Society Have Secured Positions At...
Your PhD qualifies you to apply to firms just like these.
But that doesn’t mean they’ll think you’re a good fit for their company.
What you need is information on selecting a company, networking with those in the industry, creating a resume, and effectively communicating during an interview so you prove that you have more than a PhD—you have skills that are an asset to the organization.
The R&D Society will give you insider information on how to position yourself as a highly qualified PhD who’s ready to smoothly transition into an industry job.
The R&D Society Is An Intimate Group With Structured Support, Which Means Your Program Is Targeted and Personalized
When you join the R&D Society, you’re following a program that others have successfully used to transition into industry scientist positions.
The Cheeky Scientist Association has used the RDS to help other PhDs like you to understand what the interview panel at research and development companies are looking for to help them secure a job.
Now that these scientists are on the other side of the job search, they’re here to share their experiences with you.
The RDS Private Group Provides Targeted Support
Get Referrals From Other PhDs Who Are Currently Working In Industry R&D Positions, And Get Support From Other PhDs Just Like You Who Want To Become Industry Research Scientists.
When you join the R&D Society, you get more than targeted support from R&D professionals who lead the group.
You’re instantly connected to a private group of PhDs who’ve transitioned into industry roles. You’ll also be able to chat with your fellow students in the program.
Your group is 100% private and only allows members of the RDS.
Whether you ask questions and request referrals or share tips and celebrate success stories, the R&D Society’s private group provides an exclusive space where you can let your guard down and connect with others who know firsthand what you’re going through.
Take a look at the support the RDS provides for our members.
Here's the Targeted Training You'll Receive from the R&D Society...
Module #1 Academic vs. Industry Research, Part 1 Academic vs. Industry Research, Part 2
You understand academic life, but, more than likely, R&D positions are a mystery. To demystify the world of research and development and help you know what to expect, this module covers...
- What separates academic and industry research and the difference between R&d companies versus r&D companies. By the end of this module, you’ll understand what type of company would best suit your skills and work preferences.
- What your typical day will look like once you transfer to an industry position and how your work environment will differ. Begin to make a mental transition as you understand the tightly focused work environment at major R&D companies. You’ll understand key differences, such as why you’ll leave your work at the lab, why your environment will be less social, and more.
- The different branches of research and development—pharmaceutical, medical biotechnological, industrial biotechnological, agricultural biotechnological, or consumer products. Understand the different products and companies under each group and why working at a company like Origen might suit you better than working at firm like AstraZeneca.
- What you need to know about publishing, conferences, and successfully transitioning to your first job.
Module #2 The Industry R&D Hiring Process, Part 1 The Industry R&D Hiring Process, Part 2
- If you’re wondering how R&D companies choose candidates, then this module will help you understand the typical process. This module covers... .
- The two types of event networking activities you should engage in and how one type of networking activity can help you bypass competition to make a positive impression with company professionals.
- What you need to know about recruiters and how you can leverage contract-to-hire positions. Even if you haven’t considered a staffing solution, this module explains the benefits of this option for getting your foot in the door of your future company.
- How to craft a resume that increases the chances a company will read it as well as how to create a CV that’s tailored for an industry position. This module will detail the ingredients of a strong bullet point for your summary and how you can incorporate details that underscore your suitability for an R&D position.
- How to make your LinkedIn profile relevant to the positions you’re looking for and why you should consider LinkedIn Premium to increase the likelihood of an interview.
- If you’re wondering how R&D companies choose candidates, then this module will help you understand the typical process. This module covers... .
Module #3 Industry R&D Interviews & Site Visits Interview Presentations & Industry Presentation Skills
- The process you can expect once HR reaches out for an interview. Know what HR is attempting to discover and what you should never discuss with HR during the phone call.
- The unexpected questions a hiring manager may ask you and how you can effectively navigate this scenario. This module will explain some queries that may catch you by surprise so you can start preparing now.
- What a typical site visit looks like and what skills and behaviors a company will use the visit to evaluate. Know what situations to avoid, what questions to ask, and what to do in difficult situations. This module helps you enter an R&D company site prepared and ready to take on new challenges.
- Get the facts on how your industry presentation will differ from the presentations you’ve given in academia. You’ll understand everything from how to make a good first impression to the details you need to include in your slides.Discover what a research and development company is thinking during your interview so you answer critical questions in the best way. This module covers...
Module #4 Career Trajectory as an Industry R&D Scientist, as well as Current R&D Trends
Landing an R&D position is only the beginning of a new chapter in your career. Enter the industry with a forward-thinking mindset. This module covers…
- The company ladder you would climb in a larger company as well as what positions you could seek in a smaller company. There’s a difference between startups, smaller companies, and giant players in the R&D space, and this module will help you distinguish between the three.
- What positions you can transition to—should you ever desire a different company role. Your scientific position can open many opportunities, and this module will help you understand other jobs and their accompanying duties.
- Relevant information on the R&D trends affecting big pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, and other firms. You’ll get up-to-date information that sheds light on the future of biologics, cosmeceuticals, and more so you can capitalize on opportunities in the R&D industry.
- Where the demand for certain scientists is rising, what you can expect to see in the marketplace, and, most importantly, why it’s important to adapt to business trends. You’ll get a broad overview that helps you understand how to view R&D companies strategically.
As Soon As You Join RDS, You Will Also Get Immediate Access To The Following...
A crash course that reveals an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to work as an R&D professional so you know what niche to pursue, what you could expect in a normal day, and where career opportunities are available.
- The RDS will help you understand what you could expect in a typical day, how you should interact with coworkers, and what your tasks and responsibilities would be based on your position.
- You’ll get information that quickly clarifies which niche is best given your background and interests—whether that’s working at a large pharmaceutical company, such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, or a small biotechnological startup.
- You’ll gain insight into the work environment, what to expect when it comes to attending conferences and meetings, and other details that will help you transition from an academic mindset to the mindset that’s prepared for an R&D position.
Critical information for those make-or-break moments you’ll encounter in your job search so you don’t make a mistake that lowers your chances of securing a job. With the RDS, you’ll avoid being caught off guard by HR, a hiring manager, or an interview panel.
- You’ll understand industry etiquette to help you transition from academic norms to behaviors that showcase how smoothly you can transition into a prospective company. R&D professionals will explain pitfalls to avoid during the interview process.
- You’ll see why your current networking routine may be harming your job search and what you need to change to increase your chances of gaining referrals.
- You’ll know the critical angles and approaches you should take during your job search to ace your HR phone call, successfully interact with the hiring manager, and use the on-site visit to your best advantage.
Lifetime access to an intimate, private online group where you can ask questions, connect with other individuals, request referrals, and enjoy feedback from R&D professionals in the field. This group is for aspiring R&D professionals only, which means you can expect conversations to be focused around goals, experiences, and advice specific to your job search.
- Connect with R&D professionals who’ve landed industry jobs to ask their feedback on which companies are promising, who’s hiring, and what industry trends to expect.
- Connect with other PhDs to share tips, ideas, and experiences. Those in your group are those interested in R&D jobs, which means you have an instant community of scientists with a similar background and career aspirations.
A step-by-step plan that covers transitioning from academia into industry, navigating the hiring process, and what you can expect in the future. The R&D society helps to remove the guesswork so you tailor your efforts for breaking into an R&D position.
- Over the course of four modules, containing workbooks, exams, and training videos, you’ll understand the process you need to follow to successfully apply at R&D companies and land your first job. Each module builds on the previous one and guides you through your job search step by step.
- Gain detailed information on creating a targeted resume and a presentation that takes you one step closer to a job offer. The RDS helps you avoid the pitfalls associated with marketing your skills to potential employers as well as success strategies you can employ.
- Know what’s next after you accept an offer. The R&D Society puts a finger on the pulse of market developments in various research and development industries. You’ll also understand which career paths you can take once you secure a position.
Targeted and and personalized support from R&D professionals based on your unique transition and career goals. While the Cheeky Scientist Association is designed to help all PhDs, the RDS is dedicated to helping scientists like you break into a research and development position.
- Get the feedback of R&D professionals for your resume and other pressing questions you have. The smaller, targeted group ensures swift feedback and timely answers.
- Access materials written by a practicing R&D professional who understands current industry expectations and trends, which gives you important information on the positions you’re applying for.
A variety of tools to cement your learning and help you put each module into action so you’re one step closer to your R&D job.
- When you join the R&D Society, you’ll gain instant access to our video training series with closed captioning, accompanying workbooks, transcripts, as well as two R&D resume templates you can use.
- You’ll also gain access to exams that will help you retain the knowledge you’ve gained as well as monthly webinars that keep you up to date on important topics for your job search.
3 Reasons Why Joining the RDS Benefits Your Transition Strategy
- You enjoy scientific research, but are struggling in your job search. You know you don’t want to give up your dream of staying at the lab. But, more than likely, you feel like you need some extra guidance so you secure the best position. Every day your lack of information creates a delay is a day you could be applying to your dream job.
- The R&D industry is a mystery to you. There’s a reason you’re reading this. If you understood the inner workings of R&D at various companies, you’d have a better idea of your next steps. You know that increasing your chances of landing an R&D scientist position begins with actually understanding what you can expect.
- You want targeted and personalized guidance from current R&D professionals. Years in academia have taught you that there is only so much that a textbook can provide. There’s a reason universities have professors. In the same way, this program provides more than online training modules. You’ll tap into the expertise of R&D scientists working in the field to gain practical advice.
Who The Society Is NOT For…
It’s NOT For Hands-Off People
As an industry R&D professional, you will get to innovate and develop breakthrough technologies in the lab. This means you must be excited about doing hands on work at the bench while still wanting to advance your career.
It’s NOT For People Who Don’t Like Science
Industry R&D professionals are very passionate about science and enjoy the thrill of scientific discovery. This means you must have a desire to stay close to science and to be on the cutting edge of your field.
It’s NOT For People Who Never Produce
Working in R&D as an industry research scientist means that you will not only gain knowledge about a scientific discipline, but you will use this knowledge to create a product or treatment that directly impacts consumers and patients. This means you will personally help produce something that has a positive impact on the world for years to come.
The R&D Society Is 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
You Can Make a Risk-Free Decision
If you've joined the R&D Society, completed the training materials, and still have doubts about the program, then we'll gladly refund 100% of your money up to two weeks (14 days) after you've joined.
Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge you need to transition to an R&D role, and you should have the freedom to make that decision without any risk.
When It Comes To Getting The Position You Want, Knowledge Is Power
You’ve know what you want. R&D companies will be looking for some very specific qualities.
You’ll need to leverage skills you never used in academia.
We know how to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
We’ve done it.
We’ve helped other PhDs do it.
And you can do it too.
The R&D Society is your starting place. It’s time to turn the page and open the next chapter in your life and career.