Month: February 2021

E042 How to Become a Private Recruiter as a PhD?

Dr. Manolo Castellano is a career consultant and talent recruiter. After obtaining his PhD in neurobiology at the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain) in 2006, he moved to the USA, where he focused his research on auditory synaptic physiology at the Rockefeller University and Stanford University. Back in Europe, he worked at the Universidad Miguel Hernández in Elche, applying electrophysiological techniques to the study of pancreatic cell physiology and diabetes.
Outside the lab, he has always been active in outreach activities, science communication and science activism associations, such as Ciencia con Futuro, Científicos Retornados a España-CRE or the Federación de Jóvenes Investigadores-Precarios, where he participated in the coordination of the Research Career Report.
In 2017 he transitioned to science consulting, founding Carreras Científicas Alternativas, a platform devoted to guide scientists and researchers to find new professional paths.
Manolo conducts training seminars and workshops related to professional careers, participates frequently in employability forums and runs a podcast about scientific careers, where he interviews researchers who happily made their professional career transition beyond Academia.
Manolo currently combines his career-guiding activities with recruitment consulting for R&D companies at Talento Cientifico.

Elodie Crespel, PhD

E041 From PhD to the World of Social Media Communications and Digital Marketing

Dr. Elodie Crespel is a digital media expert. She was always passionate about screens, going from the silver one with a Bachelor in Arts from the famous cinema school at the University of Southern California to the digital ones when the first flash animations were made in the late 90s. She made the transition into the academic career by studying short film distribution before YouTube. And in 2015, she earned her PhD from the University of Montreal where she studied the role of online video in interpersonal communication on social media and in real life. She continued to work in higher education teaching communication classes and doing a Post-Doctorate in France. She then decided to quit academia and she started exploring the world of freelancing. As an industrious jack of all trades, she enjoys connecting, sharing, and empowering people using digital media. Forever curious, she joined TH.0 Blockchain & AI Hackathon in November 2020. Her team won 3rd place for pitching an innovative concept to combat education inequality. And now, she is the new head of social media marketing at TH.0 to help foster a community of like-minded enthusiasts from across disciplines.

Aleksandra Drozd, PhD

E040 From PhD in Physics to Machine Learning Engineer at Facebook. Facebook Jobs for PhDs

Dr. Aleksandra Drozd is a Machine Learning Engineer at Facebook. After her Master’s studies in Physics at the University of Warsaw, she joined International PhD Studies. During her studies, she was a visiting researcher at University of California Davis and University of California Riverside. After her PhD, she joined Theoretical Particle Physics & Cosmology group at King’s College London as a Postdoc. In 2015 she left Physics for Data Science. In the last 5 years, she worked on fraud detection, sports trading, energy trading, and retail analytics.

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E039 From PhD in Medieval Studies to Project Management for the Europe’s Largest Sustainable Bank

Dr. Christopher Humphrey holds a BA in English Studies and an MA in Culture and Social Change, both from the University of Southampton. He completed his PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of York in 1997, and held a post-doctoral fellowship there until 2000. Since leaving academia, Chris has worked as a project and program manager in the private sector, specializing in technology, transport, financial services and sustainability. Today, he works as a team leader and project manager for a leading European sustainable bank.
In 2012 Chris founded the website Jobs on Toast as a way to help Masters students and doctoral graduates access the abundant career opportunities available outside of higher education. The popularity of the site is shown by the fact that Jobs on Toast attracts over 40,000 unique visitors a year, as well as having thousands of followers on social media channels including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.