PhD Careers In Industry

Eniko Manek, PhD

E049 How to Navigate Like a Pro and Establish the World’s First Nanoformulation Consulting Company

Dr. Eniko Manek is the Founder of Teuton Tech, the world’s first Nanoformulation Consulting company. Eniko also acts as Head of Research at a pharmaceutical start-up; as well as scientific advisor at different nanotechnology, biotechnology, IP law and innovation management firms. Currently, Eniko is affiliated with the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates, while previously she collaborated with the Florida International University in the US.

Eniko holds a PhD in chemistry, an MSc degree in materials science, and a BSc degree in environmental science, and she also has education in executive management, thermal analysis, quality assurance and life cycle assessment. In her early career, Eniko worked at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics as a research associate and as a lecturer in physical chemistry. Subsequently, she transitioned to industry and gained experience in various executive-level positions – such as Board Member, Deputy & Interim CEO, Chief Technology Officer, Head of Nanotechnology Department and Head of Formulation Laboratory – at various enterprises in the US and in the EU that focus on the development and commercialization of nanoformulated pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and cosmetics. During this time, Eniko also served as board member of the American Chemical Society, Hungary Chapter.

In 2018, Eniko turned her dream into reality and created Teuton Tech, the first and only Nanoformulation Consulting enterprise in the world. At Teuton Tech, Eniko and her team help companies to develop their own nanoformulated products and thus drastically enhance the bioavailability, efficacy, stability and safety of their active ingredients. At present, Eniko’s commercial projects cover the fields of pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, cosmetics and agrochemicals; while in her academic studies she concentrates on nano-therapeutics for the treatment of brain diseases.

Alessandro Crimi, PhD, Yawlab

E048 How To Develop a Startup Educating the Global South in Quantum Computing

Dr. Alessandro Crimi is an Italian-born researcher turned educator and entrepreneur. He holds a PhD in Medical Imaging from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA in International Healthcare Management from the University of Basel. He alternated formal research in neuroimaging to healthcare-related projects, mostly based in Ghana. Since 2012, he is a Visiting Lecturer of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Ghana. Among his achievements to date, he pulled off a prenatal care project which was using portable ultrasound machines in rural Ghana, and supervised talented PhD students as a part of the program “Women in science for the developing world.”

Currently, he is focused on building two startups:

1. Yawlab, which aims to empower the global South with tools and education about biotech (now registered in Ghana);

2. QC4All, which aims to prepare the global South for the next revolution in quantum computing (in the foundation phase).

Ultimately, the two projects should converge into quantum chemistry simulations.

For more information, please see:

Alessandro’s Medium profile.

Matteo Tardelli, PhD

E046 The Salmon Leap for PhDs: How To Smoothly Jump From Academia to Industry with Matteo Tardelli

Dr. Matteo Tardelli is a Postdoctoral Scientist at Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC and the author of the book “The Salmon Leap for PhDs: Swimming upstream a career from academia to industry”. To date, apart from doing science, he has assisted many researchers in gaining the confidence to launch new and diverse careers by taking part in career panels and volunteering for scientific communities. You can follow him on Twitter @salmon_phd.

Laura Pirro, PhD

E045 How Can the Agile Approach Work in Research? Between Academia and R&D in Agriculture

Dr. Laura Pirro is an Italian chemical engineer, who obtained her PhD at Laboratory for Chemical Technology of Ghent University at the end of 2020. Currently, Laura works as an R&D engineer at Yara Sluiskil, in the Netherlands, in the field of agricultural products.
In this episode, she will tell us more about several aspects which characterized her professional life choices so far and some lessons learned on the way.
Here are some highlights:

Not everybody is ready to start a PhD at the same time. After obtaining her master in 2014, Laura decided to work in the chemical industry for a couple of years, to get a taste of the ‘world outside of academia’, before deciding whether to commit to a post-graduate study. During this episode, we will discuss the pros and cons of such a decision.
Your PhD is not only about your own research. During her doctoral studies, Laura got engaged with numerous activities which went beyond her specific domain of study, including an initiative to bring the Agile philosophy for project management into academic research projects. We will ask her about how this initiative developed and what added value Agile can have for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.
Finding two jobs in the year of the pandemics: mission (im)possible? As the end of her PhD was approaching, Laura had to search for her way back into the chemical industry…but a few pitfalls came across, including getting fired after only three weeks because of financial instability of the company that hired her. We will explore with her how to evaluate the options at the end of your PhD, and how to get back on your feet if the professional world punches you in the face.

Olga Ukolova, MD, RGB, BitcoinPro, MyCitadel

E044 From Medical Studies to Building Censorship-Resistant Computing Ecosystems Towards Immortality

Dr. Olga Ukolova holds the title of Doctor of Medicine obtained from the National Medical University ‘O.O. Bogomolec’, Kyiv. While obtaining the title, she worked as a Research Scientist at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Her research considered autophagy in Alzheimer’s disease, and autophagy perspective of heart attacks and strokes. After that, she worked as a Project Manager and Senior Analyst in software development, banking and AI development fields.
With time, she and a group of enthusiasts and professionals in various fields, started working on the idea of creating a decentralized, private and censorship-resistant computing ecosystem, which would eventually lead to fulfilling the ultimate goal – reaching immortality. She co-authored the FreeAI manifesto (manifesto.ai), where the group established their core principles. On the same note, she co-founded a Swiss company Pandora Core AG, which is currently focusing on building technological layers and products that would become building blocks of the future evolution of Bitcoin ecosystem, thus also bringing the initial idea of immortality closer to reality. One of the most known technologies, where Pandora Core is the main driver, is RGB – a privacy-first smart contracting and bearer rights system, which enables many real-world cases to be done in a proper way: with individualism and sovereignty at heart. Though, Olga’s interests are not lying solely on protocol-level activities. Recently her company released Bitcoin Pro and MyCitadel products, which would bring more power to the individuals and help them operate in the digital world with confidence and professionalism.

Career talks for PhDs: Olga Pougovkina, PhD

E043 How to Adapt to the Corporate World As a PhD? How to Play the Like a Pro?

Dr. Olga Pougovkina is a scientific leader in the R&D sector of Janssen Biologics where she works within the analytical development for early, late phase and commercial biologics. She obtained her PhD in Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam after which she decided to leave academia. While finishing her PhD she faced the challenges of making career choices and transitioning into industry firsthand. She also soon saw that career development doesn’t stop after getting your dream job as you’re constantly growing further and moving into new directions
This inspired her to start her company Post PhD Career where she gives career development advice to scientists through lectures, workshops and coaching..

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E010 Building a Startup as a PhD: The Life of a Founder in the Cosmetics Industry

Dr. Maria Otworowska holds a PhD degree in the Computational Cognitive Science awarded by the Radboud University Nijmegen. Before her PhD program, she completed her Master’s degree in Cognitive Science at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She also spent one year at Università Degli Studi Di Catania as an Erasmus student. During her PhD she, like many others before her and undoubtedly many after her, tried to explain how the brain works, with a focus on learning and decision making.

Towards the end of her PhD, she made one of the most difficult decisions in her life and she decided to leave academia and try her luck in “the real world”. Uncertain what to do, she randomly moved to Barcelona without knowing the language or anybody there, where she entered the corporate world as a data scientist at King, an independent unit of Activision Blizzard Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), an entertainment company producing games. As life experiences go, most of them are to a certain degree useful and educational, some may also be motivating, and such was this one. She quickly realized that the corporate world was not her life path, and it gave her all the courage and motivation needed to believe in her an original startup idea hat she got meanwhile, and pursue it full time.

She quickly got sucked into the app dev world and her first “side project,” after many additional adventures, became her current life path. She went from cognitive science to… skincare and chemistry (but with a healthy dose of AI as well). Now she is a proud founder of Skin Bliss (https://skinbliss.app) and was awarded a place in one of the most important accelerators in the beauty industry—Sephora Accelerate—where she has been receiving mentoring and guidance on her business.

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.