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Finding Your Place Professionally as a Humanities PhD with Katina Rogers

Every day, I see conversations happening about how a PhD in humanities or the social sciences is a dead end and a waste of time. Maybe you are having...

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Doctorat en sciences humaines et choix de carrière avec Sophie Leclère

Est-ce que tu travailles sur ta thèse dans le domaine des sciences humaines ? Est-ce que des fois tu te questionnes sur ce qui viendra après ? Est-ce que...

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Understanding the Job Market as a PhD With Natalia Bielczyk

What informs your career choices? Do you trust your gut? Or do you trust others to help you with tough decisions? And once you take the plunge in the...

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L’emploi au gouvernement avec Olivier Morissette

Vers la fin de mon doctorat, je savais que je ne ferais pas de postdoc. Mais à part des tests qui me disaient quels domaines seraient intéressants à explorer...

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Navigating uncertainty as a PhD with Vera B. Chan

This week on the show, we’re going to talk about uncertainty, in particular employment uncertainty in academia and outside of it in the current pandemic context. Now in-between jobs,...

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Faire les bons choix au doctorat avec Marc Chevalier

Est-ce qu’il n’y a qu’une route à suivre pour mener des recheches doctorales? En court – non. Chacun de nous est différent, a une histoire de vie différente, des...

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PhD Recruitment Today with Rebecca Maymon

This week, I’m bringing you a conversation with someone who has recently made the transition from her PhD to the non-academic job market, and has done so into the...

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Emploi et doctorat en 2020 avec Amandine Bugnicourt

De retour en français pour cette saison 2 de Papa PhD et cette semaine je vous apporte une invitée qui travaille depuis 2008 à faire le pont entre docteurs...

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Rebranding the PhD with Chris Humphrey

Download “Tools for Your PhD Journey” Now ! Welcome to Season 2 of Papa PhD! To kick-start this second season of interviews, I’m bringing you someone who has been...

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Featured Guests

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

Jinelle Wint, PhD, is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Jinelle has extensive experience in program management, graduate career professional development, mentoring, and outreach. As a Graduate Career Coach at Stony Brook University, she led one-on-one career coaching sessions and coordinated career exploration seminars. She has served on the executive board of many organizations, held a position in the Center for Inclusive Education, and has advocated for graduate students on local, state, and national levels. Jinelle received her Ph.D. in Molecular Cellular Biology from Stony Brook University in the laboratory of Dr. Howard Sirotkin.

Founder and Managing Partner in a Startup Incubator

Fabrice worked as a research scientist in medtech for more than 12 years in top-tier institutes worldwide. He was deeply involved in the entrepreneurial scene leading to multiple startup successes including one IPO. He set up from scratch and led MonacoTech, the first and only innovation program founded by the Monaco Government and French billionaire Xavier Niel. Then, with Brian Frederiksen, he Monaco Foundry with the ambition to revolutionize the way we turn ideas into global commercial successes. Within a few months they assembled a remarkable team of Serial Entrepreneurs, former Senior Government Advisors and Fortune 500 Executives combining strong corporate expertise with entrepreneurial mindsets.

Buisness Data Analyst

Eric James Stephens is the founder of #HireHigherEd, #ChangeHigherEd, and Thousand Plateaus Consulting, LLC. His organizations goals are to highlight the value of higher ed workers as they migrate to industry, government, and non-profits jobs outside of academia. During this foundational shift in the landscapes of higher education exposed by the COVID pandemic, Eric sees opportunity for change. 

Gestionnaire de programmes en industrie

Après sa maîtrise, Céline Ablasou a passé quelques années comme assistante de recherche en biologie moléculaire. Elle a ensuite complètement changé de domaine. Elle est passée à l’ébénisterie puis à la production manufacturière chez Bombardier pour finalement aboutir à la gestion de projets. Céline est maintenant gestionnaire de programme chez Symbotic: une compagnie américaine qui fabrique des robots pour de grands entrepôts logistiques (tels que les entrepôts de Walmart par exemple). Dans son poste actuel, elle coordonne les différents projets impliquant l’équipe de production de Montréal.

Health Sciences Researcher, Yoga Instructor

Megan Kirk Chang is a PhD Candidate and clinician scientist specializing in health behaviour change, trauma psychophysiology, and cognitive neuroscience. As part of her doctoral research, Megan developed the first registered clinical trial in Canada investigating the effectiveness of an online mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural intervention for adults diagnosed with PTSD. Megan has worked as a Mental Health Coach with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and University Health Network in Toronto. She is a certified meditation and yoga teacher on the Insight Timer App. 

Scientist | Project Lead | Author

Matteo Tardelli describes himself as PhD looking into a leap into industry. He is currently a research scientist in biochemistry and medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, and is the author of “The Salmon Leap for PhDs: Swimming upstream: A transition from academia to industry” a book where he explores this question of transitioning from academia to the private sector.

Communicateur, Animateur / Producteur de podcast

Bruno Guglielminetti est un communicateur passionné par le numérique. Il a travaillé au sein de l’équipe de direction de Gilbert Rozon à titre de Directeur général de la Division numérique du Groupe Juste Pour Rire / Just For Laughs, il a été à l’emploi de Radio-Canada pendant 23 ans où il animait et réalisait des émissions de grande écoute, et, entre autres, il a aussi signé une chronique hebdomadaire dans le quotidien Le Devoir. Aujourd’hui, plus de 80 000 abonnés le suivent sur Twitter et dans son podcast hebdomadaire Mon Carnet, où il les tient à jour à propos de l’actualité numérique.

CEO and Curriculum Specialist

Stephanie holds a PhD in Learning Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a focus on chemistry education. She has a strong background in chemistry and biology and enjoys applying her background to develop superior educational products. She is also interested in how mathematics and science intertwine. Stephanie has experience in curriculum development, assessment, and training staff on how to use technology and software. She has taught science in formal and informal settings from K-16 in the USA and has developed curricula for After School Matters programs in Chicago, Illinois.


In my continued search for new science podcasts, I happened upon Papa PhD, hosted and produced by its creator David Mendes.

This podcast has wonderful interviews with those who’ve completed their PhD’s where they talk about what brought them to the path they are currently on in their career.

When it comes to thinking about networking and thinking outside the box as far as next steps after your PhD program, this is the podcast to subscribe to.Read article here.

Suzanne C. Miller – Managing Editor, Integrative & Comparative Biology

« Il y a beaucoup de conseils de carrière judicieux dans chacun des podcasts.

Le parcours des intervenants est diversifié, tant académique que professionnel.

L’intervieweur laisse un bel espace aux intervenants et pose des questions pertinentes aux moments opportuns. »

François T. on Podchaser

Your podcast series is like a treasure mine for me 🙂  Every time I listen to one episode I find someone I want to connect to.

I don’t know how I will be implementing the feedback and guidance I have received so far from all the connections from your podcast series, but at least I know I really am enjoying connecting with new people.

Especially knowing that someone is involved in a job they are really happy in and that they have carved for themselves is so inspiring.

Anushka K. – Doctoral Researcher at Okayama University