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Leaving Academia as a Philosophy PhD With Aaron Kagan

What place does a philosophy PhD have in the modern marketplace? In this Papa PhD interview, I explore this question with Aaron Kagan, philosophy PhD and staff user experience...

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Podcasthon 2023 – Papa PhD présente PhDOOC (Hors-série)

Cette semaine sur Papa PhD, on est hors série avec un spécial Podcasthon 2023, où je te présente une association qui m’inspire – PhDOOC. Si tu veux savoir de...

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Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Academia With Shaz Zamore (Rerun)

This week on the show, I’m bringing you yet another treasure from the vault – my Season 2 conversation with Shaz Zamore about their vision for the future of...

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How To Stop Burnout In Its Tracks With Özgün Ünver

Burnout. You probably know someone who has gone through it, or you may have burnt out, yourself. Academic burnout is real and often taboo, and this week on the...

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Perfectionism With Dr. Isabeau Iqbal – A Self-Compassionate Professor Feed Drop

Last week on Papa PhD, I shared my recent conversation with Danielle De La Mare, creator and host of the Self-Compassionate Professor podcast. This week, I’m over-the-moon happy to...

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Trusting the Path to Career Wellness With Danielle De La Mare

How well adjusted do you feel you are to your current career ? This week on Papa PhD, I’m sharing my recent conversation with Danielle De La Mare, creator...

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Goal Setting as an Early Career Researcher With Kimberly Duong

It can be difficult projecting yourself into the future and setting goals when you are fully invested physically and emotionally with your PhD. Overwhelm and overwork are terms that...

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The State of the Post-PhD Job Market With Ashley Ruba

Are you ready for what comes after getting your degree? Or after your second or third postdoc? How does the job market treat PhDs today? These are questions I...

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Time Management During the PhD with Gad Sabbatier

Welcome to another collab episode of the PhD Dojo with The 2nd Lab. VIDEO In this new PhD Dojo episode, Gad Sabbatier and I share our advice on something...

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Featured Guests

Career Coach | Civil Engineer
Rebecca is a medical communications professional who has made a successful transition to the field after spending more than 12 years working as a research scientist in academia. Rebecca holds a PhD in clinical immunology and a Master of Public Health from the University of Cape Town and has worked as a Senior Research Scientist and Research Specialist in a number of academic and public health of institutions in South Africa.
Rebecca is the founder and CEO of ScieHealth Communications, a boutique medical writing and scientific communication consulting company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Rebecca is passionate about science communication and its potential to positively impact society.
Nonprofit leader | TEDx speaker

Kenna Barrett is a fundraising coach based in Silver Spring, MD. Currently, she serves as the Chief Development Officer of University Libraries for the University of Maryland.

She teaches fundraising at Sacred Heart University and has taught at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Kenna is a regular presenter in the fundraising community on topics such as “Making the Ask” for Introverts, the Science of Schmoozing, The Inner Game of Fundraising, and more.

As a coach, Kenna loves to work with introverts, writers, working parents, career-changers, and anyone else who wants to perfect their pitch–whether to solicit a gift, land a job in philanthropy, or simply level up their professional persona.

Executive Vocal Coach

Inês Moura is an executive vocal coach, with over 10+ years of experience in helping Leaders, Business Owners & Experts take their voices to the next level. She believes that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard!

Scientist | Author | Speaker

Pradeep Kumar Sacitharan an extraordinary life story. He went from teenage gangster, high school drop out to award winning scientist at Harvard in 7 years. He went on to discover drugs and become Vice President of a biotech with a revenue of 1.6 billion. Then he quit his career and founded his own 8-figure company.

Doctorant | Entrepreneur

Titulaire d’une Licence d’Histoire et d’un Master en Ingéniérie de la Protection Sociale, Arthur Lin est actuellement doctorant en sciences de l’information et de la communication – son sujet traite de la RSE dans les organismes de sécurité sociale: discours et vécus.

Arthur est persuadé que les questions de qualité de vie au travail et d’intégration du handicap en entreprise sont centrales et très importantes à prendre en compte pour permettre une véritable prise de conscience des compétences des personnes en situation de handicap.

Philosopher | UX Researcher

Aaron Kagan received his PhD in Philosophy from Fordham University in 2017. He is a Staff User Experience Researcher at Google, working on human choice, and sits on the APAs committee for non-academic careers. He has 7+ years of experience in the tech industry, holding positions at Google, Meta Reality Labs, Loon, and Native Instruments. He has published journal articles on embodiment, emotion, and enactive perception, and he is currently writing a book for Routledge on the Embodied Mind. He is a passionate advocate of the societal relevance of philosophy, and has written, presented, and spoken to undergraduate and generalist audiences about applying philosophical skills in non-academic sectors.

Wellbeing And Burnout Coach

Özgün Ünver is a certified life, stress and burnout coach working with academics around wellbeing, mindset, and burnout prevention/recovery.

She has a PhD in social policy, a strong interest in psychosocial wellbeing in the workplace, and a passion for normalising mental health-related conversations in every aspect of our lives.

Her mission is to help academics (and everyone else) to prioritize self-care, work-life balance, and mental (as well as physical) health.

Career Wellness Coach

Danielle De La Mare, founder of Self-Compassionate Professor, focuses on healing academics’ relationship to work, helping them to clear mental and emotional clutter, make space for their own needs and wants, and find the clarity to make sound and meaningful career decisions grounded in wellness.


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