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Expanding the PhD Career Toolkit with Mark Herschberg

Support the show on Patreon ! Or buy me a coffee 🙂 Welcome to another episode of Papa PhD. This week I have the pleasure of sharing one of...

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Venir en aide aux doctorant.e.s en SHS avec Emilie Doré

Contribue à la production de Papa PhD sur Patreon ! Ou ravitaille David en café 🙂 Cette semaine, je t’apporte une conversation où, avec Émilie Doré de Réussir son...

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A Vision of Graduate School for the 21st Century With Monica Granados

Support the show on Patreon ! Or buy me a coffee 🙂 This week on the show, I bring you a very lucid and pleasant conversation about how the...

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Dans les coulisses de Thésard-es avec Jeanne Perrier et Marianne Le Gagneur

Contribue à la production de Papa PhD sur Patreon ! Cette semaine, j’ai l’énorme plaisir de t’apporter les deux chercheuses derrière Thésard-es, un podcast sur la vie de thèse...

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Networking and Job Hunting as a PhD With Parag Mahanti

Get the Papa PhD Tool kit ! Hi! This week on Papa PhD, I’m bringing you my conversation with Parag Mahanti. “We recorded this in November, during the Parag’s...

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S’outiller pour l’après-doctorat avec Marie Itoiz

Contribue à la production de Papa PhD sur Patreon ! Cette semaine, je vous apporte mon entrevue avec Marie Itoiz. Marie a un trajet en histoire et a partagé...

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Balancing Research, Art, and Entrepreneurship With Sarah Nersesian

Get the Papa PhD Tool kit ! This week on the show, I’m talking with Sarah Nersesian, a PhD researcher who pursues many passions and interests in life, while...

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Embracing Science Communication as a Business With Wilf Nelson

This week on Papa PhD, I’m bringing you Wilf Nelson. Wilf is a PhD researcher at the University of Bigmingham in the UK and he is the host and...

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Faire rimer doctorat et emploi avec Florian Andrianiazy

Télécharge la “Boîte à outils pour le doctorat” maintenant ! Cette semaine sur le podcast, on parle réseautage et mise en relation des docteur.e.s et du milieu privé avec...

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Featured Guests

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Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually. At MIT, he received a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and a M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, focusing on cryptography. 

Formatrice indépendante auprès des doctorants

Emilie Doré a soutenu une thèse en sociologie en 2009 à l’Ecole de Hautes Etudes à Paris, puis elle a commencé une carrière de chercheuse par la voie classique : un post-doctorat. Pourtant, en 2012, Emilie décidé de trouver un chemin plus aligné avec sa vision et son rythme de vie ; elle est devenue formatrice indépendante auprès des doctorants.

Policy Advisor, Communication and Open Science Section

Dr. Monica Granados is committed to making science more open and accessible. She is open science and data policy advisor at Environment and Climate Change Canada, she is on the leadership team of PREreview working to bring more diversity to peer review, she’s a Frictionless Data Fellow and is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Open Data Society.

Chercheuses et créatrices du podcast Thésard-es

Thésard-es est un podcast sur les doctorant-es en sciences humaines et sociales, qui les fait parler de leur recherches en cours et de leur expérience de la thèse. Il est réalisé par Marianne Le Gagneur, doctorante en sociologie, et Jeanne Perrier, docteure en sciences politique.

Investor Relations Director in Pharma

Parag received his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology in 2013 from Cornell University where his research was focused on nuclear hormone receptors, steroid signaling, and metabolomics. Since then he has moved careers thrice first to consulting then to finance, and currently in pharma.

Consultante fonctionnelle dans le numérique

Actuellement, Marie Itoiz aime dire avec humour qu’elle entame sa troisième carrière professionnelle. Elle a été enseignante dans le secondaire en science de la vie et de la Terre, puis jeune chercheuse en histoire de la géologie avec un passage dans la valorisation du patrimoine scientifique instrumental.

PhD Candidate and Scientific Illustrator

Sarah Nersesian is a passionate researcher who loves to share scientific knowledge through illustrations and other visual communication strategies. She obtained her MSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Queens University and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University focusing on exploring the impact of intra-tumoural immune cells on tumour development and treatment responses. With her unique expertise combining scientific communication strategies with illustration and graphic design, Sarah founded Designs that Cell in 2017.

Media Production Company Owner

Wilf Nelson is a neuroscience PhD who now runs a media company that produces a number of shows on the brain, talking not only about what the research finds but also teaching their listeners to understand HOW the research is done.


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