Speed-dating with Professionals outside Research

Lost in qualification: the value of a PhD outside industry and academia

What to do after your PhD?

Indeed, looking for a job is quite a challenge, especially if you don’t really know which possibilities there are! We all know about academia and industry as the two favorite options, but what else is out there? In this speed-dating session you are invited to speak with people who choose different paths after their PhD. You can ask them about their current jobs and find out how they got where they are today. Are you prepared to find your dream job?

Nawal Abboub

Nawal Abboub is a scientist turned entrepreneur.

Her academic researcher career, leading to an M.A.  in Neurosciences and a Ph.D in Cognitive Sciences from Sorbonne Paris Cité, was marked by a decidedly interdisciplinary and innovative perspective straddling Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, and Psychology.  
In addition to her scientific achievements on the developing brain and its learning mechanisms,  Nawal stands out as one of few neuroscientists passionate about disseminating scientific findings to the general public and more generally to have a positive impact on our society.
In 2017, Nawal co-founded Rising Up, a consulting firm building on insights from Cognitive Science. She developed consulting, training, and research solutions tailored to businesses to understand and optimise workforce potential, learning technologies and strategic decisions with the power of scientific knowledge.


Camille Paoletti

Camille Paoletti studied Physics at the ENS de Lyon and then specialized in Biophysics at Université Paris-Sud. As a PhD student, she worked at the interface between Physics and Biology on the mechanisms of ageing in budding yeast. While a PhD student, she became passionate for science outreach and was involved in many different projects, including a theatre play and an exhibition with Le Jardin des Sciences (Universté de Strasbourg).

In 2015, very interested in the importance of playing and visuals in learning processes, she started post-doctoral studies in Education at Bath Spa University (UK) and co-funded the associaiton les p’tits illuminés.

Camille joined Université Paris-Saclay in 2017 as project manager for life on campus. Her role is to facilitate interactions between the different communities of the university aiming to ease emergence of great projects on campuses. She also provide financial and moral support for these projects.


Mariana Mesel-Lemoine

As ​Career Development Manager at the Institut Pasteur, ​Mariana Mesel-Lemoine ​is ​the head of the MAASCC. The service provides a wide range of training support and career events to researchers in all career stages. It also supplies an innovative and stimulating career program to master/doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, young investigators and group leaders.

She was born in Brazil and arrived in France after working 5 years at the FIOCRUZ and getting a Master degree in Tropical Diseases. She traveled from the Black Plague to Filariosis and from Bacteriology to Parasitology. Working at Institut Pasteur was a childhood dream that she fulfilled after her Ph.D. in immunology at the Hôpital la Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris, France. She joined the Institut Pasteur in 2006 for a post-doc in Virology where she connected two new scientific passions: immunology and virology. Because a career path is a box full of a great variety of skills and therefore aspirations, she realized that she could be something else than a scientist. She wanted to have well-defined objectives to respond to her personal search of meaning and to fulfil different professional foals. She joined the MAASCC on its creation on March 2014 where she connects two different worlds, Science and Human Resources.

Maria Panagiotopoulou

Maria Panagiotopoulou is a European Project Manager (PhD in Biotechnology).

“My journey towards Europe started in 2013 while I was still doing my Bachelors’ degree in “Food Science and Human Nutrition” at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. It was then that I applied for and obtained an Erasmus scholarship to realize a 6-month internship at the “Enzyme and Cell Engineering” laboratory of the University of Technology of Compiegne, France. Soon after, I started my PhD in the same laboratory working on the topic “Organic-inorganic composite materials for specific recognition and optical detection of environmental, food and biomedical analytes” in the frame of the FP7 Marie Curie Actions project SAMOSS (Sample In – Answer Out Optochemical Sensing Systems). The research performed during my thesis resulted in the publication of 7 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several presentations in conferences. In August 2017, I decided to jump off the “academia train” by joining the Basic Research Division (DRF) of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) to work as a European Project Manager. My current work focuses on CONCERT, the European Joint Project for the Integration of Radiation Protection Research, which aims to contribute to the sustainable integration of European and national research programmes in radiation protection. CONCERT was funded under Horizon2020 and its consortium consists of 77 partners.”

Benoit Giquel

Benoit Giquel is the Scientific Outreach Manager for Europe at Addgene.

He has a PhD in Biology of Development from the University of Paris 7 and worked in the immunology field as a student and a postdoc for almost a decade before starting at Addgene. Based in Addgene’s European office in UK, he is helping raising awareness about Addgene in Europe by visiting scientists and attending conferences. Expert in immunology, he is also interested in genome editing (CRISPR) and fluorescent-based techniques. Outside his duties at Addgene, he likes running, cooking, and playing music. You can follow him on twitter @bengiquel or read his blog posts here: https://blog.addgene.org/.