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Transitioning from academia to industry and growing your career; A masterclass

September 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm


An Early Career Researcher workshop

Are you thinking about making the move to industry?

Just finishing your PhD and looking for options?

Looking for a rewarding career after a post doc but not sure what your next steps should be?

Join us at our Early Career Researcher Masterclass where you will learn and understand how to:

  • Leverage your transferable skills to boost employability
  • Ace job interviews: Gain insights for interview skills and leave with confidence
  • Develop your career pathway: Be clear on next steps for career success
  • Network for success: Connect with industry experts, build relationships and explore opportunities



09.00 – 10.00 Registration, Refreshments and Poster Exhibition.

10.00 – 10.15 Event Welcome and Introduction to Charnwood Campus and the Institute for Precision Health.

Dr Lucy Alexander, Charnwood Campus, Science Innovation and Technology Park, and Dr Lynne Howells, Institute for Precision Health, University of Leicester.

10.15 – 10.30 Introduction to Transitioning from Academia to Industry and Growing your Career.

Matt Bull and Rachael Warner, Engage & Grow Central Midlands.


10.30 – 11.30 Be Curious: A Tale of Two Journeys.

Dr Harriet Pearsey-Alonzi & Dr Aimee Parsons, Merck Group.


11.30 – 12.15 Transitioning to Industry: How to sell yourself.

Dr Adam Peall, Charnwood Molecular.


12.15 – 13.30 Lunch and Poster Session.

Can those with even numbered posters please stand by your poster 12.50-13.05 and those with odd numbered poster please stand by your poster 13.05-13.20.


13.30 – 14.30 Applying for Roles.

Lilian Smith, Quotient Sciences.


14.30 – 15.15 Making Your Career a Success.

Dr Andrew Lewis, Quotient Sciences.


15.15 – 15.25 Wrap up, reflections and feedback.


15.25 – 15.30 Close and next steps.

Speaker Biographies

 Dr Harriet Pearsey-Alonzi, Client Success Manager at Merck Life Sciences.

I previously completed my PhD at the University of Leicester titled “Investigations into dysglycaemia and ethnic health disparities using MS-based plasma proteomics and targeted assay analysis”. Prior to this position, I completed my BSc Hons at Loughborough University in Human Biology. My six years of laboratory experience includes high skilled use of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays and mass spectrometry analysis, primarily for use in proteomics. Additionally, I have strong knowledge in health, lifestyle, exercise and sport sciences.

Dr Aimee Parsons, Scientific Selling Specialist at Merck Group.

I submitted my PhD studying miRNA biogenesis in 2017 at the University of Nottingham. After this, I moved to the University of Leicester to join the Fennell group as a Research Technician before moving back to the University of Nottingham to start my PhD researching animal-friendly antibodies. I made the move into sales April 2020, and used my strong scientific background to develop into a biology specialist.

Dr Adam Peall, Principal Scientist, Charnwood Molecular.

Principal research scientist with more than 6 years industry experience in developing and running bespoke cellular and biochemical assays to support small molecule drug discovery projects. I am experienced at leading project teams and enjoy finding solutions to problems with a collaborative approach. I welcome new challenges and relish opportunities to increase my own and colleagues’ knowledge and skills.

Lilian Smith, Director, People – Communications and Engagement at Quotient Sciences.

Passionate and driven people leader with extensive experience of colleague engagement and development. Enabling colleagues to thrive, enhancing organisational cultures, ensuring business success.

Dr Andrew Lewis, Senior Vice President Pharmaceutical Development at Quotient Sciences.

I have over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry having worked at small start-ups, mid-size biotech and large pharmaceutical companies, and most recently Quotient Sciences – a Contract Development and Manufacturing organisation.

Dr Lucy Alexander, Head of Business Development, Charnwood Campus.

I am passionate about research translation to real world product and have been delivering research commercialisation for over 25 years. Before joining the Campus, I led the Leicester Life Sciences Accelerator, focused on developing commercialisation of novel medicines and technologies with start-ups and SMEs.

Dr Lynne Howells, Operations Manager, Institute of Precision Health, University of Leicester.

After 15 years of translational science as part of the Cancer Research UK/NIHR Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre Network, I am proud to have expanded my portfolio across the much wider remit of Precision Health. The Institute for Precision Health brings together the research expertise and facilities of the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust with industry, to advance new medicines and medical technology innovations to impact on healthcare in our diverse society.

Rachael Warner, Co-Founder, Engage and Grow Central Midlands.

Helping companies build highly engaged, high-performing teams that accelerate their business growth. Awarded World’s No. #1 Engage & Grow Coach March 2023. My eclectic career has taken me from being a senior engagement and communications adviser to Cabinet Ministers in Whitehall to being a global corporate storytelling consultant. These days I help businesses improve their employee engagement, culture, productivity and bottom line through the hugely successful Engage & Grow team coaching programmes.

Matt Bull, MD and Business Coach, Action Coach Loughborough and Co-Founder Engage and Grow Midlands.

I work with the worlds most ambitious business owners to simplify their approach to business success. My experience in advising and running under performing businesses along with my time working at board level for a global SME means that you get a coach who has been there and done it.

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September 7, 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm


Charnwood Campus