Manolo Carrera

    Scientific careers beyond academia

    • How many non-academic professional options are there for PhDs?
    • Non-academic PhD holders shared similar transition strategies?
    • What skills do you need to move beyond academia?
    • how is the non-academic job market?
    • How does a selection process for hiring an employee work?
    • Do you know how to translate your academic CV into a professional resume of skills and competences?


    Manolo Castellano

    Manolo Castellano is a PhD/scientific career consultant, talent recruiter and science activist.

    After obtaining his PhD in neurobiology at the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain) in 2006, he moved to the USA, where he focused his research on auditory synaptic physiology at the Rockefeller University and Stanford University. Back in Europe, he worked at the Universidad Miguel Hernández in Elche (Alicante) applying electrophysiological techniques to the study of pancreatic cell physiology and diabetes.

    Outside the lab, he has participated in plenty of initiatives related to science outreach and communication. He was part of the editorial board of Natural Selections, the newsletter of the postdoctoral community at the Rockefeller University. Manolo has always been a science activist, having contributed to numerous platforms and associations within the scientific community, such as Ciencia con Futuro, the Asociación de Jóvenes Investigadores de la Universidad de Murcia-AJIUM or the Federación de Jóvenes Investigadores (FJI-Precarios), where he co-coordinated their last Research Career Report. In addition, he co-founded in 2014 the association Científicos Retornados a España-CRE, where he worked as Roving Director.

    In 2017 he transitioned to science careers consulting, founding Carreras Científicas Alternativas, a platform devoted to guide science students and PhDs to find their professional path beyond Academia. Manolo conducts training seminars and workshops related to scientific professional careers, participates frequently in employability forums and hosts Caminando por la Ciencia, a radio program broadcasted by RadioUMH, where he interviews researchers who happily made their professional career transition beyond Academia. He currently combines his career-guiding activities with recruitment consulting for R&D companies.