TurningScience can help you build a career in industry

University gives you the valuable technical skills that

you need to work in industry.


But graduate school doesn't teach you how to get a job and be successful!

Working in industry is very different than working in a research lab.

Some of the habits that you developed in graduate school will not serve you very well in the private sector.

What your manager will want is very different than what your advisor/PI wanted.

Want to learn what working in industry is really like?

Want to learn how to be successful?

I will teach you!

David Giltner speaking at Washington University in St. Louis

My most popular seminars and workshops:

How to be More Employable in the Private Sector – Learn five critical skills for getting hired and promoted in industry.

Can a Scientist Find a Rewarding Career in Industry? – Scientists planning an industry career face unique challenges. Learn how your skills make you indispensable!

Telling Better Stories with the Same Facts – Learn to talk about your research experience in a way that tells an industry hiring manager you are the problem solver they need!

Designing Your Own Career Path in the Private Sector - Planning a private sector career can seem daunting. Learn how to build an exciting career that works for you!

Genuine Networking – Many people hate networking, but if it feels cheap and sleazy, there’s something you need to learn.

Essential Skills for a Career in Industry – This class expands on the popular “How to be more Employable…” seminar by digging into some critical industry topics such as Corporate Finance and Project Management.

How to Get Research Funding from Industry - This one is for anyone planning an academic research career. Collaborating with the private sector is a great way to augment your research funding and help your students learn about industry at the same time!

David is a traveling lecturer for SPIE and OSA:

Invite me to your university

Grab a spot now, before the semester fills up!

Watch my video describing the seminars and workshops I've created

“The interviews that I got went well mostly because I had Better Stories prepared, as you outlined in your workshop.  Thanks for that!”

Michiel Callens, Applied Physicist, CLEARink Displays


“Hopefully we will see you at CCNY again, you left a great impression on students, everyone remembers your talk!”

Simona P., Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate, City College of New York


"I still remember the impressive speech you gave to us."

G. Chen, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, now at Boeing Corp.

You can make a difference for yourself and your colleages

Don't wait! Open slots go quickly!

Here's what you will learn:

  • Four important ways industry is different than academia
  • How projects at a company are different than academic research projects
  • How companies are organized and how they function
  • How research prepares you to be an entrepreneur
  • How to make your graduate school work sound like industry experience
Image - David is a very clear speaker

Collaboration - TurningScience and NaturalScience.Careers

I'm very pleased to be collaborating with Dr. Karin Bodewits and Dr. Philipp Gramlich of Natural Science.Careers.  Together we offer an expanded seminar curriculum based on our own broad experience spanning the physical and life sciences.

Ask about our seminars

Dr. Karin Bodewits

Co-founder & owner

Dr. Philipp Gramlich



Women in science, self-presentation & networking, poster presentations, time-management, science communication

Industrial experience

Unilever R&D (2006-2007, visiting researcher)

Puleva Biotech (2005, visiting researcher)

About Karin

Karin originally comes from the Netherlands where she studied Biology (University of Groningen). To broaden her horizon she then worked in Spain and China. Besides conducting research in industry, she gathered her first experiences in giving seminars to scientists and engineers in Shanghai, teaching debating skills and “Western culture” to team leaders at Unilever and at a state-owned electricity company.

Then she lived for over three years in the lovely Scottish city of Edinburgh and finished her PhD at the University of Edinburgh (School of Chemistry and the Medical School). Thereafter, she moved to Germany and worked as a coordinator at the LMU in Munich. In 2012, she founded the social enterprise ScienceMums that aimed to help women bridge the gap between motherhood and career. Almost three years later, she founded the career platform NaturalScience.Careers (2015). ScienceMums became part of this broader platform.

She became book author, speaker, trainer and published a wide range of articles around the topic “women & career."

What's more...

During her academic career, she co-authored several peer-reviewed papers and a scientific book chapter. Today, Karin regularly writes for magazines like Chemistry World and Naturejobs. She writes career columns for Nachrichten aus der Chemie and short stories for Laborjournal. Furthermore, she just published her very first humorous novel ‘You Must Be Very Intelligent – The PhD Delusion‘.

Learn more about Karin


Leadership training, presentation skills, career starters, coaching, talks

Industrial experience

Eurofins Genomics (Team leader R&D, QC/shipping and analytics)

Baseclick GmbH (Manager R&D)

About Philipp

Philipp studied chemistry at both Munich universities as well as at the University of Sydney. During his PhD, he joined a project team, whose work led to the foundation of baseclick GmbH by BASF Venture Capital. After some exciting experiences during the pre-founding and founding phases of this company, he went to Edinburgh for a postdoc. Here he could participate in a project to synthesize a complex molecular machine, which led to a publication in Science. Overall, his 11 scientific publications add up to >1200 citations (Researchgate).

Philipp then left academic research to join Eurofins Genomics for five years. In this time he worked as team leader (mainly in part-time), eventually being responsible for 22 staff in three teams. In parallel, he co-founded NaturalScience.Careers, where he is focussing on leadership training, career starters, coaching and business development. In July 2016, he left Eurofins to fully concentrate on his own company- and to pursue his passion to work with young scientists on their professional development.

What's more...

As one of just a few men working on gender topics, Philipp aims to be the new face of German feminism. Geschlechterkampf (battle of the sexes) was yesterday. Gender equality is not a zero-sum game (take from men and give to women) but a vital building block for a more flexible, fair and efficient working culture.

Learn more about Philipp