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Become A Clinical Research Scientist

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Working As A Clinical Research Scientist

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  • $96,410

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What Does A Clinical Research Scientist Do At System One Services

* Review and query of hematology/oncology data including: safety, primary efficacy variables, and laboratory data.
* Review literature and prepare summary documents for inclusion in IB, protocols regulatory submission documents, etc.
* Participate in Development Planning for assigned compounds.
* Oversee and challenges the adequacy of planning for study implementation
* In collaboration with the project physician, directs the planning and implementation of clinical programs to meet corporate and clinical research goals
* Assist Clinical Research Physician to make recommendations, take action and provide clinical research expertise related to projects
* Work with department managers to prioritize project/study timelines to ensure adequate staffing (e.g. data management, drug supply, clinical operations, drug safety)
* Assist in establishing project budgets

What Does A Clinical Research Scientist Do At Tech Observer

* The Senior Clinical Research Scientist (SCRS) will support in the planning, execution and reporting of US CD&MA clinical trials in Oncology/Hematology/Rare Disease/Early Therapeutics.
* Responsible for the implementation of designated clinical trials including investigator selection, patient recruitment, preparation of trial related documentation (protocols, Case report forms, consent documents, letters of agreement, confidentiality agreements), and organizing Ethics committee submissions.
* Track and manage key trial indicators including: monthly project status, key deliverables to senior management.
* Accountable for the accuracy and timeliness of trial information in all trial databases and tracking systems.
* Serve as U
* S. Local trial lead for multiple global clinical development trials and/or non-registration U
* S. Medical Affairs Trials (including phase I
* IV, Expanded Access, Investigator Initiated, registries and Compassionate Use).
* Understand and comply with company SOPs and GCP's; contribute to continuous improvement in SOPs and local Working Practices

What Does A Clinical Research Scientist Do At Cepheid

* Manages strategies for clinical trials using the product evidence strategy plan process (PESP)
* Collaborates with a multidisciplinary team in the development, creation and execution of study protocols
* Contributes to the development of scientific methods for design and implementation of clinical protocols and reports.
* Report on ongoing Clinical Affairs portfolios
* Develops good collaborations with scientists, internally and externally
* Has and maintains scientific, technical and clinical expertise in oncology especially with respect to molecular diagnostics
* Reviews pertinent literature, prepares white papers/manuscripts, and provides education to Cepheid staff as needed.
* Ensures clinical data meets all necessary regulatory standards
* Review both clinical and analytical sections for regulatory submissions
* Collaborate cross-functionally with Government Affairs, Medical and Scientific Affairs on PESP
* Ensure that activities are conducted in compliance with current applicable regulations, laws and guidance including but not limited to FDA as well as with Cepheid-s policies and procedures

What Does A Clinical Research Scientist Do At Fresenius Medical Care North America

* Developing professional expertise; applies company policies and procedures to resolve a variety of issues.
* Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situation or data requires a review of a variety of factors.
* Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.
* Support all operational aspects of clinical trial activities (Phase I through IV) and clinical program activities as assigned.
* Responsibilities include:
* Contribute to the development of clinical trial protocols based on the study design and related documents.
* Development of study tools including guidelines and training materials for study sites and investigators.
* Communication with CROs as well as external vendors, clinical and analytical laboratories.
* Implementation of issue resolution plans.
* Contact with study coordinators at trial sites.
* Tracking of local study approvals (IRB reviews) and patient enrollment.
* Ensuring study drug supply; contribution to the clinical study reports; etc.
* Contribute to development of SOPs and department policies and procedures.
* Must be able to work on multiple studies simultaneously
* Contribute to the development of study budget and timelines.
* Ensure that all trial deliverables are met according to timelines, budget, operational procedures and quality standards.
* Support clinical outsourcing specifications and day to day operational activities with Contract Research Organization(s) (CROs) and/or other 3rd parties.
* Manage interactions with other relevant functions including Regulatory Affairs, Drug Supply Management, MSL team, Clinical monitoring (CRA team), Contract and Legal department, as well as external partners.
* Update regularly all trial information and track accuracy of information
* Contribute to the ongoing scientific review of the clinical trial data during the course of the trial
* Support trial data analysis and reporting (e.g., AEs)
* Support and Coordinate Investigator initiated studies (IIRS):
* Responsible for reviewing various proposals from investigators.
* Schedule and coordinate the Review Committee meetings.
* Keep track of study proposals and related documents.
* Build productive working relationships.
* May provide assistance to junior level staff with general tasks that require a better understanding of functions, as directed by immediate supervisor.
* May refer to senior level staff for assistance with higher level problems that may arise.
* Escalates issues to supervisor/manager for resolution, as deemed necessary.
* Review and comply with the Code of Business Conduct and all applicable company policies and procedures, local, state and federal laws and regulations.
* Assist with various projects as assigned by direct supervisor
* Other duties as assigned
* Additional responsibilities may include focus on one or more departments or locations.
* See applicable addendum for department or location specific functions

What Does A Clinical Research Scientist Do At Abbott

* Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures. · Facilitates communication between Sales and Marketing, R&D, Clinical R&D, Regulatory Affairs, Library Services, Product Performance Group (PPG), Quality Engineering, Clinical Affairs or Clinical Science, Risk Management, Clinical Project Management, external CROs or Medical Writers, Training, Senior Management and investigational sites as directed by your manager.
* Conducts team meetings, drafting and sending routine correspondence (e.g., newsletters) and/or by presenting regular updates to senior staff.; · Creates, manages, or participates in clinical study or clinical evaluation timelines, and budgets by utilizing the appropriate project management tools, selecting providers or external medical writers, managing vendor contracts as requested, and ensuring expenditures are within budgetary guidelines · Facilitates regulatory submissions and communications by communicating with Regulatory Affairs during the submission process. · Participates in the development of clinical strategy and trial design by conducting meetings with the appropriate departments and individuals to obtain feedback/direction. ·Writes clinical evaluation plans and reports, study protocols, protocol amendments, informed consents, study reports, risk master lists, and scientific papers for publication by evaluating scientific literature, analyzing scientific data and staying abreast of current clinical practice. · Interprets results in preparation for product applications by evaluating clinical and scientific and risk data and literature, and staying abreast of current clinical practice. · Presents scientific data by communicating accurate, succinct summaries of clinical results at industry gatherings, investigational meetings and regulatory agency meetings. · Participates in and supports audits.
* May actively participate in root cause analysis.
* May participate in root cause analysis, preventive or corrective actions, and effectiveness monitoring.
* Position Accountability / Scope:
* Understands business environment and relates extensive knowledge of internal and external technological activities to trends.
* Interfaces with senior management on significant matters, often requiring the coordination of activity across organizational units.
* Participates in the development of other technical contributors by facilitating training and providing feedback and guidance.
* May lead a project team.
* Provides technical leadership to business units, physicians, and oversees and directs external CROs and medical writers.
* Acts as a mentor to less-experienced staff and may provide work direction or supervise other technical employees.
* Exercises judgment independently.
* Plans and organizes project assignments of substantial variety and complexity.
* Erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in failure to achieve major organizational objectives.
* Will perform this job in a quality system environment

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How To Become A Clinical Research Scientist

Medical scientists typically have a Ph.D., usually in biology or a related life science. Some medical scientists get a medical degree instead of a Ph.D., but prefer doing research to practicing as a physician.


Students planning careers as medical scientists typically pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field. Undergraduate students benefit from taking a broad range of classes, including life sciences, physical sciences, and math. Students also typically take courses that develop communication and writing skills, because they must learn to write grants effectively and publish research findings.

After students have completed their undergraduate studies, they typically enter Ph.D. programs. Dual-degree programs are available that pair a Ph.D. with a range of specialized medical degrees. A few degree programs that are commonly paired with Ph.D. studies are Medical Doctor (M.D.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Whereas Ph.D. studies focus on research methods, such as project design and data interpretation, students in dual-degree programs learn both the clinical skills needed to be a physician and the research skills needed to be a scientist.

Graduate programs emphasize both laboratory work and original research. These programs offer prospective medical scientists the opportunity to develop their experiments and, sometimes, to supervise undergraduates. Ph.D. programs culminate in a thesis that the candidate presents before a committee of professors. Students may specialize in a particular field, such as gerontology, neurology, or cancer.

Those who go to medical school spend most of the first 2 years in labs and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, microbiology, pathology, medical ethics, and medical law. They also learn how to record medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses. They may be required to participate in residency programs, meeting the same requirements that physicians and surgeons have to fulfill.

Medical scientists often continue their education with postdoctoral work. Postdoctoral work provides additional and more independent lab experience, including experience in specific processes and techniques such as gene splicing, which is transferable to other research projects.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical scientists primarily conduct research and typically do not need licenses or certifications. However, those who administer drugs, gene therapy, or otherwise practice medicine on patients in clinical trials or a private practice need a license to practice as a physician.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Communication is critical, because medical scientists must be able to explain their conclusions. In addition, medical scientists write grant proposals, because grants often are required to fund their research.

Critical-thinking skills. Medical scientists must use their expertise to determine the best method for solving a specific research question.

Data-analysis skills. Medical scientists use statistical techniques, so that they can properly quantify and analyze health research questions.

Decisionmaking skills. Medical scientists must determine what research questions to ask, how best to investigate the questions, and what data will best answer the questions.

Observation skills. Medical scientists conduct experiments that require precise observation of samples and other health data. Any mistake could lead to inconclusive or misleading results.

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Real Clinical Research Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Research Senior Medical Scientist Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Feb 06, 2015 $210,000
Clinical Research SR. Medical Scientist Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Jul 04, 2016 $205,000
Clinical Cardiovascular Research Scientist University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Cleveland, OH May 01, 2014 $150,000
Clinical Research Scientist Klein Management Systems, Inc. Florham Park, NJ Dec 28, 2009 $135,655
Clinical Research Scientist Eisai Inc. Woodcliff Lake, NJ May 25, 2016 $133,900
Clinical Research Scientist Celgene Corporation Warren, NJ Oct 03, 2011 $130,000
Clinical Research Scientist Celgene Corporation Warren, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $130,000
Principal Clinical Research Scientist-Opthalmolo Allergan Sales, LLC Irvine, CA Oct 03, 2011 $120,000
Clinical Research Scientist Purdue Pharma L.P. Stamford, CT Nov 01, 2009 $115,134
Clinical Research Scientist Allergy and Asthma Research Center, P.A. San Antonio, TX Oct 01, 2011 $103,307
Clinical Research Scientist Allergy and Asthma Research Center, P.A. San Antonio, TX Oct 24, 2013 $103,307
Clinical Research Scientist Insys Therapeutics, Inc. Chandler, AZ Aug 26, 2016 $100,000
Clinical Research Scientist Henderson Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine PLLC Henderson, NC Dec 27, 2012 $79,306
Clinical Research Scientist Henderson Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine PLLC Henderson, NC Dec 26, 2015 $79,306
Clinical Research Scientist Doterra International, Inc. Pleasant Grove, UT Sep 13, 2016 $78,000
Clinical Research Scientist Doterra International, LLC Pleasant Grove, UT Sep 13, 2016 $78,000
Clinical Research Scientist Neurobehavioral Research, Inc. Cedarhurst, NY Oct 01, 2014 $77,500
Clinical Research Scientist Zoll Lifecor Corporation Pittsburgh, PA Nov 03, 2013 $75,000
Clinical Research Scientist Methodist Health System Dallas, TX Mar 31, 2015 $73,859
Clinical Research Scientist Neurobehavioral Research, Inc. Cedarhurst, NY Nov 01, 2011 $64,979
Clinical Research Scientist Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Oklahoma City, OK Mar 18, 2014 $63,000 -
Clinical Research Scientist Apicore, LLC Somerset, NJ Sep 14, 2011 $62,920
Clinical Research Scientist Procure Professionals, Inc. Carlstadt, NJ May 30, 2013 $62,088
Clinical Research Scientist Oceanfront Urgent and Primary Care Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Jun 01, 2016 $60,715
Clinical Research Scientist Alpha Clinical Systems, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Sep 09, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Clinical Research Scientist


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Top Clinical Research Scientist Skills

  1. Clinical Trial
  2. Clinical Study Reports
  3. Clinical Research
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Handled responsibilities of ensuring all aspects of clinical trial are performed as outlined in the protocol and SOP.
  • Reviewed clinical data output for clinical study reports.
  • Supported three clinical research investigators in the area of clinical and regulatory affairs.
  • Collect and review regulatory documents.
  • Consult with other clinical teams to share best practice, for example: interactions with CRO.

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