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Working As A Clinical Researcher

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  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $47,438

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Researcher Do At Kelly Services

* Leads the cross-functional Study Management Team (SMT).
* In the SMTL role, the CRSL is responsible for the planning, coordination, communication, motivation and setting the direction of the SMT, including obtaining agreement on study required timelines, budgets, objectives and goal-setting
* Prepares and manages the budget/financial plan including overall study and site-level costs, collaborating with the respective stakeholders in contract negotiations and preparation, payment schedule and tracking
* Identifies key milestones and tracks critical study activities, issues and strategic priorities.
* Provides regular updates as appropriate, to key stakeholders.
* With SMT partners, ensures the development of study protocols in conjunction with SMT members, case report forms (CRFs) with Data Management, and necessary regulatory documentation following the provision of clear objectives
* Conducts protocol and site feasibility assessments to ensure optimal site selection
* Accountable for all aspects of study management including supply management, biosample management, vendor selection and management, site initiation, training, monitoring, essential document management, closedown and archiving in accordance with current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and ICH Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines
* For outsourced studies, contributes to CRO selection activities and contract set-up, serves as primary contact with CRO PM and provides oversight of CRO, ensures communication between CRO, other vendors and SMT for the entire study lifecycle
* Assures consistency and standards across a study or studies for all investigational sites and in line with project standards
* Works with Pharma Development Quality Assurance as appropriate to ensure that studies are conducted to appropriate levels of quality.
* Ensures that all adverse events are documented and that serious adverse events are processed and reported according to current SOPs
* Reviews study data listings for accuracy, discrepancies and formatting throughout the study and prior to inclusion in regulatory documentation and clinical study reports

What Does A Clinical Researcher Do At Pfizer

* Accountable for safety, scientific integrity, medico legal and medical governance aspects of assigned clinical studies.
* Liaises with relevant Pfizer sites regarding the design, conduct and progression of studies conducted at the Clinical Research Unit.
* Supports Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practices, and all work processes to ensure the efficient and compliant clinical operation of the CRU
* Assists with the medical and clinical oversight of all aspects of function and work associated with the CRU
* Assists with training and provides medical input for clinical research personnel.
* Works directly with clinical research personnel, reviewing lab data, performing physical assessments, obtaining medical histories, and evaluating inclusion/exclusion criteria for study volunteers.
* Participates in on-call and general physician coverage schedule for the CRU.
* Supports the implementation and application of PIMS in the CRU.
* Liaises with Yale University School of Medicine staff and necessary.
* Participates in the review and coding of adverse events and concomitant medications for accuracy and consistency.
* Provides support for the preparation of clinical protocols, integrated clinical and statistical summary reports, and other documents as requested.
* Liaises with local/regional medical consultants as necessary.
* Participates in the review of source data and/or data listings of safety data, including adverse experiences, lab data, and vital signs data, to establish the presence or absence of abnormal trends, or if noted, follow-up as appropriate with the CRU clinical team, the CRU project team, the sponsoring Pfizer site, and regulatory agencies.
* Participates in the review of individual adverse event reports for accuracy and clinical importance, and characterizes their relationship to the study drug, severity and seriousness.
* Assists as necessary with IRB submissions.
* Authors safety sections of Informed Consent documents, and assists in obtaining the consent from study volunteers

What Does A Clinical Researcher Do At Abbvie

* For assigned sites/study(s), ensure successful protocol level execution of SMM deliverables involving start-up, execution, and close-out.
* Ensure site related study execution including but not limited to monitoring visits, site evaluations, site selection, and activation, and monitoring close out and visit reports.
* Anticipate and identify site issues that could affect timelines and develop alternative solutions.
* Ensure clinical trial management systems containing all site-specific information are maintained and kept current.
* Provide Local regulatory and legal requirement expertise.
* Ensures timely payment execution for the assigned sites/study(s) according to the clinical study agreements and as per local requirements.
* Ensure adherence to federal regulations and applicable local regulations, Good Clinical Practices (GCPs), ICH Guidelines, AbbVie Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Monitoring Plans, and to quality standards in conducting clinical research.
* Stay abreast of new and/or evolving local regulations, guidelines and policies.
* Ensure audit and inspection readiness of assigned sites.
* Advise on pre-audit activities for GCP requirements.
* Prepare and follow up site audits/inspections; provide input into the CAPA preparation.
* Responsible for coaching and mentoring CRAs and providing input into their development.
* Responsible for mentoring CRAs for various aspects of work.
* May be responsible for being the country point of contact for CROs for an assigned study.
* May participate/lead in global/local task forces and initiatives.
* Responsible for activities as assigned by manager.
* If assigned; Responsible for identifying training needs and standardizing and facilitating training solutions for SMM monitors globally.
* Provide consistent best practice approach to onboarding, consolidating “lessons learned” across areas and incorporating into monitoring training materials, defining best practice training curriculum, and maintaining awareness of upcoming changes to ensure effective training is delivered in a timely manner.
* If assigned; With guidance, may serve as key point of contact in country/district for assigned study.
* Update Impact/Tesla with country-level information: Country-level planning timelines, LSR assignments, etc.
* If assigned; Global Representative for a single or multiple studies, collaborating with key stakeholders to achieve proactive, strategic and tactical success throughout the study planning, execution, and closeout phases leading to World Class clinical trials.
* If assigned; Responsible for remote data review of assigned sites/studies according to the Integrated Data Review Plan (IDRP), Monitoring Plan, SOP/WI and in accordance with the study timelines and objectives.
* Provides feedback on investigators/sites on an on-going basis based on the site performance.
* Interacts and builds professional and collaborative relationships with peers and site monitors

What Does A Clinical Researcher Do At University of Iowa

* The Division of Infectious Diseases maintains an active NIH funded clinical trials program that performs Phase I through Phase IV clinical trials.
* Studies are performed in healthy populations as well as those with specific diseases and include volunteers from all age groups.
* Studies evaluate new vaccines, antimicrobials and devices or diagnostics that are designed to diagnose, prevent or treat a variety of infectious diseases.
* We are seeking applicants who can apply clinical skills requiring specialized licensing to deliver study interventions and evaluate research protocols.
* The position requires the academic knowledge of a specific discipline and professional licensure in a clinically-related field related to the study.
* Key areas of responsibility include research/clinical activities, protocol development and study responsibilities, subject recruitment and enrollment, data collection and monitoring, regulatory guidelines and documents, human resources/leadership and financial responsibility

What Does A Clinical Researcher Do At University of Pennsylvania

* Be actively involved in planning and implementation of patient recruitment into studies (involves deciding which strategies are best, reaching out to potential recruitment sites/referring physicians, dropping off/posting recruitment materials, etc)
* Collect and report timely, valid, accurate data—maintain clinical trial databases.
* Respond to data queries.
* Maintain subject files and regulatory files per GCP
* Collect and process biospecimens (includes performing venipuncture)
* Prepare protocols, informed consents, data collection forms and advertisements for regulatory approval.
* Coordinate study start up activities.
* Participate in budget preparation for trials.
* Be responsible for tracking site reimbursements and allocating patient stipends.
* Perform required research activities per protocol and in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (working with a transdisciplinary team to carry out the protocol, scheduling subject visits within the appropriate window, ensuring all tests and assessments at each visit are performed, reporting adverse events and ensuring review and appropriate follow-up by investigator, administering drug treatments and/or procedures and monitoring patient care and treatment side effects in concert with investigators, detailed documentation of study activities)
* Screen, recruit and retain potential study participants.
* Obtain informed consent at multiple study sites within the Penn Health System (includes approaching potential subjects in the office, or speaking to them by phone, reviewing their medical records and discussing with investigators, asking pre-screening eligibility questions, etc)
* The CRC B will perform the above functions with more limited supervision.
* In addition, the CRC B will act as a mentor to junior staff and participate in their training, will provide education to clinical staff and physicians regarding REI research projects, and participate in quality assurance reviews of research records.
* The CRC B will also work with REI senior staff to write study protocols, informed consents, manuals of operation, and data collection forms

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How To Become A Clinical Researcher

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. Natural sciences managers typically have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a related field, such as engineering. Some managers may find it helpful to have an advanced management degree—for example, a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), or a Master of Public Administration (MPA).


Natural sciences managers typically begin their careers as scientists; therefore, most have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a closely related field, such as engineering. Scientific and technical knowledge is essential for managers because they must be able to understand the work of their subordinates and provide technical assistance when needed. 

Natural sciences managers who are interested in acquiring postsecondary education in management should be able to find master’s degree or Ph.D. programs in a natural science that incorporate business management courses. A relatively new type of degree, called the Professional Science Master’s (PSM), blends advanced training in a particular science field with business skills, such as communications and program management, and policy. Those interested in acquiring general management skills may pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Some natural sciences managers will have studied psychology or some other management-related field to enter this occupation.

Sciences managers must continually upgrade their knowledge because of the rapid growth of scientific developments.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. While employed as scientists, they typically are given more responsibility and independence in their work as they gain experience. Eventually, they may lead research teams and have control over the direction and content of projects before being promoted to an administrative position.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not typically required to become a natural sciences manager, many relevant certifications are available. These certifications range from those related to specific scientific areas of study or practice, such as laboratory animal management, to general management topics, such as project management, and are useful to natural sciences managers regardless of the organization being managed.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to communicate clearly to a variety of audiences, such as scientists, policymakers, and the public. Both written and oral communication are important.

Critical-thinking skills. Natural sciences managers must carefully evaluate the work of others. They must determine if their staff’s methods and results are based on sound science.

Interpersonal skills. Natural sciences managers lead research teams and therefore need to work well with others in order to reach common goals. Managers routinely deal with conflict, which they must be able to turn into positive outcomes for their organization.

Leadership skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to organize, direct, and motivate others. They need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their workers and create an environment in which the workers can succeed.

Problem-solving skills. Natural sciences managers use scientific observation and analysis to find solutions to complex technical questions.

Time-management skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to do multiple administrative, supervisory, and technical tasks while ensuring that projects remain on schedule.

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Clinical Researcher Career Paths

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Senior Clinical Research Associate Clinical Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Research Consultant Adjunct Faculty Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Research Consultant Data Analyst Clinical Data Manager
Clinical Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Clinical Operations Regional Director Service Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Manager Clinical Trial Manager
Clinical Study Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Home Health Nurse Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Trial Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Consultant Physician Clinical Assistant
Clinical Trials Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Respiratory Therapist Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Trials Specialist
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Service Director Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Program Director Service Director
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Faculty Clinical Pharmacist
Manager Of Clinical Services
9 Yearsyrs
Associate Director Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Director Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Director Chief Executive Officer Managing Partner
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Clinical Research Associate Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Associate Director Program Director General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Clinical Operations Chief Executive Officer Management Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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  • Mandarin

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  • Russian

  • Hindi

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  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

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  • Urdu

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  • Cantonese

  • Italian

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  • Swahili

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Real Clinical Researcher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Global Clinical Research Oncology Executive Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Lawrenceville, NJ Feb 10, 2016 $340,000
SR. Director, Clinical Research Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Aug 09, 2016 $247,484 -
Clinical Research Physician Green Key Temp LLC Warren, NJ Feb 18, 2013 $240,000
Director, Oncology Global Clinical Research-Nivo Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Lawrenceville, NJ Sep 01, 2013 $240,000
SR. Director, Oncology Clinical Research Physician Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. Cambridge, MA Dec 15, 2014 $235,897
Director, Oncology Clinical Research Physician Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. Cambridge, MA Nov 28, 2015 $235,897
Director, Oncology Clinical Research Physician Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. Cambridge, MA Mar 03, 2014 $217,000
Medical Director, Clinical Research Bexon Clinical Consulting LLC Montclair, NJ Sep 19, 2013 $200,000
Manager of Clinical Research Bisco, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Sep 20, 2013 $200,000
Medical Director, Clinical Research Bexon Clinical Consulting LLC Montclair, NJ Sep 20, 2016 $200,000
Senior Director, Clinical Research, Pcbu Pfizer Inc. Cary, NC May 13, 2013 $196,100 -
Medical Director for Oncology Clinical Research Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Dec 09, 2016 $188,400 -
Director, Clinical Research Mallinckrodt Enterprises LLC Hazelwood, MO Sep 10, 2013 $170,100
Associate Director, Clinical Research MD Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Oct 01, 2014 $168,435 -
Manager, Clinical Research Statistics and Pharmath Pfizer Inc. Cambridge, MA Apr 15, 2013 $117,104 -
Manager of Biostatistics, Clinical Research Acufocus, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 10, 2016 $116,787
Manager, Clinical Research Abbott Laboratories Santa Clara, CA Aug 28, 2013 $114,659
Asst Professor of Clinical Research & Leadership The George Washington University Washington, DC Jan 06, 2016 $110,783
Director of Clinical Research St. Hope Foundation Inc. Houston, TX Sep 20, 2013 $110,000
Asst. Research Prof of Clinical Research & Leadership The George Washington University Washington, DC Nov 07, 2016 $110,000
Manager of Clinical Research Zoll Services LLC Pittsburgh, PA Mar 11, 2016 $108,223
Software Engineer-Clinical Research Data Managem MMS Holdings, Inc. Canton, MI Jul 15, 2013 $70,000
Associate, Clinical Research Huron Consulting Services LLC Washington, DC Aug 03, 2013 $70,000 -
SR. Scientist Clinical Research Unicon Pharma Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Aug 21, 2016 $68,286
Clinical Research Coording New York Genome Center New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $68,000
Clinical Research/Regulatory Affairs Labelling As The Veritas Healthcare Solutions, LLC Princeton, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $67,723
Clinical Researcher Chandra Diagnostic Cardiology, Ltd. Hazel Crest, IL Mar 20, 2013 $64,113
Clinical Researcher Shahin Etemadi DDS MSD, PC Everett, WA Jan 01, 2013 $62,837
Senior Manager of Clinical Research Polaris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 04, 2015 $61,000

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Top Clinical Researcher Skills

  1. Clinical Trials
  2. Study Protocols
  3. Regulatory Documents
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided clinical trials study status at team meetings.
  • Documented patient history and medication lists with precise adherence to study protocols.
  • Managed communications between investigative sites, sponsor and project team by reviewing Informed Consent Forms, and obtaining regulatory documents.
  • Upgraded procedures and processes for research and commercial calibrated laboratory equipment to current regulatory standards.
  • Administered and monitored clinical research studies for FDA compliance for major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

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