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Become A Clinical Scientist

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Working As A Clinical Scientist

  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $96,410

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Scientist Do At Philips

* You will leverage experience in machine learning technologies and medical imaging to create solutions in Cardiology that can extract clinical information from Ultrasound that will impact diagnosis and treatment plans
* Provide technical direction as part of strategy, roadmap, and product development activities
* Stay current on trends in ultrasound including beamforming, image processing, and workflow technologies
* Lead clinical or technical research and feasibility together with internal/external teams
* Responsible for the performance of new products/features and for setting expectations to senior management regarding the performance capability and development risk of new technologies and capabilities
* Provide technical leadership for product development and research, transducer optimization, algorithm design, HW design, SW design, and software development

What Does A Clinical Scientist Do At Shire

support development and execution of medical and clinical strategy for Hemophilia products; collaborate with Global Development Lead, Therapeutic Area Head, Business Unit Leaders, Clinical Operations, and Global Medical Affairs to ensure that all development and product support activities for the Hematology therapeutic area are coordinated and consistent; assist in the review, analysis, and reporting of clinical trial data and review statistical analysis plans, clinical protocols, and clinical study reports for scientific and operational accuracy; provide scientific and clinical development support for Hemophilia products, provide input into regulatory questions, and run ad hoc searches and provide scientific advice within company R&D and other functions in support of product launches; participate in cross-functional team meetings and interact as needed with partners such as Clinical Operations, Regulatory, Commercial, Compliance, and Business Unit management teams; support drug safety surveillance for clinical development projects

What Does A Clinical Scientist Do At Medimmune

* Hands-on laboratory research (80% of time) in cell-based biomarker identification and assay development for bio-therapeutic products in various stages of development
* Data analysis and reporting to departmental and/or cross-functional teams in support of preclinical and clinical studies
* Manage in-house flow cytometers and run in-house cell sorter
* Engage CROs in method transfer processes
* Coordinate timelines for activities in collaboration with project management
* Present results at internal and external meetings

What Does A Clinical Scientist Do At Medimmune

Serves as bioanalytical/biomarker assay lead on cross-functional teams for programs at various stages of development Design bioanalytical strategies to support preclinical and clinical studies Scientific evaluation and/or hands-on laboratory research in biomarker identification Leads development of cell-based assays for biomarker evaluation Manage CROs for method validation and transfer, sample analysis, data reconciliation and report generation Data interpretation and reporting in support of preclinical and clinical studies Coordinate timelines for activities in collaboration with project management Contribute to regulatory submissions Present results at internal and external meetings

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How To Become A Clinical 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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Clinical Scientist Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • Vietnamese

  • French

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Marathi

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Gujarati

  • Persian

  • Sanskrit

  • Korean

  • Mandarin

  • Catalan

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Real Clinical Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Clinical Scientist Coopervision, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Dec 31, 2015 $180,000
Clinical Scientist Lumiata, Inc. San Mateo, CA Apr 28, 2016 $160,000
Clinical Scientist Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Sep 03, 2013 $148,500
Clinical Scientist Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC Cambridge, MA Apr 20, 2015 $145,600
Clinical Scientist Inventiv Health Clinical SRE Summit, NJ Nov 30, 2015 $145,600
Clinical Scientist Specialist Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2011 $133,000
Scientist, Clinical Pharmacology Forest Research Institute, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Nov 30, 2009 $120,000
Clinical Scientist Philips Electronics North America Corporation Baltimore, MD Feb 09, 2016 $115,000
Clinical Scientist Forest Research Institute, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jan 20, 2013 $113,027
Clinical Discovery Physician Scientist Glaxosmithkline LLC King of Prussia, PA Sep 13, 2016 $111,800 -
Pet Care Clinical Scientist The Procter & Gamble Company Lewisburg, OH Sep 14, 2014 $110,000
Scientist-Clinical Pharmacokinetics Allergan Sales, LLC Irvine, CA Sep 13, 2010 $105,567
Scientist-Clinical Investigations Amway Global Services Inc. New York, NY Mar 28, 2016 $104,162
PHD Clinical Scientist The Procter & Gamble Company Lewisburg, OH Sep 06, 2012 $104,000
Clinical Scientist The Fountain Group LLC Gaithersburg, MD Jan 04, 2016 $93,915
Clinical Scientist The Fountain Group LLC Gaithersburg, MD Apr 01, 2016 $93,915
Scientist I, Non-Clinical Development Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated Cambridge, MA Sep 17, 2012 $93,000 -
Associate Professor, Clinical Scientist Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO Jan 01, 2013 $91,930 -
Clinical Scientist Pacific Coast Reproductive Center Inc. Torrance, CA Oct 01, 2011 $90,000
Clinical Scientist Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc. Bethesda, MD Sep 14, 2012 $89,273
Scientist-Clinical Investigations Amway Global Services Inc. New York, NY Apr 01, 2013 $81,099 -
Clinical Scientist Cellex, Inc. Rockville, MD Dec 01, 2009 $80,000
Clinical Scientist Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc. Highland Heights, OH Mar 09, 2013 $77,700 -
Clinical Scientist Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc. Highland Heights, OH Sep 03, 2013 $77,700 -
Chief Clinical Scientist Florida Hospital Orlando, FL Nov 15, 2009 $77,240
Clinical Operations Scientist SK Life Science, Inc. Fair Lawn, NJ Jan 07, 2016 $75,000
Clinical Scientist Toshiba Medical Research Institute USA, Inc. Vernon Hills, IL Oct 17, 2011 $71,344 -

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Top Skills for A Clinical Scientist


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Top Clinical Scientist Skills

  1. Clinical Trial Design
  2. Safety Data
  3. Regulatory Documents
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported clinical trial design, performed medical monitoring of study data, and summarized study results.
  • Wrote/edited position papers on the assessments and interpretations of clinical safety data.
  • Collected Regulatory documents, responded to monitor reports requiring site interventions.
  • Led Cross Functional Team that developed plans for communication/motivation of global clinical trial team members.
  • Accounted for writing, updating and implementing Laboratory and Study Specific procedures and providing training when necessary.

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