A senior clinical research associate is responsible for the management of all clinical activities involved in clinical studies and trials. They handle the day-to-day operations of the clinical investigative phase of drug development. They supervise a team of clinical research associates in conducting research studies and the ultimate design and implementation of clinical trials. They perform studies and trials on medication and medical procedures and evaluate their benefits and risks before they are released to the market.
Senior clinical research associates work closely with other research professionals to share results and agree on conclusions. They usually work in hospitals, research companies, pharmaceutical companies, universities, and government agencies. A successful senior clinical research associate should have proficiency in clinical research, analytical skills, research skills, attention to detail, organization skills and communication skills.
Senior clinical research associates mostly work in a laboratory setting. They work 40 hours a week. The role involves occasional travel to clinical sites.