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Working As A Senior Clinical Scientist

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

  • $106,339

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Clinical Scientist Do

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

Duties

Medical scientists typically do the following:

  • Design and conduct studies that investigate both human diseases and methods to prevent and treat them
  • Prepare and analyze medical samples and data to investigate causes and treatment of toxicity, pathogens, or chronic diseases
  • Standardize drug potency, doses, and methods to allow for the mass manufacturing and distribution of drugs and medicinal compounds
  • Create and test medical devices
  • Develop programs that improve health outcomes, in partnership with health departments, industry personnel, and physicians
  • Write research grant proposals and apply for funding from government agencies and private funding sources
  • Follow procedures to avoid contamination and maintain safety

Many medical scientists form hypotheses and develop experiments, with little supervision. They often lead teams of technicians, and sometimes students, who perform support tasks. For example, a medical scientist working in a university laboratory may have undergraduate assistants take measurements and make observations for the scientist’s research.

Medical scientists study the causes of diseases and other health problems. For example, a medical scientist who does cancer research might put together a combination of drugs that could slow the cancer’s progress. A clinical trial may be done to test the drugs. A medical scientist may work with licensed physicians to test the new combination on patients who are willing to participate in the study.

In a clinical trial, patients agree to help determine if a particular drug, a combination of drugs, or some other medical intervention works. Without knowing which group they are in, patients in a drug-related clinical trial receive either the trial drug or a placebo—a pill or injection that looks like the trial drug but does not actually contain the drug.

Medical scientists analyze the data from all the patients in the clinical trial, to see how the trial drug performed. They compare the results with those obtained from the control group that took the placebo, and they analyze the attributes of the participants. After they complete their analysis, medical scientists may write about and publish their findings.

Medical scientists do research both to develop new treatments and to try to prevent health problems. For example, they may study the link between smoking and lung cancer or between diet and diabetes.

Medical scientists who work in private industry usually have to research the topics that benefit their company the most, rather than investigate their own interests. Although they may not have the pressure of writing grant proposals to get money for their research, they may have to explain their research plans to nonscientist managers or executives.

Medical scientists usually specialize in an area of research. The following are examples of types of medical scientists:

Cancer researchers research the causes of cancers, as well as ways to prevent and cure cancers. They may specialize in one or more types of cancer.

Clinical and medical informaticians develop new ways to use large datasets. They look for explanations of health outcomes through the statistical analysis of data.

Clinical pharmacologists research, develop, and test current and new drugs. They investigate the full effects that drugs have on human health. Their interests may range from understanding specific molecules to the effects that drugs have on large populations.

Gerontologists study the changes that people go through as they get older. Medical scientists who specialize in this field seek to understand the biology of aging and investigate ways to improve the quality of our later years. 

Immunochemists investigate the reactions and effects that various chemicals and drugs have on the human immune system.

Neuroscientists study the brain and nervous system.

Research histologists have a specific skill set that is used to study human tissue. They investigate how tissue grows, heals, and dies, and may investigate grafting techniques that can help people who have experienced serious injury.  

Serologists research fluids found in the human body, such as blood and saliva. Applied serologists often work in forensic science. For more information on forensic science, see the profile on forensic science technicians.

Toxicologists research the harmful effects of drugs, household chemicals, and other potentially poisonous substances. They seek to ensure the safety of drugs, radiation, and other treatments by investigating safe dosage limits.

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How To Become A Senior 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.

Education

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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Average Length of Employment
Senior Scientist 4.9 years
Lead Scientist 3.6 years
Scientist 3.4 years
Clinical Scientist 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Senior Clinical Scientist
Volunteer 7.0%
Scientist 7.0%
Fellow 3.9%
Manager 3.1%
Consultant 2.6%
Internship 2.6%
Top Careers After Senior Clinical Scientist
Manager 4.7%
Consultant 4.7%
Director 4.1%
Scientist 4.1%
Volunteer 3.4%
Leader 3.4%

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Senior Clinical Scientist Demographics

Gender

Female

60.0%

Male

35.7%

Unknown

4.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Asian

15.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.4%

Chinese

17.6%

Japanese

11.8%

Irish

5.9%

Sicilian

5.9%

German

5.9%

French

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Korean

5.9%

Italian

5.9%
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Senior Clinical Scientist Education

Schools

Temple University

15.3%

Villanova University

6.8%

New York University

6.8%

Howard University

6.8%

University of the Sciences

5.1%

Saint Joseph's University

5.1%

Towson University

5.1%

University of Maine

5.1%

Northwestern University

5.1%

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

5.1%

University of Connecticut

3.4%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

3.4%

University of Alabama

3.4%

Ithaca College

3.4%

University of Pennsylvania

3.4%

University of Rochester

3.4%

Sacred Heart University

3.4%

Eastern University

3.4%

New England Institute of Technology

3.4%

Ohio State University

3.4%
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Majors

Nursing

27.1%

Occupational Therapy

11.6%

Biology

10.1%

Pharmacy

6.5%

Business

5.0%

Pharmacology

4.0%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

Psychology

3.5%

Physical Therapy

3.5%

Medicine

3.0%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.5%

Medical Technician

2.5%

Medical Assisting Services

2.5%

Chemistry

2.5%

Public Health

2.0%

Nursing Science

2.0%

Neuroscience

2.0%

Clinical Psychology

2.0%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.0%

Health Sciences And Services

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

29.4%

Masters

27.1%

Doctorate

16.8%

Associate

11.1%

Other

11.1%

Certificate

3.4%

License

0.8%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Senior Clinical Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Clinical Scientist Medical Science & Computing, LLC Bethesda, MD Dec 20, 2014 $155,998
Senior Clinical Pharmacokinetcist I Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Mar 09, 2016 $147,434
SR. Clinical Scientist Medical Science & Computing, Inc. Bethesda, MD Apr 04, 2013 $142,800
SR. Clinical Scientist Medical Science & Computing, Inc. Bethesda, MD Apr 04, 2011 $140,000
Senior Clinical Pharmacokineticist Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jun 13, 2016 $126,582
Senior Clinical Affairs Scientist Perrigo Pharmaceuticals Company NJ Sep 15, 2015 $125,368
Senior Clinical Affairs Scientist Perrigo Pharmaceuticals Company Piscataway, NJ Nov 08, 2013 $125,368
Senior Clinical Affairs Scientist Perrigo Pharmaceuticals Company Allegan, MI Nov 08, 2013 $125,368
Senior Clinical Affairs Scientist Perrigo Pharmaceuticals Company NJ Nov 05, 2014 $125,368
Senior Clinical Affairs Scientist Perrigo Pharmaceuticals Company Piscataway, NJ Nov 05, 2014 $125,368
Senior Clinical Pharmacokineticist II Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Dec 21, 2015 $125,000
Senior Clinical Scientist Philips Electronics North America Corporation Baltimore, MD Feb 09, 2015 $125,000
Senior Clinical Scientist Philips Electronics North America Corporation Baltimore, MD Sep 02, 2015 $125,000
Senior Clinical Pharmacokineticist I Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2015 $123,497
SR. Clinical Pharmacokineticist Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Sep 09, 2013 $119,383
Senior Scientist-Clinical Pharmacokinetics Allergan Sales, LLC Irvine, CA Sep 13, 2013 $118,949
Senior Clinical Scientist Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Danbury, CT Apr 11, 2011 $117,490 -
$155,150
Senior Clinical Pharmacokineticist II Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Aug 19, 2013 $117,282
Senior Clinical Scientist Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc. Highland Heights, OH Oct 01, 2011 $115,049
Senior Manager, Clinical Pharmacology Scientist Tesaro, Inc. Waltham, MA Jan 05, 2015 $115,000 -
$145,000
Senior Clinical Pharmacokineticist II Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Nov 04, 2016 $115,000 -
$120,000
Senior Scientist, Clinical Pharmacology Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ Aug 16, 2016 $115,000
Senior Clinical Pharmacokinetics Abbott Laboratories Parkersburg, IL Oct 24, 2011 $105,000
Senior Clinical Pharmacokineticist I Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jul 25, 2014 $105,000
SR. Clinical Bioinformatics Scientist Pathway Genomics Corporation San Diego, CA Apr 15, 2014 $105,000
Senior Clinical Pharmacokinetcist Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Sep 03, 2013 $105,000
Senior Clinical Pharmacokinetics Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Apr 08, 2013 $105,000
Senior Clinical Pharmacokinetics Abbott Laboratories Parkersburg, IL May 17, 2011 $105,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Clinical Scientist

  1. Clinical Trials
  2. Regulatory Documents
  3. Safety
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  • Collaborated with external vendors to design specifications for clinical trials Interactive Voice Response Systems (IVRS) and central laboratories.
  • Involved in Protocol Amendment and Protocol Writing and Regulatory Documents Process Monitoring Reports review and approval.
  • Performed ongoing review of study database to identify potential safety issues.
  • Designed multiple protocols across therapeutic areas as needed.
  • Conducted comprehensive and problem-focused health assessments.

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