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Working As A Study Director

  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $133,270

    Average Salary

What Does A Study Director Do At Quintilesims

* Provide oversight on the study throughout its life at Q2 Solutions, including method development, method validation, and sample analysis.
* Work closely with Method Development, Technical Writing, QC, and QA to ensure studies are completed on schedule.
* Review validation and bioanalytical reports for completeness.
* Maintain all communication with customers providing daily updates on all active projects while being vigilant for opportunities to earn additional business.
* Work with the customer to resolve sample discrepancies.
* Monitor the progress of all assigned studies and alert management if work falls behind schedule.
* Provide regular status updates to management including full service project managers.
* Participate in weekly scheduling and revenue update meetings and provide updates on study progress.
* Submit accurate weekly assessment of resource requirements for scheduling purposes.
* Prepare validation and sample analysis plans.
* Prepare data including but not limited to setting cut points and creating data tables.
* Perform an overall review to provide statistical analysis/recommendations based on the data.
* Review data (run binders, data tables, etc) for regulatory compliance and scientific quality.
* Address issues from QC and QA review for run binders.
* Conduct thorough investigations of all failed runs.
* Lead method troubleshooting investigations.
* Assemble group of pertinent technical resources and write up investigation report.
* Provide project trackers for client communications and lead regular teleconferences to discuss study progress.
* Coordinate customer visits and where needed visit customers.
* Work with business development staff to prepare quotes for assigned customers.
* Approve validation experimental designs.
* Prepare data for external presentations.
* Ensure studies align with all regulatory guidance and Q2 SOPs.
* Ensure studies are archived in accordance with Q2 Solutions SOP

What Does A Study Director Do At Covance

* Coordinates efforts of the study team. (35%)
* Learns to develop protocols and ensures that the protocol, including any changes, is approved and is in compliance with appropriate SOPs, GLPs, and regulatory agency guidelines. (10%)
* Learns to review cost estimates to ensure that all protocol/amendment driven workscope specifications have been included in the price estimation. (5%)
* Understands financial status of ongoing studies. (5%)
* Monitors progress and status of assigned studies.
* Ensures that all experimental data, including observations of unanticipated responses to the test system, are accurately recorded and verified. (20%)
* Directs preparation of reports, ensures compliance with protocol and regulatory requirements, and submits them to the client. (20%)
* Participates in and may host client visits. (5%)
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What Does A Study Director Do At Virginia Commonwealth University

* Provide scholarly leadership by maintaining independent research program and graduate student mentorship.
* Grow enrollment in Bioinformatics degree programs (B
* S., M
* S.) which currently has over 120 graduate and undergraduate majors and a curriculum comprised of 30+ courses.
* Establish cooperative relationships and cross-disciplinary initiatives with other academic and research units.
* Provide mentorship and professional growth support for faculty; support faculty in integrating multicultural approaches into instructional methods.
* Assume primary responsibility for recruitment, retention, tenure and promotion, and evaluation of faculty while complying with university guidelines.
* Negotiate and supervise the departmental budget.
* Perform annual performance evaluations for all Center faculty and staff

What Does A Study Director Do At Monsanto

* Developing and validating analytical methods for product purity and stability testing utilizing instrument-based analytics such as liquid chromatography (LC), gas chromatography (GC), ion chromatography (IC), LC
* Mass Spectrometry (LC
* MS), and GC
* MS
* Conducting physical and chemical property determinations
* Preparing reports for regulatory submissions
* Serve as study director for product characterization studies

What Does A Study Director Do At Central Michigan University

* Administers the Women and Gender Studies Program, including advising, scheduling, grant writing, curriculum development, committee work, advocating for gender equity; may teach senior seminar (WGS 496).
* Position reports to the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

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How To Become A Study Director

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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Real Study Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director-North Region Strategic Studies Denbury Onshore, LLC Plano, TX Jul 30, 2015 $265,000
Director-North Region Strategic Studies Denbury Onshore, LLC Plano, TX Mar 24, 2014 $214,510 -
Bioanalytical Study Director Northwest Clinical Research Center Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 13, 2013 $166,960 -
Study Director III Newmont International Services Limited Greenwood Village, CO Apr 17, 2014 $149,300 -
Director of Secondary Studies Lycee Francais de New York New York, NY Oct 06, 2014 $128,700
Center for The Study of Ethics In The Professions Director Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL Aug 12, 2015 $122,100
Director, Spinal Cord Injury Preclinical Studies U Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research White Plains, NY Mar 08, 2010 $120,000
Clinical Study Director Smithhanleyconsultinggroupllc, A Div. of Inventiv Bridgewater, NJ May 10, 2010 $107,460 -
Clinical Study Director Smith Hanley Consulting Group Wayne, NJ Dec 07, 2010 $104,350
SR. Opkd Study Director Alcon Research, Ltd. Fort Worth, TX Sep 11, 2014 $103,700
Senior Study Director Westat Rockville, MD Aug 19, 2016 $98,300
Senior Study Director Westat Rockville, MD Nov 20, 2015 $95,500
Senior Study Director MPI Research, Inc. Mattawan, MI Sep 11, 2012 $95,014
Study Director II Covance Laboratories Inc. Madison, WI Apr 18, 2011 $91,936 -
Director of Pre-Columbian Studies Trustees for Harvard University Washington, DC Jul 01, 2015 $89,814 -
Study Director II Covance Laboratories Inc. Madison, WI Aug 16, 2011 $89,398 -
Associate Study Director The Jackson Laboratory Sacramento, CA Apr 24, 2010 $88,176
Director of Pre-Columbian Studies Trustees for Harvard University Washington, DC Jul 01, 2012 $84,490 -
Director of Byzantine Studies Trustees for Harvard University Washington, DC Jul 01, 2012 $84,490 -
Study Director II, Safety Pharmocology Covance Laboratories Inc. Madison, WI Feb 18, 2011 $82,077 -
Associate Study Director The Jackson Laboratory Sacramento, CA Nov 15, 2009 $81,120
Director, Study Abroad Troy University Troy, AL Jan 01, 2013 $68,823
Study Director-Developmental & Reproductive Toxi Covance Laboratories Inc. Greenfield, IN Oct 01, 2011 $68,411 -
Senior Study Director Ipsos-Insight, LLC New York, NY Feb 11, 2013 $66,844
Director of Anatomical Studies Carolina Biological Supply Company Burlington, NC Oct 01, 2010 $66,350
Director-Clinical Studies Academy of Diabetes Thyroid and Endocrine, Pa El Paso, TX Sep 16, 2013 $64,000
Director, Study Abroad Troy University Troy, AL Jan 01, 2010 $63,600

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Top Skills for A Study Director


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Top Study Director Skills

  1. Applicable Regulatory Guidelines
  2. Laboratory Practices
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Planned and designed non-clinical investigations, in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and current scientific practice.
  • Maintained precise records of all experiments in accordance with good laboratory practices (GLP).
  • Draft protocols outlining test procedures for aquatic toxicity testing.
  • Represented BioReliance during FDA site inspections and provided written responses.
  • Managed all outsourced toxicology studies at contract research laboratories.

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