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Delve Deeper - Clinical Research

Jobs in the clinical research sector are based around the innovation and study of new medical products, establishing necessity, effects, risks, efficacy and benefits.

Clinical research trials are carried out throughout the research and development process and, depending on the stage of the project, may be undertaken on tissue samples, animals, healthy humans or patients with a specific disease.

In many cases, clinical research is undertaken within the pharmaceuticals companies themselves. Alternatively, a number of clinical research organizations do their own independent studies, as well as studies on the behalf of pharmaceutical companies.

Over the past few years, there has been a growing shortage in the number of qualified clinical research personnel available, due to a combination of increased focus on medical research worldwide, as well as a decrease in the number of qualified graduates.

Hays Life Sciences is dedicated to helping fill this clinical research talent gap and a range of sourcing options have been developed to help recruit ideal candidates. Options include global searches, in which we will assist in sponsoring and re-locating talent from other countries, as well as providing guidance to both employers and applicants in relation to the complexities of visa applications and cultural inductions.

Careers in clinical research

Depending on the project phase and status, a job in clinical research may include developing and presenting protocols to committees, managing and verifying documentation and liaising with various project stakeholders - such as vendors, medical experts and statisticians.

Candidates looking to move into the clinical research profession should have a degree in pharmacy, nursing, life science or other health-related fields, as well as appropriate work experience. A clear understanding of drug safety and drug development is important and demonstrable project management skills are essential.

Salaries in clinical research vary, depending on the employer, the responsibilities of the role and the applicant's previous experience. In general, remuneration can range from £30,000 to £50,000 per year.
Typical clinical research roles

There are a number of roles in the clinical research sector, all of which require close attention to detail, strong written and verbal communication and the ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines.

Clinical Research Associates: The job of a Clinical Research Associate is to set up, monitor and report on clinical trials. Responsibilities will include liaising with committees and members of the research team, as well as ensuring that documentation, reporting and accountability procedures are followed throughout the study.

Clinical Study Managers: The role of a Clinical Study Manager involves overseeing the clinical part of complex studies and global projects, ensuring they keep to contracted timelines and budgets. Tasks include collaboration with cross functional groups, such as biostatistics and pharmacovigilance, as well as providing training and operational support for each clinical trial.

Clinical Research Physicians: A Clinical Research Physician is involved in planning and conducting clinical trials in patient populations, as well as with healthy volunteers. Previous training should include the management of chronic and acute illnesses, as well as experience in prescribing medications and monitoring their effects.

Hays Life Sciences - clinical research recruiting experts

Hays Life Sciences is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical and biotech staffing and recruitment businesses, working with clinical research employers in around 25 countries.

We work with many of the leading life science companies, helping to fill permanent, temporary and consultant clinical research positions at every level.

Our highly skilled team of staffing consultants has undergone rigorous training, providing them with a detailed understanding of ICH GCP. They also have expert knowledge in their specialist areas, enabling them to fit applicants to a client's requirements.

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