If you have a science or science related degree, a PhD or experience in a related industry, you have already met the base level qualifications requirement for working in a research-focused team, such as medical affairs, in the life sciences industry.
The main objective of the medical affairs team is to strategically partner with the commercial and research roles within a company and become an integral team member across both. Each role provides different value for the life sciences organisation and contributes to access to medicines for patients.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of the medical affairs department within life sciences, as they play a key role in:
Depending on where you live, medical affairs roles are growing at around 30 per cent, so this is a great opportunity to move into a high-growth industry segment.
A science or science related degree is usually required for this role, as well as a strong detail orientation, working with internal and external stakeholders in a thorough and organised manner.
A science or science related degree is usually required for this role as well as a love of structure, following guidelines and problem solving.
Medical Science Liaison (MSL):
A science degree or PhD is a typical requirement for this role as well as a love of communicating scientific data, collaborating and working outside of an office with regular travel involved.
Clinical Research Associate (CRA):
A science or science related degree is usually required for this role as well as strong attention to detail, project management skills and the ability work with health care professionals, usually on site in their hospitals. You will need to be able to handle unpredictable scenarios and love to travel.
A science or science related degree is usually required for this role as well as a love of rigorous process, detail, analysis and working to deadlines.
If you’re interested in a medical affairs role in life sciences but not sure which suits your preferences and skill set, use a decision-making tool like this one, to help you decide.
Here are eight steps for you to consider in deciding the next course of action to secure a job in medical affairs in life sciences:
Life sciences is expanding its medical affairs roles due to increased expectations during the pandemic but also because of the need to deliver the expanding innovative medicines that are being approved every day across the globe.
The increasing responsibilities of medical affairs teams means that key roles have additional expectations and need additional headcount or some roles are new. Companies are planning for the future and with the increased interaction between organisations, the public and health care professionals, medical affairs teams are expanding to meet this burgeoning need. You could very well be the next successful recruit to join this growth trajectory – good luck!
If you found this advice helpful, read my other blogs for more insights into the life sciences industry:
Sandra has worked in Senior Executive roles for Sanofi, AstraZeneca, Merck and Johnson & Johnson across the Asia Pacific Region, developing immunotherapies, biologics & targeted agents to early and successful in-market launch in the Asia Pacific Region.
She has a reputation as an effective and innovative leader with proven ability to build high performing teams and deliver strong P&L performance by developing collaborative partnerships between medical, patients, market access and commercial groups.
Sandra is also a mentor and educator, with a passion for inspiring people to reach beyond what they ever thought possible and then helping them get there.
“Life Sciences is an exciting and dynamic industry. The opportunity to educate people and encourage more talent to join us and create more life for patients, is my purpose.” www.ScienceToLife.com.au
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