Clinical Research Associate Career

With NHS trusts nationwide supporting opportunities for people to actively participate in clinical research, it’s not surprising that the field also offers many exciting science jobs for those in possession of a nursing, life sciences or medical sciences degree.

Clinical research associates are responsible for the coordination of clinical trials for new or current drugs, so that the benefits and risks of their use can be assessed. They are usually employed by pharmaceutical firms or contract research organisations (CROs) working on behalf of pharmaceutical companies.

If you're considering pursuing a career as a clinical research associate, here are a few things you should know:

What are a clinical research associate’s day-to-day duties?


The exact tasks that one may be expected to perform in this role depend on the employer, but typically range from the writing of drug trial methodologies (procedures) and the identification and briefing of appropriate trial investigators (clinicians) to monitoring the progress of a trial and writing reports.

Clinical research associates also often need to present trial protocols to a steering committee, identify and assess which facilities are suitable for use as clinical trial sites, ensure that all unused trial supplies are accounted for and close down trial sites on the completion of a trial, among many other possible responsibilities.  

As stated by Rebecca, one clinical research associate profiled in a case study on the website of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry: “No two days are the same. Every compound and every study is different, so each one has unique areas you need to look at.”

What qualities are required for this role?  


There are a variety of attributes that tend to lend themselves well to a clinical research associate career, including:

  • A confident, outgoing personality
  • The ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Good teamwork abilities, tact, and attention to detail
  • Strong organisational / time management skills.
Great written and oral communication skills are also a must for building effective relationships with trial centre staff and colleagues, as is an enjoyment of travel, since clinical research associates can expect to spend a lot of time out of the office visiting trials.

What qualifications are needed?


To secure a role as a clinical research associate, you will almost certainly need to have a degree or postgraduate qualification in nursing, life sciences or medical sciences. This covers such subjects as anatomy, biochemistry, chemistry, immunology, pharmacology or physiology.

Those who lack a degree or who only possess an HND are unlikely to be able to break into this field. It may occasionally be possible for them to start in an administrative role – as a clinical trials administrator or NHS study-site coordinator, for example. However, even in this instance, considerable experience – if not also additional qualifications – would be required to progress.

Is clinical research associate the right career for me?


If you have a suitable scientific background and you're looking for a role that involves a high level of interaction with people and plenty of travel – potentially internationally – you may well find a clinical research associate role highly rewarding.

However, this job does also have its negative aspects, including tight deadlines and a high degree of pressure, so it is important to consider whether you would thrive in this kind of environment – as well as whether you have the time management skills to look after what may be several trials simultaneously.

Finally, there is the matter of pay. A clinical research associate's salary starts around £22,000 to £28,000, rising to as much as £60,000 in some senior roles.

Contact Hyper Recruitment Solutions today to learn more about our specialist science recruitment services. We can be your partner on your journey to success in your new science career. 
Science Jobs

As a leading and highly compliant recruitment company, here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we take pride in matching those seeking science jobs with the most rewarding roles, particularily the science careers in demand.

While science is naturally a field in which the range of roles is extremely varied - even jobs with the same or similar titles potentially carrying very different responsibilities and calling upon rather distinct skills - the below five roles are some of the main science careers in demand.


Qualified Person (QP)

European regulations dictate that there be a Qualified Person (QP) to decide on batch releases of medicinal products. This is one of the main science careers in demand, as each given batch cannot be certified for release until it has first been thoroughly verified that it was manufactured in accordance with relevant GMP (good manufacturing practice) regulations, which necessitates a wide range of responsibilities for the QP.


Regulatory affairs officer

Also known as a regulatory affairs specialist or manager, a person in this post bridges the gap between companies and regulatory authorities, ensuring the manufacture and distribution of products in line with relevant legislation. Duties typically range from the study of scientific and legal documents to the planning and undertaking of regulatory inspections and product trials.


Clinical research manager

Clinical research managers are given overall responsibility within pharmaceutical or medical fields for preparing protocols and case report forms, the approval of ethics committees and the management of clinical trials. They may also be expected to provide clinical trial materials and ensure that trials are smoothly monitored, through the identification and management of qualified staff and the establishment of suitable audit procedures.


Validation engineer

Validation engineers play a key role in the development and manufacturing process for products ranging from pharmaceuticals to cars, through their measurement, analysis and calibration of the equipment and processes necessary to ensure only the highest quality products.

This job role is a vastly in-demand science career as validation engineers are also required in such sectors as aerospace, biotechnology and computer software. Their duties include testing, the overseeing of other validation technicians' work and the establishment of validation standards.


Packaging Technologist

Another large science career in demand is a Packaging Technologist. This is ideal for those with plenty of design flair and a passion for technology, packaging technologists are involved in the design and development of product packaging. Working with manufacturers and other professionals, packaging technologists operate under time and budgetary constraints to deliver a finished packaging design.

Such goods as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and drink, toiletries and household cleaning products all need to be packaged, and a packaging technologist's duties typically include the production of sample packaging, the running of production trials and tests and the creation of artwork in conjunction with packaging designers.

Although the best jobs in these fields can be scarce and the level of competition extremely fierce, Hyper Recruitment Solutions can put job seekers in touch with the most advantageous opportunities for their burgeoning science careers, in keeping with its status as one of the principal science recruitment agencies. We aim to help you have an opportunity to get the most in-demand science jobs. 

Are you on the hunt for a new science job? Take a look at the wide range of science jobs we have available on our Science Job Search page by clicking below!

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HRS is giving away a brand new Blackberry Z10* courtesy of the very generous O2 Store Manger at the Stratford Centre!
 
It’s free to enter, all you need is a Twitter or Facebook account! For your chance to win, simply keep an eye out for the Blackberry prize draw tweets on @Rickymartin247’s Twitter account which will inlcude instructions on how to enter the competition.

 

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Do you often find yourself searching for a jobs on your phone, then thinking, you'll apply for it when you're sitting at your desktop PC at home? We all know searching for a new job can time consuming process. How many times have you forgotten to apply for a job when you finally sit down in front of your computer? Why not download the FREE HRS Jobs App and make your job search easier? You'll be able to search and apply for jobs whilst you're on the move!
 
The app has been specifically designed to help you identify the current jobs roles in the market place. The vacancy filter feature enables you to search for suitable contract or permanent roles based on your sector, location, skills and salary. In addition, gain access to useful CV tips and advice and find out what to expect at an interview and most importantly, how to prepare for it.
 
So if you're searching for science jobs, or just looking for a recruitment company that can assist you in locating a job in the science industry, then you've come to the right place. We have a wealth of recruitment expertise, particularly in relation to jobs in the science and technology sectors. With a range of positions from the laboratory to the office, from graduate to CEO levels, we can assist in finding the right job for you.
 
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We now have our very own YouTube Channel to keep you up-to-date with the latest news - not just from within our company but the science and technology markets. What’s more, this site will provide useful videos to help you successfully secure a new job within these fields. These videos will include, working with recruitment agencies, how to write a CV, preparing for a job interview and much more, so watch this space!

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If you're searching for science jobs, or simply looking for a recruitment company that can help you in finding a job in the science industry, then you've come to the right place. Hyper Recruitment Solutions has a wealth of recruitment expertise as well as compliance and commercial awareness, particularly in relation to science jobs and jobs in the technology sector. So if you're considering your career options, or just thinking about the future, why not take a look our YouTube site and find out how we can help you!

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On Wednesday 10th October at 10:00 Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) are participating in an online chemical sciences event run by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) - Chem Careers 2012. This is an event focused on showing people the different career options on offer regardless of what stage in your career you are at. Ricky Martin (Managing Director of HRS) will be available from 10:00 during the RSC's live chat session where three employers are asked the question by participants of the event - How do I get in the door?

As somebody who is a member of the RSC, experience in recruiting across this field for many years and now a business owner himself, Ricky is the ideal person from HRS to do so. Interesting he also exhibited at 3 of the live Chem Careers events at Birmingham's NEC from 2006 - 2009. So he knows the event well and the topic of conversation in detail.

So whether you are interested in finding our how to stand out, where to go to find your perfect job in science or what applications a scientist can look at with their career. This is a perfect chance to ask somebody who knows the field well and is fully behind supporting scientists in their career options.

For more information on advice on CVs, interviews and working with a recruitment agency please do visit the Hyper Recruitment Solutions Website at www.hyperec.com

For more information on the Chem Careers event please visit http://my.rsc.org/chemcareers

HRS are supporting the science community to offer a highly compliant and specialist recruitment service to any jobs sectors. We offer science jobs at scientific companies and alos science positions for non science companies. Whatever your ideal career options would be HRS are well connected across the industry.

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