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Clinical Trials Scientist

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€21k > 80 
Clinical Trials and Data Management
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€21 - 80 
Related Information:
Clinical Research Officer: 21 - 45
Clinical Data Manager: 28 - 70
Clinical Operations Manager: 60 - 80
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Morgan McKinley / Sigmar

Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Works distributing drugs and monitoring symptoms, side-effects, and results during clinical trials of new drugs.

The Work header image

Clinical trials scientists work in the pharmaceutical industry. They carry out clinical trials or tests on the effectiveness and safety of new drugs and medicines. Trials take place over a lengthy period - sometimes it can take years before results are clear.  
Trials scientists decide on the size of the study, the methods to be used in collecting and analysing data, and how to report and publicise eventual findings. They also liaise and co-ordinate with research staff, general practitioners, hospital doctors and other medical professionals.  
In addition to laboratory based research, trials frequently involve the assistance of willing, healthy volunteers and patients. This helps to confirm the results of initial laboratory tests carried out on animals. Trials scientists are responsible for ensuring that guidelines governing the use of humans or animals in clinical trials are strictly observed.  
Statistical methods are used to analyse and evaluate the large amount of data generated by trials. Computers are also used to support research and analysis. They also have the responsibility to interpret results and write technical reports. 

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Maintain required records of study activity including case report forms, drug dispensation records, or regulatory forms.


Oversee subject enrollment to ensure that informed consent is properly obtained and documented.


Monitor study activities to ensure compliance with protocols and with all relevant local, federal, and state regulatory and institutional polices.


Record adverse event and side effect data and confer with investigators regarding the reporting of events to oversight agencies.


Assess eligibility of potential subjects through methods such as screening interviews, reviews of medical records, and discussions with physicians and nurses.


Prepare for or participate in quality assurance audits conducted by study sponsors, federal agencies, or specially designated review groups.


Identify protocol problems, inform investigators of problems, or assist in problem resolution efforts such as protocol revisions.


Prepare study-related documentation such as protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, and progress reports.


Track enrollment status of subjects and document dropout information such as dropout causes and subject contact efforts.


Review proposed study protocols to evaluate factors such as sample collection processes, data management plans, and potential subject risks.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Clinical trials scientists need high levels of scientific knowledge and an interest in the reaction of diseases to drugs. The management of trials also requires good supervisory and organisational skills. Patience is important, as is the ability to take a long-term view.  
You need to be able to think logically and analytically. You also need to be thorough and possess good information management skills. Report writing skills and an eye for detail are also important.

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Organisation: Biotechnology Ireland
  Address: Enterprise Ireland, Lifescience & Food Commercialisation Group (EI Bio), East Point Business Park, Dublin 3
  Tel: (01) 727 2692
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Organisation: Science Recruitment Ireland
  Address: 40 Grand Canal Street Upper, Dublin 4
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Organisation: Clinical Discovery
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Organisation: Irish Research Council
  Address: Brooklawn House, Crampton Avenue, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 231 5000
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