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Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

PharmaChemical Ireland

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  Fergus O'Connell
A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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Course Code:
LC266
Title:
Drug and Medicinal Product Analysis
College:
Limerick IT
Qualification:
Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
Duration:
4 Years

 

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Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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This course takes a detailed look at Irelands most successful the drug and medicinal products sector, and develops learners skills in the areas most required for this leading industry.

There is a six-month placement in the third year of the program to provide valuable work experience in the sector.



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Scientist jobs in the area of

  • Research (researching new drugs, medicinal products and medical devices for an expanding market),
  • Development (developing new production methods, synthesis routes streamlining process for products currently being produced),
  • Testing (using state of the art equipment to test lifesaving drugs and medical devices).
  • Other opportunities exist in Consultancy, Technical services, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Laboratory Management.
 

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2013 Points

270

Change from 2012: 

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History:

2012 - 290
2011 - 285
2010 - 275
2009 - 250
2008 - 305
2007 - 450

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