I currently work as a Clinical Science Specialist for Phase I/II Clinical Trials. I am responsible for providing scientific input into all the steps involved in the preparation of a study, from planning and set up, to study conduct and production of the Clinical Study Report (amongst other things).
It is difficult to define a typical day, as each day seems to be different, and this is possibly one of the aspects I enjoy the most.
I was looking for a job with good career prospects and with plenty of future and present opportunities for learning. I was very keen to find a job which suited my skills and where I could apply and learn about more about science.
As soon as I left my degree I was looking forward to hold a scientific post, but I did not know were to look, and also I was not aware that scientific positions such as my current job were available.
I initially entered the pharmaceutical industry as a production pharmacist, and then, about a year ago, moved to my current position as a scientist in Clinical Pharmacology. I found that the later gave me more opportunities to apply the concepts and knowledge that I learnt during my Pharmacy degree.
After completing my pharmacy degree in Barcelona University, I held a few positions in non-industrial posts such as a Retail Pharmacist and Hospital Pharmacist, and then I joined the industry where I gained experience in Quality and Manufacturing.
During my university degree I collaborated with the Pharmacology Department in organizing the laboratory practices which gave me the opportunity to learn about Clinical Pharmacology. Possibly due my interest in this area, I was finally recruited for my current position.
I could become a Clinician Pharmacologist, as a next step in my career and which would involve not only study level responsibilities but also project level.
Passionate, team player, good communication skills, scientific approach to resolving problems, quick learner, willingness to share knowledge amongst other things.
There are quite a lot of activities outside work for those who want to join, and from time to time we also participate in team building activities. We also have a Gym within the company for those who like to stay fit!
I am just proud to be where I am now, and also I am proud that I do not need to work at weekends any more!
Industry can offer many and diverse positions (Pharmacology, Clinical Science, Biomarkers, Training, etc.); so focus on the one field you are interested in, then look at what are the requirements for that post and make sure that you receive the further training and gain experience in those areas.
It’s often hard to find that first position, but persevere.