Monday, December 14, 2009

A pharmaceutical physician job description

If you're a physician and you're looking for jobs in pharma, here's a job description you may see on the Internet (I've intentionally omitted certain details):

Basic Qualification
Physician with US board certification (or equivalent) in internal medicine or clinical pharmacology.

The main focus of this role will be to provide medical guidance and medical monitoring of clinical pharmacology, studies involving both early and late development oncology assets. This will involve developing close working relationships with colleagues in various early and late-stage, clinical oncology drug development programs, project management and clinical operations.
  • Contribute to the development and finalization of protocols, protocol amendments, review of study data, and finalization of clinical pharmacology study reports
  • Contribute to clinical pharmacology goals and strategies
  • Manage external influences on projects (collaborators, opinion leaders etc.)
  • Actively participate in the development of scientific talent in the organization.
  • Provide guidance and coaching to team members.
  • Ability to travel 10% of the time
Requirements: Preferred Qualification:
  • Evidence of excellent medical and scientific judgement
  • Knowledge of clinical pharmacology and oncology is desired
  • Understanding of drug development in the pharmaceutical industry, Good Clinical Practice, and regulatory processes, (U.S. and International)
  • Ability to operate in a complex, matrixed organizational environment
  • Strong oral & written communications skills
  • Management and leadership ability in direct line and matrix situations plus excellent interpersonal skills
  • Alignment with and commitment to (company x) vision and goals
Does this sound interesting to you? Do you qualify? Do you notice that it does not indicate that you must have x number of years working in pharma? I'm sure that would be desirable, but you may be able to demonstrate that you qualify for this job even if you've never been employed by a pharmaceutical company. If you're thinking about this type of pharmaceutical physician job, you may want to search for "Physician Clinical Pharmacology."

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