Amanda M.

Clinical Project Manager
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About me

Amanda M.
Psychology
Psychological Research Methods
Research Postgraduate
Halifax
2008
United States

My employment

Clinical Project Manager
Civitas Therapeutics
United States
Science and research
2013
£97000
£110000

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A day in the life of a Clinical Project Manager in the United States

How studying in the UK affected my job seeking

How I searched for jobs:
I was quite lucky to end up on the career path that I am currently on. I started in academic research within Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and eventually made my way to Industry-sponsored research. I currently work for a small biotechnology company located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Attitudes to study in the UK:
My MRes has always been a huge benefit to me, especially as a researcher within the CNS drug development area.

Challenges in looking for jobs:
Absolutely not at all. The MRes was one of the best decisions I've made. Even though it did not turn into the PhD that I had hoped, it has proven to be a very important foundation for my career in clinical research.

The recruitment process

I made an online application (as is the current trend in hiring) but I also followed my application with a cover letter, which I sent directly to the manager responsible for making the hiring decision. I feel that well-written and personalized cover letters are a good way to help your application stand out in a sea of hastily drafted and inflexible online applications. Approximately 1 week after applying I was contacted to set up an in-person interview and was hired on the spot. I've been through a number of job interviews throughout my relatively young career so I've developed quite a skill at interviewing!

Where I hope to be in 5 years

I would like to eventually work at the executive level in clinical development at a biotech.

My advice to students considering work

Don't be hell bent on the idea of a career in academia. Industry has rewarding career paths also. Seek out people currently working in drug development and make connections early on. It is not a career path that one trains for - it is most often stumbled upon.

My advice about working in my industry

Don't be hell bent on the idea of a career in academia. Industry has rewarding career paths also. Seek out people currently working in drug development and make connections early on. It is not a career path that one trains for - it is most often stumbled upon.

What I do

I manage Phase I (first in man, proof of concept) to Phase IV clinical trials in CNS. As a clinical project manager in the biotechnology sector I work with a number of other key players including data managers, biostatisticians, MDs, pharmacists, and a number of vendors. Much of my job is facilitating communication among the parties involved in the process. However, as I tend to work for small companies, I have ample opportunity to get my geek on by analyzing data, conducting literature reviews, and developing metrics for examining various aspects of in-trial performance.

What I like most

I like having my finger on the pulse of a pivotal clinical trial.

What I like least

Regulatory nuances.

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