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Finding a job in any industry is daunting, not just medical research. This page aims to take you through the process including general advice, what to expect when you apply, and current vacancies. To find out more about life as a medical statistician or programmer and what to expect in your career, please visit our Job Roles page or Career Progression page.
Research the industry! If you are reading this page, you likely want to be employed in medical research. However, there are a range of organizations within medical research and you could either work in the pharmaceutical industry or academia.
Try to think about what you are looking for in a job – whether it’s having time to focus and research in a particular area of statistics, providing statistical oversight for the whole drug development process or both programming and statistical consultation. As long as you are interested in healthcare, there will be something for you.
Make sure you have the minimum requirements for the role. For a medical statistician role, this is usually an MSc in statistics or medical statistics. For a statistical programmer role, this is usually a BSc in a maths, statistics or computing related degree.
The most common pathways into medical research are either as a medical statistician/programmer in the pharmaceutical industry or in academia.
The following websites will contain further information about available job vacancies, in addition to your university careers service and specialist recruitment agencies:
Further to this, the table below comprises popular companies that may have vacancies available. These vacancies are usually advertised on the PSI website as well.
Applications usually consist of a CV and a cover letter but this varies company to company. Their website will provide information on what they expect you to prepare. However, always make sure to include a cover Letter with a CV even if they don’t request it specifically. Sometimes you may be required to complete an application form but this is likely to expand or take the place of a cover letter.
Always proofread and check for errors/spelling mistakes!
Recruiters will expect the following in your application
The last bullet is most important as it is this that will separate the same two (or similar candidates). The organisation is looking for the value you can provide to them and the motivation to back this up.
Again, this will vary depending on the organisation you are applying to but it is likely to be a full or half day consisting of one or more of the following:
The company should contact you with further instructions prior to interview, but there are examples of common questions available online. The most important thing to remember is to highlight why you want to join the industry/organisation, what you can bring to that organisation (including technical skills), and that you can communicate technical concepts clearly.
To help you through this process, here are a couple of top tips!
Look Beyond Graduate Schemes - Don’t be afraid to apply for a role that isn’t specifically advertised as a graduate role. If you feel you match the desired skills and qualities for the role but do not necessarily have the exact years of experience there is no harm in applying!