A clinical research director oversees all clinical research within their organization. They perform a number of tasks, such as overseeing all research staff, developing and enforcing standards related to safety and quality, providing guidance for day-to-day research activities, and communicating with other teams within the organization as necessary. The clinical research director must have a high level of knowledge in their respective field to effectively lead and communicate with members of the research staff; however, they should also be able to effectively communicate with non-technical personnel within their organization. The director must enforce all organizational rules and ensure staff members adhere to scientific best practices and ethical standards; they also oversee the quality of work, making sure it is accurate and up to organizational standards.
Extensive education is needed to work as a clinical research director, which may include a PhD in clinical and translational science, a master's degree in clinical research, or a similar post-baccalaureate degree. Relevant certifications may also be preferred. Clinical research directors may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, universities, and independent firms, among others. These professionals generally work during regular business hours, although additional and/or alternative shifts may be needed as the company requires.
Clinical Research Director Tasks
Plan and direct the clinical research program.
Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
Directs the research staff in effective and efficient use of equipment, supplies and budget allocation.
Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional and safety standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.