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Senior Medical Director
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Tarrytown, New York
  • Salary: US$130000 - US$160000 per annum + Healthcare + PTO + Bonus
  • Description *Advanced degree in the sciences (PhD, PharmD, MD). *Prior experience in a Medical Communications agency; Promotional medical education experience preferred.
Medical Director
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
  • Salary: US$120000 - US$150000 per annum
  • Description Job Summary: A rapidly growing Medical Communications agency is looking for a Medical Director to join the promotional scientific team. The organization strives to partner with elite pharmaceutical
Quality Director
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: North Holland
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Quality Director A start-up company in the biopharmaceutical space is looking to recruit a Quality Director to help build a new quality department. After a successful clinical trial stage
Senior Quality Director
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Stockholm
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Description: A well established, Global Medical Device and Equipment manufacturer in the Stockholm region of Sweden is currently searching for a Senior Quality Director to help to oversee the
Medical Director
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey
  • Salary: US$120000 - US$160000 per annum
  • Description Job description: High performing agency located in New Jersey is looking for a full time Medical Director to help impact the success of the agency. As Medical Director
Senior Medical Writer - Medical Communications
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Yardley, Pennsylvania
  • Salary: US$80000 - US$100000 per annum
  • Description Summary of Job: A top tier Medical Communications agency focused on publication planning is looking for a Senior Medical Writer to join the team as a lead content creator


Scientific directors lead scientific teams; they are often in charge of a smaller team of scientists where each member of the team leads a group of its own. Scientific directors act as an administrative overseer for a research facility and report to executive staff, and communicate with senior executives to discuss strategic and partnership plans.

Scientific directors manage personnel, supervise procedures, participate in study design, and interact with members of the public with interests or concerns about the operation of the organisation. It is usually necessary to have a PhD or MD to work in this field. Many workplaces also seek candidates with at least five years of experience in positions as lead researchers.

Job Specification, Outlook and Salary
Scientific directors’ remit often includes discovering and implementing new tools and technologies to boost their company’s production and reduce expenses. For the same reason, a successful candidate will have to provide inventive and accurate research to back up their findings and ideas. 
This role is found in a variety of types of companies and scientific fields, including health and pharmacy to computer science, biology, and business. 

So how much do scientific director professionals earn? It depends on several factors, but the average salary for a scientific director in the United States is $107, 500 per annum, with a range of $52, 711 - $189, 105. Factors that affect the level of salary include job location, technical skills, on-the-job experience, and academic background. In the UK, an average salary of £60, 000 per year can be expected, with a range of £48, 000 - £88, 000.

Job Description
Regardless of their field, carrying out long- and short-term research projects is a key area of every scientific director’s work. They may participate in the research personally, but more often they set up the project and entrust it to members of their team. Within their company’s resources, they will have to build research programs, partnerships, and conduct strategic planning.

A scientific director could be considered as a manager with a scientific background, ready to provide additional knowledge and help to their team. Successful scientific directors are expected to have and build strong internal and external relationships. They will have to monitor the research quality from other colleagues under their leadership, in addition to other scientific and operational issues.

Typical responsibilities:

Mentoring and leading a team of scientists
Working with the senior executives including the CEO and company Directors to design a strategies and funding plans
Participating at board meetings
Monitoring literature for studies the company is interested in
Contributing research and statistical expertise 
Overseeing and managing research collaborators and consultants
Building and maintaining relationships with government officials and possible funding representatives
Developing working relationships with other employees, managers, and clients
Attending programs, seminars, and events that will enhance their knowledge of the company’s field of work

Key Skills & Qualifications

Generally, a PhD. is required for this role, along with extensive experience. A scientific director working as a health researcher will need a doctorate degree in the same field. However, this role is open to capable candidates with enough experience and a Masters degree in their field of interest. 

Required job skills

Strong leadership and management skills
At least five years work experience in the given field
Superior communication and presentation skills
Advanced degree in science or public health
High ethical standards and integrity
Experience in coaching, mentoring, and leadership positions
If the company’s field of work is health, a scientific director will need excellent knowledge of the health system 
Thorough understanding of trends and challenges connected to research funding
Strong collaborations within the academic and non-profit sectors
Relationships with health-care and government officials

A scientific director is a responsible position with a wide salary range. Depending on the field of work, amount of experience, and the type of degree, there are opportunities for quick progression.