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Medical Director
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: US$125000 - US$165000 per year
  • Description Job Summary: A top-tier Medical Communications agency is looking for a (Senior) Medical Director to join their high performing scientific team. This agency specializes in providing strategic direction
Associate Medical Director
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description As Associate Medical Director, you will be a key content creator as well as client-facer working to develop the most compelling scientific information and marketing content for clients.
Global R&D Director
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Munich, Bayern
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Global R&D Director Job type: Permanent Location: Munich, Germany A world leading medical device company is currently looking to hire a Global R&D Director to lead their R&D team
Associate Director of Analytical Development
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Salary: US$180000 - US$210000 per year
  • Description Associate Director, Analytical Development Director | Analytical R&D Greater Bay Area $180,000 - $210,000 + excellent bonus/benefits Duties and Responsibilities: Able to facilitate
Director of Regulatory Affairs
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Title: Director of Regulatory Affairs Company summary: A leading, global, oncology organization is looking for an experienced professional to lead their regulatory affairs team in the Bay Area! You
Site Quality Head
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Site Quality Head Greater Boston Area A large global Pharmaceutical & Biotech focused company is seeking a Site Quality Head to oversee all of QA, QC, and Microbiology at its facility
Clinical Research Physician
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: London
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description *X2 Clinical Research Physician's - Central London* I am working with a dynamic CRO based in the beating heart of London. My client conducts clinical research for some of the largest and reputable
Medical Information Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Manager of Medical Information A premier pharmaceutical biotech is looking for a Manager of Medical Information to lead their Medical Affairs division. The Manager responsible for providing accurate
HEOR Associate Director
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Geneva
  • Salary: Swiss Franc130000 - Swiss Franc180000 per annum
  • Description A HEOR associate Diretcor with hands on experience working with cost-effectiveness and budget-impact models


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.