What does a Scientific Advisor do?

Scientific advisors fulfill a leadership role in research or development departments and provide scientific and technical guidance, expertise, and oversight. Their insight is often sought early in the process of evaluating the validity or viability of a proposed project or initiative. They often serve as a subject matter expert or scientific consultant for major projects involving cross-functional teams. They play an active role throughout the lifecycle of the project, providing ongoing technical expertise. They also review and validate technical material or information and assist with establishing research or validation processes and standards.

Scientific advisors typically have at least a master’s degree in their field of expertise, although a doctorate may be preferred for some roles. Must be able to effectively interact and communicate with teams and stakeholders from across the organization.

What responsibilities are common for Scientific Advisor jobs?
  • Engage in scientific congresses and medical meetings, facilitate scientific and data exchange for both internal and competitor data.
  • Identify barriers to patient enrollment and retention efforts to achieve study milestones.
  • Perform literature searches and evaluation to support development of various type of innovative deliverables, including their formatting, referencing, and annotation.
  • Liaise between the scientific community and the company to enhance the comprehension of scientific foundations and goals for approved, in-development, and active Company-sponsored trials and/or investigator-sponsored research studies.
  • Meet quality requirements for all internal/external testing. identify and resolve quality issues in a timely manner.
  • Identify, select, and manage third-party agencies and providers to ensure timely and compliant delivery of quality medical publications according to market publication plans.
  • Proactively escalate critical issues to senior management when appropriate.
  • Independently execute experiments to compare attributes in processes and materials as assigned.
  • Establish and maintain external collaborations with academic groups active in a variety of therapeutic areas worldwide.
  • Support growth and development of assigned direct report to prepare the individual for broader responsibilities.
  • Assist communication staff in working with universities, departments, and scholars to identify potential press items.
What are the typical qualifications for Scientific Advisor jobs?
  • Solid editing capabilities.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Requires careful attention to detail.
  • Strong leadership, time management, and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong command of English language and good communication skills.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Scientific Advisor Salaries

Average Base Pay

€65,588 /yr
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Scientific Advisor Career Path

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University of CalcuttaUniversity of Calcutta
Master of Science
25 Aug 2020

“If u study here you get to learn real application of economics in this world(professors are great).”

Laverty PathologyLaverty Pathology
Chief Scientific Officer
16 Nov 2021

“Working here was a great first job and k learned a lot.”

Clinical Care OptionsClinical Care Options
Scientific Director
13 Oct 2022

“Great team and get to work with top experts in the field.”

JBS ScienceJBS Science
Chief Science Officer
18 Dec 2021

“workers and supervisors in my six plus years of career here.”

UK Health Security AgencyUK Health Security Agency
Senior Scientific Advisor
2 Oct 2022

“UKHSA have been very supportive in my development and I have been lucky in that my career progression has been accelerated since working there.”

ETH ZurichETH Zurich
Scientific Assistant
20 Jan 2021

“Few opportunities for career development”

Thermo Fisher ScientificThermo Fisher Scientific
27 Jan 2022

“Work life balance not very good”

Senior Scientific Associate
13 Jul 2022

“Not the best salary in the market”

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