Careers for Scientists in Pharma: Basic Research, Clinical, and Regulatory Roles
The pharmaceutical industry is a tantalizing but often frustratingly elusive career option for students and postdocs moving out of academia. At a Science Alliance webinar on June 3, 2009, Susi Lee of Merck answered the tricky question of how to get a job as a clinical researcher when these jobs require previous experience. A great track record, with evidence of leadership skills, can be enough to get into clinical research. Courses for clinical research certification are also available. In addition to careers in clinical and basic research, Lee also emphasized the importance of regulatory affairs scientists, who communicate with everyone involved in the drug development process. She also emphasized important interpersonal and communication skills that are indispensible in industry.
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Susi Lee, PhD
Merck & Co.
Susi Lee did her graduate work with Fleur Strand at New York University. She went on to do a fellowship at NIH and a postdoc with Jack Martin in the Center for Neurobiology at Columbia University. She is an adjunct professor at the Rockefeller University and has been at Merck for five years.