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June 11, 2011 4:08 PM Subscribe
What's it like to work at a contract research organization
posted by Nomyte to Work & Money (2 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a university research assistant exploring career options (previously: 1
). A very friendly and helpful Mefite has clued me into the world of CROs, and it sounded like a potential good fit.
I'd love to talk to any Mefites (or friends of Mefites) who work or have worked for a CRO. In particular, I'd love to learn about:
- your academic and professional background
- skill sets employers seek in entry-level candidates
- whether you enjoy the work, and why
- whether your skills are being utilized to their full potential
- the long-term prospects of an entry-level hire at a CRO
I'm happy to receive responses via private message if you're more comfortable with that route.
- I've been a full-time assistant in cognitive neuroscience for over three years.
- I enjoy the technical aspects of research (collecting and cleaning up data, statistical analysis, documenting findings, figuring out new equipment), less so the administrative and project management aspects (subject recruitment, scheduling, etc.).
- My experience is with EEG, followed by fNIRS and fMRI, in that order. I am my team's Matlab code monkey.
- My background in biology and chemistry is nil, and I've never worked in a real wet lab.
- I have a particular interest in statistics and applied math. I've taken enough applied stats classes to fulfill the requirements for the graduate certificate, but never formally joined the program. I can use SPSS and R, but not SAS.
- I only have a BA in cognitive science, but it's from a well-respected university.
I appreciate any and all input.