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How scientific advisors lead the forefront of innovation

In the ever-evolving landscape of scientific research and development, there exists a group of professionals who play a pivotal role in shaping the direction of innovation. These individuals, known as scientific advisors, possess a unique combination of scientific expertise, strategic thinking, and cross-functional collaboration skills.

Scientific advisors have become widely more recognised as the unsung heroes of the medical field since the COVID-19 pandemic. Their specialist knowledge, skills and leadership set a benchmark for engineering science into the heart of critical conversations in government and business.

If you’re wondering about the prospects of a scientific career, you don’t have to go far to learn about growing government investments into scientific research and development. In the UK alone, R&D spending is expected to increase up to £20 billion per annum by 2025. With scientific innovation at the forefront of minds, and unique challenges to tackle, the world is going to need more experts to lead the way. 

But, what does a scientific advisor do? 

Scientific advisors at IQVIA play a vital and diverse role, combining scientific expertise with strategic thinking. They provide leadership, insight, and strategy to research teams, guiding projects and identifying areas of growth. They are the driving force behind breakthrough discoveries and advancements in various fields, particularly in the medical field. 

In a scientific advisor role, you’ll find yourself fulfilling a leadership role in research or development departments and provide scientific and technical guidance, expertise, and oversight. While you might work across complex projects from start to finish, your insight will be especially sought in the early stages of evaluating the validity or viability of a project. 

If you’re keen to learn the ins and outs of a role like this, why not explore a Scientific advisor job description? Or find out how you to start a career with IQVIA.

Read on to delve into some of the key traits of the role:

1. Strategic thinking 

Scientific advisors possess a forward-thinking mindset, evaluating the long-term implications of research. They assess the feasibility and impact of innovative ideas, aligning research goals with organizational objectives for maximum success.

2. Cross-functional collaboration 

Advisors foster innovation through teamwork, bringing together experts from various scientific disciplines. By encouraging effective communication and knowledge-sharing, they create an environment that promotes breakthroughs at the intersection of fields.

3. Training and communication 

Scientific advisors mentor researchers, providing guidance and necessary resources for success. They cultivate a culture of continuous learning and facilitate effective communication within the research community and with external stakeholders.

Who do scientific advisors work with?

Working closely with cross-functional teams such as Medical Affairs Teams or with a local Therapeutics Area Lead, you’ll play an influential role in the development of internal training plans. You might also work with research and development teams or have direct involvement in supporting clinical studies. As a scientific advisor, you’ll consult with key stakeholders, and build strong relationships with experts and medical communities.

Why choose IQVIA for your scientific advisor career?

Joining IQVIA as a scientific advisor offers an opportunity to leverage scientific acumen, work alongside brilliant minds, shape innovative strategies, foster collaboration, empower researchers, and facilitate impactful communication. It’s a dynamic role at the forefront of advancing healthcare. It offers a unique opportunity to make a tangible impact on society by contributing to groundbreaking advancements in the medical field and beyond. 

If you’re an innovator who excels at creating intelligent connections, then you’ll feel right at home with us. We’re a renowned worldwide leader in offering cutting-edge analytics, technological solutions, and clinical research services to the life sciences sector.

At IQVIA we have a profound understanding of the domain and access to vast reservoirs of big data. Our expertise spans across various facets of the industry, enabling transformative advancements and delivering unparalleled insights, throughout the healthcare landscape. 

There’s nowhere better to unlock your potential as a pioneer at the forefront of innovation. Sign up for job alerts to be first in line to hear about new opportunities.

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