BS level associate looking to transition out of the bench

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BS level associate looking to transition out of the bench

Postby F.Z. » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:33 pm

Hello Science Careers Forum,

I am an experienced (~8 years) BS level research associate in preclinical development for mid size biotech and ready to explore new opportunities. I wish I knew exactly what I am searching for but mainly that I want to do something different and out of the lab.

No real desire to return for a MS, PhD or MD although a MBA is tempting if I could get into a top tier school but also not entirely sure on that route.

I am interested in exploring either the clinical side of things such as a study monitor or something with clinical database (but not necessarily a desire to get too technical and go into bioinformatics per se) or even sales however the typical requirement of X amount of years preferred is seen in most postings that I've come across. Any ideas on how to make that pivot?

I am interested in making lateral moves within my company, including in areas mentioned above but haven't seen too much in terms of opportunities and thus am not too hopeful if that situation although I am open to it.
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Re: BS level associate looking to transition out of the bench

Postby D.X. » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:58 am

Hi FZ,

A key Action on yourside is to Network internally. You may not see opportunities on the Intranet but doesn't mean someone doesn't have an opportunity.

You can look at CRA positions if you want to get more clinical as a start Point, advancement for may be in Clinical Trial Operations contrast Clinical Development where the latter may want an PhD and/or MD/PharmD for advancement.

Have you considered Project Management as an Option? This can be low hanging fruit for you, many on the pre-clinical side Transition out of the lab to his role. Usually in mid-sized to large companies there is a Global Program Management or Global Project Management function, where the FTEs are deployed to serve various other Teams in the organizations, i.e. Drug Supply, or Technical Operations or a Commercial Brand Team, they are reposible for tracking and ensureing deliverables are on time, with appropriate resource allocation. Whereas they are not responsible for the tactcis they are responsible to ensure risks are identified and managed. Its a nice way to learn alot while not being fullying accountable for items deliverd but you're sharing in a team-based effort. See if you find something there and Project Management is always portable if you grow there even out of the industry.


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