Becoming a Healthcare or Life Science Consultant: next week’s Career Spotlight

Consultants from two different firms are coming to speak to you about their careers using their life science knowledge.  If you’ve ever wondered how you can use your science but not stay at the bench, then this event is for you.

Dr Muneer Ahmad (KCL alumnus) from Life Science Dynamics, and Nayan Rughani (manager, Health Practice) and Dr Luke Taylor​, from Ernst & Young will talk about their work, their companies and their day to day tasks.

Plus, I’ll have details of some vacancies that need filling….

  • When: Weds 26th Feb, 5-6pm
  • Where: FWB 1.70
  • No need to book

Make the most of these opportunities to actually talk to employers and find out about life outside academia.

Life Science and Healthcare Consulting Seminar

In the latest Graduate School careers seminar, Monika Brzozowska, a 2010 doctoral alumna from Guys, will talk about her work in Consulting.

She will also present her company Alcimed which is planning to set up a new office in London. As a consequence they are likely in the near future to be recruiting life science and other PhDs and Postdocs.

So this session will have an extra edge. It will be useful to those simply wanting to explore new options. On top of that you will hear important information about Alcimed’s recruitment plans. A session not to be missed.

The session takes place on Thursday 30th June

at 17.00

in G10, New Hunts House, Guys campus

If you wish to attend let me know in the usual way by emailing your intention to



Medical Writing: Updated issue of Network Pharma publication

Hi, I hope the following announcement is of interest to you and your colleagues. If you’ve any questions or feedback, please contact me. NEW: Unique careers guide now updated for 2010 From academic to medical writer: A guide to getting started in medical communications. Written by Dr Annick Moon, Published by NetworkPharma, March 2010. Free to download at Please feel free to distribute the link or the document itself as appropriate. Printed copies are also available – please just ask for how many you want and I’ll happily send you copies free of charge.

SUMMARY: This guide focuses primarily on the role of the Medical Writer in medical communications agencies. The Medical Writer’s role is to use science and language to deliver education and communication programmes for the pharmaceutical industry, while working to the highest ethical standards and adhering to industry regulations and guidelines. The aim of this guide is to give the industry information you need to decide if you are suited to the role of Medical Writer, and to provide the insider knowledge you need to excel at interview. The UK is home to numerous leading medical communications agencies that serve the global pharmaceutical industry, and they’re crying out for good medical writers! These agencies are looking for individuals with: * ideally a doctorate in a bioscience subject * ideally post-doctoral research experience * genuine enthusiasm for science and its application to medicine * flair for writing about science and medicine * the ability to work independently within a small-team environment Medical writing can literally take you all over the world and provides attractive long-term career pathways. This guide has now proven itself to be very useful. The new, 2010 edition provides up-to-date contact information from agencies who are looking for trainee writers. You will find the guide and lots more useful information at – please pass it on. If you’ve any feedback or questions any time, please just contact me.

Peter Llewellyn

Managing Director,

NetworkPharma Ltd


Project Director, European CME Forum Ltd Web:

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Part-time flexible work in medical publishing

We are a medical publishing company looking for part time people, with developed knowledge in areas such as  pharmacology/therapeutics/biosciences/medicine that can help us in our editorial activities, mainly commissioning.

 Kevin  Toale
Dove Medical Press Limited

To apply send CV   

Dove Medical Press Journals include:
Biologics, Targets & Therapy; Clinical Interventions in Aging; Clinical Cosmetic & Investigational Dermatology; Clinical Ophthalmology; Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome & Obesity; Drug Design Development & Therapy; Integrated Blood Pressure Control; International Journal of COPD; International Journal of Nanomedicine; International Journal of Neprology & Renovascular Medicine; International Journal of Women’s Health; Journal of Asthma & Allergy; Medical Devices Evidence & Research; Neuropsychiatric Disease & Treatment; Patient Preference & Adherence; OncoTargets & Therapy; Reports In Medical Imaging; Therapeutics & Clinical Risk Management; Vascular Health & Risk Management.
Plus many other targeted journals across a breadth of disease states and technologies.
In partnership for exclusive access to key journals, supplements, articles and reprints.

Health Economics Analysis

Analyst (Health Economic Modelling)

Heron Evidence Development

Could you employ complex mathematical/statistical modelling techniques to assess the economic value of new drugs and other technologies? And explain what this means to our clients?

HERON is a fast growing, leading consultancy in health economics, health outcomes, pricing and market access services to pharmaceutical and medical devices companies on a global basis. With increasing pressure on health services to provide treatments that are not only effective, but also cost-effective, we have soaring demand for our services. This role is within HERON’s Health Economic Modelling Unit (HEMU).

HEMU is a consulting agency for imaginative and scientifically valid modelling in health economics.
We work with pharmaceutical and medical devices companies to assess and express the economic value of their own products and their competitors. Our work is highly varied, from considering innovative new drugs in chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, novel surgical options in ophthalmology or new screening technologies to improve the early detection of cancers. The results of our research are discussed by top-level clients, scrutinised by public bodies and published in peer-reviewed journals.

We are looking for talented graduate and postgraduate analysts who enjoy researching and applying mathematical and statistical modelling techniques to scientific issues in healthcare and medical economics, so as to provide commercially valuable insight and strategic solutions to our clients.

The type of projects conducted will include cost-effectiveness and budget impact analysis of drugs and devices. It will also include wider forms of modelling, potentially in conjunction with the life scientists of the Evidence Review unit or the pricing and commercial specialists of the Pricing & Market Access practice. Projects may variously employ mathematical, statistical, economic and operational research modelling techniques applied to the evaluation of drugs and devices in a wide range of health conditions.

Within project teams under the guidance and leadership of senior team members, specific objectives of the role will be to:

1. Provide high quality, timely, scientific/strategic solutions to meet client needs

2. Conduct and analyse primary and secondary research, which will shape the development of strategic recommendations

3. Build and check health economic models, using appropriate software tools, to elucidate and express the economic value of clients’ products

4. Systematically search for and synthesise disparate qualitative and quantitative health economic evidence, and interpret meaningfully

5. Write, refine, review and critique sections of reports, journal manuscripts and other deliverables for client or external delivery

How to apply
Please email with your CV and an application letter.

Your letter should include:
• your reasons for applying for this position
• the experience you have in (or readily transferrable to) scientific research and mathematical/statistical modeling in healthcare and medical economics
• the contribution you believe you could make to the business

Deadline: 14 March 2010

Location: Stopsley, Bedfordshire, LU2 8DL
Salary: £22,000 and £32,000

Careers in Science forum

My colleague Laura McKenzie has put together a great programme for

Wednesday, 17 February: 1.00-4.30

in Henriette Raphael Function Room, Guy’s Campus

 Speakers will cover woking in Pharma and Biotech, Science communication, Healthcare consultancy and Patents.

 Draft Programme

 1.00-1.20           Informal networking; opportunity to browse careers materials & recruitment stands

 1.30-2.15           Session One:

Working in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries

Working in the pharmaceutical industry                Peter Llewellyn – Network  Pharma

Working in Biotechnology                                   James Hunter, Proximagen Ltd

2.30-3.00           Session Two: Alternatives to research

Patent work

Philip Webber – Patent Attorney, Frank B Dehn & Co

Healthcare consultancy                                    

  Paul Gittins – Red Consultancy

3.15-4.00           Session Three: Working in science communications

Science communications and events                   Dominique Driver – Science Museum

Medical Writing                                           Philippa Cates – Medicus International

Scientific publishing               Ruth King & Natasha Mellins-Cohen  – Biomed Central

Health and Pharmaceutical Research – away from the bench

Do you have a good understanding of sciences?

Have you ever thought about working with some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world?

Have you ever wondered about what its like to talk to physicians and find out where there are unmet clinical needs?

If you answer Yes to these questions, then maybe a career in the Ipsos MORI Health team is right for you

We currently have vacancies for Trainee Research Executives within the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Team
About the team:

We help pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device businesses around the world to understand patients, prescribers and influencers. We are passionate about health issues and, in our own way, feel we contribute to making a difference.

Here are some examples of our recent work. We have:
• developed unique positioning platforms for a number of new and existing products
• analysed the sizes of patient populations for a variety of therapy areas
• defined the typical diagnostic and therapeutic pathways for different patient types within a disease area
• discovered how hospital physicians perceive a new therapy globally
• helped clients design clinical trials and forecast the potential for a new product
• assessed how the structure of hospital affects the ability to introduce new technology across Europe

The type of work we do is very varied, from qualitative research in one market to over 20 markets and quantitative research on a one-off basis in one market to large international continuous studies.

About you:

You will have:

• A scientific or medical- related degree
• Interest in pharmaceuticals and / or pharmaceutical research
• Good communication skills, written and oral
• Sound trouble-shooting skills
• Able to work under pressure and meet aggressive deadlines
• Exceptional time management skills
• Good data preparation skills

What’s in it for you?

As a Trainee Research Executive within our Pharmaceutical and Biotech Team, you’ll gain experience on a wide range of issues that have a direct impact on today’s society, and as you work alongside the most experienced researchers in the industry, you’ll have the opportunity to meet interesting people, right across the public and private sectors.

Not only will we support you every step of the way in undertaking your professional research qualification, you’ll also work directly with real clients, on real projects. You’ll be assigned a mentor to give you a hand when you need it, as well as have access to numerous courses on everything from presentation skills to management techniques, to the analysis of qualitative data.

So if you want to work with some of the world’s largest brands at a local and global level then come and join Ipsos MORI!

How to apply:

To apply, please send in your CV and covering letter to Marcela Halpern at:

For further information about us, visit at:



Editor, IMS Health Incorporated

Vacancy Description

  • Research and write content, under the supervision of a Senior Editor, for IMS Health’s portfolio of pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement publications
  • The position focuses on some of the major international pharmaceutical markets therefore foreign language skills are a distinct advantage
  • No prior knowledge of the pharmaceutical market is required. Full training will be provided

Principal Roles:

  • Research and write new content for our PharmaQuery online database of pricing and reimbursement systems worldwide
  • Research and write breaking stories for our weekly online news service, PharmaQuery News
  • Submit primary researched articles to our market-leading monthly trade title, Pharma Pricing & Reimbursement

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Minimum upper second class degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
  • Fluency in English essential; other languages an advantage
  • Strong primary and secondary research skills to gather difficult to capture information
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills to develop a network of key contacts, including internal IMS personnel
  • Excellent plain English writing and editing skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Strong analytical skills to piece together disparate and sometimes conflicting data
  • Flexibility to handle several projects simultaneously and balance priorities appropriately
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team to take projects from initial stage to final delivery
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Technical proficiency in word, excel and internet
  • Keen interest in developing a detailed understanding of the healthcare and pharmaceutical markets

To apply send your CV and cover letter to or Elaine Last, IMS Health, 1 Quayside, Bridge Street, Cambridge CB5 8AB

Selling a conference on chronic disease

Intelligent researcher/telesales required: Two months (Jan/Feb) full time. £9 per hour plus commission

Laing & Buisson, the leading healthcare publisher and management consultancy, is looking for someone to identify potential delegates and to then sell them places at a Pan-European conference on how to best manage chronic diseases, such as diabetes, etc. We are looking for a self-starter, who is happy to pick up the phone and talk to academics and healthcare experts. You will need to find the right people to invite to the event and to then sell them a place on the phone.

The role calls for someone with strong communication skills, perseverance and intelligence. It is a job in which you will develop valuable skills. Training will be given on the industry, the research process and on how to talk about the event to potential buyers.

Ideally, we would like someone who speaks Spanish and/or French and/or Italian, but the most important skill is the ability to communicate!

Central London location at EC1V 2PT, near Angel Tube.

Pay £9 an hour plus some commission. Write to Max Hotopf at, saying why you are suitable for the job and attaching a CV.