A career in medical communications – visit to Nucleus Global

Nucleus Global is a group of medical communications agencies that provides full in-house consulting and communications services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and to healthcare professionals. They have offices across the globe.

As well as a number of full-service medical communications agencies, Nucleus Global also has its own continuing and independent medical education companies. You can find out more about them here. To find about more about medical communications careers click here.

As an employer, they focus on recruiting people with science PhDs for both their client services and editorial roles because of the depth of knowledge and advanced scientific and research skills.  Nucleus Global continuously recruits throughout the year.

They initially require a CV which is followed by a brief phone call. The CV is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate good communication skills. It should be attractive, well laid out with perfect grammar and spelling. You should also demonstrate how your skills match the needs of medical communications.

If you are successful in the initial screening there is a writing test and usually an interview process, which is competency based.  Candidates are given one week to complete the writing test to a brief which is provided. Demonstration of effective plain English written communication is essential to success in the recruitment process.

The company places good value on activities additional to your research. This may be volunteering, taking on extra responsibilities, playing sport or other activities that demonstrate your interests and strengths. You should also consider how your values align with those of the company, which is very team oriented and wants to work with people who thrive in this sort of environment. This can be quite a contrast to the more solitary life of an academic researcher.

As a business, the company has a much faster pace than academic research but maintains the same scientific rigour and high ethical standards. Finally, as a global business, with a diverse range of clients, your people skills are highly valued and vital to succeeding.

Many thanks to all at Nucleus Global for hosting the visit and being so generous with their time and insights.

Publishing: the Spotlight shines on you now….

Our fifth Career Spotlight turns to Science Publishing next week (non-scientists, by all means come too: two of our speakers have Arts degrees!).

Our speakers are all leaders in their field, have great experience of launching new titles, managing staff and will have insights into the future of publishing.  Please come along to find out more about this career route, one that many of you are interested in and which has important influences on all academics.

Our speakers include:

Ruth Francis – Head of Communications at BioMed Central (previous includes Head of Press Nature Publishing Group and Press Officer King’s College London and Cancer Research UK)

Luke Fleet – Associate Editor at Nature Publishing Group (previous includes Assistant Editor Nature Communications and a PhD Physics, Quantum Nanoelectronics)

Michael Osuch – Publishing Director for Neuroscience and Psychology journals at Elsevier (previous posts were at Nature, Informa and Wiley Publishing)

Francesca Lake – Managing Editor, Future Science Group

When: Weds 25th Feb: 5-6pm

Where: FWB 1.70

Student Representation for Postgraduates

Written by Fatima Abbas, PhD Candidate, MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology

As a PhD student it can be daunting thinking about taking on anything involving time and work that isn’t related to your own very particular research interests. There’s a constant pressure to devote three to four years of your life to your research and not much else. Having spent the past year as a postgraduate research student representative on the KCLSU student council, I can honestly say that the time I spent at meetings, working with the student union and committees has been both worthwhile and enlightening.

There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on for all PhD and research degree programmes, having the opportunity to see this, and also feed into these decisions with the experiences of myself and fellow students, has been fantastic. The student union and all staff members I’ve encountered have been encouraging, listened to all my suggestions and opinions, and actively asked for what PGR students think and want. Not only have I been helped and encouraged, I’ve also found it surprisingly easy to fit these meetings and activities around my own very busy schedule.

This role has opened up my eyes to how important it is for PGR students to take part in student union representation and activities. I urge you all to consider nominating yourself for representation, either within your department or in KCLSU. You’ll learn a lot about the policy and decision making processes that directly affect you and your departments, have a voice on matters that concern you, but also gain invaluable skills such as effective communication. It has been an interesting and meaningful experience for me, and throughout I’ve received so much help from all involved (whom I’d like to thank), but also hope to have helped fellow students in the process.

Lion’s Den Challenge – 2013/14

The Lion’s Den Challenge is aimed at all students and staff at King’s College London.

The Challenge aims to transfer and develop research ideas into successful business plans, and bring together research and business to create successful ventures.

All that is needed is:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Enthusiasm for starting a business
  • Creative ideas
  • Motivation and desire to succeed

We are looking for those participants who have the creative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit but are perhaps lacking in business advice and vice versa.

If you don’t think you have the business skills, there’s no need to worry. We provide:

  • Training on business and commercial awareness
  • Networking and presentation skills
  • Answers to your questions on business
  • Chance to match up with business and research students at our networking sessions

The final workshop, focusing on taking your business to market is on Monday 25 November 2013, 6-9PM in Room G79, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus. RSVP to info@lionsdenchallenge.co.uk

The Lion’s Den Challenge is heavily focused on nurturing the development of entrepreneurial skills for all those students and staff trying to launch their own ventures.

We welcome all viable business ideas. If you believe your business could succeed, we want to help you get to the first stage!

The Lion’s Den Challenge is open to new ideas and spins off from previous businesses. This could range from having a ‘snail farm’ business to providing highly technological products for scientific firms. As long as you can justify your business idea, we’ll accept it!

There are two rounds to the challenge:

1) Open submission round: after the final workshop, entrants are asked to submit their business idea through our online platform (from 25 November, closing date of 20 January 2014).

2) The top entries are invited back to pitch their proposal in the Grand Final on 24 February 2014 , in front of a panel of judges and answer any follow up questions.

For 2013/14, Lion’s Den Challenge has two available prizes, totalling £11k. These prizes identify the importance and spirit of the challenge, as well as incentivising the business idea to move forward. The prize money could be awarded individually or if the idea and pitch are exceptional, one entry could win the lot!

‘Best Business Idea’ £10,000 – Convince the judges that you have the best business idea and you could win the top prize on offer.

‘Best Pitch’ £1,000 – Pitching skills can be just as important as the idea itself. Presenting a compelling business idea is half the battle and presenting it well could win you this prize.

For full details of the challenge: http://www.lionsdenchallenge.co.uk/competition.php

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