Clinical Research Talent Program

What is the Talent Program?

Our Clinical Research Talent Program is a great way to join the clinical research industry. This sponsored program is designed for great talents who are eager to start the clinical research career at an entry level role. 

Why to become a CRA?

The clinical research industry is growing every year 6-8%. The global CRA talent pool grows by about 4-5% and provides great career opportunities. For anyone starting new in the industry now is the time as 1 out of 4 CRA hires is an early talent and the number of early talent opportunities is growing. Starting salaries are from about €35.000 in Europe and US$75.000 in the USA. Next to great starting salaries there are fast career pathways, promotions to come within 2-3 years into professional levels, taking salaries up to about €45.000 in Europe and US$95.000 in the USA. If you have the required degree and work experience, take your chance to become the 1.

How does it work?

VIARES provides you an instructor-led 6 weeks online training program covering key competencies you will need for most of the entry level roles in clinical research. During the training program we will connect you with our industry network and arrange interviews for entry level jobs in clinical research.

Application Process

Apply for the next Clinical Research Talent Program.

Talent Program

You will take a top-class online industry training, including e-learning, tests, assignments and live webinars. Upon positive graduation of the program, we will setup interviews with industry partners hiring new talents.

Who should apply?

Over 90% of applicants have a life science or medical university degree. More than 75% also have already relevant work experience.

To apply for the program, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • life science or medical university degree, and
  • at least one year work experience in clinical research or related environment; e.g.
    • working with patients, medical products or services, medical technology, laboratories or similar
  • good communication and presentation skills
  • fluent written and oral communication in local language and English
  • quality and detailed oriented work approach
  • have a valid work permission for the country of application
  • availability for a six-week online training
  • interest to start potential early talent roles as soon as possible
  • located in Europe, USA, Canada, UK, Russia or Turkey

Our participant’s careers

The types of careers are as divers as our participants are. Some common career starting points are as Pharmacist, Scientific Researchers, Clinical Trial Coordinators, Research Nurse, Lab Assistants, Medical Sales Representatives and other similar roles.

Our participants and graduates have industry experience from current and past roles, for example with:

  • CROs (i.e. Covance, ICON, IQVIA, Parexel, PRA, PPD, Syneos)
  • Biopharma (i.e. Abbott, AbbVie, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bayer, GSK, Merck, MSD, Novo Nordisk, Roche, Sandoz, Sanofi)
  • Academic research (i.e. Duke University, Karolinska Institutet, University of Brussels, University of Cambridge, University of Leicester)
  • Hospitals and related industry segments

Talent Program

The Talent Program consists of eight consecutive modules. You will complete each module by:

  • taking your e-learning
  • completing your module test
  • submit your assignment work
  • attend the instructor-led live block-webinars or view pre-recorded sessions

Successfully complete eight competency modules to obtain your VIARES Talent certificate.

  • Background of medicines development
  • Research and discovery stage & product development
  • Clinical development
  • Regulatory submission, Health Technology Assessment, lifecycle management
  • ICH GCP and other applicable regulations
  • The Study Protocol
    • Elements of a Study Protocol according to ICH GCP
    • Trial Design
    • Methodologies
  • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Ethics Committees
    • Sponsor / Monitor
    • Investigator
    • Competent Authority
  • Patient Protection
    • Patient Information
    • Collecting Patient Consent
    • Special Patient Populations
  • Adverse Event Reporting
    • Types of Adverse Events
    • Identifying and Reporting Serious Adverse Events
  • Selecting an Investigational Site
    • Assessing Investigational Sites
    • Training and Upgrading Investigational Sites
  • Initiating Investigational Sites
    • Organizing the Initiation Visit
    • Setting up the required documentation – Essential Documents
  • Effective Monitoring
    • Planning, Conducting, Documenting, and Reporting Monitoring Visits
    • Managing Issues
  • Closing Investigational Sites
    • Organizing the Close-Out Visit
    • Documentation
    • Reporting
  • Managing the Investigational Medicinal Product
    • Definition of investigational medicinal product (IMP) / study drug
    • Provision of the IMP
    • Drug Accountability
    • Randomization, blinding and un-blinding processes
    • Managing Expiry Dates
    • Collecting IMP after Site Close-out
  • Data Collection
    • Clinical Research Form (CRFs)
    • Process of Data Collection
    • Data Collection Systems
  • Data Validation
    • Data validation process
    • Query Process
    • Data Quality Assurance
  • Applicable international and national regulations
  • ICH GCP E6 (R2)
  • FDA Regulation
  • Quality Assurance: Audits and Inspections

Talent Program Dates

Application

until April 29, 2020

first come – first serve

Talent Program LIVE WEBINARS

DAY

TIME

Kick-Off Webinar

April 30, 2020

START: 17:30 CET

END: 18:30 CET

BLOCK 1

Medicines Development Process, Good Clinical Practice

Clinical Trial Design & Roles and Responsibilities

Patient Protection & Adverse Events

pre-recorded webinars

 

BLOCK 2

Selecting and Initiating Clinical Trial Sites

Monitoring and Closing Clinical Trial Sites

Investigational Medicinal Product Management

pre-recorded webinars

 

BLOCK 3

Data Management for Clinical Research Associates

Regulatory Environment in the EU and USA

pre-recorded webinars

 

Information can be subject to change without notice.

Application

until May 12, 2020

first come – first serve

Talent Program LIVE WEBINARS

DAY

TIME

Kick-Off Webinar

May 19, 2020

START: 17:30 CET

END: 18:30 CET

BLOCK 1

Medicines Development Process, Good Clinical Practice

Clinical Trial Design & Roles and Responsibilities

Patient Protection & Adverse Events

June 04, 2020

attention – exceptionally during the week

START: 15:00 CET

END: 18:00 CET

BLOCK 2

Selecting and Initiating Clinical Trial Sites

Monitoring and Closing Clinical Trial Sites

Investigational Medicinal Product Management

June 20, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 18:00 CET

BLOCK 3

Data Management for Clinical Research Associates

Regulatory Environment in the EU and USA

June 27, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 17:00 CET

Information can be subject to change without notice.

Application

until May 26, 2020

first come – first serve

Talent Program LIVE WEBINARS

DAY

TIME

Kick-Off Webinar

June 02, 2020

START: 17:30 CET

END: 18:30 CET

BLOCK 1

Medicines Development Process, Good Clinical Practice

Clinical Trial Design & Roles and Responsibilities

Patient Protection & Adverse Events

pre-recorded

 

BLOCK 2

Selecting and Initiating Clinical Trial Sites

Monitoring and Closing Clinical Trial Sites

Investigational Medicinal Product Management

pre-recorded

 

BLOCK 3

Data Management for Clinical Research Associates

Regulatory Environment in the EU and USA

pre-recorded

 

Information can be subject to change without notice.

Applicationuntil April 07, 2020first come – first serve
Talent Program LIVE WEBINARSDAYTIME
Kick-Off WebinarApril 21, 2020

START: 17:30 CET

END: 18:30 CET

BLOCK 1

Medicines Development Process, Good Clinical Practice

Clinical Trial Design & Roles and Responsibilities

Patient Protection & Adverse Events

May 16, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 18:00 CET

BLOCK 2

Selecting and Initiating Clinical Trial Sites

Monitoring and Closing Clinical Trial Sites

Investigational Medicinal Product Management

May 30, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 18:00 CET

BLOCK 3

Data Management for Clinical Research Associates

Regulatory Environment in the EU and USA

June 13, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 17:00 CET

Information can be subject to change without notice.

Application

until May 12, 2020

first come – first serve

Talent Program LIVE WEBINARS

DAY

TIME

Kick-Off Webinar

May 19, 2020

START: 17:30 CET

END: 18:30 CET

BLOCK 1

Medicines Development Process, Good Clinical Practice

Clinical Trial Design & Roles and Responsibilities

Patient Protection & Adverse Events

June 04, 2020

attention – exceptionally during the week

START: 15:00 CET

END: 18:00 CET

BLOCK 2

Selecting and Initiating Clinical Trial Sites

Monitoring and Closing Clinical Trial Sites

Investigational Medicinal Product Management

June 20, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 18:00 CET

BLOCK 3

Data Management for Clinical Research Associates

Regulatory Environment in the EU and USA

June 27, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 17:00 CET

Information can be subject to change without notice.

Application

until May 26, 2020

first come – first serve

Talent Program LIVE WEBINARS

DAY

TIME

Kick-Off Webinar

June 02, 2020

START: 17:30 CET

END: 18:30 CET

BLOCK 1

Medicines Development Process, Good Clinical Practice

Clinical Trial Design & Roles and Responsibilities

Patient Protection & Adverse Events

pre-recorded

 

BLOCK 2

Selecting and Initiating Clinical Trial Sites

Monitoring and Closing Clinical Trial Sites

Investigational Medicinal Product Management

pre-recorded

 

BLOCK 3

Data Management for Clinical Research Associates

Regulatory Environment in the EU and USA

pre-recorded

 

Information can be subject to change without notice.

Application

until June 30, 2020

first come – first serve

Talent Program LIVE WEBINARS

DAY

TIME

Kick-Off Webinar

July 07, 2020

START: 17:30 CET

END: 18:30 CET

BLOCK 1

Medicines Development Process, Good Clinical Practice

Clinical Trial Design & Roles and Responsibilities

Patient Protection & Adverse Events

pre-recorded

 

BLOCK 2

Selecting and Initiating Clinical Trial Sites

Monitoring and Closing Clinical Trial Sites

Investigational Medicinal Product Management

pre-recorded

 

BLOCK 3

Data Management for Clinical Research Associates

Regulatory Environment in the EU and USA

pre-recorded

 

Information can be subject to change without notice.

Application

until July 28, 2020

first come – first serve

Talent Program LIVE WEBINARS

DAY

TIME

Kick-Off Webinar

August 04, 2020

START: 17:30 CET

END: 18:30 CET

BLOCK 1

Medicines Development Process, Good Clinical Practice

Clinical Trial Design & Roles and Responsibilities

Patient Protection & Adverse Events

pre-recorded

 

BLOCK 2

Selecting and Initiating Clinical Trial Sites

Monitoring and Closing Clinical Trial Sites

Investigational Medicinal Product Management

pre-recorded

 

BLOCK 3

Data Management for Clinical Research Associates

Regulatory Environment in the EU and USA

pre-recorded

 

Information can be subject to change without notice.

Application

closed

 

Talent Program LIVE WEBINARS

DAY

TIME

Kick-Off Webinar

March 10, 2020

START: 16:00 CET

END: 17:00 CET

BLOCK 1

Medicines Development Process, Good Clinical Practice

Clinical Trial Design & Roles and Responsibilities

Patient Protection & Adverse Events

March 28, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 18:00 CET

BLOCK 2

Selecting and Initiating Clinical Trial Sites

Monitoring and Closing Clinical Trial Sites

Investigational Medicinal Product Management

April 11, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 18:00 CET

BLOCK 3

Data Management for Clinical Research Associates

Regulatory Environment in the EU and USA

April 25, 2020

START: 15:00 CET

END: 17:00 CET

Information can be subject to change without notice.

Apply

Send us your details for starting your application process. Please include documents in English. Places on the program are limited and will be provided on a first-come first-serve principle. PLEASE only apply for one program.

VIARES has decided to contribute to alleviating the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and offers, free of charge, its clinical research talent program to anyone seeking to start a career in clinical research. Support us to support the industry and the talents. Sign up as a supporter today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please use the application form on this page.

Upon acceptance by VIARES, you can start the talent program on the published dates. See details above.

More and more entry level roles now require some work experience and/or relevant training, so our program will help bridging this step. 

The training consists of eight modules. Each module contains e-learnings, assignments, tests and live webinars.

Each module will take about 10 hours in total to complete.

The assignments vary – from some extra free/online certificates to analysis of study related information, to creating specific study documents.

We test you per each module, as we believe in immediate learning and feedback. You will get detailed information on the kick-off webinar.

The program comes with GCP certifications and the VIARES certificate.

You do not have to pay VIARES for participating in this program.

No. VIARES is not offering any employment or indicating employment with clients or other companies.

For any further questions, please email us at academy@theviares.com.

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