Do your students enjoy chemistry classes? Do they show interest in how medicaments and pharmaceutical products are made? Are they wondering how pharmaceutical companies guarantee their products are safe and have good quality? If they do so, they could pursue their dream job by becoming a research and development analyst. An R&D senior analyst oversees collecting data from the analyses, prepare quality control reports, and check that the products meet predefined specifications. This STEM job profile requires people with skills such as personal responsibility, time management, collaboration and problem-solving. To motivate them to follow this career path, introduce them to Petroula Economou, an R&D Senior Analyst!
Meet the professional
Petroula Economou holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Cyprus, and currently works as a research and development senior analyst at Remedica pharmaceutical company. Inspired by a careers week event when she was in the university, she decided to follow a career path in pharmaceuticals.
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Quality Control Analysis
The main task as an R&D senior analyst is to oversee the production of drugs and to make sure that they comply with the quality standards. “It is my main professional skill since it is exactly what I do”.
Many people depend on the proper development of R&D senior analyst tasks. “I must be very careful with the chemicals that I use to avoid any accidents, and with the interpretation of the results to provide accurate and reliable outcomes”.
When carrying out control tests, the R&D senior analyst needs to manage time properly. “I must complete analysis on time and provide the results so that the other departments such as the production department can proceed”.
R&D senior analysts work in a big team so collaboration is a must. “I collaborate with laboratory assistants, other quality control analysts and people from other departments to safeguard that all quality control procedures are made correctly”.
You might expect as an R&D senior analyst to face difficult situations and problems. “I am in charge of solving any problems that may arise during my job, such as accidents, methodological issues and collaboration issues”.
R&D senior analysts deal with many people from a professional point of view to carry out and oversee their tasks. “I supervise and support my team which consists of other control analysts and laboratory assistants”.
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Advice to take away
Students should follow what they like. It is important to do a job that they love because then they can address every challenge. Thus, it is necessary to learn more details about several job profiles, to understand the pros and cons and to seek more information.
CC BY 4.0: all the materials and content presented on this STEM Job profile have been provided by STE(A)M IT, a project funded by the European Union’s ERASMUS+ programme project STE(A)M IT (Grant agreement 612845-EPP-1-2019-1- BE-EPPKA3-PI-FORWARD), coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN).