Medical Director


The European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN,, a public research organisation, is currently recruiting a Medical Director, to be based at its Paris office.

About ECRIN:

ECRIN is a non-profit, distributed infrastructure. It was awarded the legal status of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in 2013 based on Council Regulation (EC) N° 723/2009 of 25 June 2009 on the Community legal framework for an ERIC.
ECRIN provides support to the management of multinational clinical research projects in Europe. ECRIN is based on the connection of national networks of clinical research infrastructures (clinical trial units) having the capacity to manage trials locally. ECRIN provides information, consulting and services to investigators and sponsors in the preparation and in the conduct of multinational clinical studies, in any disease area. Most of the ECRIN-supported projects are funded by the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Programme of the European Union or by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).

Roles and Responsibilities:

This is a unique opportunity for a motivated and experienced individual who wishes to further develop his/her career in clinical research and his/her experience of multinational research projects.

The ECRIN Medical Director plays a pivotal role in connecting ECRIN’s Core Team with its user communities (investigators, investigation networks, academic and industry sponsors), European Correspondents (who are based in each Member/Observer Country and coordinate the ECRIN trial portfolio, among other tasks), national Scientific Partners, and ECRIN Scientific Board.

The main duties of the ECRIN Medical Director will include the following:

 Attract high quality, multinational clinical research projects through proactive communication with investigators, investigation networks and sponsors
 Develop partnership with pan-European investigation networks and research organisations, academic sponsors, biotechnology and medical device SMEs and the health industry sector
 Interface with funding bodies, including national public funding agencies, health authorities, European Research Area Network (ERA-Net) and Joint Programming Initiatives, H2020, IMI, European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), charities and foundations
 Oversee the procedure to access ECRIN support for trial management services through: 1) scientific peer-review of study protocols by the ECRIN Scientific Board, and 2) logistical assessment performed by ECRIN European Correspondents
 Coordinate the support provided by the ECRIN European Correspondents in the preparation of multinational clinical research projects, in particular through advice on regulatory and ethical requirements, site selection, cost evaluation, funding opportunities, insurance requirements, monitoring plans, outcome measures, trial design (with the involvement of the methodology panel), etc.
 Coordinate, with the ECRIN European Correspondents, the support provided to funding applications (particularly H2020 and IMI applications)
 Participate in the prioritisation of projects based on the availability of ECRIN services and resources in different countries
 Work closely with users to adapt ECRIN services to their needs and requirements


 Medical background, preferably with a specialisation in clinical pharmacology or epidemiology, and / or PhD level in Health or Life Science, or in Pharmacy
 Excellent knowledge of experimental design, biostatistics and data management
 Research background (academic and/or industry)
 Experience in the management of clinical trials
 Experience in multinational clinical research
 Knowledge of the clinical development process, good clinical practice (GCP), and local and international regulatory and ethical requirements
 Experience in management and coordination, ability to manage teams and interactions across diverse functions and projects, excellent organisational skills
 Ability to interact positively with a wide range of organisations and professionals, including senior investigators, clinical research staff and regulatory authorities
 Experience in H2020 / IMI funding applications and management
 Knowledge of European institutions, especially the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), and pan-European and international funding schemes
 Experience in operating at European/international level
 Strong oral and written communication skills
 Excellent written and spoken English (working language)
 Computer and software knowledge
 A tenacious yet diplomatic personality

The post is under the hierarchical responsibility of the ECRIN Director General. The Medical Director shall work in close collaboration with the Operations Director who oversees the quality management, the development of common tools and the services to ongoing trials.

The post is a full-time, permanent contract according to French law. The Medical Director is appointed by ECRIN after concluding negotiations and approval by the Assembly of Members. The salary is set according to European/international standards for similar positions, and will depend on qualifications and experience. A relocation package may be included.

Place of employment: Paris, France, where ECRIN has its Management Office and legal address.

Selection procedure:

The Selection Committee (Chair and Vice-Chair of ECRIN Assembly of Members, Chair and Vice-Chair of ECRIN Network Committee, ECRIN Director General and Operations Director) will be in charge of the selection process, evaluating the applications, then establishing a shortlist of candidates who will be interviewed in June 2016 in Paris. The Committee will then provide a recommendation to the Assembly of Members. A negotiation may take place after approval by the Assembly of Members.

A letter of motivation with a Curriculum Vitae (European format with photo) and the name of two referees may be addressed to Mrs Alicja Szofer-Araya ( with a copy to Prof. Jacques Demotes (

The motivation letter (maximum 2 pages) shall describe:
(1) which aspects in the applicant’s CV make her/him particularly suitable for the post,
(2) how s/he envisions the development of ECRIN, and
(3) the candidate’s leadership vision.

Deadline to receive applications: 1 June 2016
Applications will be rejected if the dossier is incomplete or submitted after the deadline. Supporting documents (for example, certified copies of degrees/diplomas, references, proof of experience, etc.) must not be sent at this point, but may be requested at a later stage of the procedure. All communications regarding this application will be made in English.

Independence and declaration of interests:
The Medical Director of ECRIN will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently, in the public interest, and to make a declaration in relation to any conflicts of interest which might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence. Candidates must confirm their willingness to do so in their application.

Expected start date for the Medical Director: September 2016.

ECRIN is an inclusive, equal opportunity and non-discrimination employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

More information on ECRIN at

Source: Nature Jobs

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