Sample Clinical Research Associate Cover Letter

Clinical Research Associate Cover Letter

Clinical Research Associates are responsible for testing drugs and determining their effectiveness; these experts are usually employed by research organizations or pharmaceutical companies. Clinical Research Associates can work on various stages of a clinical trial, performing tasks such as creating trial protocols, developing trial methodology, collaborating with ethics committees, liaising with doctors running the trial, making visits to the trial site, ordering supplies, monitoring expenses, and authenticating data collection forms.

Essential skills needed for a Clinical Research Associate position, according to our sample cover letters, are the following:

  • Qualification in a life science such as biochemistry or pharmacology
  • Commercial awareness
  • Problem-solving and creativity
  • Self-confidence and motivation
  • Networking and negotiation skills
  • Computer proficiency
  • Attention to details and accuracy
  • Multitasking
  • Time management and deadline orientation
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

Comparable Clinical Research Associates qualifications are visible on the cover letter example displayed below.

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Dear Mr. Millard:

With this letter and the attached resume, I would like to express my sincere interest in the Clinical Research Associate position you have available. As a detail-oriented and analytical professional with key experience in clinical drug testing and evaluation, I possess a range of knowledge that will allow me to contribute toward the success of your research team.

Through my experience, I have become well versed in conducting in-depth research, analyzing data, and managing databases to assess and report on drug benefits and risks prior to market release. Additionally, I have continually demonstrated a vast knowledge of the health sciences sector, as well as the ability to integrate superior organization and communication skills across all levels of research.

Please consider the following highlights of my experience:

  • Serving as a Research Associate for Endometrin Pharmaceuticals, conducting research into new drugs designed to treat type 2 diabetes; creating trial protocols, working closely with ethics committees, verifying data, and writing detailed reports of findings.
  • Delivering reports, analysis, and productive recommendations to prescribers, leading to maximum patient care and minimal costs associated with adverse drug reactions or ineffective therapies.
  • Recruiting, training, and collaborating with research assistants while organizing, analyzing, and managing large data sets to drive research project success.
  • Ensuring compliance with a broad span of regulations and guidelines.

My dedication to research excellence will translate into both dedication and diligence for the work performed for your company. Thank you for your consideration; I look forward to speaking with you soon.


Douglas P. Roth

uh, i did read your post and it doesn'tt say anything about two bachelor's degrees or any experience in clinical research. research in the laboratory is NOTHING like clinical research. you would be entering a completely new and different field and that requires starting at the bottom.

-clinical research is done on real, living, breathing human beings with multiple disease processes occurring all at once. lab experience may give you knowledge of diagnostic criteria or the physiologic effects of disease, but the symptomology, face-to-face patient care and treatment options typically are not a focus of someone who works in the lab.

-to be a CRA you should have comprehensive knowledge of 21 CFR 50, 56, 312, 314, 812, 814, etc. occasionally, some lab workers will have knowledge of 21 CFR 58, but not all will. subject safety is a main focus of most trials and you won't get that working with cells or chemicals in the lab.

-the datacollection processes, entry and handling are completely different. lab trials are not usually done at 100 different locations all over the country (or continent).

-the nature of the job is very different as well. most CRA's are out-of-state 4 days a week, every week. my company will often look for entry-levels that have previous business travel experience because the travel can be stressful for some

right now, you do have all the qualifications to work as a CRC or an in-house assistant to a CRA except for NURSING skills (very important- many companies specifically request) but you cannot expect every company to be hiring in this economy. there are thousands of CRA's that are laid off and looking for work and are snapping up those entry-level positions to stay afloat. now is not the time to change industries when so many experienced workers are out of a job and compete with you for every application you submit

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