Entry Level Clinical Research Cover Letter

A well-crafted cover letter can be a powerful job search tool. Your Clinical Research Assistant cover letter should be brief and highlight some of your skills, experiences and accomplishments that are most relevant to the job. Check out the Clinical Research Assistant cover letter sample below for a bit of inspiration.

Dear Ms. Dana Pearson:

This letter is in reference to your professional employment opportunity for the position of Clinical Research Assistant. I am interested in working in this role and have enclosed a copy of my resume for consideration for this position.

I am a dedicated worker who thrives at challenging levels, identifies and creatively resolves problems efficiently, have the ability to multi task, and nurtures a belief that a positive attitude enhances growth and productivity. I believe my skills, education and past work experiences will be of great asset in working as a Clinical Research Assistant with United Allergy Services.

My Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and my current status as a PhD student in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology has provided me with a comprehensive understanding and utilization of scientific principles and inquiry, including experience in:

  • designing and conducting experiments;
  • program development, implementation, evaluation, and budgeting;
  • analysis and interpretation of data;
  • performing laboratory techniques with an understanding of the principles of laboratory safety;
  • working collaboratively on group projects;
  • development of analytical and problem solving skills; and
  • communicating scientific information and health promotion strategies effectively using oral presentations and written reports.

Past work experience has allowed me to gain experience in:

  • insurance verification and billing documents;
  • using appropriate probing questions and active listening skills with customers to examine issues from different points of view for effective problem resolution;
  • building business to client relationships; and
  • establishing strong business relationships in order to collaborate with and support other departments.

My education and past work experience will be of great asset in successfully performing the duties of a Clinical Research Assistant and later a Clinic Manager for United Allergy Services. The above skills are directly transferrable and would be effective in performing allergy testing for patients and providing them with diagnoses; working in a lab setting to formulate customized allergy shots for each patient; educating and answering patient questions regarding antigen therapy and immunotherapy; and managing lab services and medical inventory as a Clinical Research Assistant. These skills would also be applicable in overseeing and ensuring the effectiveness of daily facility operations; successfully developing and managing staff; identifying areas for efficiency and quality improvement in delivering healthcare services; and carrying out policies, goals and procedures, later as a Clinical Manager for United Allergy Services.

I am enthusiastic about using my skills, education, and past work experience to support the vision, mission, and goals of United Allergy Services. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to further discuss your requirements for filling this position.


Taylor Huffman

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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