An interview with Chiara Borg, a Data Scientist in the Data Management Group
What do you do?
My job is to help support the development and use of clinical trial database systems for the studies undertaken at the unit, as well as data management support and training. I'm part of the Data Management Systems group, which consists of programmers, business analysts, and data scientists.
One of my main roles is to contribute to database development which can involve taking on a project management role, gathering database requirements and writing associated documentation, advising on case report form design, metadata completion and maintenance and on database testing procedures. I also provide data management support to trial teams particularly by being involved in the development and maintenance of the trial's Data Management Plan and the data querying and reporting processes.
Part of my role is to lead on the development, implementation and training of best practice and standardised approaches to data management, according to Good Clinical Practice standards, to ensure the completeness and validity of study data. I also have the opportunity to conduct and contribute to methodological research within the unit.
What skills and qualifications do you have?
My degree in Biological Sciences provided me with a good scientific background and transferable data management skills. I progressed to Data Scientist after working as a Data Manager on a clinical trial for 3 years which allowed me to become familiar with clinical trial data management procedures. I have to be very organised, detail-oriented and self-motivated with a pragmatic approach to problem solving. I also need strong interpersonal skills since a large part of my job involves communicating clearly, both written and orally, with many different people.
What’s the potential for career development?
There are opportunities to develop line management and project management skills and be involved in methodological studies. There are opportunities for training relevant to my job.