Research Director at Centre for Human Drug Research

Job description

The new Research Director will manage a department in a specific therapeutic area and act as principal investigator on industry sponsored drug studies, depending on the area of expertise. He/she acts independently with regard to the scientific content of a research program within the boundaries of budgets and pertaining regulations. The Research Director works in a team of Research Directors and participates in the management team and performs general management tasks. He/she reports to the Chief Scientific Officer. The Research Director writes publications for scientific journals and supervises (senior) research scientists and PhD students.


  • MD and PhD degree;
  • Added value: medical specialist
  • Acknowledged expertise in relevant scientific area;
  • Relevant work experience (academic or industry);
  • Fluent in Dutch and English;
  • Up-to-date knowledge of Good Clinical Practice and other applicable regulatory requirements;
  • Added value: management experience;
  • Excellent communication skills.


  • Analytical;
  • Team player;
  • Sense of quality;
  • Pro-active;
  • Managerial skills;
  • Conceptual thinking;
  • Organizational sensitivity.

About the organization

The Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR) is a top class contract research organization located in Leiden, the Netherlands. CHDR focuses on early phase clinical pharmacology research, trying to bring its customers’ drugs to proof of pharmacology and proof of concept as quickly and efficiently as possible. CHDR originates from the Leiden University Medical Center, and is established as an independent organization. It is unique in combining industry standard processes and quality with top level science and methodology.


If you want more information or if you are interested in this position, please send an application with a motivation letter and CV to us via email.

Centre for Human Drug Research, Zernikedreef 8, 2333 CL Leiden, the Netherlands. Website. Tel.: 071-5246400.

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