You would like to start or re-orient your career as clinical researcher, but have no or only limited experience in this field? I am sure you will agree this is a very difficult, not to say impossible, mission to accomplish: most employers will require practical experience on the job before considering your application.

At ECCRT we realize that this situation limits the inflow of young, intelligent and motivated people. In trying to find a solution to unveil this pool of talent, we are happy to introduce the Junior Clinical Researcher STAR Programme. This programme has been developed for you, to increase your chances of entering the amazing area of clinical research. Like all ECCRT STAR Programmes, this one is composed of a number of individual courses, to be followed within one year but at a time that is convenient to you. This STAR programme is different from the others since it also includes practical traineeships throughout the year. The latter will give you the possibility to acquire practical experience in the field and thus a kick-start of a brand-new career in clinical research!

Course time
09:00 - 17:00
Programme highlights

The courses included in the Junior Clinical Researcher STAR programme are selected to provide the essential competencies needed for you to start your career as a clinical research professional. The programme is composed of the following courses:

For a detailed description of all individual courses, visit 

Note: In case there are not enough participants for the ICH GCP training, you will have the option to either re-book to the next session or to follow an eLearning instead.



In order for you to gain practical experience, we have included 3 traineeship episodes in this STAR Programme, running over 1 full year.

The 3 traineeship periods are each time in a different organisation: Starting in a hospital environment, then in a pharmaceutical company and ending with a Clinical Research Organisation (CRO).  This allows the participant to get the complete overview of the clinical trial life cycle from the point of view of all stakeholders involved.

Below a short description of what you will learn in each of these periods:

Hospital How is clinical research conducted in real life? How does it affect a patient? What is the difference with the regular clinical practice?

Pharmaceutical Company How are Medicines developed? Where does Clinical Research fit in the complete development? Why is clinical research done differently from normal clinical practice?

Clinical Research Organisation (CRO)* What activities need to be done in order to safeguard patients’ rights and wellbeing and at the same time make sure that quality of data obtained in a clinical study is guaranteed?

The traineeship can be taken in any location depending on ECCRT approval.

Applying for this STAR Programme: Request and Fill in the application form. Application is subject to approval and does not automatically result in enrolment.

For more details: call us at +32 2 892 4000 or e-mail at info [at]

*A CRO is subcontracted to execute clinical research in the name of the sponsor (most of the time a pharmaceutical company)

Learning Objectives


This series of courses cover 86% of competencies that are needed for a Junior CRA as described in the ECCRT Competency Framework

  • Scientific Concepts & Research Design (1)
  • Ethical & Participants Safety Considerations (4)
  • Investigational Product Development and Regulation (3)
  • Clinical Studies Operations (GCPs or ISO 14155) (8)
  • Study and Site Management (2)
  • Data Management and Informatics (6)
  • Leadership and Professionalism (1)
  • Communication (1)
  • Teamwork (0)
  • Business acumen (0)

Be aware that attending one of ECCRT open course does not guarantee that the competency is acquired but only guarantees that the related knowledge has been trained.

Book a course

Date Lang Location
Proceeding your application may take up to 24 working hours. In case of question, contact

Booking is desired 1 week before F2F session in order to allow the participant to go through pre-read materials.
4 500,00 € excl. VAT (if applicable)


Karen Roels
May 2016

The Junior clinical researcher program was a very interesting program. It gave a great view on the different functions and possibilities within clinical research. The trainers were highly qualified and motivated which made the course personal and interactive.

As a junior in the clinical research sector, this course gave me the perfect basis to start!