• Science Writer/Editor

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 5 months ago(9/2/2018 6:22 PM)
    Job ID
    full time
  • Overview

    The Scientific Writer for the Breast Oncology Center supports the Department of Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI).  The Center/Division works to provide compassionate and comprehensive care for patients with breast cancer. The Scientific Writer works directly with the division administrator, the directors of clinical research, and the chief of the breast oncology division.


    The Scientific Writer assists various members of the Breast Oncology division in writing and editing protocols, grant applications, manuscripts and abstracts, letters, or other written material on an as-needed basis.  The writer will work with the DFCI faculty, research staff, and grant managers on specific timelines and deadline schedules related to each writing project, which may include reading background information, federal and foundation sponsor guidelines, request for proposal (RFP) language and internal and external policies and procedures for a specific writing assignment.  In this capacity the writer may meet face-to-face with faculty and research staff; follow up phone conversations and other methods of communication to establish a final product.


    The Science Writer is a key link between dedicated oncologists, scientists, and donors/sponsors who comprise the wide Dana-Farber community. The Science Writer should be able to take complex information and communicate it clearly, concisely, and accurately to explain key concepts to sponsors. The Science Writer interprets the challenges in cancer care and research in order to convey scientific insights that are both deep and broad. 


    This position is posted as full-time, 40 hours per week, however we will consider candidates interested in working part-time. Candidates must be willing to work a minimum of 24 hours per week. A cover letter must be included with all applications. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 


    • Write research protocols, manuscripts, abstracts, letters, grant applications, and other written deliverables based on specific project timelines;
    • Write and edit reports in a timely fashion to meet specified deadlines;
    • Thoughtfully participate in team meetings and share knowledge related to research findings; scientific writing trends, and learning opportunities;
    • Assume other duties as necessary.


    A Bachelor’s degree a scientific discipline and a minimum of 5 years of professional writing, editing and publications experience, with at least 3 of those years dedicated to science writing and editing. The selected candidate must be able to come into the office in Boston to work at least one day per week. 

    • The Science Writer must be able to express ideas clearly and logically and should love to write;
    • Curiosity, a broad range of knowledge, and perseverance are necessary.
    • The Science Writer must first understand the science, and then translate that knowledge accurately into a form that is both interesting and intelligible to the sponsor.
    • A proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently and produce high-quality work on deadline is required.
    • The Science Writer must be comfortable managing multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines.
    • The Science Writer must commit to the highest standards of customer service and professionalism.
    • Experience writing or editing NIH grant applications preferred.


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