• Science Writer/Editor - GU Oncology Program (part-time)

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 3 months ago(10/11/2018 4:43 PM)
    Job ID
    part time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


    The Division of Genitourinary (GU) Medical Oncology seeks a Scientific Writer and Editor to assist various members of the Medical Oncology department in writing and editing grant applications, manuscripts, meetings abstracts or other written material on an as-needed basis.  The writer/editor will work with the GU DFCI faculty, research staff or grant managers on a specific timeline and deadline schedule 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/Editor would be a key link between dedicated GU 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 will interpret the challenges in cancer care and research to convey scientific insights that are both deep and broad. 


    This is a part-time, 20 hour per week position. Candidates must be available to work in the office in Boston, MA. Please include a cover letter with your application. 



    • Assistance with grant writing and grant progress reports.
    • Under supervision of the GU Disease Center Leader and in collaboration with the Communications Department, this position can be writing and editing stories as needed laying latest research in GU Oncology; and proofreading and fact checking as needed.
    • Assist when needed with GU Medical Oncology intranet page updates and related scheduled communications (all-faculty emails, etc.).
    • Serve as a liaison between Communications Department and Medical Oncology administration as needed.
    • The position reports to the GU medical oncology Disease Center Leader
    • Assume other duties as necessary.



    A Bachelor’s degree in a related wet-lab or dry lab science is required; Master’s degree preferred. A minor in Communications or English would strengthen one’s candidacy along with communications experience.



    • The Science Writer/Editor must be able to express ideas clearly and logically and should love to write
    • Curiosity, a broad range of knowledge, and perseverance also are necessary
    • The Science Writer must understand the science, and then translate that knowledge accurately into a form that is both interesting and intelligible
    • A proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently, and produce high-quality work on a defined timeline is required
    • The Science Writer/Editor must be comfortable managing multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines with a calm professionalism
    • Strong customer-service orientation to understand and assist a wide range of internal stakeholders is required
    • The Science Writer/Editor must commit to the highest standards of customer service and professionalism
    • General knowledge of up-to-date cancer research – both internal and external to DFCI
    • Basic understanding of basic science methods and technology, clinical research, translational medicine, and current cancer care treatments and therapies
    • Experience writing or editing NIH, NCI, DOD and Foundation grant applications
    • Strong project management skills and attention to detail
    • Facility with software systems and Internet-based project management programs
    • Proficiency in e-Emma and/or other e-newsletter software and website functionality preferred, though not required
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint
    • Ability to work closely and effectively with all levels of staff especially faculty with diverse research portfolios and our grant managers
    • High ethical standards and a sense of collegiality


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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