Science Innovation Writer and Project Manager

Location US-MA-Boston
Job Posted Date 4 months ago(11/2/2017 9:58 AM)
Job ID
Hidden (25001)
full time


Since its inception, Dana-Farber has placed a unique emphasis on all forms of research relevant to the eradication of cancer while, at the same time, providing both cutting-edge and highly compassionate comprehensive patient care. This distinguished model is absolutely necessary and very expensive. As a result, hundreds of thousands of donors entrust Dana-Farber with philanthropic gifts every year. We also collaborate with numerous pharmaceutical companies, biotechs and investors to accelerate our research to bring it to patients sooner.


The writing aspect of this role will be translating the work being done by our outstanding group of investigators into compelling overviews that cover the scientific work being done in labs throughout the institution. The individual will play a key role in DFCI's business development efforts as a member of the Belfer Office for Dana-Farber Innovations (BODFI). BODFI is responsible for licensing intellectual property, establishing relationships with industry and generating industry-sponsored research funding. 


The candidate will be an important link between our dedicated scientists and the lay audience from donors to investors. As a writer, you will take complex information and communicate it clearly, concisely, and accurately to explain key concepts. You will interpret some of the foremost challenges in cancer care and research to convey scientific insights that are both deep and broad.


The project management aspect of this role will include creating and managing a secure website to post much of the writing you have developed. This could be on your own if you have the skills or in partnership with one of our internal teams. As this is a new role, the project management responsibilities of this highly visible position could evolve to take on other exciting directions, depending on the candidate’s skill set and the needs of the Institute.     


Selected individual will help role model and embody Dana-Farber’s Core Values: Impact; Excellence; Compassion & Respect; and Discovery every day. Add value to the Dana-Farber community by seeking opportunities to collaborate across the Institute. Foster an ethical, positive, results-oriented culture founded on open communication. 


*This position is currently funded for one year.



  • Skillfully conduct interviews with some of Dana-Farber’s most established scientific leaders and cancer care professionals to capture their work in a scientific context.
  • Plan and write concise one page overviews of each scientists’ work in an easy to understand document.
  • Be skilled at editing your own work as needed to get it close to final draft with minimal additional review.
  • Function as a contributing writer for speaking points, proposals, and presentations, as needed.
  • Create and manage an easy to use/build password protected website so that potential funding partners may be able to log in to review content.
  • Be responsible for email and communications around content and website updates
  • Own various projects and work closely with Dana-Farber’s Chief Innovation Officer to ensure information is being represented and consumed by potential funding partners.
  • Your creativity, drive and energy will make this work a success. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about the oncology space who also brings writing and organizational skills to this role.
  • Assume other duties as necessary.





Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, science writing, science journalism, or related field required. Advanced degree in biology, chemistry, science writing, science journalism, or related field preferred. Three or more years of experience in science writing preferred. Experience in project management desired as well.



The Innovation writer and project manager 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 candidate must first understand the science, and then translate that knowledge accurately into a form that is both interesting and intelligible to a lay audience. A proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently, and produce high-quality work on deadline is required. The Innovation writer and project manager is comfortable managing multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines. Strong customer-service orientation to understand and assist a wide range of internal stakeholders is required. This candidate must commit to the highest standards of customer service and professionalism.


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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