Scientific Writer

Requisition ID: 10568

Job Title: Scientific Writer

Shift:Full Time| Days

Department: Wanek Administration - BRI

Location: Duarte, CA

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary and Key Responsibilities:

Under minimal supervision, working with specific Principal Investigators, develop, present, and bring to final submission large, multidisciplinary, and multi-collaborative grant proposals involving both federal, state, and private funding agencies and organizations. Coordinate proposal team formation including principal investigators (PIs) and collaborating investigators and staff with required organizational meetings and working groups necessary to meet timelines. This will require support of proposal and budget development and writing, editing of proposal narratives and budgetary justifications; synthesis and submission of proposal materials where relevant. This position will serve as liaison with the Office of Sponsored Research during pre- and post-award periods. Thus, it will be responsible for high quality written scientific documents for funding applications and publication, including writing, editing, and proofreading grant proposals, scientific manuscripts for peer review, white papers, protocols, and other scientific documents; searches for new funding opportunities; assists with updating reference materials.

Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:

  • Master's degree. Preferred Education: Doctorate in Biology, biochemistry, or other life science. Previous work as a Principal Investigator
  • One or more years of scientific writing experience, preferably in a healthcare/research/academic environment.
  • Experience writing grants, including NIH R01 proposals, and/or experience with IND applications and clinical protocols preferred

Aptitude (Req./Pref.): Strong written and verbal English. Work collaboratively. Meet deadlines. Attention to details. Perform multiple tasks simultaneously. Prioritize. Requires judgment that could affect image of City of Hope

Software: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Adobe Acrobat, PhotoShop. Data analysis/graphing software (preferred). Adobe Illustrator (preferred). Da tabase software (preferred). Understanding of HTML an asset

Working / Environmental Conditions: Position is subject to irregular hours, changing priorities and unpredictable situations; candidate must be able to handle stressful conditions whilst maintaining a high quality of workmanship.

Other Skills Required: Excellent organizational skills. Excellent interpersonal skills. Competence with on-line searches. Communication. Excellent written and verbal English

Essential Functions:

75% Develop and submit large, multidisciplinary, and multi-collaborative grant proposals to a wide range of funding agencies and organizations, including both public and private external entities. Assist with assembling scientific documents as necessary (e.g., large institutional grants, annual/occasional reports, progress reports for grants admin., IND applications, etc.).

15% Search the internet and other sources for foundation and government grant opportunities. Translate scientific abstracts into lay terms

10% Performs other related duties as assigned or requested such as presentation of draft ideas and plan to investigators, coordination of meetings required to create collaborative interactions both within and outside City of Hope, and reporting of progress to Principal Investigators.

Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

The following shared, organization-wide competencies describe the desired behaviors that will facilitate success at City of Hope:

  • Communication - Expresses ideas clearly and constructively (written and spoken, upward and downward, one-on-one and with groups).
  • Customer Service - Seeks to understand customer needs and works to exceed customer expectations (internal and external).
  • Initiative - Looks for opportunities to improve performance; manages time, work, and relationships effectively and efficiently.
  • Professionalism - Treats others with respect; abides by the institutional values; displays a positive and cooperative attitude; adheres to the workplace Code of Conduct and compliance policies.
  • Stewardship - Identifies efficiencies to reduce redundancy and/or elimination of tasks resulting in savings of cost, resources, and or/time.
  • Teamwork - Works proactively and collaboratively with others to streamline work and achieve mutual goals.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


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