Senior Scientific Writer

Jackson Laboratory
Oct 14, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description

**POSITION TITLE:**Senior Scientific Writer


With minimal supervision, this individual is responsible for working with The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) faculty to prepare grant applications and other scientific communication materials on a wide range of research topics. The Senior Scientific Writer must have exceptional writing and editorial skills and be capable of handling the scientific writing and project management process for complex multi-investigator and institutional grant applications. The individual must be capable of collaborating with diverse teams of investigators, senior leadership and administrative personnel, exhibit a breadth and depth of understanding of the research conducted at JAX, and have the ability to relate scientific and strategic goals to individual grant opportunities and other research communications vehicles.


* Consults with faculty at both JAX campuses (Farmington, CT, and Bar Harbor, ME) and with collaborating institutions on individual grant and award preparation, providing advice on scientific writing and grantsmanship, as well as editorial support and standardized language for administrative portions of basic, translational and clinical grant applications. [30% effort]
* Working closely with the grant principal investigator (PI), takes a lead role in preparation and project management of institutional or multi-investigator proposals in support of JAX investigators. [40% effort]
* Support includes: advice on grantsmanship, editorial support and standardized language for administrative sections, as well as managing the project management and scientific writing process, including team-building and coordination; establishing the grant workplan, timeline and deliverables; and draft preparation, review and revision.
* Collaborates with SPD staff on grants involving both JAX campuses, and work with grants coordinators within the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to ensure timely, accurate grant submission. Typical grants include individual investigator, multi-PI and research center grants.
* Identifies new sources of funding support for faculty, working with the Scientific Program Development staff in Bar Harbor to expand the database of potential funders to represent the research interests of JAX. Consults with JAX-GM faculty on appropriate funding sources. [10% effort]
* Edits technical manuscripts, fellowship applications, clinical research protocols and other research communications materials written by faculty and postdoctoral fellows. [10% effort]
* Communicates and collaborates with SPD staff on other projects (e.g., podcasts, research highlights, blogs) as needed so that the department has a strong, integrated working knowledge of all JAX research and can provide support to all campuses, as needed. [10% effort]


* Exceptional written communication skills to prepare and edit competitive grant proposals, publications, administrative materials, other research communications and clinical protocols.
* Exceptional interpersonal skills to build teams and trust among known and unfamiliar professionals in a high-pressure environment. Must possess the ability to interact positively and professionally with very senior faculty and leadership.
* Excellent organizational skills to manage the project management and writing process (draft preparation, review and revision) of complex grant proposals and deliver fundable proposals in a timely manner to meet both interim and final deadlines.
* Ability to grasp complicated technical subjects, synthesize diverse lines of evidence and apply these abilities to technical writing.


* Ph.D. in physical or natural sciences with extensive and sustained grant writing experience (5+ years).
* M.S. in physical or natural sciences or a professional degree may also qualify, depending on background, training and experience.


As JAX-GM is focused on translational research in human disease, and is pursuing more collaborations that involve clinical research, experience in Institutional Review Board processes and the ability to understand, write and manage clinical research protocols would be a significant advantage. Further, the demonstrated, proven ability to project manage large, complex, multi-institution grants would also be a significant advantage to success in this position.

**APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:** Complete the online application and upload the following **required** items in a single pdf file: 1) cover letter; 2) cv; 3) relevant writing samples (manuscript, article, grant section, abstract, etc.)

**_EEO:_**_The Jackson Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status._

Job Location
Farmington, Connecticut, United States
Position Type
Full-Time/Regular 61172e1617d94cd9b765cb21bf53f8af