Sr Scientific Writer

Job Description



Under the general direction of the Chair, Program Direction or designee, the Senior Scientific Writer is responsible for collaborating with faculty, Departments of Communications and Development to promote internal and external communications to a wide range of constituents and assist in the development of grant proposals, scientific communications and publications.

Founded more than 30 years ago, the Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems at UMass Chan has evolved into a unique and integrated hub of investigators who address both fundamental questions in microbiology and how pathogens interact with multiple levels of biological organization. Investigators in the Department utilize multidisciplinary approaches that integrate genomic, proteomic, high-resolution imaging, molecular and computational methodologies to characterize networks of host-microbe, both pathogenic and commensal, interactions at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. With the goal to address critical biological questions relevant to a broad range of diseases and encompassing multiple levels of biological organization.

The Scientific Writer and Communication Specialist will assist in completing scientific documents, including grant-related documents needed for government, foundation, and donor-sponsored research, such as Research Strategies, Progress Reports and Letters of Support. He/she/they may assist in drafting and editing manuscripts, clinical protocols, and other clinical and scientific documents. The Scientific Writer will also contribute to department wide communications and will also be primarily responsible for responsible for the maintenance and strategic development of the department’s social media presence and updating/maintaining department website content.



-Responsible for developing and submitting a variety of scientific materials for peer reviewed journals, internal and external print and website communications.

-Plan and prepare major departmental grant initiatives

-Work with Offices of Faculty Affairs and Research to facilitate faculty and staff virtual networks, and promote education and career events for department

-Collaborate with Communications and Development to promote internal and external communications for the department/center.

-Maintain social media presences for lay audiences

-Plan and execute Symposiums and other focused events

-Assist in the identification and development of training materials

-Edits and proofreads articles, book chapters, grants, abstracts, posters, oral and visual presentations for style and content

-Prepares figures and illustrations for publications

-Conducts review of medical literature and summarizes findings

-Work with the Chair/Director to identify and maintain a cost effective scientific and public communication plan

-Perform other job duties as required.



-Master’s degree in a scientific, health care or communications field

-5 years of related scientific/ health care communication experience

-Demonstrated knowledge of social media communications

-Experience with grant applications and scientific and publication

-Experience in using computer-based tools (Microsoft Office, Adobe applications, webpage design tools etc)

-Oral and written communication skills.

-Excellent organization, analytical, and interpersonal skills required.

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