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Job Req ID:  10896

Science Writer

Classified Title: Science Writer 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PC 
Starting Salary Range: $49,216-$67,735 (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Part-Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30 am -5:00 pm 
Employee subgroup: Exempt 
Location: Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus 
Department name: 10003520-SOM Neuro BIOS 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


General summary/purpose:


The primary responsibility of the Science Writer is to work closely with the Division of Brain Injury Outcomes (BIOS) leaders to assist faculty and staff in the coordination, editing, and formatting of scientific grant applications; to develop and produce materials for scientific publications, training, and meetings; and to translate scientific concepts and proposals for a general audience. The Science Writer will ensure that strategically aligned communication points are conveyed in medical writing deliverables and that the communication points are consistent across program documentation. S/He will mitigate risk associated with medical writing and disclosure processes by establishing and maintaining Best Practices and SOPs.


Specific duties & responsibilities:


The Science Writer is responsible for the development of scientific content in a variety of formats, accurate interpretation of data, clear communication with clients and authors, efficient planning and organization, establishing effective working interactions with editorial, graphics, and product management teams, and produce quality products efficiently under multiple timelines.


Essential Job Functions:


  1. Edit and assist with manuscript publications and submissions to various scientific journals.
  2. Collaborate with faculty and staff to help create and/or edit content for abstracts, exhibits, annual reports, training modules, marketing templates, and web content.
  3. Maintain an updated library of faculty and staff descriptive biographies, biosketches, and curriculum vitae.
  4. Provide research support for the content development as well as stylistic and substantive editing of documents and presentation materials.
  5. Conduct reference- and fact-checking to ensure that documents and presentations are well-organized, well-written, and adhere to appropriate conventions of standard written English and standard medical writing.
  6. Conduct literature searches as needed, assisting authors with the identification and selection of scientific and medical literature relevant to documents in preparation.
  7. Develop, produce, and publish posters and presentations for scientific meetings, journal articles, and book chapters while adhering to International Congress of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines.
  8. Shepherd drafts through all stages of review and approval, which will include peer review, consumer review, interagency review, PI approval, and authorship approval.
  9. Proofread all materials to ensure that they match approved copy exactly and that the format, organization, alignment, and spacing of copy and graphics are consistent and adhere to established standards for print and electronic publication.
  10. Maintain accurate and timely records to track progress of multiple projects and deliverables. Provide regular updates for faculty and staff and BIOS leadership.
  11. Plan and deliver presentations to faculty, staff and leadership as needed.
  12. Other editorial duties as assigned.


Minimum qualifications (mandatory):


The successful candidate will be expected to operate independently, with guidance provided by BIOS faculty and staff. This position requires a high degree of independent action and adherence to strict timelines. Ability to make independent judgments and to act on decisions on a daily basis. Ability to prioritize own work and work of others as needed. Ability to work with flexibility on several tasks simultaneously and to meet various concurrent deadlines. Very strong organizational skills, analytical and problem solving abilities, and attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects independently and work constructively as part of a team. Ability to work collegially with small, close-knit teams. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.  


This position reports to the BIOS Faculty and leadership.


Bachelor degree required. Requires a minimum of one year of related experience, but at least five years professional experience in writing and/or editing medical or scientific materials for professional audience as well as writing for a general audience is strongly preferred.


Familiarity with development of manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals preferred. In-depth knowledge of medical terminology and concepts is strongly preferred. Working knowledge of clinical research study design, biostatistics, and ICMJE guidelines preferred.


Strong medical editing skills, including structural and substantive editing, fact checking, researching, and referencing, with working knowledge of relevant style manuals (AMA, Chicago Manual). Thorough understanding of grammar rules and comprehension of medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific literature, concepts, and terminology. Attention to detail and accuracy, with demonstrated ability to create high-quality documents that effectively and clearly convey clinical concepts and recommendations to targeted audiences, communicating key messages clearly and concisely.


Strong ability to collaborate and communicate with multidisciplinary contributors through multiple cycles of editing and revision to produce coherent and authoritative final documents. Proficiency with standard Microsoft Office software.


This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and consistent basis by the incumbent. It should not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are similar in nature and level of difficulty.


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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