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Job Req ID:  2836

Sr. Science Writer


Role/Level/Range: ATO/04/PD

Starting Salary Range:   $57,544-$79,047

Employee group: Full Time

Schedule: M-F, 37.5 hrs/wk.

Employee subgroup: Exempt

Department name: School of Medicine

Personnel area: Psychiatry  



General summary/purpose:


The primary responsibility of the Sr. Science Writer is to work closely with department leaders to assist faculty in the coordination, editing, and formatting of scientific grant applications; to develop and produce materials for scientific publications and meetings; and to translate scientific concepts and proposals for a general audience.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities:


  • Providing research support for the content development as well as stylistic and substantive editing of documents and presentation materials.
  • Conducting reference- and fact-checking as well as preparation of evidence tables to ensure that documents and presentations are well-organized, well-written, and adhere to appropriate conventions of standard written English and standard medical writing.
  • Conduct literature searches as needed, assisting authors with the identification and selection of scientific and medical literature relevant to documents in preparation.
  • Development, production, and publication of posters and presentations for scientific meetings, journal articles, and book chapters while adhering to International Congress of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines.
  • Coordinate and manage committee conference calls and correspondence to facilitate timely, efficient, and accurate production of materials.
  • Shepherd drafts through all stages of review and approval, which will include peer review, consumer review, interagency review, PI approval, and authorship approval.
  • Assemble and write scientific project proposals and other materials in coordination with department fundraising staff. 
  • 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.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records to track progress of multiple projects and deliverables. Provide regular updates for faculty members and project leadership at JHU.
  • Plan and deliver presentations to faculty, staff and leadership as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum qualifications:


  • Requires minimum of a master’s degree related in technical/scientific field, (e.g public health, biological sciences, medical communications).
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in medical and scientific literature search information retrieval required, including literature searches in PubMed and Cochrane Reviews.
  • 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.
  • Ability to organize time and multiple projects efficiently and effectively to meet the demands of competing priorities and deadlines. Ability to conceptualize graphics and other visual aids that support and enhance text.
  • Proficiency with standard Office software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, and current web browsers (Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox)
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills and to collegially with a small, close-knit teams.
  • Ability to work productively with great autonomy and minimal supervision, and equally able to take direction, elicit input from others, and respond to feedback.
  • Ability to make effective presentations to faculty members and other authors in face-to-face meetings and on telephone conference calls.
  • Writing samples required
School of Medicine - East Baltimore Campus

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