Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Science Writer/Editor (Per Diem) in Boston, Massachusetts

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

The Department of Medical Oncology seeks a Scientific Writer for the McGraw/Patterson Center for Population Sciences. The Center/Division is committed to population-based research as a means to detect cancer early, prevent cancer at the community-based level, identify and evaluate cancer risk in high-risk populations, and measure the quality and outcomes of cancer therapy. The Scientific Writer works directly with the Division Administrator and the Chief of Population Sciences.

The Scientific Writer will assist various members of the Population Sciences division in writing and editing grant applications, manuscripts or other written material on an as-needed basis. The writer will work with the DFCI faculty, research staff or grant managers on a specific timeline and deadline schedule related to each writing project, which may include reading background information, federal and foundation sponsor guidelines, request for proposal (RFP) language and internal and external policies and procedures for a specific writing assignment. In this capacity the writer may meet face to face with faculty and research staff; follow up phone conversations and other methods of communication to establish a final product.

The Science Writer would be a key link between dedicated oncologists, scientists, and donors/sponsors who comprise the wide Dana-Farber community. The Science Writer should be able to take complex information and communicate it clearly, concisely, and accurately to explain key concepts to sponsors. The Science Writer will interpret the challenges in cancer care and research in order to convey scientific insights that are both deep and broad.

Embody Dana-Farber’s Core Values: Impact; Excellence; Compassion & Respect; and Discovery every day. Add value to the Dana-Farber community by seeking opportunities to collaborate across the Institute. Foster an ethical, positive, results-oriented culture founded on open communication.

  • Thoroughly research and understand all aspects pertaining to a specific portfolio of reports, including outcomes and behavioral research, research programs, and cancer treatment centers at Dana-Farber. This includes reading, analyzing, and interpreting scientific papers, results from clinical trials, and content from technical lectures;

  • Skillfully conduct interviews with investigators, and cancer care professionals to elicit new perspectives, scientific context, specific accomplishments, incremental and major results

  • Experience writing or editing NIH grant applications preferred

  • Plan and write compelling reports and letters that convey the impact of the scientific work in the Division of Population Sciences.

  • Write and edit reports in a timely fashion to meet specified deadlines;

  • Assist writers to formulate detailed concepts, convey research findings, and prepare written interpretations of data and other information for a primarily lay readership;

  • Thoughtfully participate in team meetings and share knowledge related to research findings, scientific writing trends, and learning opportunities.

  • Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching goals;

  • Assume other duties as necessary.

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, science writing, science journalism, or related field required; Advanced degree preferred

  • 3-5 years of experience in science writing required

  • The Science Writer must be able to express ideas clearly and logically and should love to write

  • Curiosity, a broad range of knowledge, and perseverance also are necessary

  • The Science Writer must first understand the science, and then translate that knowledge accurately into a form that is both interesting and intelligible to the sponsor

  • A proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently, and produce high-quality work on deadline is required

  • The Science Writer must be comfortable managing multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines

  • Strong customer-service orientation to understand and assist a wide range of internal stakeholders is required

  • The Science Writer must commit to the highest standards of customer service and professionalism

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

Job ID: 2017-7794

Grade: 22

External Company URL: www.dana-farber.org