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Research Scientific Writer - Remote

University of California
San Diego County, CA
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Aug 6, 2022

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This is a part-time limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.

Candidates hired into this position may have the ability to work remotely.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 02/11/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.


The Moores Cancer Center is one of just 49 in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient care and serving the community through outreach and education programs.

The Cancer Center's mission is to translate promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the care of patients with cancer. The Center supports one of the broadest ranges of cancer activities in the nation - from fundamental and translational cancer research in molecular genetics and advanced molecular therapeutics, and from population studies of cancer incidence to community education about cancer prevention and risk reduction.

The Research Scientific Writer will work in a laboratory that focuses on gastrointestinal and sarcoma research. The Research Scientific Writer reports directly to the PI and is responsible for scientific writing for manuscripts and grant applications (to non-profit funding organizations, foundations and government agencies). Writes, edits, and reviews grant proposals and research manuscripts for peer review and publication. The Research Scientific Writer writes, edits, and reviews writing for the public regarding patient advocacy and donor impact reports. Incumbent is responsible for increasing research funding and productivity by stimulating and facilitating communication on new grant applications, and research publications. The writing for manuscripts and grants applications will be coordinated with input from the PI, as well as researchers in the lab.


* Advanced theoretical knowledge in biology or other life sciences field, plus experience in research grants or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

* Demonstrated ability to identify potential sources for grant applications as well as the ability to prepare appropriate proposals.

* Experience in contract and grant proposal formats, preparation, submission and administration, as well as federal, state and private granting agency regulations.

* Demonstrated ability to convey scientific content for written communications intended for the general public. Experience writing about science for both technical reviewers and the public.

* Proven experience preparing and submitting material for scientific publications.

* Strong skill in written communications including excellent English grammar and punctuation, syntax skills; detailed-oriented proofreading skill (using appropriate proofreading marks); strong skill to edit for content, spelling, punctuation, grammar, consistency, and style.

* Sound understanding of the role of research in a major research university and its links with campus, national and international constituencies and industry.

* Experience in developing long-term goals, initiatives, plans and programs and evaluating accomplishments. Ability to develop, analyze, and carry out program and project objectives and work with others in achieving organizational goals. Ability to research, gather and organize information to produce clear and concise reports and presentations using various resources.

* Superior interpersonal communication skills to effectively communicate, collaborate, establish and maintain good working relationships with a diverse population encompassing multi-disciplinary researchers, faculty and staff about complex research issues. Ability to communicate with tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion.

* Proficient skill is software applications, specifically spreadsheet, word processing and database applications.

* Ability to make independent decisions, analyze situations, solve problems, and initiate actions for the effective management of a large and complex department. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to identify problems and develop innovative solutions.

* Experience writing about science for both technical reviewers and the public as well as writing for review committees and funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


* Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

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Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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