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POST DATE 9/16/2017
END DATE 2/9/2018

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA

Boston, MA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree



Since its inception, Dana-Farber has placed a unique emphasis on all forms of research relevant to the eradication of cancer while, at the same time, providing both cutting-edge and highly compassionate comprehensive patient care.

The Department of Medical Oncology seeks a Scientific Writer and Editor to assist various members of the Medical Oncology department in writing and editing grant applications, manuscripts or other written material on an as-needed basis. The writer/editor 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 with phone conversations, and use other methods of communication to establish a final product.

The Science Writer/Editor will 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.


In collaboration with the Content and Creative Services team within the Communications Department, the Science Writer/Editor will work to advance the department s mission via updates and messaging from the Department of Medical Oncology to internal and external audiences through newsletters, helping craft the annual report, story reporting, and other writing as needed. These may include but are not limited to:

* 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.

* Plan and write compelling reports and letters that convey the impact of the scientific work in Medical Oncology and all our divisions, disease centers and areas of research.

* 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.

* Assist the entire department with reaching its goals and conveying them to both internal and external audiences.

* Edit and produce the quarterly eNews@Medical Oncology, the Medical Oncology chapter for the BWH Department of Medicine s annual report, and other publications as needed under supervision of the Department Chair and VP for Medical Oncology and in collaboration with the Content and Creative Services. This will include creating a proposed outline for each e-news issue; writing and editing stories as needed laying issue out; and proofreading and fact checking as needed.

* Assist with the Medical Oncology intranet page updates and related scheduled communications (all-faculty emails, etc.).

* Serve as a liaison between Communications Department and Medical Oncology administration as needed.

* Assist with grant writing and grant progress reports as needed.

* Assume other duties as necessary.


All candidates must include a cover letter with their application.

A Bachelor's degree in a related wet-lab or dry lab science is required, but a Master s or PhD is preferred. A minor in Communications or English would strengthen one s candidacy. Candidates should have 3 - 5 years of communications experience, preferably in a science related field. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint, is required.

All candidates must embody Dana-Farber s Core Values of 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

* The Science Writer/Editor must be able to express ideas clearly and logically

* 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 a defined timeline is required

* The Science Writer/Editor must be comfortable managing multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines with a calm professionalism

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

* The Science Writer/Editor must commit to the highest standards of customer service and professionalism

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

* The Science Writer/Editor must commit to the highest standards of customer service and professionalism

* General knowledge of up-to-date cancer research both internal and external to DFCI

* General understanding of basic science methods and technology, clinical research, translational medicine, and current cancer care treatments and therapies

* Experience writing or editing NIH grant applications preferred

* Strong project management skills and attention to detail

* Facility with software systems and Internet-based project management programs

* Proficiency in e-Emma and/or other e-newsletter software and website functionality preferred, though not required

* Ability to work closely and effectively with all levels of staff especially faculty with diverse research portfolios

* High ethical standards and a sense of collegiality

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.