Science Writer-Kelly Lab

Scripps Research

ABOUT US: Scripps Research is ranked the most influential institution in the world for its impact on innovation. We expand basic knowledge in the biosciences and use these fundamental advancements to develop profound innovations that improve wellbeing. Our educational and training programs mold talented and committed students and postdocs into leading edge scientists. Scientists in the institute’s five academic research departments work together with researchers of the Scripps Research Translational Institute and Calibr to merge foundational studies in biology, chemistry and computer science with translational science to produce pioneering drugs and advances in digital and precision medicine. Together, we cultivate new scientific leaders and expand the frontiers of knowledge to deliver medical breakthroughs to better human health around the globe. If you have a passion for making a difference, this could be your opportunity to join our transformative team.
POSITION TITLE: Science Writer-Kelly Lab
The Science Writer II will work with Scripps Research faculty to help prepare grant applications and scientific materials on a wide range of scientific topics. Using excellent writing and editorial skills, they are responsible for creating proposals that target both governmental and non-governmental agencies, translating scientific concepts and ideas into language appropriate for each funding opportunity. Will help manage the scientific writing process for individual, multi-investigator, and institutional grant applications and publications. Ability to collaborate with diverse teams of investigators and administrative personnel and exhibit a breadth and depth of understanding of the research conducted at Scripps Research. They remain informed about current information technologies, trends, and Research Development activities taking place at other research institutions, universities, and government entities. 
Research, write, edit, and review grant proposals as determined by faculty needs. Work closely with faculty and researchers to translate scientific concepts and ideas into language appropriate for the targeted funding opportunity. Work with faculty and the Research Development team to iterate drafts and finalize proposal narratives.
Write, edit, and review critical supporting documents (e.g., equipment, facilities, resource sharing, letters of support, administrative components) and other materials related to grants during the pre-award process.
Analyze reviews of previously submitted proposals and provide feedback to improve the chance of funding upon re-submission. 
Develop and maintain detailed knowledge of faculty research interests and strengths.
Assist faculty in writing and/or editing technical manuscripts to facilitate timely publication of research findings.
Assist faculty in writing and/or editing technical and scientific materials for external collaborators and associates.
Collect and summarizes program/project outcomes and submits timely reports to the Institute management.
Interact with other institutes and external contacts such as vendors and contractors who provide publications services to faculty.
Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject or equivalent job experience preferred.
Writer must have a basic understanding of modern biology and chemistry and advanced knowledge (e.g., a graduate degree) in one or more of the following subject areas: biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology, biophysics, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, organic chemistry, chemical kinetics, pharmacology, animal physiology, medicine, public health. 
3+ years of professional academic research experience and/or demonstrated experience in successful (funded) grant development, writing individual and team proposals, and facilitating the submission of grant proposals to varied funding agencies.
Strong customer-service orientation to understand and assist a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to include interpretation and reporting of study data and meeting the regulatory compliance for all studies, as applicable. Proficiency in scientific report writing for one or more functional area of laboratory sciences.
Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
“Can do” attitude and ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with a commitment to a team-based writing culture that revolves around extensive collaboration, constructive criticism, and continuous improvement.
A thorough appreciation of the scientific process and the ability to describe experimental procedures and results in writing.
Experience with program project type applications that incorporate multiple projects, PIs, and scientific cores.
Ability to perform statistical analysis, analyze data, and make accurate projections using business mathematics and basic statistics.
Knowledge of research funding sources, including NIH, voluntary health agencies, and other funding sources.
Extensive knowledge of contract and grant policies and issues and external funding programs and requirements, including knowledge of national and international trends in scientific research.
In-depth knowledge of institutional functional areas that administer and/or are impacted by sponsored projects, such as grants administration and research accounting.
Excellent organizational and time management skills for managing the writing (research, draft preparation, review, and revision) of complex grant proposals and deliver fundable proposals in a timely manner to meet both stakeholder interim and final deadlines with limited oversight.
Ability and specialized skills to take initiative and independently plan, organize, coordinate, and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: May include: Stationary position for an extended period of time, lifting, traverse campus/facility as needed, operate machinery such as computer, phone, copy machine; exposure to cold or hot temperatures.
 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Advanced degree in chemistry or related (PhD, MD, or equivalent) is preferred. 
COMPENSATION: Salary is commensurate with experience.
The above statements describe the level of work performed and expected in general terms.  The statements are not intended to list all the responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of employees so classified, and the content herein is subject to change due to the business needs of TSRI, with or without notice.   Furthermore, nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of TSRI staff. 
EEO Statement:
The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.
COVID-19 update:
The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until restrictions change, interviews will be conducted virtually. New hires will work remotely, unless specifically authorized for campus access.

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