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Writer, Scientific
Job Number: 2023-44918
Category: Research
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Chan Medical School
Department: School - Microbio & Physio System MaPS - W402400
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 44
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Feb. 27, 2024


Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Scientific Writer is responsible for collaborating with all levels of faculty and researchers to develop, edit, and complete scientific communications (manuscripts, grants, web-sites, and presentations).

Founded more than 30 years ago, the Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems at UMass Chan has evolved into a unique and integrated hub of investigators who address both fundamental questions in microbiology and how pathogens interact with multiple levels of biological organization. Investigators in the Department utilize multidisciplinary approaches that integrate genomic, proteomic, high-resolution imaging, molecular and computational methodologies to characterize networks of host-microbe, both pathogenic and commensal, interactions at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. With the goal to address critical biological questions relevant to a broad range of diseases and encompassing multiple levels of biological organization. 

The Scientific Writer and Communication Specialist will assist in completing scientific documents, including grant-related documents needed for government, foundation, and donor-sponsored research, such as Research Strategies, Progress Reports and Letters of Support. He/she/they may assist in drafting and editing manuscripts, clinical protocols, and other clinical and scientific documents. The Scientific Writer will also contribute to department wide communications and will also be primarily responsible for responsible for the maintenance and strategic development of the departments social media presence and updating/maintaining department website content.



  • Responsible for writing, drafting and submitting a variety of scientific materials for peer reviewed journals
  • Collaborates with researchers in collecting and organizing data
  • Prepares figures and illustrations for publications
  • Serves as liaison between authors and publishers
  • Develops power point and web-based presentation of data for lay audiences
  • Edits and proofreads articles, book chapters, grants, abstracts, posters, oral and visual presentations for style and content
  • Conducts review of medical literature and summarizes findings
  • Designs and produces additional written scientific documents, including manuals of operating procedures, internal procedures, data dictionaries, etc
  • Responsible for department webpage, including layout, content and format
  • Perform other job duties as required.


  • Bachelors degree in a scientific or health care field or equivalent experience
  • 5 years of related experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of requirements for writing and reporting clinical trials and other clinical research formats
  • Experience with grant application formats
  • Experience in using computer-based tools (Microsoft Office, Adobe applications, webpage design tools etc)
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organization, analytical, and interpersonal skills required.                                                                                              


Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator or designee



Functional supervision of graduate students, residents, and fellows in preparation of abstracts, posters, and presentations for scientific meetings and other projects


Usual office environment

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience as a Medical Writer or Scientific Writer

Strong project management skills

Excellent proofreading skills and attention to detail

Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and process associated paperwork accurately

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