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Sr Scientific Writer - OHE
Job Number: 2022-39762
Category: Other
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Chan Medical School
Department: School - Health Equity & Improvement - W400019
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 46
Union Code: Non Union Position -W60- Non Unit Professional
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Feb. 13, 2022


The UMass Chan Office of Health Equity (OHE) is working to increase hiring of faculty from diverse backgrounds and has initiated a new faculty development program (iCAP) for new junior tenure-track faculty members. The position of Senior Scientific Writer will work within iCAP to support junior faculty in developing visual and written communications, such as grant and fellowship proposals, publications, presentations, and online/social media, for scientific and lay audiences, under the general direction of the Vice Provost (VP) for OHE, the iCAP co-leaders, or designee. The applicant must have a proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively and manage multiple projects simultaneously. This position will also be involved in mentoring iCAP scholars in their scientific writing, visualization, and presentation skills.  


  • Edit a variety of scientific materials, such as for peer-reviewed manuscripts, online publishing, and presentations
  • Collaborate with faculty to plan and prepare small and large grant and fellowship proposals, including private, state and federal (NIH, DoD, NSF, etc.) opportunities
  • Communicate openly with faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates and students
  • Promote and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Prepare figures, illustrations, and animations for scientific manuscripts, grants, online content, presentations, and other communication purposes
  • Mentor scientists, lead workshops, and identify and develop training materials to support development in scientific writing, visualization, and presentation skills
  • Perform other job duties as required


  • Master’s degree in a related scientific field, or in communications with experience in communication for scientific audiences
  • 5 years of related scientific communication/editorial experience
  • Experience with grant applications and scientific publications
  • Experience with development of figures and scientific visuals
  • Exceptional organization, reporting, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Sharp editing skills that are detail oriented, with accuracy in writing, spelling, grammar, and composition
  • Exceptional writing skills that include being clear, style-appropriate, and other skills and conventions of print and digital media
  • Exceptional teaching and mentoring skills
  • Experience using computer-based tools (Microsoft Office, Adobe applications, webpage design tools, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications: 

Ph.D. in a scientific or health care area is preferred.

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