Science and Communications Writer


Position Information

University Code 34221 University Title Scientific Writer 1 University Job Family Research & Innovation ORP Eligible No For more information on ORP, visit: Retirement Plans
Recruitment Pool All Applicants Recruitment Type Multi Title Scope of Search Regional Working Title Science and Communications Writer Position Number 591000 Position Type Staff Job Status Full-Time FLSA Indicator Exempt Employee Group University Employee Department Internal Medicine Organizational Overview

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Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities

The Science and Communications Writer position reports to the Director of the Pauley Heart Center ( PHC ). The position will directly contribute to the Pauley Heart Center’s ability to achieve its strategic research objectives by:
• Providing grant/proposal editing and writing services, including ancillary materials (letters of support, biosketches, etc.), to support faculty in developing high-quality competitive grant applications for research and training activities;
• Supporting faculty with manuscript editing services;
• Providing support to our Marketing and Communications Specialist to promote the initiatives of the PHC by providing content for internal and external audiences including digital (email and social media) and printed materials;
• Helping to develop educational training, seminars, and workshops on grant and manuscript preparation;
• Contributing directly to the success of PHC Programs (e.g. Team Science, Mentored Career Development, Pilots) as required;
• Supporting faculty with preparation and finalization of audiovisual material.
•The Science and Communications Writer will participate in preparation of applications in response to funding opportunities, particularly those that are institutionally cross-cutting in nature, to pursue major multi- and interdisciplinary research aligned with the Medical Center strategic plan.
• This individual will work closely with the Director of the PHC and other stakeholders to (a) increase the number of, and improve the competitiveness of, grant applications, and (b) provide training and other educational tools related to grant and manuscript development, to further support faculty in pursuing funding for research.
•The Individual will also be involved in the preparation and submission of manuscripts, book chapters, and other documents pertinent to the Pauley Heart Center.
Additionally, this position will support the marketing and communications section of the Pauley Heart center by providing content as directed by the PHC

Minimum Hiring Standards

•The successful candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or PhD Degree, and experience editing and/or writing grant proposals or other science based or marketing content
•Thorough knowledge of grant application criteria and various funding mechanisms and sources
•Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) to work effectively with faculty and other research staff.
•Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks with accuracy and attention to detail, while meeting firm deadlines.
•Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and Adobe software
• Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a diverse work environment.

Preferred Hiring Standards

•Those graduating with Degrees involving experience working in a busy academic medical center, with writing experience.
• Related Professional Certifications (e.g. Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, Medical Writer Certified, Grant Professional Certified).
Thorough knowledge of grant application criteria and various funding mechanisms and sources preferred.
• Experience with graphical design software considered advantageous.
Experience with graphical design software considered advantageous.
•Familiarity with Biomedical Sciences grant applications.

Required Licenses/ Certifications Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with experience Application Process/Additional Information Campus MCV Campus Hours/Week 40 hours weekly Normal Work Days/Hours 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Job Open Date 11/30/2020 Posting will close on or before Open Until Filled Yes Job Category Research Is this a restricted position? No Is this position eligible to participate in alternative work arrangements? Yes Sensitive Position No Resource Critical Yes Quick Link https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/101968 Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please describe your grant writing experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * What do you identify as the most critical elements of a grant application?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe your experience with manuscript development and editing.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * What has been your experience with marketing and communications?

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume


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