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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch's global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world's leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures for the world's deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.
At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.
This IDS Science Writer/ Senior Science Writer/Editor supports the burgeoning Infectious Disease Sciences Program of VIDD after a decade of fantastic growth (recruitment) in the number of professor track PIs, the development of new clinical programs and teams such as the Infection Prevention Program (with UW Medicine/SCCA), the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (with UW Medicine/SCCA), the Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Program (with UW Medicine/SCCA), and significant contributions and growth in all areas of Infectious Disease, Virology and vaccine research and clinical service activities including recent COVID-19 studies and trials. This is a critical role that provides support to all faculty in the Infectious Disease Sciences (IDS) Program, and to the IDS IRB, regulatory, and administrative teams, by managing the planning, writing, editing, and production of a variety of scientific, clinical, and technical documents. This unique role is responsible for producing, editing, and finalizing highly specialized scientific and technical materials for publication, including scientific manuscripts, grant applications, clinical protocols, regulatory documents, presentations, etc. The position also conducts scientific literature reviews, generates scientific illustrations, and assists project teams in navigating the document development process, and ensures that all materials meet established guidelines and standards of quality and content. The incumbent also works closely with other Fred Hutch departments such as Communications and Marketing, Shared Resources, and other Center/Consortium faculty and staff to ensure quality and productivity in producing written materials, web content, and other documents/communications.
The incumbent works in collaboration with faculty under limited supervision and uses discretion within existing guidelines and standards, yet works independently in performing responsibilities. Key responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Write study specific reports and documents. Write, edit, and review study documents including protocols, protocol amendments, informed consent forms, and other documents needed to support clinical studies, in collaboration with regulatory and clinical colleagues.
Develop, review, and edit grant applications and grant-related documents (including human subjects and clinical trials documents), in partnership with faculty and study staff.
Prepare documents for submission to FDA including IND/IDE applications, IND exemption requests, clinical hold responses, and risk determination requests, in collaboration with regulatory team.
Conduct specialized reviews of scientific literature to support grant proposals, scientific manuscripts, clinical protocols, and regulatory filings. Review professional journals and scientific literature to stay abreast of new requirements in technical writing field.
Lead revisions to highly technical documents including grant proposals, manuscripts, book chapters, articles, reports, and presentations.
Analyze, interpret, and distill information, and collaborate with faculty and staff to ensure creation of clear, factual, and appropriately concise documents.
Translate complex scientific information to communicate research activities and results to lay audiences through program and lab websites, brochures, and other documents.
Draft, edit, and conduct study-specific correspondence with funding and regulatory agencies and collaborators, as needed.
Consult with project teams throughout the document development process as needed, including developing project timelines and ensuring that the content and format of all documents adhere to relevant guidelines and standards, are internally consistent, and are complete.
Produce high-quality figures, tables, and graphics for publications, grant applications, presentations, and other program-level and study-specific documents.
Create and maintain reference libraries to support accurate and rigorous citation practices within scientific and technical documents.
Gain concurrence of authors on edited materials; make further revisions as required.
Provide and lead other writing and editing support as needed.
Senior Science Writer/Editor responsibilities:
Lead and manage projects/team.
Due to the significant growth of infectious disease programs, projects, teams and clinical research activities, the incumbent will assume the supervision/management of a writer/editor (TBN) that has been written into and funded in NIH grant(s).
Science Writer Education:
Bachelor degree, preferably in journalism, English or communication, or in science with coursework in journalism or significant work-related writing experience
Doctoral degree (PhD) Preferred in scientific field directly related to the program.
A combination of four or more years experience in grant proposal, scientific writing, or journalism
Ability to define complex scientific concepts and words, and to prioritize and work with multiple projects at one time.
Strong demonstrated technical writing and editing skills.
Extensive familiarity with scientific and medical terminology, as well as scientific research methods.
Experience with grant preparation, writing/editing scientific manuscripts, drafting of medical protocols, and preparation of documents in support of regulatory filings.
Expertise in Word, Endnote, Adobe Acrobat, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Proficient in development of high-quality scientific graphics (Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop or equivalent).
Skilled at conducting scientific literature reviews and distilling results into concise summaries of relevant information.
Ability for quantitative analysis along with a basic understanding of statistics.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Exceptional attention to detail.
Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment.
A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
Our Commitment to Diversity
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at email@example.com or by calling 206-667-4700.
At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.