Job Opportunity: Staff Assistant/Scientific Editor/Writer – University at Buffalo Office of Research Advancement (Application Deadline: 11/01/15)

University at Buffalo LogoEmployer: University at Buffalo
Job Number: 1158650 (Ref.#. 1500677)
Date Posted: 10/05/2015
Application Deadline: 11/1/2015

Job Description
In House Title & Department:
1500677 – Staff Assistant/Scientific Editor/Writer – Office of Research Advancement

Applications for this position will only be accepted online. To apply, please visit:

Position Summary:
The Office of Research Advancement seeks an experienced scientific writer/editor. The Scientific editor is a professional possessing specialized skills and experience in critical analysis of biomedical and life-sciences research, written scientific and medical communication, educational design and content development.

The successful candidate will work closely with principal investigators and multi-disciplinary research teams to edit research proposals, abstracts, scholarly articles, peer-reviewed journal manuscripts, and other materials as needed. The ability to perform medical and scientific literature reviews is preferred. The Scientific Editor will also conduct seminars and workshops on scientific writing and grantsmanship.

Duties and Responsibilities:
– Review and edit scientific content for research grant proposals and related documents (bio sketches, training plans, resource pages, etc.), abstracts, manuscripts and publications to ensure consistent writing style and presentation of clinical data. Ensure that narrative content is clear, responsive and compliant with sponsor guidelines.
– Participate in and contribute to proposal team meetings and cross-disciplinary working groups, as needed, to facilitate efficient development and submission of proposals and publications.
– Develop and produce multimedia presentations and seminars for university faculty and researchers related to grantsmanship and scientific writing.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to understand and critique complex scientific information, theories and practices, and present clinical data objectively in a clear, concise written format. Must be competent in searching and synthesizing scientific literature relevant to research projects. Ability to understand large, complex datasets; ability to interpret statistical analyses and grasp strengths and limitations of proposed study design.

S/he will demonstrate customer centric skills and the capability to collaborate effectively with clinicians, researchers, and non-technical personnel. S/he will be highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to work independently as well as within cross-disciplinary teams. Ability to manage multiple projects and work effectively in a deadline driven environment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years’ experience as a scientific writer/editor or equivalent working knowledge of clinical research, study design required. Must be skilled at understanding RFP’s, RFA’s, PA’s and other funding opportunity announcements. Understanding of grant budgets required. Must have thorough knowledge of MS Office suite.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in a life sciences-related field preferred. Medical Writer Certified (MWC) or BELS credentials a plus, but not required. Experience with NIH proposals, scientific/medical writing in a university setting preferred. Medical Writer Certified (MWC) or BELS credentials a plus, but not required.

Salary Range: $49,000-$54,000

FTE: 1.00

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and in keeping with our commitment, encourages women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans to apply.

Carol O’Connell


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