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Science Writer and Editor, CoVPN

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

January 5, 2022
Science Writer and Editor, CoVPN

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The CoVPN Leadership Operations Center in the division of Vaccine and Infectious Diseases is seeking a Scientific Writer/Editor to provide manuscript writing support for the publication of HVTN studies and related infectious disease studies including Coronavirus Prevention Network (CoVPN). Much of this will be in the area of cross protocol analyses where a structure for defining the concept and initiating analyses and manuscript writing has been developed.


Assist in managing the review and prioritization process for concept proposals and data sharing proposals in the cross and intra-protocol analyses program.
Work closely with faculty to assist in defining the writing teams and assist in publication activities.
Works in collaboration with faculty to draft and/or edit scientific manuscripts, research proposals, and grant application components. Works independently in performing responsibilities.
Draft/edit scientific manuscripts based on existing data analysis reports or outlines including writing of materials and methods sections and preparing tables and graphs in coordination with the other scientific staff conducting the studies.
Contribute writing of introduction and discussion sections of scientific manuscripts.
Prepare the manuscripts according to the style guides of the submitting journal.
Submit and follow the manuscript from drafting through to publication.
Coordinate and edit revisions to book chapters, manuscripts, articles, scientific reports, grant progress reports, grant applications, presentations, and teaching materials of a highly technical nature.
Coordinate documentation preparation with publication deadlines, grant deadlines, collaboration efforts and other projects.
Write research progress reports, which includes working with scientists to gather updated information about research progress and translating that information into easily understandable language.
Recommend edits on written materials to improve readability, coherence, accuracy, grammar, and conformity to internal and publishing standards of style.
Copyedit and proofread scientific manuscripts and coordinate journal submission.
Create and update content for faculty and lab webpages, working with program faculty and staff, VIDD leadership, and Communications & Marketing staff, as appropriate.
Edit and adapt existing written materials as needed for use in proposals, progress reports, letters, and other documents.
Review professional journals and books to stay abreast of new requirements in technical writing field.
Provide other technical support as may be requested.


Master’s degree
3-5 years formal scientific writing experience preferred or an advanced degree in a biomedical-related field with a demonstrable ability to write about science for a variety of audiences
Excellent grammar and writing mechanics skills; clear and concise writing style suitable for scientific publishing; and demonstrated ability to translate complex scientific information and concepts into graphs, figures, and presentations
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work under the pressure of deadlines and maintain an extremely high level of attention to detail
Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively on concurrent projects
Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information
Ensure compliance with Fred Hutch writing style guidelines
Self-motivation and flexibility required
Demonstrated ability to work successfully as part of a diverse team with a commitment to equity and inclusion