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Senior Scientific Grant Writer


New York Genome Center

Job Location

101 Ave of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
United States

Job Description

The Senior Scientific Grant Writer reports to the Scientific Director, Neuropsychiatric Disease Genomics and supports NYGC faculty and scientists in preparing grant applications and other scientific communication materials on a wide range of genomic research topics with a particular focus on Neuropsychiatry and Neurodgeneration. This role is deeply immersed in the science of NYGC and supports the institution in building and expanding a successful, independently funded research base. This role collaborates with diverse teams of investigators, senior leadership, NYGC academic affiliates and administrative staff, and relates scientific and strategic goals to individual grant opportunities and other research communications vehicles. Typical grants include individual investigator, multi-PI and research center grants.


Key Responsibilities

  • Takes a lead role in preparation and project management of institutional or multi-investigator proposals in support of NYGC faculty and scientific staff.
    • Provides draft preparation, review and revision of grants and scientific writing;
    • Provides advice on grantsmanship, editorial support and standardized language for administrative sections;
    • Manages the scientific writing process, including proposal management and coordination;
    • Establishes timelines and deliverables and ensures relevant team members meet deadlines.
  • Interacts with multiple collaborators and institutions with the primary goal of acquiring funding for NYGC consortia research efforts;
  • Assists the Scientific Director by searching for relevant funding applications;
  • Assists Principal Investigators by drafting progress reports;
  • Supports NYGC team members by editing individual proposals, manuscripts and posters;
  • Coordinates with and supports Sponsored Research staff to ensure timely, accurate application submission.
  • Edits manuscripts, fellowship applications, clinical research protocols and other research communications materials written by faculty and postdoctoral fellows.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Required Experience


  • PhD in genetics, genomics, or related discipline required;
  • 5+ year’s grant writing experience required, preparing and editing competitive grant applications, publications, administrative materials, and other research communications;
  • Exceptional communication skills required;
  • Ability to grasp complicated technical subjects, synthesize diverse lines of evidence and apply these abilities to technical writing required;
  • Experience of standard grant development concepts, practices, and procedures in a research environment preferred;
  • Extensive knowledge in the scientific granting process and successful writing on grant proposals for scientific research required, including submissions for federal (e.g. NIH and NSF) organizations, private foundations, and donors;
  • Experience handling the scientific writing and project management process for complex multi-investigator and institutional grant applications strongly preferred;
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse teams of investigators, senior leadership and administrative personnel required; and,
  • Strong project management skills and experience required, including the ability to manage deadlines.



  • Technical and Professional Skills: Consistently demonstrates skills and knowledge relevant for current role; strives to expand the depth and breadth of technical and professional skills; works with a high level of integrity; exhibits focus and discipline; appropriately prioritizes, manages expectations and delivers on commitments.
  • Collaborative & Communicative: Models collaboration and teamwork; brings out the best in others; effectively works with all levels, internally and externally; respects and embraces diversity of perspective; communicates clearly and listens carefully; uses good judgment as to what to communicate and when to do so.
  • Adaptable & Innovative: Adaptable and embraces change; develops new insights and pursues improvements and efficiency; fosters exchange of new ideas and willing to challenge the status quo; takes initiative and is solution-oriented; engages in work with passion and curiosity.


About the New York Genome Center

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s), and cancer.


Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with twelve leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region and beyond, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.


Equal Opportunity


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the core mission at the NYGC. We strive to create a workplace environment that is welcoming and fair to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or religion. We believe that when people of various backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives work together in an inclusive and equitable environment we gain new and valuable perspectives that otherwise would have been missed. Valuing and supporting all NYGC employees as individuals while helping them realize their full potential is critical to promoting greater collaboration, innovation, and discovery – fostering a sense of belonging for our greatest strength, our people. We recognize that there is still work to be done that will require sustained commitment from the entire organization.


The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, protected veteran or military status, domestic violence victim status, partnership status, caregiver status, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The New York Genome Center takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 


FLSA Status – Exempt

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship or relocation assistance.

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