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Grant Writer / Staff Scientist

New York Genome Center
Job Location
101 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
United States
Job Description

Position Description

The Grant Writer/Staff Scientist will prepare grant applications and other scientific communication materials on a wide range of genomic research topics. This role is deeply immersed in the science of NYGC and supports our research team in building and expanding a successful, independently-funded research base. They collaborate with diverse teams of students, postdoctoral fellows and principal investigators, 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. This position will be remote through June 2021.

Key Responsibilities

  • Takes a lead role in preparation and project management of single project and multi-investigator proposals.
    • Provides advice on grantsmanship, editorial support and standardized language for administrative sections;
    • Manages the scientific writing process, including proposal management, team-building and coordination; establishing timelines and deliverables; and,
    • Provides draft preparation, review and revision of grants and scientific writing. 
  • Coordinates with and supports Sponsored Research staff to ensure timely, accurate application submission. 
  • Edits manuscripts, fellowship applications, research progress reports, clinical research protocols and other research communications materials written by faculty and postdoctoral fellows.  
  • Interacts with lab members to independently develop new grant proposals.
  • Organizes small group meetings with lab members to review project progress, plan experiments, and integrate team data.
  • Assists in the design and planning of functional genomics and genetic perturbation experiments.
  • Assists in analysis and figure preparation of diverse types of data, including high-throughput sequencing, microscopy images, gel images, and schematic diagrams.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • PhD in genetics, genomics, cancer biology or related discipline required;
  • 5+ year’s research experience including contributing to grant writing required, NIH experience strongly desirable
  • Exceptional written communication skills required to prepare and edit competitive grant applications, publications, administrative materials, and other research communications;  
  • Experience of standard grant development concepts, practices, and procedures in a research environment preferred;
  • Ability to grasp complicated technical subjects, synthesize diverse lines of evidence and apply these abilities to technical writing required;
  • Experience handling the scientific writing and project management process for multi-investigator and institutional grant applications strongly preferred;
  • Applied statistics background to perform power calculations and develop quantitative metrics for genomic assays;
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse teams of investigators and administrative personnel required; and,
  • Strong project management skills and experience required.



  • 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.

FLSA Status – Exempt 

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

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About Our Organization

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

NYGC is committed to creating a workplace where our employees reflect the rich diversity of the New York community— in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs — and we work to support this diversity through our employment practices. We want our employees to thrive both personally and professionally.  

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.

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