Senior Scientific Writer

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Job Location
Farmington, CT
Job Description

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, non-profit biomedical research institution, leveraging eight decades of expertise in genetics and genomics to increase understanding of human disease.

We are seeking a Senior Scientific Writer at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM) in Farmington, Connecticut, to assist faculty with the preparation of competitive individual and institutional grant applications on a variety of scientific topics. The Senior Scientific Writer will provide assistance with technical writing, grantsmanship and editorial support and will handle the project management and scientific writing process for complex multi-investigator and institutional grant applications. Candidates must have exceptional written and oral communication skills; extensive experience in grant writing, preparation and project management; highly-developed organization, project management and team-building skills; and the ability to grasp JAX research and technical information at a high level to apply this knowledge to scientific writing. This position will be an integral part of JAX’s Scientific Program Development (SPD) team, which supports grants planning, opportunity identification and proposal preparation to enable Jackson Laboratory faculty and leadership to attract and retain extramural federal and peer-reviewed research funding.

Specific Responsibilities Include:
• Consult with faculty at JAX-GM and collaborating institutions on grant and award preparation, providing advice on scientific writing and grantsmanship, as well as editorial support and standardized language for administrative portions of basic, translational and clinical grant applications.
• Working closely with the principal investigator (PI), take a lead role in project management and preparation of institutional or multi-investigator proposals. Support includes: advice on grantsmanship, editorial support and standardized language for administrative sections, as well as managing the project management and scientific writing process, including team-building and coordination; establishing workplan, timeline and deliverables; and draft preparation, review and revision.
• Collaborate with SPD staff on grants involving multiple JAX campuses, and work with grants coordinators within the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to ensure timely, accurate grant submission.
• Identify new sources of funding for faculty, working with the SPD staff in Bar Harbor to expand the database of potential funders to represent broad research interests. Consult with JAX-GM faculty on appropriate funding sources.
• Edit technical manuscripts, fellowship applications, clinical research protocols and other research communications materials.
• Communicate and collaborate with SPD staff on other projects as needed so that the department has a strong, integrated working knowledge of all JAX research and can provide support to all campuses.


• Ph.D. in physical or natural sciences with extensive and sustained grantwriting experience (at least 5 years). Depending on background, training and experience, M.S. in physical or natural sciences or a professional degree also qualifies.
• Exceptional written communication skills to prepare and edit competitive grant proposals, publications, administrative materials, clinical protocols and other research communications vehicles.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills to build teams and trust among known and unfamiliar professionals in a high-pressure environment. Must possess the ability to interact positively and professionally with very senior faculty and leadership.
• Excellent organizational skills to manage the project management and writing process (draft preparation, review and revision) of complex grant proposals and deliver fundable proposals in a timely manner to meet both interim and final deadlines.
• Ability to grasp complicated technical subjects, synthesize diverse lines of evidence and apply these abilities to technical writing.

How to Apply

All interested individuals should apply on-line, referring to job requisition #4651. Please submit a cover letter and resume, emphasizing your grant writing, editing and process management experience, as one document.

The successful candidate will be required to clear a Background Check and Consumer Credit Report prior to starting the position.

When candidates are otherwise equally qualified, JAX will give preference to the Connecticut resident. The Jackson Laboratory is an EOE/AA employer.

About Our Organization

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. We employ more than 200 Ph.D. scientists and a total of more than 1,400 employees. In 2011 and 2012, researchers voted The Jackson Laboratory among the world’s top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in a poll conducted by The Scientist, a magazine for people working in the life sciences. The Laboratory draws on an 83-year reputation for excellence in mammalian genetics, built on the groundbreaking discoveries of its own researchers and on the development and global distribution of the most diverse collection of genetically unique mouse strains in the world. The Jackson Laboratory is a National Cancer Institute – designated cancer center. Our research covers a broad range of genetic disorders, including cancer, diabetes, neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune disorders, and conditions related to reproduction, development and aging. The Laboratory’s mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.

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