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.