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Moores Cancer Center
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#118281 Grant Writer and Project Manager

Extended Review Date: Fri 9/9/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/16/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/25/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will work a hybrid schedule which includes a combination of working both onsite at Moores Cancer Center and remote.


The Moores Cancer Center is one of just 51 Centers in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient care and serving the community through outreach and education programs.

The Cancer Center's mission is to translate promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the care of patients with cancer. The Center supports one of the broadest ranges of cancer activities in the nation - from fundamental and translational cancer research in molecular genetics and advanced molecular therapeutics, and from population studies of cancer incidence to community education about cancer prevention and risk reduction.

Thanks to the generosity of Hanna and Mark Gleiberman, we recently celebrated the newly named Hanna and Mark Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center. Their gift broadens the depth and impact of our cutting-edge head and neck cancer research program and supports innovative clinical care for our patients and their caregivers. The center funds clinical trials and pilot grants for researchers, among other projects. Our physician-scientists and researchers are involved in many exciting studies that will ultimately improve curative treatment as well as the quality of care for patients and their families.

The Grant Writer and Project Manager will focus on supporting grant writing for faculty in the Hanna and Mark Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center and Moores Cancer Center. Reports directly to the Director of Grant Development and Program Management and the Director of Hanna and Mark Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center. The incumbent is responsible for supporting scientific writing for grant applications (to federal funding agencies, non-profit funding organizations, and foundations, as well as university intramural opportunities). They will participate in writing, editing, proof-reading, and formatting grant proposals for peer review.

The Grant Writer and Project Manager serves in a key role to provide advising, writing, and a full range of substantive editing on scientific research proposals, manuscripts, and other written products. The incumbent will contribute to the success of the research enterprise by helping faculty write successful new and continuation research grant applications to Federal and other funding agencies. These multi-million dollar proposals will include both domestic and international multi-disciplinary, multi-site projects. The incumbent will support the advancement of the Division’s faculty by helping edit and prepare their scientific manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals; and support the Division’s promotional efforts by copy-editing marketing and research recruitment communications prepared by the Division’s marketing team.

The incumbent will provide both pre-award and post-award support; reviewing requests for proposals, program announcements, and award document terms and conditions to ensure compliance and alignment. Knowledge of biological sciences will be applied to translate medical, scientific, and technical language into easily understood concepts. Project Management skills will be utilized to ensure grant documents are complete, adhere to funding agency guidelines, and are submitted on time.

Using extensive data analysis, interpretation, and presentation skills the incumbent will provide feedback on the most effective ways to display data and supporting graphics for grant documentation. Tasks will include collecting and maintaining required records for grant-supported programs/centers and performance metrics to evaluate and measure productivity/success. The incumbent will work collaboratively, actively cooperating, and supporting the grant development team and research investigators to ensure timely submissions of successful funding applications; thereby, performing as an integral member of a team that guarantees Hanna and Mark Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center’s mission.


  • Advanced degree in related area and three (3+) or more years of relevant experience OR equivalent experience/training.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills. In-depth experience writing about science for both technical reviewers and the public as well as writing science proposals for government agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • Experience working in a scientific research environment. Understanding of the role of research and grant funding in a major research university.

  • Proven ability to write and submit successful grant applications, particularly large collaborative science grants.

  • Experience with planning and leadership of operational and research/development initiatives. Demonstrated management skills with the ability to maintain focus and to operate in an organized and effective manner in an environment that may have rapidly shifting demands and priorities.

  • Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills. Advanced skills analyzing and presenting data.

  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.

  • Prvoen attention to detail to ensure proper and consistent editorial formatting of large grant submissions.

  • Demonstrated experience in scientific writing.

  • Thorough knowledge and ability to apply all relevant Federal, state, and university regulations, policies, and federal guidance documents. Proven experience in keeping up with new requirements for grant proposals, such as formats and scientific components, of federal, state and private granting agencies.


  • Ph.D. in biological sciences.
  • Experience with grant management tracking systems and databases, experience utilizing web portals for grant submission to various agencies.
  • Knowledge of UC policies and procedures relating to research, and research facilities, as well as knowledge of campus structure, research programs, databases, and systems.
  • Experience in oncology-related scientific writing.
  • Specialized knowledge of cancer research.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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