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Moores Cancer Center
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#116068 Research Grant Writer and Editor - Hybrid/Remote

Extended Deadline: Mon 5/23/2022

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 05/04/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/16/2022. 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 Research Grant Writer will focus on supporting grant writing for faculty in the Mark Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center and Moores Cancer Center. The Research Grant Writer 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 Research Grant Writer and Editor 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.


  • Seven (7) years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree in biological science or related area plus three (3) years of professional research proposal preparation experience.

  • Significant experience writing about science for both technical reviewers and the public as well as writing scientific proposals for government agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • Strong skill in written communications including excellent English grammar, punctuation, and syntax skills that express complex medical, scientific, and/or technical content in understandable terms for a variety of audiences. Experienced in proofreading, editing for content, spelling, punctuation, grammar, consistency, style, flow and tone, with superior attention to detail.

  • Effective interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills. Skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with a diverse population encompassing multi-disciplinary researchers, faculty and staff about complex research issues. Ability to communicate with tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion.

  • Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills. Proven problem solving skills with ability to provide innovative solutions. Skill in analyzing information, situations, practices, or procedures to define the problem or objective, identify relevant factors, formulate logical and objective conclusions, and recognize alternatives and their implications.

  • Proven success and skill at researching, analyzing and evaluating information for preparation of grant proposals.

  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with contract and grant policies and issues and extramural funding programs and requirements including those of the NIH.

  • Proven knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation. Proven ability to write concise, logical, grammatically correct analytical or narrative reports.

  • Thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.

  • Strong skills to write clear, lively, engaging and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and / or the broader public, while ensuring adherence to the location's message.

  • Thorough knowledge of issues in higher education, a specialized academic discipline or field and / or health sciences.

  • Knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and / or web production. Computer proficiency, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, cloud-based systems and various database programs. Proficient knowledge and skill in software, specifically spreadsheet and word processing.

  • Excellent research and fact verification skills.

  • Proven experience in keeping up with new requirements for grant proposals, such as formats and scientific components, of federal, state and private granting agencies.


  • Master’s or doctoral degree.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

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

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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