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Moores Cancer Center
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RX Contract
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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#117074 Research Scientific Writer - Hybrid/Remote

Filing Deadline: Tue 7/5/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/24/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 07/05/2022. 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 (MCC) is one of just 52 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.

The Research Scientific Writer reports to the MCC Senior Director of Research Development and Translational Initiatives, and supports the MCC Research Development Team and the Lead PI of the Precancer Genome Atlas (PCGA) Initiative. Responsibilities include scientific writing related to grants (including non-profit funding organizations, foundations, and the National Institutes of Health), peer-reviewed manuscripts, and research-related supporting documents. The Research Scientific Writer is responsible for assisting the MCC Research Development Team and the Lead PI with building the research portfolio of the MCC research programs and the PCGA Initiative. The position is responsible for research protocol development for MCC/PCGA, increasing research funding by stimulating and facilitating communication on new grant applications, and assisting with scientific manuscript and presentation preparation. The Research Scientific Writer establishes strong partnerships to support the growth of the MCC research programs and PCGA initiative across the Moores Cancer Center, UC San Diego, and nationally/internationally.

With input from the Senior Director of Research Development and Translational Initiatives, and the Lead PI, the position works on grant applications and supporting documents, scientific manuscripts and presentations, and outreach and communications for research activities and collaborations. The position interacts with other MCC PIs and research program leaders and coordinators to plan, organize, and coordinate activities. The position also requires assisting the Lead PI with scheduling and maintaining a complex calendar; preparing materials for meetings and presentations; coordinating scientific-related travel and reimbursements; and maintaining CVs, Biosketches, other support, and related academic/research documents. Other duties assigned as needed.


  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of cancer biology and genomics, plus experience in research grants and protocol development or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to identify potential sources for grant applications as well as the ability to prepare appropriate proposals.

  • Knowledge of research components including statistics, study methodology, informed consent; eligibility; adverse events. Experience and skill at researching, analyzing and evaluating information for preparation of research protocols and IRBs.

  • Working knowledge of planning, implementing and evaluating research studies, and writing and submitting relevant protocols and regulatory documents.

  • Thorough knowledge of research methodology. Experience in research techniques such as following protocols and in collecting all data precisely.

  • Demonstrated skill in written communications (including grammatically correct English) that express cancer-related scientific, and/or technical content in understandable terms. Experienced in proofreading, editing for content, style, flow and tone. Demonstrated ability to write concise, logical, grammatically correct analytical or narrative reports. Demonstrated ability to develop reports and oral presentations. High-level ability to create and edit text and graphics for PowerPoint presentations.

  • Experience in developing long-term goals, initiatives, plans and programs and evaluating accomplishments. Proven ability to develop, analyze, and carry out program and project objectives and work with others in achieving organizational goals. Ability to research, gather and organize information to produce clear and concise reports and presentations using various resources.

  • Superior interpersonal, written and oral communication skills to effectively communicate, collaborate, establish and maintain good working relationships with a diverse population encompassing multi-disciplinary researchers, faculty and staff about complex research issues. Demonstrated ability to communicate with tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion.

  • Knowledge and experience with scientific, academic, and regulatory documentation including IRBs, Collaborative Agreements, Letters of Support, CVs and Biosketches, Progress Reports, and the like.

  • Demonstrated ability to make independent decisions, analyze situations, solve problems, and initiate actions for the effective management of a large and complex department. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to identify problems and develop innovative solutions.

  • Sound understanding of the role of translational research in a major research university and health system, and its links with campus, national and international constituencies and industry.

  • Experience with regulatory issues in research. Knowledge of Federal and University polices on genomic research and protection of human subjects.

  • Experience writing about science for both technical reviewers and the public as well as writing research protocols for review committees and regulatory agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • Demonstrated skill is software applications, specifically spreadsheet, word processing and database applications, as well as PowerPoint. Knowledge of and experience with database development and data management/tracking.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects with conflicting deadlines and priorities. Ability to meet deadlines. Ability to work with minimal direction and on a self-directed basis as well as in a team setting.

  • Demonstrated ability to appropriately handle highly sensitive and confidential situations and matters with faculty and staff.


  • Advanced degree.

  • Experience in planning, scheduling and organizing research-related meetings and conferences, and/or special events. Experience monitoring budgets, purchase orders, and tracking expenses.

  • Experience in maintaining quality control in research activities. Working knowledge of auditing processes in the research process. Working knowledge and understanding of complex audits that require interpreting regulations, guidelines, and compliance issues. Experience in developing, implementing, evaluating, and documenting audit procedures.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Some evening and weekend work, as necessitated by deadlines or meetings.

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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