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$38.00 - $48.00 / HR.
La Jolla
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#118342 Science Writer and Program Manager

Initial Review Date: Tue 3/21/2023

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In 2013, businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford committed $100 million to the creation of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center (Sanford Center) at UC San Diego. This gift established the Sanford Center, a $286 M program to accelerate development of drugs and cell therapies inspired by and derived from current human stem cell research. These advancements establish, promote and disseminate clinical trials and patient therapies that will help more quickly transform promise into reality.

Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center (Sanford Center) is among the University’s most highly visible and top priority interdisciplinary and multi-institutional programs. Sanford Center provides essential physical and human resources needed to leverage stem cell research currently being conducted at UC San Diego. Due to the complexity of regenerative medicine projects and substantial institutional investment, on a daily basis Sanford Center personnel works with a large variety of departments in Health Sciences, Health System, and the school of engineering.

As part of UC San Diego Health, Sanford Center motivates University-wide change and sustainability, focusing on creating the structure under which various innovative regenerative medicine units and initiatives are developed. Sanford Center has led several successful and highly visible interdisciplinary faculty recruitments, committing to over $48M towards faculty start-up, retention, and research funds for over 25 faculty members. Sanford Center also played a pivotal role in securing over $77M of grants from California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), awarded respectively to dept. of Bioengineering, Pediatrics, Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Medicine, Neurosciences, and Sanford Center.

Sanford Center integrates its clinical operations at two UC San Diego medical centers - Jacobs Medical Center (JMC) and the Koman Outpatient Pavilion (KOP) - encompassing 12 inpatient beds and outpatient exam rooms. We have contributed $12.5M towards the capital construction of JMC and KOP. Sanford Center is also a significant contributor ($3M) to the expansion and operations of UC San Diego’s GMP facility - Advanced Cell Therapy Laboratory (ACTL), located at 10300 Campus Point Dr, San Diego, CA 92121. The ACTL consists of two ISO 7 clean rooms and a laboratory, occupying 1675 sqft. In addition, through its basic science arm - UCSD Stem Cell Program - Sanford Center provides needed resources and coordination to research conducted at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine - an innovative "collaboratory" of San Diego scientists from five major stem cell research institutions: UC San Diego, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Scripps Research, and La Jolla Institute for Immunology.

The Scientific Writer and Grant Manager assists Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center's supported faculty and staff leaders in developing and managing communications, including research and distribution of information. The position provides scientific writing and editorial support for Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center's supported faculty and staff leaders, and in collaboration with Sanford Center's Communications Coordinator, to help advance strategic research efforts. This position is afforded significant latitude for complex research projects, decision-making and independent judgment. In consultation with Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center's supported faculty and staff leaders, analyze data and contribute content for the preparation of manuscripts for publication. Draft/edit scientific abstracts. Responsible for writing proposals for funding from a wide variety of sponsors, including updates and progress reports. Manage all administrative aspects of manuscript submission and grant proposal processing. Review and edit manuscripts & proposals for accuracy.

The Science Writer and Program Manager will develop, oversee, and manage the submission of collaborative science grant proposals and progress reports for grant continuation and new funding applications of diverse scope. The incumbent will provide both pre-award and post-award support; reviewing requests for proposals, program announcements, manuscripts, publications and journals, 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.

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. Program management 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 Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center's mission.


  • Nine (9) years of related experience, education/training, OR an advanced degree in related area plus three (3) years of related 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).

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

  • Academic background and experience in selected area of research required. Advanced theoretical knowledge in a biological science, plus experience in research grants and protocol development or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced degree preferred.

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

  • Proven program planning and management of projects. Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple projects.Ability to complete work and meet established deadlines in an accurate and timely manner, and to manage short and competing deadlines.

  • 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.

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

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

  • Demonstrated experience in scientific writing.

  • Publishing track record.


  • In-depth experience writing about science proposals for government agencies including the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).
  • 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 stem cell-related scientific writing.
  • PhD in biological sciences is strongly preferred.


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

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $63,400 - $142,800 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $30.36 - $68.39

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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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