Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$70,000 - $85,000/year
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Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri, additional hours as needed

#129835 Senior Writer

Filing Deadline: Wed 5/29/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

This is a Contract position for one year. This appointment may be extended or converted to career status based on the needs of the department.


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry strives to be a top-ranked and recognized leader in the chemical and biochemical sciences through transformative research and impactful educational programs. We are committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring excellence and supporting students and postdoctoral researchers in safe and inclusive environments as they prepare to become leaders in science and society. We value collegiality, equity and diversity with the Department, and promote a culture of collaboration and transparency.

We aim to enhance our impact in local and global communities through partnerships with other educators, industry, government and professional societies. Chemistry and Biochemistry is one of the largest and most complex departments on campus.

The department’s organization is divided among three major academic sections each with its own leadership representation under the Department Chair: Physical, Analytical & Environmental (PAE); Biochemistry & Biophysics (BB); and finally Synthesis, Materials and Chemical Biology (SMCB). The department is comprised of 75 ladder rank faculty, and additional 10 in various instructional titles and ~150 in academic research titles and postdoctoral scholars. The department is comprised of 90 career staff; ~60 temporary or student staff, and 480 Master’s and Ph.D. students. Undergraduate students majoring in chemistry number greater than 1,700, and total undergraduate and graduate annual course enrollments exceed 23,000.

The department manages three major NIH training grants, and one Department of Education training grant, which fund graduate and postdoctoral students across UCSD departments/disciplines as well as off campus research organizations. The department currently has more than 120 awards from federal, state and private sources for approximately $20 million per annum in extramural funding and $46 million in total annual expenditures.

Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Senior Writer will write or edit a variety of comprehensive and difficult material for stylistic consistency, logic, organization, rational development of content, and emphasis. Incumbent will be expected to research and ensure accuracy of written pieces, recommend content and layout, edit, and coordinate production of a variety of materials, or conversion of printed pieces to online formats and archives.

The Senior Writer will establish, coordinate, and maintain schedules for the publications, proposals, and other educational materials such as technical text, creation of hi-resolution artwork, and research materials.

This is a hybrid position but will require weekly onsite availability.

  • Submission of a cover letter along with a resume is required for a complete application.


  • Degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Communication, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience with and expertise in the dissemination of written text, editing techniques and standards, attention to detail, production of manuscripts, textbooks and other major publications. Thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.

  • Thorough knowledge of issues in higher education, a specialized academic discipline or field and / or health sciences. Theoretical knowledge of Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry or related field generally acquired through a Bachelor’s Degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of Molecular Biology techniques, including PCR, DNA/RNA/protein isolation and molecular cloning.

  • Thorough knowledge of applicable publishing software applications. Demonstrated skill using various computers and software including Microsoft Office and a variety of WWW-related programs, browsers, and HTML editors. Demonstrated ability to manipulate, edit, and create highly detailed annotated text. Ability to troubleshoot and fix basic computer related problems. Willingness and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation. High-level knowledge of publishing process, including, contracts, layout and design. Ability to supervise a publication project from inception to completion.

  • Thorough 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 the location, including its mission, goals, achievements, infrastructure, programs, and policies.

  • Strong skills to effectively produce visual materials that meet and satisfy the needs of the client.

  • Familiar with the proposal submission process including format and requirement for submission of federal, state and private agencies under strict deadlines. Experience submitting proposals online via NSF Fastlane or similar system.

  • Thorough research and fact verification skills. Skill in independently researching, compiling, organizing, interpreting and selecting data and material from various reference sources, such as those found in a library and the world-wide web.

  • Strong skills in interpersonal communications to interact effectively with a variety of clients, support staff and vendors. Ability to communicate effectively one-on-one or in group settings, taking into account differences in social, cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds.

  • Thorough attention to detail, project management and organizational skills. Highly developed organizational and time management skills with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously on short deadlines. Proven ability to prepare/review large volumes of paperwork rapidly and accurately. Demonstrated skill planning and organizing meetings, conferences, seminars, and classes.

  • Innovation and initiative to anticipate, develop, and implement new procedures, practices and processes adaptable to constantly changing work patterns and business methods.


  • Background Check required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $67,200 - $119,600 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $32.18 - $57.28

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).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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