Science Writer (maternity cover)

University of Oxford - Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM)

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated scientific professional with proven writing skills to join our support team for 12 months to cover a period of maternity leave.

You will be responsible for managing the scientific output of the Ludwig Cancer Research Oxford Branch. Working closely with the Branch Director, each Principal Investigator, and all research staff (approximately 120 staff in 13 research groups), you are expected to become familiar with all research currently being undertaken in the Institute. Using your extensive background in science writing, you will advise and assist in the formulation, editing, and submission of manuscripts; and assist research staff in the preparation of grant applications, abstracts, lay summaries, presentations, letters, conference materials, funders’ scientific reports, and any other documentation required.

You will support the Director in the implementation of the strategic aims of the Branch and coordinate and monitor the initiatives to enhance the Institute’s impact. You will also be responsible for providing support and guidance for the continued development of writing skills of members within the Branch.

You will have a doctorate (or equivalent) in life sciences and an advanced understanding of biology and knowledge of the molecular basis of cancer. Good communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team are vital, as interaction with group leaders, research staff, and outside parties is a key aspect of the role. You must be highly organised, proactive, pay close attention to detail, and be comfortable and able to work to challenging and competing deadlines. You will have substantial experience of writing for peer reviewed publications, as well as strong editorial experience.

We will consider part-time hours, minimum 70% FTE.

If you are interested in this role, and have the skills and experience we are looking for, please apply online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement which explains how you meet the selection criteria for the post.

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on 13 December 2017 will be considered.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

Closing Date: 13-DEC-2017 12:00

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