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Scientific Writer

Date:  Dec 31, 2021

Dallas, TX, US

Category:  Corporate and Professional Jobs
Job Type:  Day
Requisition ID:  611341

Interested in a career with both meaning and growth? Whether your abilities are in direct patient care or one of the many other areas of healthcare administration and support, everyone at Parkland works together to fulfill our mission: the health and well-being of individuals and communities entrusted to our care. By joining Parkland, you become part of a diverse healthcare legacy that’s served our community for more than 125 years. Put your skills to work with us, seek opportunities to learn and join a talented team where patient care is more than a job. It’s our passion.

Primary Purpose
Responsible for preparing scientific outlines, manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and presentations for publication in scientific/medical journals, other clinical documentation, and general scientific/medical literature. Work with research investigators and grant preparation teams to help write the technical and programmatic elements of grant applications. Help evaluate grant opportunities for feasibility and appropriateness for the organization. Evaluate grant applications for strengths and weaknesses and develop options for improving proposal quality and success. Help write and prepare manuscripts, posters and presentations for submission to biomedical journals and meetings.


Minimum Specifications


  • Master’s Degree in biomedical sciences, scientific writing or related field required.



  • Must have four years scientific/medical/grant proposal writing or editing experience.
  • Must have experience preparing a grant application for research, health programs, foundations, gifts or other opportunities that are medically or health related.
  • Experience preparing a manuscript for submission to a medical journal preferred.
  • Experience preparing scientific publications, including summarizing and interpreting complex clinical data preferred.


Equivalent Education and/or Experience

  • Writing-related degrees such as English or journalism may be used as equivalent for education, if there is also experience in a medical or scientific field.



  • None.


Required Tests for Placement

  • None


Skills or Special Abilities

  • Must be able to distill complex data and ideas into simple, clear language that’s quickly and easily understood by others.
  • Ability to read, comprehend, analyze and synthesize research protocols, funding opportunity announcements, grant proposals, scientific literature, and funding agency requirements.
  • Must be familiar with PubMed and be able to conduct literature searches and summarize the findings.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with professionals from varying backgrounds including health care providers, allied health professionals, administration, internal and external customers, and both novice and experienced research personnel.
  • Ability to hear and communicate in English with others in a clear, understandable, and professional manner on the phone and in person; and the demonstrated use of excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate the ability and desire to write, ensure the accuracy of details, edit and repeat editing through multiple cycles.
  • Familiarity with requirements for scientific literature and data presentation, including formatting, figures, tables, statistics, and other standard elements.
  • Ability to work with and appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Must have the ability to work independently and execute multiple assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to work in a deadline-driven environment, handling and prioritizing multiple tasks.
  • Must have excellent people skills (thoughtful, empathetic and articulate), the ability to build collaborative relationships. Must be able to interact effectively with a variety of clinical and research personnel, peers, and medical staff in a team environment.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and the interest in providing consultation and coaching.
  • Must have a working knowledge of Windows-based systems, including MS Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook software.
  • Must be a self-directed quick learner.


  1. Works with researchers to determine needs; identifies grant funding opportunities and presents to research stakeholders.
  2. Reviews funding agency proposal requirements, identifies and coordinates the grant proposal team, creates assignments, ensures adherence to timelines for submission and reports progress to leadership.
  3. Facilitates or leads the writing and preparation of research grant proposals, reports and other required documents for submission to funding agencies.
  4. Ascertains requirements for manuscript submissions and serves as a resource for those wishing to submit manuscripts. Assists in the preparation of manuscripts for print and on-line publications and assists or leads the submission process.
  5. Assists in the development of presentations for scientific meetings and other venues.
  6. Works with research administration, epidemiologist, clinicians, statisticians and other research stakeholders in the development of grant proposals and research publications.
  7. Develops collaborative relationships and communicates with internal and external stakeholders involved in the research process.
  8. Conducts literature reviews and collates and distills data and findings from those reviews.
  9. Develops and conducts a scientific/medical writing program for Parkland staff.
  10. Maintains a database of publications and presentations authored, co-authored or involving Parkland Health and Hospital System.

Job Accountabilities

  1. Identifies ways to improve work processes and improve customer satisfaction. Makes recommendations to supervisor, implements, and monitors results as appropriate in support of the overall goals of the department and Parkland.
  2. Stays abreast of the latest developments, advancements, and trends in the field by attending seminars/workshops, reading professional journals, actively participating in professional organizations, and/or maintaining certification or licensure. Integrates knowledge gained into current work practices.
  3. Maintains knowledge of applicable rules, regulations, policies, laws and guidelines that impact the area. Develops effective internal controls designed to promote adherence with applicable laws, accreditation agency requirements, and federal, state, and private health plans. Seeks advice and guidance as needed to ensure proper understanding.

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