Scientific Writer - Institute Applied Cancer Science

Houston, Texas
August 27 2019
Organization Type
Within The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center lies a powerful engine driving the future of new targeted, immune- and cell-based therapies: the Therapeutics Discovery Division. Therapeutics Discovery eliminates the bottlenecks that hamper traditional drug discovery, with a multidisciplinary team of dedicated researchers, doctors, drug developers and scientific experts working together to develop small-molecule drugs, biologics and cellular therapies. Our unique structure and collaborative approach allow the team to work with agility, bringing novel medicines from concept to clinic quickly and efficiently - all under the same roof.

The Therapeutics Discovery Division is built around four platforms: The Institute for Applied Cancer Science (IACS), ORBIT (Oncology Research for Biologics and Immunotherapy Translation), TRACTION (Translational Research to Advance Therapeutics and Innovation in Oncology) and the Neurodegeneration Consortium.

The IACS platform is focused on discovering and developing the next generation of small-molecule targeted therapies, driven by the needs we see in our patients. The team aligns world-class drug discovery and development research with the science and clinical care for which MD Anderson is known. We work in a fast-paced, milestone-driven environment with a focus on team science and interdisciplinary research. Our unique approach has created a biotech-like engine within the walls of the nation's leading cancer center to bring life-saving medicines to our patients more quickly and effectively. This model already has achieved results, with multiple programs currently in clinical and late-stage preclinical development.

The primary focus of the Institute Research Investigator - Scientific Writer is to apply his/her technical expertise and scientific background to support the scientific activities of the Therapeutic Discovery Division.


•Determine specific goals of, and objectives to be obtained by research projects, evaluate research data, and develop and write scientific reports.

•Function in an independent manner to develop scientific content for new grant applications and reposition narratives to support new/additional submissions.

•Perform substantive edits of manuscripts and support journal formatting requirements and submission.

•Support development of ancillary documents for grant applications.

•Serve as primary point of contact for collaborative grant submissions involving TDD leadership.

•Support fellowship/scholarship applications and mentor trainees with regard to content development and submission strategy.

•Monitor progress of trainees' research projects and provide administrative support for their activities.

•Supervise special projects of a scientific and/or administrative nature as assigned (e.g., prepare nominations for scientific awards, prepare slides, and other duties as needed).

•Support major grant projects, site visits, external review committees and other important scientific events as assigned.

•Present findings of research projects to professional groups at MDACC and externally as requested: understand research projects and when requested to represent leaders at meetings with clinicians and basic scientists.

•Partner with scientific teams to maintain knowledge of research project status and identify novel opportunities for collaboration and/or funding.

•Be responsible for regulatory and compliance documents and applications in support of research activities.

Required: Master's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, enzymology, pharmacology, chemistry or related field.

Preferred: PhD in one of the natural sciences or related field or Medical degree.


Required: Four years experience of relevant research experience in lab. With preferred degree, no experience required.

Preferred: Seven years of related experience, including scientific project management expertise in biomedical research organizations.

A high percentage of the scope of this position will be in a business support environment with limited or no bench work functions. This position requires writing and editing experience in a scientific arena.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

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