Project Scientist - Technical/Scientific Writing

City of Hope
Irwindale, California
Closing date
May 25, 2022

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Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Information Technology
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Full Time
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About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope's translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope's specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation's "Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

The Project Development Scientist will have responsibility for project management, scientific writing, and clinical protocol development for the City of Hope Brain Tumor Program. The Project Development Scientist will work closely with laboratory and clinical researchers, biostatisticians, and the leaders of the Brain Tumor Program to shepherd projects from conception to grant submission, to clinical protocol, to manuscript. This position has the ability to offer Work From Home/Remote options as well.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of the research goals of the Brain Tumor Program. This position requires continual self-education. The scientist is expected to become well-versed in the terminology, biology, and treatments for brain tumors through attending conferences, seminars, and independently studying the literature. The scientist will also attend the monthly program research meeting and weekly tumor board.
  • Support project design and grant writing. The scientist will assist and advise the principal investigator(s) in design and preparation of new research projects for funding. The scientist will manage the logistics of the grant submission, which include editing and writing text, as well as coordinating meetings with team members to ensure on time submission of the grant application. The scientist will also help identify appropriate funding opportunities throughout the stages of a project.
  • Support grant management. The scientist will support the principal investigator(s) with communication with the funding agency, including writing of the grant progress reports and facilitating team interactions throughout the life of a project.
  • Coordinate clinical trial design, writing, and submission of clinical protocols. The scientist will work with the laboratory researchers, clinical investigators, and biostatisticians for developing clinical trial designs. The scientist will also prepare the clinical protocol for investigator-initiated early phase brain tumor clinical trials and coordinate submission of the protocol for review by the institutional regulatory committees.
  • Work with investigators to assure the clarity and accuracy of data presentations. The scientist will advise and assist with creation of clear, appealing data figures and treatment schemas as well as prepare slides for investigators' oral presentations.
  • Organize manuscript writing and journal submission. The scientist will assist with interpretation and presentation of data for publication. The scientist will also edit, and in some cases, write the manuscript text.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • PhD in biology, biochemistry, or other life science; or a master's degree with at least three years of scientific writing, clinical study design, or clinical trial regulatory experience in a healthcare/research/academic environment.

Preferred education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • NIH or DOD research grant writing (R01 level, not post-doctoral fellowships), involvement with human observational or therapeutic studies, protocol design/writing for human sample, observational/retrospective or therapeutic studies.
  • Familiarity with data analysis techniques, graphing methods, and interpretation of laboratory and clinical data.
  • Excellent scientific writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills are key.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, meet deadlines, be detail oriented, perform and prioritize multiple simultaneous tasks.
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Word, EndNote, Excel and PowerPoint. Prefer familiarity with Adobe Acrobat and Illustrator.

Additional Information:
  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.
  • Remote work is an optionand we invite those outside of our geographic location to apply.
  • For more information on City of Hope Brain Tumor Program and Dr. Jana Portnow's research, please visit here.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

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