Staff Scientist - Scientific and Technical Writing

City of Hope
Irwindale, California
Closing date
Oct 10, 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 Staff Scientist will be responsible for high quality written scientific documents for funding applications and publications, including but not limited to editing grant proposals, scientific manuscripts for peer review, and other scientific documents. This position is also expected to assist with updating templates and boilerplate language for grant proposals. The Research Development Scientist will work closely with laboratory and clinical researchers across the institution to facilitate the development and enhancement of extramural grant proposals and peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Grant Proposal and Manuscript Editing: Review editorial and scientific/technical aspects, edit/write portions of the text, and frame the project as appropriate for the specific application. They will consult with and advise faculty in the design and preparation of new projects for funding. They will help identify and match investigators to appropriate grant opportunities. They will also assist the Manager with planning and development of multi-project proposals as well as in integrating the science and ensuring logical connections among the multiple components.
  • Data Presentation: Work with investigators to ensure the clarity and accuracy of data presented, as well as the interpretation of results. They will contribute to the aesthetic aspects of data and text presentation, including formatting of text (to required specifications) and refinement of clear, appealing data figures and graphics.
  • Develop In-depth Knowledge of Institutional Research Goals and Areas of Emphasis: Expected to become well-versed in the terminology, biology, and treatments associated with the faculty researchers with whom they work and the departments those investigators are housed in. Research Development Scientists will attend institutional research forums and symposia and seminars, and relevant retreats, seminars, and conferences to gain a thorough familiarity with the ongoing research interests of the PIs in the institution.
  • Teaching: Assist with planning and conducting educational courses and workshops on grantsmanship and scientific writing.
  • Other Activities: Assist the Manager with various projects involving scientific documents (e.g., annual/occasional reports on scientific activities within the institution, templates, and standard institutional text for research proposals).

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • PhD in biology, biochemistry, or other life science. Experience may substitute for the education required.
  • NIH or DOD research grant writing
  • Familiarity with data analysis techniques, graphing methods, and interpretation of laboratory and clinical data.

Additional Information:

As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

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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