Scientific writer position available
The Department of Experimental Oncology (DEO) is composed, 250 scientists, 4 Unit Directors and 11 independent research groups, whose scientific interests are focused on the molecular mechanisms of transformation (genomic instability, epigenomic alterations, cell-fate determination) and the biological aspects of tumours (including tumour stem cells, tumour cell-heterogeneity, tumour microenvironment). Emphasis is given to the generation of tumour models (mouse-models, xenotransplants), applications of high-throughput technologies and development of dedicated computational tools and approaches. The Department is part of the European Institute of Oncology (IEO), a comprehensive cancer centre that aims to achieve excellence in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer through clinical and basic research, use of innovative technologies and therapies, and constant attention to the quality of patient care.
The DEO is currently located within a Campus also hosting the European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM), the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM), and the Center for Genomic Science of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT).
We are seeking a full-time Scientific Writer. We will consider candidates with scientific expertise in any area of cancer research. As a Scientific Writer, you will work independently and liaise with the Head of Department, researchers and doctors in the group to assist in the preparation, editing, and proof-reading of grant proposals, research reports and manuscripts and to provide miscellaneous writing and editing services. You will need to juggle many assignments and cope well with deadlines and with flexible working hours. You will attend department seminars to follow scientific developments and to establish and maintain close ties with the IEO scientific community.
The key qualities we are looking for are excellent writing abilities (both English and Italian) and a keen analytical capacity, as well as the ability to form logically written scientific arguments.
This is an excellent opportunity for a talented scientist who seeks a career change but wishes to remain in touch with research.
Essential requisites: Completely bilingual in English/Italian; MSc or PhD degree in any area of cancer research, with at least 5 years of post-graduate or 3 years of postdoctoral experience; expertise in writing/editing grant proposals and in the preparation of the required supporting documentation (administrative/ethical requirements); moderate publishing record; good organizational/communication skills and a flexible and adaptable approach to work.
Desirable: Knowledge/expertise in stem cell research and/or next generation tools. Knowledge of medical terminology and evidence-based health care. Experience in writing lay-friendly research proposals and reports to private foundations and donors.
Application and Selection procedure
Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- a covering letter outlining your interest in the post and explaining how you meet the criteria;
- a detailed CV and contact details of three referees
The closing date for applications is Friday 29 July 2016.
Please note that selection of suitable candidates is carried out in three stages. Shortlisted applicants (stage 1) will be asked to perform a task to assess their expertise (stage 2), before proceeding to the actual interview (stage 3).
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Paola Dalton (email: email@example.com).