Senior Scientific Editor

San Francisco, California
Aug 24, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Gladstone Institutes is an independent, not-for-profit research institution. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of all people through medical research and education in neuroscience, cardiovascular biology, immunology, and stem cell biology. Home to notable leaders in science and biomedicine, Gladstone comprises four institutes as well as various centers and programs. All of its approximately 500 members are aligned in their mission to carry out or support science that overcomes disease. Located in an award-winning building at the Mission Bay Campus, Gladstone offers a competitive salary and benefits program. It provides an ideal environment for those seeking to maximize and fully leverage their potential. Please consider Gladstone and make a difference in human health.

The Communications Department has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and ambitious Senior Scientific Editor to partner with Gladstone's world-class biomedical research scientists in editing scientific manuscripts, grant applications, fellowship proposals, abstracts, posters, and other written material. The person in this position will also plan, write, and edit a variety of publications for a more general audience. S/he will use complex analytical, project/process management and oral and written skills to interact constructively with scientists, understand their work, and make appropriate editorial suggestions.

  • Edits scientific manuscripts for emphasis, style, organization, and content; discusses editorial changes with authors, overseeing all aspects of the review process through publication.
  • Edits, proofreads, and writes a wide range of documents, including grants, abstracts, policies and procedures.
  • Reviews and edits content written for general audiences for scientific accuracy and style, including news releases, web articles, newsletters, etc.
  • Writes feature-style stories for the web about timely scientific topics.
  • Develops grant writing practices to facilitate the process for scientists and trainees.
  • Creates and regularly updates a repository of tools and resources such as templates for common scientific documents, tips for scientific writing and figure preparation, etc.
  • Manages content development for the scientific annual report and other publications.
  • Helps to facilitate and organize two scientific seminar series.
  • Obtains permission from copyright holders for reproduction of figures.
  • Provides training in scientific writing skills as necessary for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, summer interns, and others.
  • Organizes internal scientific talks by identifying speakers and helping them prepare, as well as coordinating logistics in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Leads and participates in special assignments as assigned.

The successful candidate will be highly self-motivated and creative (highly interested in the work of scientific editing) and have a strong sense of responsibility, collaboration and independence. Knowledge of basic biomedical science and excellent writing and communication skills are critical. Ability to work diplomatically with senior scientists and students on deadlines and to manage multiple assignments is essential. Experience with project management or grant writing is preferred. Prior experience editing for top scientific journals a plus.

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field. Doctoral Degree in Research preferred.

Experience Requirements:

  • Three years of experience in biomedical science and previous research experience.
  • Experience with EndNote, Illustrator, and PhotoShop is helpful.