Scientific Policy Writer

Bethesda, Maryland
Jan 22, 2022
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

We are currently searching for a  Scientific Policy writer to provide support to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) – Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education and Communications (OSPEEC); write and edit news items (e.g., press releases, stories on scientific advances, articles), highlighting NHLBI research and initiatives; to evaluate scientific manuscripts for news value and recommend best course of action for promotion and dissemination of the scientific news; and translate complex scientific information into plain language, and tailor this information for a variety of audiences and channels. This opportunity is full-time, and it is on site in Bethesda, MD.  

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Research, write and edit in accordance with industry, academic and publication standards book manuscripts and chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference and symposium proceedings and general print media articles
  • Prepare technical summaries of proposed, ongoing, or concluded research projects and studies for circulation within and among scientific elements within the government
  • Research, write and edit scientific and technical information in a variety of formats, including articles, blog posts, factsheets, one-pagers, brochures, presentations and speeches, workshop summaries, reports, briefing materials, press releases, content for digital media in online and print format
  • Research, write and edit technical reports of original research specifications, findings, and conclusions for submission to administrative, legislative, and regulatory review
  • Research, write and edit policy papers featuring recommendations based on original research findings and conclusions
  • Maintain credentials to standard databases, repositories, libraries, and search engines to ensure access to the most recent domestic and international publications, dissertations, research reports, etc.
  • Prepare summaries, reports, dashboards, and presentations on results of literature reviews to researchers and staffs
  • Create extensive, detailed citations, reference lists and bibliographies and annotated bibliographies for researchers and medical staffs conducting studies or performing procedures
  • Assist data managers collect, collate, organize, and upload information to advanced data repositories, and integrate local databases with enterprise software and applications such as REPORTER and IMPAC II
  • Enter references from PubMed into a Reference Manager database on a routine basis and review usage data
  • Prepare letters, memoranda, reports, agendas, abstracts, protocols, and laboratory announcements for internal distribution
  • Review and provide edits to a variety of external communication and informational materials to ensure scientific and technical accuracy and completeness
  • Coordinate with senior executives to prepare outline and collect and assemble into annual reports
  • Collect and assemble source materials into succinct response to research and operational audit requests
  • Review and provide comment on the scientific and technical accuracy of a variety of reports, presentations, and correspondence
  • Advise researchers and staff on the appropriate type of documentation or informational materials to create based on needs and requirements
  • Design and maintain templates and detailed usage instructions for preparing common documentation, such as posters, presentations, reports, proposals, abstracts, etc.
  • Advise NHLBI staff members on communication opportunities, issues, and strategies; work with staff to meet their communication needs
  • Proofread all documents drafts and final forms for scientific and technical accuracy and completeness prior to submitting them for review and approval or acceptance
  • Critically review draft documents, synthesize comments, and incorporate appropriate comments from other reviewers into successive drafts to prepare final documents
  • Provide expert advice for general health and science communications activities that involve content creation for health communication and outreach projects, scientific and technical publication, promotional materials, and online events
  • Design and implement a publications program that enhances development and dissemination of information about the Institutes research programs, activities, and outcomes
  • Evaluate research and publication activities, to include the collection, organization, analysis, preparation, processing and reporting of scientific and technical information and provide recommendations to improve performance and outcomes
  • Provide expert advice and consultation to staff on issues related to scientific and programmatic written articles
  • Advise executives and program managers on written materials to be developed and present strategies for maximizing impact and performance toward organizational and programmatic goas and objectives
  • Identifies external scientific and technical writing and editing training and professional development opportunities and prepares recommendations for individual members of the staff to attend
  • Researchers, repackages and shares among research and operational staff best practices, tips, and practices for improving the quality and consistency of scientific and technical writing







Requirements Skills
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, especially demonstrated experience in writing policy items and other material about advances in science accurately and in a way that non-scientists would find interesting, understandable, and engaging.
  • Experience assessing the significance of and writing about scientific advances and topics for varied national audiences with a broad range of scientific expertise, from scientists to clinicians, to the public.
  • Experience validating, editing, and translating for the scientific accuracy content written by others, including those with scientific backgrounds and those with nonscientific backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of Associated Press style and plain language guidelines.
  • Master’s Degree in Communications, Mass Media, Political Science and Government
  • At least 5-7 years of experience




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Company Description

Dovel Technologies and its Family of Companies (Medical Science & Computing and Ace Info Solutions) was acquired in October 2021.


Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public sector and commercial markets, with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. By combining our public and private sector expertise, we help clients address their most complex challenges and navigate significant regulatory pressures focusing on transformational change, business resiliency, and technology-driven innovation. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and digital services, we create scalable, innovative solutions that help our clients outwit complexity and position them for future growth and success. The company has more than 12,000 professionals in over 50 locations globally. Guidehouse is a Veritas Capital portfolio company, led by seasoned professionals with proven and diverse expertise in traditional and emerging technologies, markets, and agenda-setting issues driving national and global economies.


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