Research Associate - EDITOR - UAMS Science Communication Group
The UAMS Science Communication Group (SciCom) seeks a full-time Editor to assist biomedical, behavioral, and public health scientists by substantively editing grant applications, manuscripts, and reports. SciCom assists basic and clinical investigators in acquiring peer-reviewed funding.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity. We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving patient care and the lives of Arkansans.
- Primary duties are to assist basic and clinical scientists in preparing research, program, shared-instrument, and training grant applications to federal agencies and private foundations. Duties include writing or substantive editing, minor revisions, and formatting.
- Assist in developing proposals for external research funding or other assigned reports/manuscripts by providing writing/editing support and consultation/guidance.
- Work with UAMS researchers to edit, improve, critique, ensure guideline adherence, copy-edit (e.g., correct errors in grammar, syntax, spelling), and format grant applications, progress reports, manuscripts, white papers and reports for government agencies, and promotional and educational material.
- Participate in the intellectual development of research grant proposals, manuscripts, and other projects by attending and/or facilitating and planning organizational meetings and providing feedback on the feasibility of a project (e.g., under a specific grant mechanism, for a specific journal).
- Meet office deadlines for assigned project and will communicate with the associate director if delays are expected or occur.
- Ability to work closely with investigators in preparing grant applications and manuscripts by providing editorial and writing assistance to effectively communicate scientific research ideas and data; work both independently and as part of a team; think critically and organize information into a logical and compelling format; respond to changing priorities and assignments; and meet deadlines and/or work on a deadline-driven schedule.
- Provide project management, when necessary, by creating schedules, facilitating deadline adherence, and serving as the general coordinator for a project or group of related projects.
- Develop and/or maintain professional knowledge and skills by participating in continuing education activities and professional organizations.
- Remain current on style, content, format, and general guideline requirements for NIH grants, staying abreast of trends in the NIH funding environment and grant review process.
- Recommend and/or lead process improvement activities.
- Support the overall operations of the Science Communications Group (SciCom) with other duties as assigned, including professional development, strategic planning, creating project schedule, setting deadlines, and facilitating effective communication and interaction among investigators and staff.
- Bachelor's degree plus five (5) years of experience in science editing/writing OR a Master's degree plus three (3) years of experience in science editing/writing.
- Advanced knowledge of English grammar, syntax, usage, and editing marks and are proficient in communicating effectively in written and spoken English.
- Basic knowledge of journal publication process, grant peer-review process, and sources of grant funding.
- Intermediate knowledge of organizational, visual, and textual factors that promote readability, as well as ways to appropriately present numerical data.
- Broad knowledge of grant writing for federal and foundation sources.
- Demonstrated skills in grammatical and rhetorical accuracy, clarity, and economy in editing and rewriting text.
- Mastery of word processing and a working knowledge of desktop publishing required.
- Candidates will be evaluated on demonstrated proficiency in scientific writing and editing, specifically in acting as an author’s editor.
- Willingness to seek certification as an Editor in the Life Sciences and/or American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) certifications.
- Experience working with physicians or scientists regarding the editing of their work is strongly desired, as is a science background.
UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.
Salary offered commensurate with experience.
APPLY ONLINE: JOBS.UAMS.EDU and search for job number 60067
Location/Region: Little Rock, AR