Published on: February 4th, 2022
Scientific Writing Officer
About Brain Canada
Brain Canada is a dynamic charitable foundation that designs and develops research programs and funds transformative brain research across Canada. Brain Canada raises funds to support brain research and stewards the Canada Brain Research Fund, an innovative private – public partnership supported by Health Canada and more than 100 partners and funders. Brain Canada promotes a “One Brain One Community” approach that views the brain as a single interconnected system and fosters a stronger, more networked brain community across Canada. For more information, see braincanada.ca.
Evidence clearly shows that equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in research environments enhances excellence, innovation, and creativity. Brain Canada is committed to building an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace where all team members have the resources and support, they need to reach their full potential.
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Position (permanent, full time): Scientific Writing Officer
Brain Canada is seeking a scientific writer who researches, writes, and edits compelling scientific content. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual whose ability to understand and relay complex scientific information, methodologies and impact will contribute to the communication of the Brain Canada’s research programs and activities to its target audiences, including researchers, donors, the broader public and other key stakeholders.
Reporting to the Chief Research and Programs Officer, the Scientific Writing Officer will work collaboratively across departments on multi-disciplinary initiatives, namely with the Research and Programs team alongside the Philanthropy team to effectively convey Brain Canada’s wide range of research programs and fundraising efforts. The Scientific Writing Officer will also work with the department of Marketing and Communications to support knowledge exchange strategies and provide relevant data for timely research content.
The Scientific Writing Officer will act as the primary contact for internal scientific content by:
- Leading scientific writing projects at Brain Canada;
- Interpreting and translating complex research data, findings or methodologies into key documents (e.g., program proposals, concept papers, stewardship reports, impact reports and annual reports) on a timely basis that align with Brain Canada’s style and content guidelines and standards;
- Building and updating a database of scientific material (for example, showcasing impressive progress, achievements, outcomes, impact from Brain Canada funded research) that can be used to inform communications material and collateral produced by the Marketing & Communications team;
- Coordinating document reviews, developing and monitoring timelines for assigned writing projects;
- With the Research & Programs department and other departments coordinating timelines and assets required for new funding opportunities or partnership announcements;
- Collaborating with the Research and Programs team members to identify important and valuable scientific advances in research projects funded by Brain Canada;
- Remaining knowledgeable and up to date on significant achievements emanating from Brain Canada funded research;
- Collaborating with Brain Canada researchers and partners to learn and act on potential knowledge exchange opportunities emanating from funded research;
- Acting as the main liaison between the Research and Programs, the Philanthropy and Marketing and Communications teams;
- Managing and siphoning requests from other departments to the Research and Programs team in a logical and efficient manner;
- Assisting the Marketing & Communications department in producing material and content related to scientific research projects and programs for target audiences, including but not limited to drafting text, reviewing, fact-checking and proofreading materials to ensure scientific accuracy;
- Assist with review or editing of other materials (for example, program development notes, request for applications, etc.), as required;
- Other duties as assigned by the Chief Research and Programs Officer.
- Degree in health science, in communication, or in another relevant discipline;
- Master’s degree an asset;
- 4 to 6 years of scientific writing experience
- Excellent written and verbal communications and writing skills both in English and French
Key skills and behavior
- Superior writing abilities;
- Exceptional organizational skills;
- Strong grasp of scientific concepts and ability to effectively translate them to lay audiences;
- Excellent time management skills, and ability to respond quickly to tight deadlines;
- Balances multiple tasks and projects at once, considering priorities appropriately;
- Effective team player who can facilitate and contribute in a positive manner to group discussions, meetings and projects;
- Can lead productive meetings and manage projects efficiently.
In addition to remote work anywhere in Canada, we offer:
- Various career and learning opportunities;
- Access to professional development funds and organizational trainings as available;
- A safe, healthy, flexible and stable work environment that values work-life balance, teamwork, creativity and innovation.