Science Writer

Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
Communications and Public Relations
Regular Full-Time


Organizational Profile:

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), with more than 56,000 members residing in 134 countries, is the first and largest organization in the world dedicated to advances in all areas of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Its mission is to prevent and cure all cancers. The programs and activities of AACR foster the exchange of new knowledge among scientists and physicians in the cancer field as well as in related biomedical sciences. AACR publishes 10 peer-reviewed scientific journals and an award-winning magazine for cancer patients and their loved ones; convenes topical scientific conferences and an annual meeting that draws more than 22,000 participants; offers educational workshops that train young investigators in a variety of scientific and clinical areas; funds fellowships, career development awards, and research grants for both senior and junior investigators; raises public awareness of the progress in biology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer; engages actively in advocacy for increased federal research funding and other national policies that accelerate progress against cancer; and interacts with regulatory agencies to support regulatory science and policy.


Position Summary:

The Science Writer in the Communications and Public Relations Department is responsible for translating scientific data and information related to cancer research into content that helps educate the public, media, policymakers, and the health care industry; the writer helps educate the stakeholders about AACR’s mission and the importance of biomedical research and funding. In this capacity, the writer assists in implementing AACR’s communications and public relations plans that facilitate the accurate communication and reporting of the latest advances in cancer research from AACR’s conferences, peer-reviewed journals, partnerships, and other scientific activities.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

The Science Writer will write and edit copy that helps promote awareness of AACR’s scientific, policy, and fundraising activities. Responsibilities include:

  • Writing and editing scientific press releases, blog posts, and features about cancer research advances from the AACR’s conferences and journal articles.
  • Developing scientific content for the website and social media platforms.
  • Staying abreast of the latest developments in various areas of cancer research, including basic and translational research, population research, and preclinical and clinical research.
  • Researching and gathering information on scientific topics of interest and participating in the journal club.
  • Occasionally traveling to AACR conferences and other scientific programs to cover important scientific advances on the blog as required.
  • Collaborating with science writers and media relations staff to help identify important cancer research advances from AACR’s journals, scientific conferences, programs, and other initiatives, to communicate to the scientific/medical press, national press, policymakers, cancer research community, and the public.
  • Assisting in writing the AACR Annual Report and Annual Meeting scripts.
  • Collaborating with other members of the AACR about science communications projects that support the AACR’s mission and goals.


Education and Training: 

  • PhD in biomedical science; cancer research experience preferred.
  • 2-3 years experience in science writing and editing.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to write and edit compelling science/medical content for scientific and lay audiences, including press releases, blog posts, and other public-facing articles.
  • Possesses outstanding editorial skills and knowledge of AP and other style guides.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including being capable of working across departments.
  • Thorough understanding of biomedical terminology.
  • Experience in dealing with high-profile cancer researchers.
  • Experience in social media.
  • Experience in media and public relations preferred.


How to Apply:
This position offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. To apply, please send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae.

Equal Opportunity Employer


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