• Competitive annual salary
• Medical, dental, and vision benefits
• Employer-sponsored health reimbursement account (HRA)
• Employer-sponsored life and disability insurance
• Paid time off & holidays
• No daily commute (day-to-day work will be fully remote)
Telecommuting is allowed.
The Curry Rockefeller Group Medical Communications Postdoctoral Fellowship
12-month postdoctoral (PhD, PharmD, MD, DVM) training program
Intended for candidates with minimal or no prior medical communications experience
Fellow will serve as an Associate Medical Writer at CRG
Day-to-day work will be fully remote
To develop an understanding of the medical communications industry and the types of services provided by an agency to pharmaceutical and biotech client teams
To gain familiarity with industry guidelines and to learn how to apply good publications practice while developing medical writing skills
To understand the Medical Writer and Scientific Director roles within a medical communications agency and acquire the necessary skills of a Medical Writer
To observe and participate in the partnership between the medical communications agency and pharmaceutical/biotech industry team members working toward a common goal
Eligible candidates (PhD, PharmD, MD, DVM)
Email letter of intent and CV to AMWFellowship@curryrockefellergroup.com
Unofficial transcripts, recommendation letters, and writing samples (eg, research abstracts or posters, presentations, or scientific articles) welcome
Qualified applicants will be contacted to complete a writing assessment
Virtual interviews will be scheduled with selected candidates
For February to January annual program cycle
Deadline: last business day in October
For July to June annual program cycle
Deadline: end of first full week in December
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Job Description and Responsibilities
Title: Associate Medical Writer/Medical Communications Postdoctoral Fellow
Reports to: Senior Scientific Director or Scientific Director
Team focused. Encourages and sets an example for cooperation, creating trust and working toward common goals and values. Creates interdependence of effort rather than building walls.
Able to adapt to changes in plans and priorities and exercises good judgment about what is important. Consistently manages tasks to completion within deadlines.
Collaborative Problem Solver
Listens first and seeks to understand others. Values differing views and opinions as a potential source of better decisions and solutions. Focuses on solutions rather than placing blame. Where necessary, seeks consensus and offers compromise solutions.
Driving Continuous Improvement
Seeks ways to work smarter and is willing to offer and accept alternatives. Thinks innovatively and facilitates learning from successes and failures.
Maintains a strong work ethic. Accepts responsibility and accountability for all areas of the job function. Manages work schedule to facilitate successful and timely completion of all job tasks.
Researches assigned projects comprehensively (conducts literature searches using MEDLINE, EMBASE, R&D Insight; obtains reprints of articles; reads background material including books, journal articles, study reports, etc)
Responsible for obtaining background material sufficient to complete projects successfully (eg, obtaining data and client/author input and reviews)
Writes in a clear and concise manner, incorporating the following basic writing elements to produce manuscripts and other project materials at a high level of writing and technical accuracy that require a minimum level of editing/rewriting
Good grammar, syntax, punctuation, vocabulary, and spelling
Use of appropriate scientific terminology
Good sentence/information flow
Sentences and information are organized in a coherent, logical, and organized manner
Writing is scientific, not conversational, and appropriate for the target audience
Incorporates messages in a scientifically appropriate manner
Chooses appropriate, timely references
Uses primary references preferentially
Understands appropriate use of secondary references
Chooses the appropriate data from source
Cites data appropriately and accurately in text
Demonstrates an understanding of the various sections of a project and their function
Abstracts concisely summarize the key information for the project
Introductions provide the context and highlight the importance of the project
Methods contain sufficient information to help the reader understand patient population, experimental design, endpoints assessed and methods of assessment, and statistical analyses and presents sufficient information to allow replication of study
Results present relevant demographics, primary and secondary efficacy results, and safety information
Discussions summarize findings, present results in context with results from similar studies, and interpret the meaning of the results
Conclusions summarize the most important findings from the project
Develops PowerPoint slide decks for presentation at scientific congresses or for internal use by Medical Affairs clients with appropriate level of detail based on intended use
Demonstrates good attention to detail
Works with senior medical writers, scientific directors, editorial and operations managers, clients, and authors to incorporate changes to written materials
Coordinates with and reviews the work of other medical writers as a “qualified set of eyes” and performs fact and data checks of drafts as needed
Writes specific projects as assigned within the budgetary constraints of the proposal and project plan
Completes projects within the time frame allotted by the project plan
Demonstrate a clear understanding of scientific data and statistical methods
Demonstrate a clear understanding of commonly encountered study designs
Select the most important data for presentation
Accurately present the data
Prepare drafts of graphics (tables, figures, and charts)
Use in-house educational resources
Actively participate in staff training sessions
Actively participate in departmental staff meetings
Demonstrate proficiency in software required for scientific writing and presentations, including Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Acrobat, EndNote, and GraphPad Prism
Use available software to produce draft figures where possible to facilitate work by the graphics department
Editorial and Company Processes and Procedures
Responsible for familiarization with AMA and CRG styles of writing
Review and follow journal requirements, abstract submission guidelines, poster guidelines, and other relevant guidances (eg, Good Publication Practices [GPP], International Committee of Medical Journal Editors [ICMJE] recommendations)
Use editorial briefs appropriately
Accurately and completely incorporate scientific director, client, and author comments as appropriate
Use version control appropriately
Incorporate all changes and resolve conflicting instructions/revisions
Responsible for fact checking (including references) and spell checking all manuscripts and project materials before submission to senior staff
Accurately annotate draft documents, highlight appropriate parts of references, and submit copies of all highlighted references with all projects
Follow all editorial procedures
Perform other duties as required or assigned
Complete other administrative tasks (such as travel expense forms) in timely manner
Perform responsibilities in professional manner, meeting company mission and goals
Soft Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to prioritize and organize work, meet deadlines, multitask, and successfully function within a team setting. Must have excellent problem-solving skills. Must be detail oriented.
Computer Skills: Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Acrobat, online telecommunication/conferencing tools (Teams and Zoom), and ability to quickly acclimate to other tools and platforms.
Our purpose is to help companies translate data into narratives that educate and engage. Our passion is to develop and deliver those data with unparalleled strategic thinking and breakthrough execution.
"Knowledge Thrives" describes the results of our purpose and passion. It’s what happens when we collaborate with thought leaders to identify the key values and benefits of treatments for complex diseases and conditions. We tap into the expertise of thought leaders to help them develop a compelling rationale that communicates sound science in ways that resonate with all audiences—from physicians and other clinicians to patients and caregivers.
When Knowledge Thrives, so do patients, their providers, and everyone else involved in developing innovative, life-sustaining, and enhancing therapies for the sole purpose of improving patients' lives.