The Scientific Writer will report to the Director, Research and Academics. The Scientific Writer will play an integral role in advancing the success and sustainability of the organization’s Academic Plan inclusive of the research enterprise. The incumbent is responsible for the production of high quality written scientific documents for research grant applications, research protocols, white papers, peer-reviewed abstracts and publications. The incumbent builds capacity for the development of scientific writing skills amongst individuals, teams and the organization that is of the highest quality and relevance to patients, staff and stakeholders and is congruent with the approved organizational priorities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Maintains expert knowledge and understanding of research funding agency programs, policies and submissions processes;
- manages multiple external grant deadlines;
- advises on, and assists with the development and submission of funding applications;
- identifies, researches and disseminates information pertaining to various granting agencies and potential research opportunities available to researchers;
- develops and manages grant/research funding tracking database(s); and
- identifies, designs and delivers outreach sessions which help improve grant application preparation and writing.
- Provides scientific writing consultation and services to Ontario Shores researchers and supports a diverse team, involved in research activities;
- Writes, reviews and edits high quality grant proposals and associated documents in collaboration with researchers;
- assists researchers with preparing research protocols (including amendments and informed consent documents);
- performs quality control and editorial review of documents prepared by other team members for completeness, accuracy, consistency, structure and grammar;
- works closely with team members to respond to Research Ethics Board (REB) comments; and
- plans and conducts educational courses and workshops pertaining to research proposal development and scientific publications.
- Prepares white papers for internal and external initiatives;
- writes abstracts and presentations for peer-reviewed research dissemination events;
- writes manuscript content with appropriate formats for submission to peer-reviewed academic journals;
- develops, delivers and updates content for internal and external communications including the Ontario Shores website;
- plans, coordinates the development, edits, and reviews all manuscripts as assigned;
- participates in the preparation of annual reports; and
- knowledgeable of research reporting guidelines (e.g., CONSORT, COREQ) and journal styles (e.g., APA, Vancouver, etc.) for the publication of various research designs.
- Conducts and supports statistical analyses of data;
- develops and maintains content knowledge of assigned scientific fields, including understanding important clinical issues and trends;
- quickly acquires knowledge on unfamiliar topics/therapeutic areas as assigned;
- coordinate with internal team to deliver high-quality documents in accordance with agreed upon timelines;
- works closely with internal and external stakeholders, including various partners (e.g., academic institutions, foundations, community-based organizations, private enterprise), to develop appropriate, high-quality content for all assignments;
- contributes directly to the achievement of Academic Plan priorities; and
- other duties as assigned.
Qualifications Required and Preferred
Years of Experience:
- Education and/or experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in a related scientific discipline (PhD is an asset).
Knowledge and Skills:
- At least five years combined experience writing research protocols and scientific publications; minimum 3 years experience in mental health research an asset.
- Demonstrated sophisticated understanding of and experience with the research environment within a hospital setting;
- experience in most or all of the following areas highly desirable: writing about complex topics for a non-expert audience, scientific writing, social media, writing annual reports for funders, writing grants;
- demonstrated extensive experience with writing and preparing white papers and peer-reviewed academic health sciences publications;
- demonstrated extensive experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis of data;
- strong knowledge of research funding opportunities, eligibility criteria, approaches to funding challenges, budget management and required elements for grant applications;
- requires excellent written and verbal English language, verbal and presentation skills;
- previous clinical, academic and/or research experience in a mental health setting is desirable;
- knowledge of research funding programs and grants facilitation experience;
- capacity to develop effective relationships across professions and sectors;
- initiative, accountability, creativity;
- time management skills including planning, organizing and prioritizing work;
- advanced computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, SPSS, NVIVO;
- ability to work effectively under pressure;
- ability to work well with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals
- ability to flex hours occasionally based on work demands; and
- demonstrated ability to work effectively in a diverse work environment.
Personal information you provide to Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is collected pursuant to the Public Hospitals Act R.S.O 1990, c. P.40. It will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility for employment. At all times it will be treated in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have questions about the collection of your personal information, contact the Leader, Privacy & Access at 700 Gordon St. Whitby, ON L1N 5S9; 905-430-4055 ext. 6712 or refer to the Privacy & Access pages on the Ontario Shores website. Upon request, individual accommodation can be provided to applicants who meet the required qualifications outlined in the job descriptions, and have been invited for an interview. For questions and concerns, please contact Human Resources at 905.430.4055 ext. 6191.
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Ontario Shores is committed to diversity and inclusivity in employment and encourage applications from all qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. Ontario Shores is also committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities as part of our hiring process. If you have special requirements, please advise us during the recruitment process.