Biomedical Writer
The Granville Lab
Vancouver, BC
(0.4-0.8 Part Time)

The Biomedical Writer is responsible for the creation of a variety of scientific documents, artwork, and other media pertaining to the translation of laboratory discoveries to application and commercialization in a large research laboratory.

ICORD is an interdisciplinary Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) research centre in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. ICORD researchers are based at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, UBC Point Grey Campus, Vancouver General Hospital, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, and other sites in Greater Vancouver and across Canada. Based at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre on the VGH/Vancouver Coastal Research Institute campus (818 West 10th Ave, Vancouver), the Biomedical Writer reports to Dr. David Granville, Principal Investigator of the research group. Works closely with other Granville Lab staff and trainees. Frequently liaises with the members of the ICORD administrative team, as well as clinicians, industry partners, funding agencies, and staff at other UBC departments and central agencies.

Responsible for developing, preparing, coordinating, editing, and proofreading grants, progress reports, PowerPoint presentations, manuscripts, theses, ethics submissions, SOPs, study reports and other documents pertaining to the translation of laboratory discoveries to application and commercialization'
Identifies funding opportunities and prepares/edits/coordinates grant applications (including letters of intent, research and synthesize relevant grant information, research budgets, CVs and collecting the required signatures);
Helps to develop presentations for delivery at conferences, symposia, and seminars;
Develops original illustrations, infographics, and videos for use in a variety of media (documents, publications, web site, social media, etc.) using PowerPoint and Adobe software;
Assists with proofing and editing of documents prepared by trainees;
Conducts in-depth literature searches of scientific publications and resources;
Plans and oversees organization of events (lab meetings, meeting with external stakeholders, team building events, research retreats, etc.);
Performs other duties from time to time as required.

Errors in performance of duties could have a significant impact on the effectiveness of funding applications and the financial status of the lab. Inappropriate judgment could result in loss of potential research and/or infrastructure opportunities, or damage to the reputation of the lab or the whole research centre.

The Biomedical Writer will work independently from day to day, but is expected to attend regular lab meetings. Regular interaction with the Principal Investigator, but the position does provide the opportunity to work off-site on occasion provided productivity is not impacted. This is a position for someone that is goal-oriented, takes the initiative and is capable of working independently. Reports to Dr. David Granville. Works under general direction but is expected to work independently in accordance with established objectives, and exercise initiative and judgment in performing all work-related functions.

This position does not supervise, but may be expected to take a leadership role in coordinating larger endeavours such as team grant applications, authorship on review articles, and/or other projects.

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Undergraduate degree in biotechnology, dermatology, medicine, gerontology, pathology, immunology, pathology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacy, journalism or related discipline. Masters Degree preferred. Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ph.D. in immunology, molecular & cell biology, experimental pathology, dermatology, experimental medicine, vascular biology or similar discipline.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and problem solving skills required.
Must be able to multi-task a range of complex projects to meet the required deadlines.
Must be able to work in independently as well as in team situations with a variety of personality types.
Must have exceptional English verbal and written communication skills, including excellent writing, copy-editing and proof-reading skills..
Good critical review and substantive editing skills required..
A proven track record with a minimum of 2-3 first author publications in reputable journals.
Experience with scientific and grant writing for academic peers is required.
Must be able to incorporate a broad knowledge base with understanding and communication of complex research issues to the non-expert reader.
Knowledge of granting agency requirements and application procedures an asset.
Experience and demonstrated ability in using word processing, database, graphics, photo-editing, layout, and internet applications and tools required.
Experience with website maintenance and html is an asset.
Experience with report writing, project proposals, executive summaries, etc., would be an asset.
Previous biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industry and/or laboratory experience would be an asset, but not necessary.

Self-starter; Must be highly motivated; Attentive to details and deadlines; Accountable; Flexible; Demanding of excellence; Committed while maintaining balance and perspective; Willing to make and learn from mistakes; Others describe you as honest, trustworthy, positive and respectful, and gets along well with others; a person of high integrity, a good listener, a straightforward communicator, and a team builder; Capable of working independently and in teams; Comfortable with risk and uncertainty; Attention to detail; Excellent vocabulary, oral communication and writing skills; Looking to build something of value; A good sense of humour, social and networking skills are desirable.

If you are interested to join, please submit a cover letter and CV in PDF format to Dr. David Granville ( The position will remain open until filled.

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