Scientific Technical Writer

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Scientific Technical Writer

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Must be a US Citizen
Some travel may be required

Columbus Technologies and Services Inc. is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers.  Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Columbus offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world.  We are currently seeking a Scientific Technical Writer to work onsite with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers:
 - Competitive salary 
 - Tremendous growth opportunity
 - Opportunity to work at NIH, the world's foremost medical research center
 - Learn more about what Columbus can do for you at

Job Description:
•Plan, develop, and implement innovative strategic communications plans to communicate information about the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG) cancer genomics research initiatives to ensure that new discoveries are disseminated to NCI audiences in an effective and timely manner. 
•Develop and implement strategies to communicate cancer messages to Congress and other Federal and state government health officials, researchers and health professionals, the media, cancer-related organizations and associations, cancer advocacy groups, and the public. 
•Collaborate with NCI Divisions, Offices, and Centers, and other branches and sub-offices to ensure that “discovery” in NCI-supported laboratories and clinical trials are disseminated to health professionals and the public in an effective and timely manner; serve as the communications point-of-contact for other NCI communicators to help them navi-gate CCG and its services. 
•Provide expertise in the development and coordination of strategic communications plans and content related to specific scientific findings or programs. 
•Develop and write content for a variety of communication channels, including website pages, brochures, press releases, videos, social media, etc. 
•Work with CCG leadership to get content approved before distribution. 
•Identify scientific advances in the field of genomics by reading primary research literature and interviewing experts to provide the most current information to audiences. 
•Disseminate news and information pertaining to the advancement of cancer science and treatment through social media and ensure that scientific stakeholders have access to tools and resources provided by CCG programs. 
•Develop and/or review content developed by other authors for basic scientific accuracy and consistency with accepted Style Guide guidelines. 
•Coordinate and monitor production of and/or write and disseminate specific communications materials. 
•Prepare or oversee the preparation of correspondence, reports or other documents on specialized subjects/topics; coordinate with and advise the NCI Office of Media Relations (OMR) in recommending specific research projects or study results for promotion via a press release or other media materials.
•Provide counsel to NCI Press Office on the appropriateness of interviews and selection of individuals to be interviewed; track media inquiries and coverage (including major national and international television, radio and print outlets) of research to inform the future direction of media planning.
•Organize resources and publications and present them to internal and external audiences in a thorough and intuitive fashion.
•Attend meetings and seminars to identify new research developments and activities, including publication/announcement of research results, launching of clinical trials, launching initiatives involving new technologies, and others. 
•Monitor news media and public perception, bring negative media or misinformation about ongoing initiatives to the attention of senior leadership, and respond when appropriate.
•Track progress and effectiveness of scientific, web and social media communications projects by analyzing and cataloguing data analytics reports.
•Develop and communicate replies to incoming messages about scientific programs; work with scientific staff to ensure the accuracy of scientific and programmatic details.

Required Skills:
•Master’s degree in a science discipline.
•Minimum of four (4) years of experience in related field.
•Experience in scientific communications, outreach and coordination.
•Experience in project management.
•Experience writing and editing scientific content for a technically sophisticated audience.
•Knowledge of web and social media platforms.
•Experience using multiple software programs, platforms and tools, including Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook), Adobe, Acrobat Pro, SharePoint and GoToMeeting.
•Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
•Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.

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