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Entering the Profession of Scientific and Medical Writing


With the medical and healthcare professions accounting for a significant part of US and global economic growth, it should come as no surprise that the documenting, researching, public advocacy and communication needs of these sectors in high demand.  As a result, the medical and scientific writing profession is both well respected and well compensated.  This week we look at a range of jobs within this fast-growing field, as well more general positions related to grant writing.

If you’re curious about medical writing, in particular, there is a voluminous amount on information on the medical writing profession, as well as career tips and research links, available at the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) website). This including its Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Medical Writer

Within our Versatile PhD site you can also find relevant archived discussions, narratives and related career assets such a resumes and cover letters.  Visit our PhD Career Finder.  Further information on general grant writing is also available in our archives.

Finally, a few skills required for “good medical writers” is providing in the illustration below.


Our job selection this week includes a wide of medical and scientific writing and development positions within research institutes, private sector medical and pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and hospitals.  Grant writing positions include entities such as public schools, healthcare centers and a public policy advocacy.

For institutional members, there is more available elsewhere on our SmartJobs page.


Grant Writer and Researcher, Crystal Stairs

Grant Data / Research Mgr, Partnership in Social Emotional Learning Initiative, Boston Public Schools

Grant Writer, NYU Langone Medical Center (Part-Time)

Scientific Grant Writer, Cancer Genomics, NY Genomics Center

Senior Development Associate, Guttmacher Institute



Associate Director, Medical Writing, Audentes Therapeutics

Medical Writer/Editor, DRT Strategies

Lead Medical Writer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Director Medical Writing (Regulatory), Flatiron Research


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For access to more jobs as well as archived and searchable opportunities, visit our SmartJobs page. Note: SmartJobs access requires a university affiliation. User-generated jobs are open to all members and can be accessed here.