American Association for Cancer Research

Career Opportunities

Senior Writer, Science Communications

Reports to:  Director of Science Communications

Department:  Communications and Public Relations

Employment Status:  Full-time/Exempt  

Position Description and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the director of science communications, the senior writer, science communications, writes and edits copy that helps promote awareness of AACR’s scientific activities among the public, policymakers, the media and others interested in cancer research. Responsibilities include:

  • Writes and edits scientific press releases, fact sheets and features about AACR’s meetings, conferences, journal articles and other activities;
  • Writes and edits Stand Up To Cancer science communications and public relations-related projects; 
  • Assists with writing and editing of the annual AACR Cancer Progress Report, AACR Annual Report, and Annual Meeting scripts;   
  • Works with scientists and media relations staff to help identify and promote newsworthy information from the AACR’s numerous journals, scientific meetings, programs and conferences to the scientific/medical press, national press, policymakers and general public;
  • Contributes to the implementation of a lay consumer-oriented web strategy for the media and public;
  • Contributes to the writing of op-ed articles for AACR leadership on scientific issues of importance to the cancer research community;
  • Help develops content for an on-line newsroom on AACR’s website; and
  • Collaborates with other members of the AACR about science communication projects that support the AACR’s mission and goals.

Essential Skills and Knowledge:

  • Ability to translate complex scientific concepts into lay language for press releases and other written materials including science backgrounders, newsletters and white papers;
  • Ability to write compelling science/medical articles for lay publications;
  • Outstanding editing skills and knowledge of style guides used in publications, including AP style;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, a team player capable of working effectively with AACR colleagues, membership and leadership;
  • Good understanding of biomedical terminology; and
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications and social media.

Education and Training:

  • Ph.D. in biomedical science (ideally cancer research) or M.D.   
  • Minimum of seven years of experience as a science writer in public relations/media relations or as a scientific editor

Contact Information:

This position offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. To apply, please send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Human Resources
P.O. Box 40138
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fax: 215-440-1045

Equal Opportunity Employer