Sr. Science Writer/Editor

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.

The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) is the world’s largest publicly funded multi-disciplinary international collaboration facilitating the development of vaccines to prevent HIV/AIDS, through clinical research studies. Most recently, the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) was formed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the US National Institutes of Health to respond to the global pandemic. Using the infectious disease expertise of their existing research networks and global partners, NIAID has directed the HVTN to utilize their experience and expertise to address the pressing need for vaccines and antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The mission of CoVPN is to conduct Phase 3 efficacy trials of vaccines and antibodies to prevent infection and COVID-19 disease, to ensure rapid and thorough evaluation that can support approval and dissemination of the interventions.  


The Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology department  in the division of Vaccnine and Infectious Diseases is seeing a Scientific Writer/Editor  to provide manuscript writing support for the publication of HVTN studies and related infectious disease studies including Coronavirus Prevention Network (CoVPN).


Works in collaboration with faculty to draft and/or edit scientific manuscripts, research proposals, and grant application components. Works independently in performing responsibilities.

  • Draft/edit scientific manuscripts based on existing data analysis reports or outlines including writing of materials and methods sections and preparing tables and graphs in coordination with the other scientific staff conducting the studies.
  • Contribute writing of introduction and discussion sections of scientific manuscripts.
  • Prepare the manuscripts according to the style guides of the submitting journal.
  • Submit and follow the manuscript from drafting through to publication.
  • Coordinate and edit revisions to book chapters, manuscripts, articles, scientific reports, grant progress reports, grant applications, presentations, and teaching materials of a highly technical nature.
  • Coordinate documentation preparation with publication deadlines, grant deadlines, collaboration efforts and other projects.
  • Write research progress reports, which includes working with scientists to gather updated information about research progress and translating that information into easily understandable language.
  • Recommend edits on written materials to improve readability, coherence, accuracy, grammar, and conformity to internal and publishing standards of style.
  • Copyedit and proofread scientific manuscripts and coordinate journal submission.
  • Create and update content for faculty and lab webpages, working with program faculty and staff, VIDD leadership, and Communications & Marketing staff, as appropriate.
  • Edit and adapt existing written materials as needed for use in proposals, progress reports, letters, and other documents. Maintain a library of writing samples for use of the faculty.
  • Review professional journals and books to stay abreast of new requirements in technical writing field.
  • Regularly attend scientific seminars across Fred Hutch; attend national meetings; read primary literature and daily news feeds, to better understand biostatistics, bioinformatics, vaccine development, and infectious disease research, how it is communicated and perceived by professional and lay audiences, and how we can best portray Fred Hutch work in this area.
  • Provide other technical support as may be requested.



  • Master’s degree and 3-5 years formal scientific writing experience preferred or an advanced degree in a biomedical-related field with a demonstrable ability to write about science for a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent grammar and writing mechanics skills; clear and concise writing style suitable for scientific publishing; and demonstrated ability to translate complex scientific information and concepts into graphs, figures, and presentations.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work under the pressure of deadlines and maintain an extremely high level of attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively on concurrent projects.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.
  • Ensure compliance with Fred Hutch writing style guidelines.
  • Self-motivation and flexibility required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully as part of a diverse team with a commitment to equity and inclusion.



  • Project management experience.
  • Proficiency with Adobe InDesign.
  • Familiarity with and experience producing for digital channels and social media, including traditional (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest) and emerging players preferred.
  • Knowledge of AdobeCQ, HTML, CSS, JavaScript preferred.


Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.
As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment. 


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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