Sr. Science Writer and Publications Project Manager

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Clinical Research Support Services


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit organization providing adult cancer treatment and groundbreaking research focused on cancer and infectious diseases. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Washington.

With a track record of global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccines, Fred Hutch has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. 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 value collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. These values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member and supporter. Our commitment to learning across our differences and similarities make us stronger. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism and inclusion.


Headquartered at Fred Hutch, the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) is the world's largest publicly funded multi-disciplinary international collaboration facilitating the development of vaccines and antibodies to prevent HIV/AIDS. The HVTN’s mission is to fully characterize the safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy of HIV vaccine candidates with the goal of developing a safe, effective vaccine as rapidly as possible for prevention of HIV globally. To date, the Network has conducted the majority of the published, presented, or ongoing clinical trials of preventive HIV vaccines worldwide. In the process, we have gained tremendous experience in implementing an innovative global scientific organization, which combines the intellectual robustness and creativity of academia with the focus and infrastructure of industry. The HVTN has also expanded the scope of preventative infectious disease work to include the intersecting pandemic of TB by working with collaborators to evaluate novel TB vaccine approaches.

The HVTN Leadership Operations Center (LOC) in the division of Vaccine and Infectious Diseases is seeking a Sr. Scientific Writer and Publications Project Manager to provide manuscript writing support for the publication of HVTN studies, and to provide project oversight for the publications process at the LOC. Project oversight also includes tracking and initiating forums to present data in data forums for HVTN Members to see as well as to participate in fulfilling key milestones in publications of HVTN articles.


  • Facilitate writing team communication and collaboration throughout publication development: create and maintain online writing team workspaces on the Atlas data portal, manage team email aliases, schedule and chair data review and manuscript development meetings, prepare and distribute meeting minutes, coordinate follow-up activities and update project schedules as needed.
  • Work with writing teams to establish target journals, as well as timelines and milestones for draft development, review and submission. Track team decisions and communicate data/analysis priorities to SCHARP and the Laboratory Program
  •  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maintain database of HVTN and CoVPN publications and track the status of cross-center publications in development.
  • Assist in coordinating HVTN data forums which present HVTN study data across the network.
  • Coordinate the review and approval of all publications in accordance with the Publication Policy and applicable clinical trials agreements.
  • Update the publications process, as needed, by collaborating with stakeholders across LOC, SDMC, and the Laboratory Program to optimize the manuscript development
  • Attend VIDD and FHCC scientific seminars, HVTN Conference and/or relevant conferences as invited or requested by manager
  • Provide other technical support as may be requested.



  • Master’s degree
  • 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 Adobe CQ, HTML, CSS, JavaScript preferred.

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.

The annual base salary range for this position is from $74,358 to $111,536, and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance health, well-being, and financial security. Benefits include medical/vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, life, disability, retirement, family life support, employee assistance program, onsite health clinic, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (12-22 days per year), paid sick leave (12-25 days per year), paid holidays (13 days per year), paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks), and partially paid sabbatical leave (up to 6 months). 

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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