GA4GH Science Writer

Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States

Full Job Description


The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) — an international alliance formed in 2013 to accelerate the potential of research and medicine to advance human health — is hiring a Science Writer to be based at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA, USA. Bringing together hundreds of contributors working in healthcare, research, patient advocacy, life science, and information technology, the GA4GH community is working together to create policy frameworks and standards to enable the responsible, voluntary, and secure sharing of genomic and health-related data. Learn more at www.ga4gh.org.

The GA4GH Science Writer will be a critical member of the GA4GH Secretariat and will focus on writing news and feature stories about GA4GH initiatives and deliverables, profiles of members of the GA4GH community, and other content for the GA4GH website and other public channels. The Science Writer will work collaboratively with the core GA4GH staff team as well as the broader GA4GH network of researchers, clinicians, industry members, and other stakeholders on a variety of communications projects.

The Science Writer will also be part of GA4GH’s vibrant and active community, attending working meetings, learning new science, looking for compelling story ideas, meeting and interviewing individuals across the alliance, and working with them to fact-check stories.

In addition, the Science Writer will contribute to internal communications, social media, video, and other content, as well as support the writing of grants and other institutional documents. They will also generally work to make technical and non-technical content more compelling and accessible across our communications channels, especially the website, ga4gh.org.

This person will be focused on writing and creating content and will be a key part of our effort to broaden and diversify our storytelling.

We are looking for candidates with :

  • A passion for developing unique story angles and well-researched, creative ideas for new content, particularly stories that reflect diverse perspectives and highlight how international standards and scientific interoperability impact a broad array of communities
  • Strong writing and communications skills, particularly in translating complex topics into clear, accurate, succinct and compelling copy for a broad audience
  • A love of science and biology (particularly molecular biology and bioinformatics) and a passion for making these subjects accessible to a variety of audiences around the world
  • Exceptional cultural awareness and a global mindset
  • A strong ability to work independently, juggle multiple projects, shift gears quickly when needed, and hit tight deadlines
  • Experience in science/medical/health writing and/or communications, or a demonstrated passion for communicating science
  • A bachelor’s degree at a minimum
  • Background in science, journalism, and/or multimedia production is a plus.
  • This position is based at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts but is part of a geographically distributed team, working daily with colleagues based in Canada and the UK. Currently, most of Broad’s administrative employees are working remotely, however there is the option to work on site.
  • Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and 1 to 3 relevant writing samples. As we narrow the field, we may ask some candidates to write a draft story or press release based on an actual scientific data sharing project.
  • The Broad Institute will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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