Science Writer & Editor

The University of Chicago


BSD DIV – Dean for Basic Science: Staff

About the Department

Established in 1930, the Biological Sciences Division (BSD) has a tripartite mission of education, research, and clinical care. In this unique academic community—the largest unit in the University—a unified BSD delivers undergraduate, graduate, medical, and postgraduate education in the biological sciences together with outstanding patient care and world-renowned research. The BSD currently includes approximately 135 faculty in the 10 basic science departments, over 800 faculty in 13 clinical departments, and 2,400 staff members. The BSD includes the Pritzker School of Medicine (PSOM), approximately 24 academic units, degree-granting committees, and research centers and institutes. In total, the BSD is responsible for the education and training of more than 1,200 undergraduate students per year and 800 basic science graduate and medical students. The 18 doctoral training programs in biological sciences focus on Darwinian sciences, molecular biosciences, neurosciences, biomedical sciences, public health sciences, radiation physics, and the MD/PhD interdisciplinary scientist training program. The role of the Office of the Dean for Basic Science (DBS) within the BSD is to oversee the basic science departments, to advocate for all basic research programs in the BSD, and to help lead the coordination and integration of all types of basic, clinical, translational, and community research throughout the BSD. The DBS is responsible for building strategic programs, as well as the integration of the basic research and graduate education missions. In this capacity the DBS oversees resources such as research space and research core facilities, which are designed to support the research mission. The DBS oversees the strategic direction and quality control of the graduate education programs and ensures they support the BSD research mission. The DBS regularly convenes meetings with the Basic Science Chairs as well as other key leaders and committees, and provides evaluations of all faculty candidates. In addition, the DBS office supports and staffs a diverse group of early-stage research-related initiatives and meetings, the bulk of which center around new strategic programs.

Job Summary

We have created a new Research Development Team (RDT) to manage and facilitate the pre-award phase, providing research development support to teams of investigators leading large-scale scientific grant proposals. The goal is to decrease the administrative burden of submitting large grant proposals and thereby increase research funding in the Division overall.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Basic Science, the Science Writer & Editor will provide science writing and editorial expertise and support the Office of the Dean and the Division’s efforts to plan, build and sustain research programs of academic excellence.


  • Provides science writing and editorial expertise; provides research development support to teams of investigators leading large-scale scientific grant proposals (e.g., NIH P01, P30, P50, and cooperative agreements U19, U54, etc.).

  • Write initial drafts and/or provide templates of management and mentoring plans, institutional resources, and other administrative sections of grant proposals, working closely with investigators and departmental administration.

  • Developmental editing of scientific sections of proposals, editing for clarity, consistency, flow, and length.

  • Work closely with pre-award grant & contract administrators, faculty, other RDT members, and science illustrators, to ensure efficient facilitation of proposal submission process.

  • Help foster new collaborations and interactions amongst faculty from different Departments, different Divisions, and from different areas of focus (e.g., basic researchers and clinicians, experimental and computational scientists etc.) in preparation for and well ahead of any proposal deadlines.

  • Conduct institutional research involving comparison with our peer institutions; data collection, developing metrics and analysis.

  • Tracks progress, conducts analysis, as well as prepares for and facilitates project meetings. Ensures adherence to quality standards and reviews project deliverables.

  • Acts as a resource and subject matter expert for project team and provides analytical guidance. Interprets complex project issues and provides analytical guidance to a project team.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


  • PhD in STEM-related field.


  • Experience working with faculty in an academic setting.

  • Familiarity with academic values and culture.

  • Experience working with NIH program projects or cooperative agreements (e.g., P30, P50, U19, U54 etc.).

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet tight deadlines.

  • Excellent communication (oral, written) and editing skills.

  • Attention to detail and a commitment to providing a high level of service.

  • High degree of professionalism, diplomacy skills, and ability to handle confidential information.

  • Ability to interact with and win the trust and confidence of others.

Working Conditions

  • Office Environment.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Administration & Management

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

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Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


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