Thursday, October 1, 2009

Medical Writing Position in Los Angeles

Scientific Communications Executive

Position Profile

Scientific Communications Executives work with public relations account teams to provide tactical counsel to clients and implement a variety of projects related to the communication of scientific or medical information. They also provide counsel to other healthcare offices within the agency network and assume responsibility for relevant projects and initiatives led by other teams.

Primary Responsibilities

- Interpret and translate complex clinical or scientific data for lay and science press
- Develop proposals, fact sheets, handbooks, animated tutorials (scripts), web sites/copy, press releases and other materials
- Communicate credibly with professional (e.g., scientific) audiences
- Ensure scientific accuracy of documents other team members prepare
- Instruct staff in the areas of science writing and editing as necessary
- Contribute to the development of strategic client plans (e.g., data communication strategies and tactics)

- Demonstrate a solid understanding of clients’ business and industry (typically pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device or other life science industries)
- Provide client counsel on tactical matters, linked to strategic plans and communication of scientific or clinical data
- Interact with clinical/scientific leaders on the client side
- Prepare and deliver tutorials on relevant scientific subjects
- Generate new ideas and opportunities to ensure client program success
- Assist with development of client presentations

- Understand industry issues that directly and indirectly affect the client
- Demonstrate a well-developed knowledge of relevant media (e.g., science magazines, major healthcare reporters)
- Draft media relations materials (see above)


Ph.D. in life sciences (biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, genetics, biophysics, etc.).

Professional Experience/Requirements
Proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, Excel
Excellent writing and speaking/presentation skills
1-2 years of related professional experience (PR agency or pharmaceutical/biotechnology company preferred); or
1-2 years continuing medical education/medical advertising experience; or
1-2 years experience as a journalist

Frank Orrico, PhD
Senior Vice President, Director of Scientific Communications
P 312.397.6632
forrico (at)

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