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Research Projects Manager – Science/Technical Writer

Job Code: RPMSTW 02-12-2019

Reporting to the Leader or designate and working within the context of a research culture and in accordance with established policies and procedures, vision and values of the BC Cancer Agency and the BC Cancer Research Centre, the Research Projects Writer works in collaboration with senior scientists, Principal Investigators (PI’s), trainees and other scientific staff to develop, write, edit, and publish scientific papers and proposals associated with projects and grants with the Centre/Agency. The Research Projects Writer assists in developing, preparing and coordinating academic manuscripts, articles, grant applications, background documentation, and other written materials with a scientific focus. The Research Projects Writer also reviews and evaluates technical writing and publication methods and makes recommendations to improve efficiency. This position utilizes critical thinking, independent judgment and initiative, technical writing, and strong written communication skills to contribute to publications, proposals and other communication outputs as they relate to the Centre/Agency and multiple stakeholders and to coordinate effective implementation of solutions among departments. The Research Projects Writer contributes to orienting staff to technical writing and publication processes and procedures as required.

 Key Accountabilities

  • Contributes to the development of publications, abstracts, posters, and research proposals in collaboration with the Leader or designate and with scientific staff, including trainees and project managers. Writing, editing and providing editorial review and feedback on scientific and technical publications, grant proposals, and other scientific communications, working with authors, trainees, external stakeholders, and reviewers.
  • Monitors status and progress for active writing activities to ensure quality and timeliness of scientific communications. Provides information and prepares progress reports with the Leader or designate for projects and Centre/Agency reporting. Establishes procedures and metrics to ensure and demonstrate that publications and grant proposal text is of high quality and completed in a timely manner. Researches project management methodologies, tools and techniques for application in assigned projects.
  • Provides advice throughout all levels of the Centre/Agency and on multiple projects and programs about publication and funding opportunities, writing tools, and current best practices for scientific communications. Participates in initiatives in research writing including methodology, design, planning, implementation, integration, evaluation and ongoing monitoring.
  • Identifies, problem solves, and works to remove barriers to successful publication and proposal completion, with emphasis on resolving issues and facilitating collaborative relationships on assigned projects across departments, collaborators, and external stakeholders. Identifies interdependencies between various groups and projects within the Centre/Agency and facilitates communication among task groups.
  • Evaluates whether objectives/milestones are met in consultation with the scientific staff and identifies discrepancies for the attention of the Leader or designate. Recommends strategies and develops plans in collaboration with project leaders to resolve project efficiency issues where required.
  • Additional duties as required.


A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to completion of a Masters or PhD from a recognized university in Science (preferably Genetics, Biochemistry or Microbiology) plus a minimum of five (5) years of recent related experience in the conduct or management of research. Demonstrated experience and expertise in technical writing and editing for peer-reviewed publications and research grant proposals in an academic and/or non-profit environment. Broad knowledge and understanding of academic grant application processes, research ethics, academic and peer-reviewed publication policies and procedures, technical writing and editing methodologies. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple resource intense activities within a fast paced environment. Demonstrated organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills. Excellent ability to organize work and communicate effectively.  Excellent communication skills both verbal and written. Demonstrated computer literacy (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).  Ability to work under pressure of deadlines. Ability to accept responsibility and work independently. Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment in the performance of duties. 


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