Scientific Medical Writer for Autoimmune Disease Lab

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Job Description


OMRF is an independent, not-for-profit biomedical research institute adjacent to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) campus in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City offers a dynamic and flourishing downtown area, with low cost of living, short commute times and a diversified economy. OMRF’s excellence can only be fully realized by individuals who share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to these values. OMRF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic.

We offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, and vision insurance, minimum 8% company retirement contribution, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, onsite café, free onsite fitness center with access to personal trainer, free parking and much more! Relocation assistance available for those located 50 miles outside of Oklahoma City metro and out of state. Learn more about our benefits here.


The James/Guthridge labs ( is a translational immunology laboratory focused on understanding the pathogenesis, prediction, prevention and precision treatment of immune-mediated diseases to improve patients’ lives. We have large, complex experimental datasets partnered with detailed clinical data to help better understand disease and improve treatments. We also help lead large, national, NIH funded consortia such as the Autoimmune Centers of Excellence and Accelerating Medicines Partnership in Autoimmune and Immune-Mediated Disease. We are looking for a talented Scientific/Medical Writer to join our team. The Scientific Writer is responsible for producing and/or editing accurate, clear, and interesting content for manuscripts, grants, reports, lay summaries, white papers, website content and presentations.

The successful candidate will perform some combination of the following. Apply scientific principles and biomedical knowledge to understand, organize, and describe complex data for scientific, medical, and lay audiences. Coordinate input from a multi-disciplinary team while meeting tight deadlines. Help write, edit and proofread key documents. Maintain familiarity with relevant research, conduct literature reviews, and manage references. Assist with the design, development, and selection of scientific illustrations, tables, and figures. Track manuscript status from conceptualization through publication. Assist with cover letters and associated documents. Assist with letters of support, evaluation letters and other aspects of communication like patient newsletters. Update lab and departmental websites, including newsworthy content. Maintain common-use text describing facilities, resources, human subject sections and standard procedures. Assist with editing and writing grant progress reports, grant sections and collaborative grant documents. Summarize research results for lay audiences and community stakeholders. A senior candidate may assume a leadership role for a Scientific Writing Unit, hosting scientific writing workshops, writing groups and lunch-and-learns for junior investigators and trainees.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in biomedical science-related field and 2 years’ experience writing and editing scientific publications and grants. Alternatively, a master’s or certification in scientific or medical writing with 2 years’ experience.

Ability to meet tight deadlines and work independently on complex tasks. Attention to detail. Excellent communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Ability to read, analyze and interpret an extensive variety of scientific, technical, financial, and legal documents. Ability to deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to work with a wide array of individuals and to operate effectively in a team setting. Self-starter.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in Immunology or related field; or Medical Degree.

Immunology and/or clinical rheumatology experience a plus.
Previous experience with statistics and scientific and/or grant writing strongly preferred.
Proficiency in EndNote and GraphPad Prism (or other data visualization programs).
Data analysis and/or statistical training or expertise a plus.