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Remote/Hybrid Potential – Research Scientific Writer

The Research Scientific Writer is a part of the Engineering Deans Office at Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. The position is responsible for scientific writing for manuscripts and grant applications (to non-profit funding organizations, foundations, government agencies, etc.). Writes, edits, and reviews grant proposals, award nominations, and research manuscripts for peer review and publication. The incumbent is responsible for increasing research funding and productivity by stimulating and facilitating communication on new grant applications, and research publications. The writing for manuscripts and grants applications will be coordinated with input from the PI, as well as researchers in the lab.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Grant preparation and writing, including research sections: This position assists the PI and collaborators with the development of scientific and administrative sections of grants
  • Preparation and writing of research abstracts and journal articles: This position assists the PI and collaborators with drafting, writing, editing, and proofing of abstracts and articles for publication
  • Preparation and writing of award nominations: This position assists the school and collaborators with drafting, writing, editing, and proofing award nominations
  • Develop, analyze, and carry out program and project objectives and work with others in achieving organizational goals
  • Research, gather and organize information to produce clear and concise reports and presentations using various resources as needed
  • Effectively communicate, collaborate, establish, and maintain good working relationships with a diverse population encompassing multi-disciplinary researchers, faculty and staff about complex research issues. Ability to communicate with tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion
  • Ability to make independent decisions, analyze situations, solve problems, and initiate actions for the effective management of a large and complex department. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to identify problems and develop innovative solutions
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field is necessary
  • Master's degree is preferred
  • Sound understanding of the role of research in a major research university and its links with campus, national and international constituencies, and industry
  • Demonstrated ability to identify potential sources for grant applications as well as the ability to prepare appropriate proposals
  • Experience in contract and grant proposal formats, preparation, submission, and administration, as well as federal, state, and private granting agency regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to convey scientific content for written communications intended for the general public. Experience writing about science for both technical reviewers and the public
  • Strong skill in written communications including excellent English grammar and punctuation, syntax skills; detailed-oriented proofreading skill (using appropriate proofreading marks); strong skill to edit for content, spelling, punctuation, grammar, consistency, and style
  • Experience in writing manuscripts, as well as the grants application process, and editing of grants prior to submission
  • Two years of experience in science writing/editing is necessary
  • Experience in technical writing in a scientific or technical field is preferred
  • Experience with research; engineering knowledge is preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of computer applications. Significant experience with word processing, spreadsheets, and graphics. Database and internet experience
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills are essential. Strong interpersonal skills
  • Able to work independently and manage multiple assignments with various levels of priority
  • Attention to detail and accuracy are essential
  • Experience with graphics a plus

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.

About Us

Vanderbilt is a community of talented and diverse staff & faculty!
At Vanderbilt University , our work - regardless of title or role - is in service to an important and noble mission in which every member of our community serves in advancing knowledge and transforming lives on a daily basis. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, on a 330+ acre campus and arboretum dating back to 1873, Vanderbilt is proud to have been named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” as well as a top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area by Forbes for several years running. We welcome those who are interested in learning and growing professionally with an employer that strives to create, foster and sustain opportunities as an employer of choice through:

  • Working and growing together as a community of communities... we are One Vanderbilt.
  • Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and best self, while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and grow regardless of title or position.
We understand you have a choice when choosing where to work and pursue a career. We understand you are unique and have a story. We want to hear it. We encourage you to apply today so that you might become a part of our story.
Vanderbilt University has made the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University requires all employees to (1) participate in any required on-campus COVID-19 testing protocol as may then be in effect, or (2) show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.