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Job Opportunity: Writer/Editor, NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE)

Posted by on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 in Announcements .

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) has an immediate need for a full-time Writer/Editor. There is the potential for long-term employment and the position can begin as soon as possible. The incumbent will be asked to complete the following tasks:

  • Assume responsibility for producing engaging and modern documents for all media that share information on OITE programming and resources by
    • Editing trainee handbooks
    • Creating text for the OITE website upon request
    • Partnering with the OITE website team to ensure that all text is 508-compliant, follows plain language guidelines, adheres to best practices for writing for the web, is consistent with OITE content management principles, follows the rules of American grammar
    • Creating or assisting with the creation of OITE blog posts and other postings to social media
    • Assisting with the production of programs and support materials for major OITE events
  • Assist OITE staff with creating straightforward, grammatically accurate, and engaging written material, including providing advice on section 508 compliance and Federal Plain Language Guidelines, organizing a writing group to support OITE staff preparing manuscripts, and providing editorial input on documents
  • Create and/or edit OITE administrative documents, such as Annual Reports, budget and other support requests, and responses to data calls
  • Provide workshops and other services to improve the writing skills of trainees in the NIH Intramural Research Program, including workshops on clear and convincing scientific writing and the scientific publication process, support for postbac personal statement working groups, and content on writing for science policy for OITE programs
  • Participate in major OITE events, such as Postbac and Summer Poster Days, the Graduate & Professional School Fair, the Career Symposium, and Community College Day at the NIH

We are looking for someone with an interest in writing, coupled with

  • Significant experience writing for the public, for the web, and for a scientific audience
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Knowledge of and practical experience with plain language writing and creating accessible (section 508-compliant) text OR the ability to master both quickly
  • The ability to master new computer applications and content management systems
  • Overall outstanding communication skills, both written and oral
  • Flexibility and demonstrated ability to manage competing demands
  • Independence, initiative, thoroughness, and attention to detail
  • Highly developed organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a highly interactive team environment

The following experience/skills would be a plus.

  • An advanced degree (MS or PhD) in a scientific discipline relevant to biomedical research or equivalent experience (or have completed all the requirements for the degree)
  • Demonstrated ability to write original research manuscripts
  • Experience in training/mentoring students at educational levels from high school through the PhD
  • First-hand knowledge of major issues in STEM education and career issues specific to biomedical fields from the postbac to postdoc levels
  • Experience in planning and implementing activities for trainees

To Apply:
To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and a writing sample in a single PDF to Lori Conlan, PhD ( in the OITE; we regret that we are unable to field phone calls inquiring about the position. Applications due Jan 14, 2022
The NIH is an equal opportunity employer. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

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