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Job Opportunity: Senior Science Writer, Broad Institute – Cambridge, MA

Posted by on Thursday, February 17, 2022 in Job Opportunities .

Location: Cambridge, MA

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Job Description

Do you love to create content that delivers technical information in a clear and engaging way?

The Broad Institute small but lively education team dedicated to supporting the global research community in their use of software tools and analysis platforms developed by the Data Sciences Platform (DSP) at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

This role involves creating technical documentation and scientific tutorials for researchers using the All of Us Researcher Workbench. The portal was built for researchers to access genomic data, surveys, and electronic health records of the one million plus participants of the All of Us Research Program, one of the largest and most diverse life sciences projects in the United States. Working with various development teams at the Broad Institute and partner institutes, this individual will be responsible for carrying out multiple projects, and ensuring that documentation is kept relevant as new methods and datasets are made public. The position requires the ability to understand the purpose of specific genomic analysis methods, how they are applied, and what tools are involved to anticipate questions the biomedical researchers may have when using them. This position offers the opportunity to teach workshops and give presentations at conferences and outreach events.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about creating content that incorporates principles of learning and education and is delivered to diverse audiences ranging from students with very little technical background to experienced researchers.

Applicants for this role must submit at least two relevant writing samples along with their application.


  • Create and update tutorial documentation that give scientific examples of what researchers can do on the All of Us Researcher Workbench

  • Create and provide support documentation for analysis methods and associated software, including tutorials, user guides, and workshop materials.

  • Apply analysis methods on test datasets to ensure sufficient knowledge to create adequate and useful tutorials and documentation. Report any bugs or other issues that would impact external users to the relevant development or support personnel.

  • Assist in developing community outreach and education events such as workshops and webinars.

  • Follow schedule for documentation and outreach projects, ensuring documentation creation and updates adhere to the wider project scheduling goals.


  • Demonstrated experience in creating technical or scientific documentation and support materials.

  • Demonstrated experience analyzing human genomic data.

  • Demonstrated experience with statistical programming languages and statistical analysis tools (R, Python, etc.).

  • Previous experience running analysis pipelines is a plus.

  • Knowledge of common genomic analysis workflows and bioinformatics tools preferred.

  • Experience giving presentations to large audiences.

  • Ability to think and work across different subject areas at a high level simultaneously.

  • Basic familiarity with UNIX command-line tools.

  • Minimum 5 years experience in biology, computational biology, or other related fields.

  • Peer-reviewed publications as well as experience in blogging/writing for general audiences a plus.

  • Sense of humor.

All Broad employees, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Tuesday, October 12, 2021.  Requests for exemption for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will be considered.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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