Medical Writer at Karius
Redwood City, CA, US

Karius is a venture-backed life science startup transforming the way infectious diseases are diagnosed.  Combining Next-Generation Sequencing and proprietary data analysis, we can identify over 1,000 pathogens from a single blood sample with typical turnaround time in one business day. By unlocking the information present in microbial cell-free DNA, we're helping doctors quickly solve their most challenging cases, with a future vision of accelerating clinical trials, discovering new microbes, and reducing patient suffering worldwide.

We are looking for a stellar Medical Writer who will be responsible for researching, writing, and editing scientific publications. The ideal candidate will have experience in constructing and articulating compelling narratives for publications in premier peer-reviewed journals within the biomedical field.

Reports to      Chief Scientific Officer
Location         Redwood City, CA


Work in a collaborative team to develop peer-reviewed publications, conference materials (abstracts, posters, manuscripts and slide presentations), and marketing materials.
Collaborates with cross-functional team members (e.g., Research and Development, Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs, Marketing, Medical, etc.) to ensure accurate and timely completion/delivery of high-quality and scientifically justified documents
Research, write, edit, and proof-read material content such as: Advisory Board/Focus Group Reports, Case Studies, Journal Articles, Newsletters, White Papers, Patient Education Materials, Monographs, Sales and Medical Training, Sales-aid Content
Work with third parties including academic partners, key opinion leaders, and contractors during development of publications, posters, and reports
Maintain consistently high standards for quality and clarity for all communications
Collaborate with the marketing and commercial teams to develop and review concepts, layouts, presentations and other materials for scientific accuracy
Contributes to the development and standardization of templates and related processes, including updating, revising and developing relevant SOPs and internal best practices and processes for critical document development
Perform data analysis and development of graphics, charts and figures, as needed
Perform other tasks, as assigned
Travel:              Minimal travel required

Physical Requirements:

Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in an office, lab or clinical environment.

Position Requirements:

Masters or PhD in life-sciences field or equivalent required (e.g. Medical, Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or other relevant scientific or clinical discipline)
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the biotechnology industry with at least 3 years direct medical writing experience; post-doctoral research may be considered in lieu of industry experience
Experience or background in molecular biology/genomics, oncology, prenatal testing, or diagnostics a plus
Thorough understanding of objective, evidence-based medical writing
Ability to create professional-grade documents that effectively and clearly convey scientific data, properly identify/target the audience for each document, and communicate key messages clearly and concisely
Ability to apply analytic skills to medical facts and clinical data, interpret and report information
Proficiency in conducting literature searches, developing manuscripts, publications research and planning, reference and fact checking
Extensive knowledge of medical terminology
Familiarity with accepted writing and publication standards and individual journal requirements
Ability to gather and synthesize large amounts of data
Personal Qualifications:·
Detail focused with ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously
Good team player; excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work well with others
Expert writing, editing, proof reading skills, including spelling, grammar and formatting
Proven document planning and project management skills
Demonstrated ability to organize data into a clear and compelling value narrative.
Ability to meet timelines without compromising document quality
Must have the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced environment with limited to little supervision
Ability to work independently and collaboratively, as required, in a fast-paced, team environment consisting of internal and external team members
Proficiency with Adobe Acrobat, GSuite and Microsoft Office products