Associate Scientific Director

Chicago, Illinois, United States expand job description ↓


Title: Associate Scientific Director

Job Type: Full-Time

Location: Chicago, IL

Level: Mid-Level

General Purpose/Summary of Job:

To lead the strategic content development and co-ordinate implementation of client communication programs, with a focus on marketing strategy, key messages, content and overall quality of all educational materials, in conjunction with relevant colleagues within the business units and external contacts.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement strategic communication plans in close collaboration with client/internal account teams.
  • Research, write to the highest standard (scientific and grammatical) for a full range of educational materials and target audiences.
  • Mentor Medical Writers working on client program and assist in training of Associate Medical Writers.
  • Provide on-site support to meet the client’s needs, e.g., on-site writing/editing, video interviewing, faculty support, competitor intelligence gathering, and moderating meetings.
  • Make presentations to clients/speakers/third party organizations.
  • Provide medical expertise/consultancy in areas of main strength (internally and externally).
  • Establish/develop and maintain opinion leader relationships.
  • Work closely with Editorial Unit Manager/Executive Editorial Manager to plan resource to match program needs.
  • Utilize and manage freelance and contract freelance assistance (commissioning and briefing freelancers).
  • Assist New Business Department with new pitches/presentations.
  • Quality Control checking of copy of other Medical Writers across department.


Job Qualifications:

  • Develop high-quality scientific and well-referenced educational materials, including promotional educational content, slide decks, brief communications, and other standard communication formats
  • Interact with client and experts in all aspects of the business with a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities
  • Self-manage to adhere to agreed T&E schedules, budgets, and to alert team to potential deviations and overages
  • Build working relationships with key client medical personnel
  • Excellent scientific writing ability and ability to adapt for different target audiences.
  • Ability to ensure all writing meets the client’s strategic marketing objectives as well as being of high scientific quality/credibility.
  • Ability to translate complex data into compelling messages and concepts
  • Attention to detail, style, consistency, grammar, syntax, scientific accuracy, proof-reading, layout, etc.
  • Ability to develop table, figures, etc, and review for grammar, format, and consistency
  • Ability to deliver quick turnaround on a variety of tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to lead a small project team.
  • Understanding of media, including print, video, new media (web-based)
  • Good knowledge of therapeutic areas and therapies, plus the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Familiar with code of practice guidelines for medical copy/copyright issues.
  • Familiar with drug development regulatory guidelines/issues.
  • Educated to degree level or higher in a biomedical science, with several years’ writing experience in a communications agency environment, including experience of good multidisciplinary teamwork.


  • Advanced life science (PhD, PharmD, MS) or medical (MD, DO) degree preferred
  • 3 years agency or pharmaceutical experience
  • Excellent verbal, writing, presentation, and editing skills
  • Familiarity with AMA style
  • Strong attention to detail


Competitive salary and benefits package.

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