Medical Research Council of South Africa – Science Writer and Editor

Science Writer and Editor

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) strives to improve the nation’s health and quality of life by funding and conducting relevant and leading health research.  It further aims to promote equity, career development and progression.  The organisation prides itself on three core values: being pioneering, striving for excellence and working collaboratively.The SAMRC retains the right not to make an appointment. Should no feedback be received within 30 days of the closing date, kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.
VacancyUnit/DirectorateRegionClosing date
Science Writer and Editor
3-year contract post
Corporate & Marketing Communications Cape Town7 May 2020

The South African Medical Research Council seeks to appoint an experienced and qualified Science Writer & Editor. The role will focus on writing and editing of publications and support of our research translation activities. The position would suit a health journalist with a science background and qualification, a multitasker with an eye for detail who can navigate multiple projects, while producing high quality content suited for various publications and digital platforms.

About the role: Together with the communications team, you will write, edit, coordinate projects, ensure quality assurance of scientific content and support our outreach and research translation activities.

What you will be doing:Broad functional areas:
Provide comprehensive writing and editing services for large and/or complex projects, potentially involving multiple mediaInterpret complex scientific/technical information and translate into various forms of easily understandable and non-technical communicationsCoordinate production jobs, often with the Corporate team and agencyTrack the progress of multiple, simultaneous projects and results achievedCollaborate with staff members from the Corporate team and across research units to support communication needsServe as quality check officer for production assignments through interaction with design agency and staff membersUnderstand the brief and conceptualise with the Head of Corporate Communications multimedia related projectsEnsure buy-in from relevant stakeholders and approvalCommunicate and coordinate with service providers to deliver on projectsEnsure the delivery of multimedia projects in collaboration with Unit portfolio holdersBe part of the planning on public outreach opportunities by engaging relevant stakeholders and staffWriting and EditingProject CoordinationQuality assurance & business supportPublic outreach
Core requirements:Advantageous:
3-year qualification in Health Sciences or related field3 Years Writing and Editing ExperienceValid driver’s licencePostgraduate qualification in relevant fieldExperience in a research or academic environmentAbility to work collaboratively and productively

Please note a portfolio of evidence will be required as part of the recruitment process.

A salary in the region of R638 951 per annum, cost to company, will be negotiated in line with qualifications and relevant work experience.

In accordance with the SAMRC’s Employment Equity Plan, preference will be given to suitably qualified candidates from the designated groups. For this reason, we require race, gender and disability status to be specified. Disabled persons are encouraged to apply

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