Melding the principles of directed evolution and engineering to rationally design novel biological devices —macromolecules, viruses, and cells — that transform the detection and treatment of diseases ranging from genetic syndromes to cancer, inflammation and infectious disease.
The Need: We now know the underlying genetic and molecular targets that cause many devastating diseases, such as, cancer, inflammation and infection. Yet we grapple with a frustrating challenge: for most of these diseases, there are no effective treatments, much less cures. We desperately need new therapies that overcome the limitations of traditional small molecule drugs. To conquer disease, we need medicines that are as biologically sophisticated as the diseases themselves.
Our Approach: Design is the ultimate test of understanding; to engineer new life, the defining act of creativity. The aspirations of the Redesigning Biology and Medicine Initiative are to explore new frontiers by combining Big Data, engineering and synthetic biology to create transformative medicines. We are developing therapeutic processing units (TPUs) that are assembled from libraries of DNA modules and synthetic gene circuits into viral, cellular and microbial medicines that sense and target disease with unprecedented selectivity and potency. Our initial focus is on cancer, inflammation, vaccines and gene therapy.
We are looking for a singular individual who can work together as part of an interdisciplinary team in translating foundational discoveries and transformative therapies into landmark papers and multi-million-dollar research funding. This will require an ability to understand, synthesize and simplify complex ideas into foundational principles described in technically correct but memorable and compelling prose. The ideal individual will be a world class scientist and master storyteller who can convey verbally and visually science at the frontiers between fields and translating these discoveries into text-book contributions and transformative therapies.
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."
"Words are a lens to focus one's mind."
- Ayn Rand
Serves in a lead and advisory role to plan and execute science writing activities. Edits complex content, written and multi-media, for grant proposals, peer-reviewed publications, patents, reviews, collaborative agreements and communications, leveraging expertise in delivery to a technical and scientific audience. This position will serve as a collaborator with Principal Investigators (PIs) Drs. O’Shea and Saghatelian and an intermediary to help grant and paper writing with lab members pertaining to new frontiers in cancer, virology, structural biology, synthetic biology, imaging, molecular biology and biotechnology. The ideal candidate is responsible for editing and coordinating the written content -technical and stylistic- together with associated figures for papers and grant proposals with the lab members and faculty. As assigned, this position will work with teams within the groups to plan and manage projects, including scientific projects. The position will act as a mentor for the career development and critical skill building needed for trainees at all levels as related to papers and grants. The ideal candidate must be able to meet proposal submission deadlines and funding goals, relate scientific and strategic goals to individual grant opportunities, and remain informed about information technologies, research trends, and research development within the PI’s areas of focus as well as other research institutions, universities and government entities within the field.
(45%) Proposal Development
(45%) Peer-Reviewed Publications
(10%) Project Management
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
This position requires constant seeing, communicating, reasoning, reading, writing and working inside.
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