Senior Staff Scientist/Writer

California, United States
13 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
13 Feb 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job Code: 4272
Job Grade: G

Stanford University is seeking a staff scientist to provide support for the Department of Developmental Biology. The position will be a hybrid role and will encompass the below duties as they relate to grant writing support and management of the fly research education program.


  • Develop and research ideas for written publication/communication on topics of moderate complexity.
  • Compose written material for diverse audiences, across a variety of channels.
  • Manage production of own publications/communications and adhere to deadlines.
  • Develop, compile and edit supplemental materials that support written communication (i.e., backgrounders, biographies, executive talking points, and other related materials).
  • Establish and maintain extensive contacts with key sources (media, news services, community organizations and other targeted audiences) to identify story themes and newsworthy events to promote and disseminate information.
  • Guide students, as needed; schedule and assign workload; set appropriate deadlines; review work for quality and timeliness.
  • Collect and analyze information from peer-reviewed scientific journals and through direct submissions; abstract data into the required format, and verify them for accuracy. 
  • Occasionally perform fly-based experiments in consultation with the lab head. This could include fly intercrosses, microscopy, molecular biology, fly strain construction and other related lab-based activities, especially in training students or other teachers.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.


Ph.D. in computational biology, or a related field, and academic grant writing experience desired.


Bachelor's degree and five years of related experience, or a combination of education and related experience.


  • Proven success in writing for publication in print, web, and other platforms.
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills with proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner.
  • Ability to understand materials of moderate complexity and synthesize across multiple sources to produce materials for diverse audiences.
  • Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose.
  • Firm understanding of web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools, and current communication trends.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent time management skills.




  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks. 
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, and use a telephone, writing by hand.
  • Occasionally reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, and sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Visual and auditory acuity, including color vision required. 

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
  • Occasional travel.


  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
  • Occasional travel.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Part-time
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term