Science Writer

Posted On: November 18, 2013

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: Van Andel Research Institute

Company Description

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) conducts biomedical research, with a focus on cancer and Parkinson’s disease and also emphasizes translating scientific research results into clinical applications. VARI is located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is acknowledged as one of the leading independent research institutes expanding the life science industry in this region. Collaborative partnerships among world-class health care, research, and educational organizations have led to dramatic growth in the life sciences sector in the region, making Grand Rapids a career destination choice in this area.

Job Description

Based in the Office of the Director, the science writer develops and edits original content for the Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) website. He/she works with scientific investigators, Office of the Director staff, communications personnel, business analysts, and others to create, edit, and update content that documents activities, events, and news related to research at VARI.

The successful candidate will be an integral part of a team that conveys the mission, research expertise, and scientific advances of the Institute to scientific, business, and lay audiences. He/she will maintain relationships with faculty, research leadership, and business development to determine when newsworthy research will be presented or published.

Web responsibilities include planning site design by clarifying goals, designing functionality, and optimizing navigation to funnel traffic through content; maintaining site appearance by developing and enforcing content and display standards; and identifying and evaluating improvement options to optimize communication to the VARI audience.

To Apply

To apply, please visit to learn more about working at Van Andel Research Institute or click to apply directly.

Please provide a resume and the following writing samples:

• A short (200-300 words), medium (400-600 words), and long (900+ words) writing samples about a scientific topic for a general audience.