Manager, Science Writing

Posted On: May 24, 2021

Journalism Job

Media Organization: UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)

Company Description

A $21 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 89,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 3.7 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.2 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid $587 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to

Job Description

UPMC Corporate is looking for a Manager, Science Writing to join our team at the US Steel Building in Pittsburgh, PA! The role will work in the US Steel building, however, there is the flexibility for work from home given the current times. This person will work closely with our clinical public relations team to publicize assigned areas, notably research findings from the top NIH-funded University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and affiliated schools of the health sciences. We’re looking for someone who is comfortable navigating scientific research, has strong writing skills, a news reporting background, and possesses a talent for translating health sciences research into engaging news for the public. Enthusiasm for pitching science news and matching stories with the best reporters and outlets is a “must.”

Employees in this position have repeatedly used the skills they’ve gained to progress to leadership roles. If you have a background as a Science or Medical Writer and are ready to take the next step in your career, apply today!


Cultivate and maintain strong, credible relationships with all appropriate regional, national and international media.
Manage media crises in assigned areas.
Appropriately prioritize beat areas for media coverage to meet organizational goals.
Identify and develop relationships with all appropriate contacts in regional and national broadcast news organizations for the benefit of the Media Relations group.
Demonstrate service-oriented behavior in interactions with clients and co-workers.
Work collaboratively with colleagues in other marketing and communications departments.
Create, execute and evaluate media strategies for assigned areas.
Coordinate with pertinent scientific and professional organizations to promote assigned areas.
Seek professional development opportunities for self and staff and mentor colleagues.


Bachelors degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or English Writing plus five years of combined experience in general writing with a minimum of three years of science writing, OR Master's degree plus five years of combined experience in general writing including a minimum of three years of science writing preferred, OR PhD or MD plus three years of science writing.
Significant experience translating scientific/medical language to a lay person's understanding
Experience providing clients with strategic counsel.
Experience in an academic medical center strongly preferred. Undergraduate/graduate coursework in health-related sciences strongly preferred.
Exceptional written and verbal communications skills required.
Sound news judgment and track record of identifying and promoting stories of interest to regional, national and international media.

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