Orion - Medical Writer Chicago, United States


Writer is needed in Chicago, United States.

Client: Orion

Location: Chicago, United States

Contract: Contractor

Job Description:

The Principal Medical Writer is responsible for providing writing support and advanced scientific writing expertise to the teams, ensuring successful preparation of high quality documents and effective implementation of the writing process. They serve as the scientific writing expert for the department and provide medical writing expertise for multiple compounds and/or projects within a therapeutic area. They interface with external groups to ensure accurate and timely completion/delivery of information and review of assigned writing projects.


  • Serve as medical writing lead on more complex writing assignments
  • Work closely with in-function and cross-functional team(s) on document strategies
  • Implement all activities related to the preparation of writing projects
  • Serve as a subject matter expert within department for assigned therapeutic/product areas
  • Convert relevant data and information into a form that meets writing project requirements
  • Coordinate the review, approval, and other appropriate functions involved in the production of writing
  • Arrange and conduct review meetings with the team
  • Ensure required documentation is obtained
  • Responsible for effective communication among project team members and contributors
  • Communicate deliverables needed, writing process, and timelines
  • Hold team members and contributors accountable to agreed-upon project dates
  • Negotiate with functional areas on project outcomes and deliverables
  • Identify and resolve conflicts (including document content issues)
  • Understand, assimilate, and interpret sources of info
  • Interpret and explain data generated from a variety of sources
  • Verify completeness of information to be presented
  • Challenge conclusions when necessary
  • Resolve document content issues and questions
  • Perform literature searches as needed for drafting document content
  • Interpret literature information and make recommendations for application to writing projects
  • Work with authors throughout the writing process, address questions/feedback
  • Maintain expert knowledge of US and international regulations, requirements, and guidance
  • Advise teams regarding compliance with guidelines or regulations
  • Learn and apply knowledge of therapeutic area and product to scientific publishing projects


  • Typically has a PhD with demonstrated medical writing experience
  • Additional experience beyond academic degree is a plus (e.g. postdoc, agency, editing, or pharma)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams
  • Experience with relevant software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, GraphPad, InDesign, Illustrator, Endnote, ReadCube Papers, etc.)
  • Self-starter, independent, able to juggle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Works well under tight timelines

Other Information:

Location: Remote (US)

Contract Length: 12 Months

Pay Rate: $35-40/hr


  • Bachelor of Science with significant relevant writing experience OR Bachelor’s degree in English or communications with significant relevant science experience
  • Masters or PhD in science discipline preferred with relevant writing experience
  • American Medical Writing Association (AMWA) certification preferred, with a specialty in Editing/Writing or Pharmaceutical
  • 4 years relevant industry experience in medical writing in the healthcare industry or academia required
  • 2 years relevant industry experience preferred
  • 4 years of experience in experimental design and clinical/preclinical data interpretation preferred
  • High-level content writing experience and experience with all types of writing projects
  • Expert in assimilation and interpretation of scientific content with adeptness in ability to translate for appropriate audience
  • Working knowledge of statistical concepts and techniques
  • Expert knowledge of US and international regulations, requirements, and guidance
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Superior attention to detail
  • Experience with collaborative, cross-functional teams, including project management experience
  • Expert in word processing, flow diagrams, and spreadsheets
  • Excellent working knowledge of software programs in a Windows environment
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