ISMPP Job Board
April, 2014 Listings

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Assistant Director, Global Medical Publications
Editorial Manager/Writer (Medical)

Manager Scientific Communications - CNS
Medical Publication Associate - Consultant
Publications Project Manager
Scientific Director
Scientific Writer
Senior Manager, Medical Publications

Position: Assistant Director-Global Medical Publications
Company: AbbVie
Location: North Chicago, IL

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures. 

  • Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate key and sensitive information to Senior Management. 

  • Establish, maintain, and expand business relationships with all functional areas collaborating on projects. 

  • Drive the development of the strategic publication plan for complex product areas. 

  • Conduct publication-focused strategic analysis for assigned product areas. 

  • Provide advice and direction to publication subteams and AbbVie leadership regarding good publication practices.

  • Accountable for meeting the objectives of the publication plans in assigned therapeutic area(s). 

  • Must resolve conflicts, remove barriers, and generate innovative ways to ensure teams achieve project goals. 

  • Independently evaluate data and business needs, identify opportunities and risks, weigh alternatives, and present recommendations to product team and/or management. 

  • Knowledgeable about the product/disease state and is an expert on scientific publishing.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with relevant experience required. Minimum 5 years scientific publishing experience or equivalent. 

  • Demonstrated abilities in a leadership capacity, with minimum 2 years people management experience. 

  • Pharmaceutical or related industry experience (CRO's or medical communications agencies) with knowledge of drug or related development process required. 

  • Multidisciplinary team experience required. 

  • Experience with publication strategy development, incorporating both primary and secondary publications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree strongly preferred 

  • Experience with managerial oversight of successful publication programs (delivered on time and with high quality) with product launch experience is preferred. 

  • Experience with managing External Expert relationships is strongly preferred. 

  • Oncology expertise/background is strongly preferred. 

Key Leadership Competencies:

If you’re interested, please follow the link to our job posting:

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Position: Editorial Manager/Writer
Company: Springer Healthcare
Location: New York, NY

Springer Healthcare is a leading global medical communications provider and forms part of Springer Science+Business Media, one of the world's leading global scientific and medical publishers. With more than 40 years' experience working with the pharmaceutical industry, we are specialists in delivering innovative medical content and services including scientific communications, promotional medical education and marketing programs, prescriber and patient education materials, independent medical news services, commercial market analysis and pharmaceutical sales force training.

We are looking for an Editorial Manager to join Springer Healthcare’s growing Training and Tactical Medical Education division. The Editorial Manager will assist in the preparation and delivery of content for pharmaceutical sales training activities as well as healthcare provider-targeted, non-accredited medical education programs. He/she will work closely with other Editorial and Client Services team members to satisfy client needs in terms of quality, commercial focus, clinical relevance, timing and cost.

Specific responsibilities of the Editorial Manager include:


Project Work

  • Responsible for developing scientific projects and content as assigned. This includes writing or editing of pharma training materials, eLearning content, video scripts, magazine articles, and slide presentations across several therapeutic areas 

  • Work with Client Services team to respond to RFPs or other business development opportunities, including researching therapeutic areas, proposing content outlines, and participating in pitches 

  • Work alongside our Instructional Designer to edit or write scientific copy as needed to an appropriate reading and literacy level for a variety of audiences, including scientific liaisons, healthcare professionals, and pharmaceutical representatives 

  • Manage internal and external medical writers or thought leader contributors to ensure that content developed is of the highest editorial quality, and in alignment with client expectations and medical/legal/regulatory requirements and processes 

  • Resolve content-related queries from the client 

  • Participate in brainstorming new product lines or solutions that meet client needs 

  • Contribute to process improvements related to creation and maintenance of projects 

  • Advise Commercial Services Director about resource requirements 

  • Attend account team meetings (business development, status, copy review or medical/legal/regulatory review, job kickoffs) as well as editing team and department meetings, as available 

  • Up to 10% travel required 

  • Any other duties as required by manager

2. Financial

  • Contribute to revenue targets by ensuring that projects are progressed as soon as possible after confirmation 

  • Monitor own adherence to budget and utilization rate 

  • Record and monitor actual time spent on a project against budgeted time, and complete timesheets in an accurate and timely manner

Job requirements:

  • BS/BA in a scientific discipline (or licensed certification) minimum 

  • Minimum of 5 years’ medical writing and editorial experience 

  • Experience in medical communication, education, training or publishing industries required 

  • Experience with MS Office, Adobe Acrobat; InDesign experience useful 

  • Ideal candidate will have business development experience with the creation of strategy, planning and implementing of tactical medical communications, education or training programs 

  • Experience in oncology, cardiology or neurology is an advantage 

  • Superior language and communication skills 

  • Customer focus, Teamwork, Innovation, Communication, Business awareness 

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and also collaboratively with a team 

  • Understanding of the healthcare industry

For more information, please visit

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Position: Manager, Scientific Communication - CNS
Company: Avanir
Location: Aliso Viejo, CA

This position will be responsible for the planning, coordination and timely publication of Avanir-sponsored scientific/clinical research within central nervous system (CNS) therapeutic areas. Responsibilities include leading a cross-functional publication planning team, developing and implementing the scientific publication plan, maintaining publication SOPs consistent with current industry and scientific community standards, managing the preparation of scientific publications including abstracts, posters, peer-reviewed manuscripts, platform presentations and review articles.

Job Description:

  • Maintain publication SOPs consistent with established industry standards and scientific publication guidelines

  • Under the direction of the brand Medical Director, develop and implement a long-range Scientific Publication Plan for a designated Avanir product

  • Lead the cross-functional Publication Planning Team, including annual and monthly publication planning team meetings

  • Allocate and manage the publication planning budget

  • Foster cross-functional collaboration to align the publication plan to clinical, medical, and commercial scientific communication needs

  • Ensure timely development, submission and approval of scientific publications (abstracts, posters/platform presentations, journal articles, review articles, etc.) as identified in the publication plan

  • Facilitate the review and approval process for Avanir scientific publications

  • Identify publication data gaps (gap analysis)

  • Utilize publication planning software to conduct author reviews and maintain up-to-date publications archive 

  • Provide training and guidance for publications stakeholders and authors related to publication policies and guidelines

  • Ensure scientific accuracy, objectivity, completeness and transparency of Avanir scientific publications

  • Demonstrate scientific and therapeutic area expertise to ensure quality publications and foster strong working relationships with external authors

  • Liaise with publication vendors and manage publication vendor relationships

  • Maintain author communications and manage author activities in a compliant manner

  • Represent the publications team and present the publication plan at intra-departmental meetings

  • Author or appoints authors for Avanir-sponsored publications in accordance with ICMJE, Good Publication Practice, and/or specific Medical Congress guidelines 

  • Attend external meetings, educational programs and Medical Congresses when necessary to maintain knowledge of publication Best Practices and support publication activities


  • Minimum 3 years publication planning experience

  • Minimum 5 years in the pharmaceutical industry or with medical publication planning company and strong industry knowledge 

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Publication Guidelines (ICMJE, GPP-2, etc) and how to implement them in an industry setting; ISMPP Certified Medical Publication Planner (CMPP) credential preferred 

  • Knowledge of FDA Regulations and Medical Affairs SOPs and Guidelines

  • CNS therapeutic area expertise preferred

  • Strong understanding of clinical databases

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; medical writing experience preferred

  • Ability to work under deadline in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of flexibility

  • Ability to effectively to facilitate meetings and manage cross-functional teams

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and function effectively as a team member

  • Project management experience (timelines, planning, workflows, creation of reports, archiving) preferred

Education and Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate or Doctoral Degree (PharmD, PhD, MD preferred)

Note: Required to work from Avanir office in Aliso Viejo, California. Occasional overnight travel may be required.

If you’re interested, please follow the link to our job posting:

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Position: Medical Publication Associate - Consultant
Company: Bristol-Myers Squibb
Location: Princeton, NJ area

6 month consulting assignment focusing on managing publication review and approval tool (Datavision) and publication processes. As publications system administrator, individual will assist internal and external publication team members with technical/process/system related questions. Act as Datavision trainer to internal, alliance and agency personnel. Perform data entry, report generation, data analysis, and user maintenance.

Experience/Knowledge Desired: Minimum of 3 years project management experience in biopharmaceutical industry or publication/communication agency. Previous Datavision or related publication management tool experience including training users on appropriate use of the tool. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; problem solving skills; the ability to work independently and escalate issues when warranted. Experience with generation and analysis of Datavision data, and ability to identify issues and opportunities for improvement in the use of tool and publication related processes.

Note: Potential exists for position to support stakeholders in Europe and; therefore, to be able to adjust work hours to accommodate time difference.

For further information, please contact Brenda Connor at

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Position: Publications Project Manager
Company: Vaniam Group LLC
Location: West Coast (virtual office)

The Publications Project Manager will oversee a portfolio of publication projects throughout the various stages of a publication, including coordinating and tracking project plans, timelines, and review/approval processes. The Publications Manager will coordinate client interactions, facilitate internal/external author review and approval of publication projects (e.g., via Datavision or other publication management tools), develop and monitor project timelines, and update publication status reports to ensure timely and cost-effective achievement of project milestones.

Key Responsibilities:
Day-to-day accountability include but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate the publication review and approval process for client review teams and external authors, using publication management tools (e.g., Datavision)

  • Create and maintain project timelines, with input from internal team members and clients

  • Track progress of publications against established timelines

  • Conduct regular project status meetings with internal core team, clients, extended teams, and external contractors to ensure effective communication of project timelines

  • Support the submission of final publications (abstracts, manuscripts) to congresses and journals

  • Serve as the project point of contact for client teams

  • Communicate client expectations to appropriate internal team members

  • Liaise with internal core team and other internal team members (Creative/Graphics, Editorial/Copyedit, Finance) to ensure project needs and milestones are met

Other accountability may include the following:

  • Support the development of new project proposals/statement of work (SOW) and budget estimates in collaboration with internal team members

  • Assess project issues and identify solutions to meet productivity, quality and client goals

Required Qualifications, Experience & Competencies:

Experience and Skills:

  • At least four years of work experience and two years of publication management experience in a healthcare communications agency, biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry, or a related field

  • Highly proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Adobe Acrobat; familiarity with DropBox and WebEx (or similar systems) preferred

  • Knowledge of publication tracking/management programs (Datavision or PubSTRAT)

Competencies (Characteristics and Work Style):

  • Experience with supporting/coordinating publications process flow in a healthcare communications agency or pharmaceutical environment

  • Understanding of the medical publications review, approval and submissions process

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize/plan work activities and meet tight deadlines 

  • Strong organizational and time management skills

  • Experience with client interface and client management

  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills

  • Some local/domestic travel required


  • Minimum: BS/BA, PMP and CAPM encouraged to apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and brief cover letter to:

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Position:  Scientific Director
Company:  CACTUS Communications
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Cactus Communications ( offers high-quality medical writing services worldwide. The Scientific Director position is based in Philadelphia, PA.

The scope of work will include:

  • Working with our global scientific affairs team to ensure high-quality scientific content 

  • Providing strategic insights during the new business development process including involvement in RFPs and capabilities presentations

  • Developing strategy, planning, and implementation of publication plans

  • Mentoring and coaching writers and working with the Training Manager to identify/develop appropriate training programs for the team

  • Delivering medical writing seminars and workshops to thought leaders and clinical/scientific investigators worldwide


  • Advanced life science or medical degree (PhD, PharmD, or MD)

  • 8+ years of medical writing experience across therapeutic areas

  • Excellent writing, reviewing, and communication skills

  • Ability to develop strategy and tactics for publication plans

  • Knowledge of ICMJE and GPP2 guidelines

  • CMPP certification and HEOR experience preferred

Please email your CV to Bonnie Abrams at

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Position:  Scientific Writer
Company:  Wayne State University + NICHD/NIH
Location:  Detroit, MI
The Perinatology Research Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health/(NICHD/NIH), in partnership with Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, seeks qualified candidates for the position of scientific writer.

Our premier maternal/infant health and disease research group is comprised of world renowned experts dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education and research leading to the improvement of the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders related to infant mortality.   

We are seeking highly skilled staff members to work as part of a team providing high-level support in a fast paced, demanding environment.

Job description:
  • Able to create and critically review current scientific literature and prepare manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and scientific presentations

  • Perform literature searches: perform general topic searches and specialized database searches

  • Retrieve journal articles from the Internet or library and maintain a bibliographic library of supporting material

  • Organize and maintain electronic copies of all references

  • Manage submission process for active manuscripts including online submission, revision, proof corrections and other related tasks

  • Help with the preparation of scientific talks and presentation materials including Microsoft PowerPoint slides, tables and graphs

  • Perform other duties as assigned

  • Utilize professional judgment and writing expertise to translate data into documents that are clear, comprehensive and concise, with accurate use of English grammar and syntax

  • Able to understand and deconstruct/reconstruct complex scientific information, theories and practices

  • Take positive and proactive approaches to tasks and have the ability to work in a collaborative manner in high pressure, creative office that adheres to strict deadlines

Education and Qualifications:
  • Experience in medical/scientific report writing and literature searches is essential

  • Exceptional writing, editing, proofreading and overall literary competency is required

  • Ability to effectively present information and receive feedback from management

  • MD/PhD preferably in biology, biochemistry, or other life science, plus one or more years scientific writing experience, preferably in healthcare, research, or academic environment; or Master Degree with three or more years of scientific writing experience in a healthcare/research environment.

We are ready to act immediately on the most qualified candidates. Please reply via email by attaching your resume as a Word document to  Please also include your salary requirements.

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Position:  Senior Manager, Medical Publications
Company:  Biogen Idec
Location:  Zug, Switzerland

The Senior Manager works with Biogen Idec affiliate medical personnel to develop country/region focused strategic publication plans.  The Senior Manager liaises with affiliates, Regional Medical Affairs, Global Medical Affairs, external medical communications agencies, product global publication plan teams, and external authors to coordinate the development of local publications (abstracts, posters, slide presentations, and journal articles). As part of their responsibilities for publications development, the Senior Manager monitors affiliate activities for compliance with Biogen Idec’s publication policy and external guidelines on good publication practices.  Updates internal stakeholders on affiliate publication-related activities.

The role of the Senior Manager may cross neurology, hemophilia, and immunology therapeutic areas.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assists affiliate medical personnel in the development of country/region focused publication plans.

  • Provides regular updates to affiliates on Global publication strategies for Biogen Idec’s approved products, as well as the status of ongoing Global publications.

  • Coordinates meetings and leads discussions among regional and affiliate medical personnel in affiliates to develop local publication tactics aligned with Global medical publication objectives and communication priorities.

  • Works with regional Medical Director to bring local data publication priorities to the global publication teams , i.e. identify  regulatory and payer requirements for data publication

  • Provide support to develop local Phase IV study publication plans and establish publication steering committees

  • Oversees the execution of local publications (journal articles, abstracts, and medical meeting presentations) by affiliates.

  • Trains affiliates on Publication Policy and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

  • Monitors the development of local publications for compliance with Biogen Idec’s Publication Policy and SOP.

  • Establishes good publication practices among affiliates; establish regional publication excellence

  • Follows-up with affiliates regarding the status of publications in development.

  • Assists affiliates with determining timing of Global review and approval of local publications.

  • Provides regular reports on affiliate publication activities to Regional VPs, Medical Affairs and to Director, Medical Publications

  • Coordinates implementation and maintenance of Datavision publication planning software in affiliates.

  • Oversees agency maintenance of documents in publication planning software, Datavision; responsible for consistency, accuracy, and currency of documentation in Datavision.

  • Regularly monitors Datavision and documents compliance with Biogen Idec publications policy

Qualifications / Skills:

  • 3+ years of related experience in pharma/biotech industry or medical communications agency

  • Successful track record of implementation of publication programs

  • Sound knowledge of good publication practices and associated guidelines

  • Some knowledge and understanding of the pharmaceutical commercialization process

  • Management of consultants and vendors

  • Experience working with publication planning software preferred

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Strong attention to details; good organizational skills


  • PharmD, PhD, or MS in a biological science or related field preferred

Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) is a biotechnology leader that discovers, develops and delivers medicines to improve the lives of patients. As a company, Biogen Idec recognizes that cutting-edge science and medicines can address unmet patient needs to change the course of devastating diseases. With more than 6,000 employees, Biogen Idec is a truly global organization, generating revenue of more than $5.5 billion worldwide in 2012.

To apply please visit

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