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Scientific Writer

Date: Mar 31, 2021

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.




The main responsibilities of the Scientific Writer will be to write and critically review documents to support regulatory filings and peer-reviewed manuscripts. The Scientific Writer will also advance the medical writing capabilities of the company as well as strategies for document authoring. These tasks require the integration of research across different therapeutic areas and cross-functional coordination with internal stakeholders.


Other responsibilities will include:

  • Develop strong working relationships with key internal stakeholders.
  • Contribute scientifically at the project and/or study team level.
  • Participate in relevant team meetings.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to develop project objectives, strategies, timelines, and milestones.
  • Participate in/lead document planning sessions including data analysis/visualization/ interpretation, document flow, key messaging, etc.
  • Critically review scientific writing deliverables across a broad portfolio for clarity, accuracy, consistency, and alignment with company position; resolve issues, errors, or inconsistencies with pertinent team members to ensure optimal communication between teams.




50%  Write/review study reports, coordinate writing efforts, and harmonize document writing processes.


40%  Coordinate the process of data review, analysis and display with therapeutic areas and cross-functional teams.


10%  Other assignments as required.




Graduate degree (PhD preferred) in a relevant scientific discipline (eg, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, etc.)

  • Generally 3 years of scientific/medical writing.  Experience in an industry setting (biotechnology, pharmaceutical, healthcare communications agency, etc.) is a plus.
  • Proven ability to analyze and interpret complex data from a broad range of scientific disciplines.
  • Experience in gene delivery systems (especially, but not limited to, AAV-based gene therapy) and/or key therapeutic areas such as metabolic, ocular, and/or CNS disorders is a plus.
  • Understanding of mechanisms underlying innate and adaptive immune responses upon in vivo gene therapy is a plus.




  • Knowledge of drug development process.           
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, GraphPad Prism, and reference management software (eg, EndNote).
  • Experience writing and managing the production of nonclinical documents.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes of regulatory documentation.
  • Ability to manage timelines and quality of work using strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Work successfully in a cross-functional project team; ability to facilitate discussions and decision-making with cross-functional team members.
  • Proactive and collaborative mindset, exhibit an enthusiastic team attitude.





Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia