Medical Writer

Who We Are

We were founded in Cambridge, UK, in 2008, and enjoyed rapid growth, driven by the demand for our expertise from clients in Europe and North America. Our excellent reputation enabled us to establish our Asia-Pacific office in Singapore, in 2014. Further expansion of the company is anticipated over the coming years, with potential additional offices in Japan, China and the United States.

What Our Medical Writers Do

This role is for talented individuals with strong scientific writing and creative skills, looking to use these in a more commercial environment.

Alongside Analysts in the Singapore office, Medical Writers work on a variety of projects across different specialties, but with a more direct focus on written communication. In particular, Medical Writers focus on the development of publications (abstracts, posters, oral presentations and manuscripts) targeted at scientific journals and conferences. These projects require the ability to work closely with clients and prominent doctors to deliver high quality writing which is scientifically rigorous and in line with the strategic positioning of the pharmaceutical or medical devices product. Since the publication support is often ongoing, the role also requires constant dedication to customer service, and enables strong relationships to be built up with the clients and healthcare professionals.

Outside of publications, Medical Writers also work on other projects, including developing slide sets for educational events or advisory boards as well as developing reports and other written materials.

Following a successful induction period, the role increasingly involves participation in teleconferences and face-to-face meetings with clients and key opinion leaders; the latter present opportunities for travel. Medical Writers work closely with experienced staff in both the Singapore and Cambridge offices, who provide one-to-one training on the technical aspects of the role, including good publication practice, strategic publication planning, project management and effective client communication.

This position is suitable for those looking for an entry-level position in medical communications as well as those with some prior experience. We are looking for ambitious individuals with the potential to progress rapidly into more senior roles involving greater project management and client responsibility. As one of the first Medical Writers in the Singapore office, you will be well-positioned to lead the development of a dedicated medical writing team in the company.

Please note that the next available start dates will be from October 2018. 

What Background Should You Have?

We are looking for individuals who are collaborative, self-motivated and enthusiastic, with a positive attitude and passion for scientific writing.

Essential requirements for the role are:

  • A degree level or higher qualification in a scientific discipline (minimum or expected upper second class honours, or equivalent), preferably in biological sciences
  • Exceptional written and spoken fluency in English
  • Aptitude for and experience of scientific writing which could include dissertations, research summaries, lab reports, poster or oral presentations, peer-reviewed scientific publications, book chapters, grant applications, regulatory documents, and articles for websites or student magazines
  • Close attention to detail
  • Competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Organisational skills and the ability to work across multiple projects at the same time

Excellent Mandarin language is very highly desirable; competency in Japanese or Korean language is also desirable but not essential.

What We Offer

We offer a competitive starting salary depending on your experience. Additional benefits include discretionary cash bonuses and corporate medical and travel insurance. We are committed to the development of all employees and provide excellent internal training opportunities, and full funding, study leave and travel expenses to complete the University of York’s prestigious postgraduate programme in Health Economics for Healthcare Professionals, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine postgraduate programmes in Clinical Trials and Public Health and other external courses. Medical Writers are also encouraged to undertake and submit their own research to the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), International Society for Medical Publications Professionals (ISMPP) and may receive full funding and time away from the office to attend the ISPOR and ISMPP congresses and short courses.

How to Apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter via our online application form. In your cover letter you should explain why you think you would be suited to the role and why you would like to join Costello Medical Singapore.

Your CV should clearly state your undergraduate degree class, grade of pass in any subsequent degree(s), level of competency (eg. grade of pass in any language examinations you have undertaken) if you possess foreign language capabilities, along with your nationality and details about your eligibility to work in Singapore. We can support employment pass applications for successful candidates.

If you wish to speak directly with one of our Medical Writers before applying please contact Emma King at