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 the first Medical Writer in the Singapore office, you will be well-positioned to lead the development of a dedicated medical writing team in the company.
The starting salary for this position is 3,300-4,000 SGD per month, dependent on experience and qualifications, plus discretionary cash bonuses. Additional benefits include corporate medical and travel insurance, extensive internal training opportunities, and full funding, study leave and travel expenses to complete the University of York’s prestigious Postgraduate Certificate 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.
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 2.1), 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
Mandarin Chinese, Japanese or Korean language skills are highly desirable but not essential.
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’s Singapore office. Your CV should clearly state your undergraduate degree class and grade of pass in any subsequent degree(s). Please also detail your eligibility to work in Singapore; we are able to 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 email@example.com.
You are advised to submit your application early, as the role will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been found.