Analyst/Medical Writer

Boston, MA

About Costello Medical

Costello Medical is a rapidly growing global healthcare agency specializing in medical communication and health economic and outcomes research. We work with a wide range of clients, including the industry’s most successful pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, patient and public health bodies and charitable organizations. Our lasting client partnerships create a direct and measurable impact on the successful launch of novel therapies and devices across a wide range of disease areas. Our vision is to be a community of the very best people, constantly challenging ourselves to make meaningful and outstanding contributions to improving healthcare.

We are committed to our company values which are central to creating our fun, friendly and innovative workplace in which we strive to deliver the highest standards of quality.

We were founded in Cambridge, UK, in 2008 and have grown to a team of over 150 based across multiple offices in the UK and Singapore. In January 2020 we will open our first US office to better serve our existing US clients and to expand our US and global reach.

About The Role

The Analyst/Medical Writer position is ideal for recent graduates in the sciences, and those with experience in scientific research, who are seeking the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-world projects. You will be based in our brand-new office in Boston and will join the team at its foundation. This presents opportunities to shape and drive our US company; an endeavor supported by the success of our existing operations in the UK and Asia-Pacific. You will work closely with our Scientific Director, who will be based in Boston and who has 10 years’ experience in the industry, and other senior colleagues in the US and globally.

Analysts and Medical Writers work on projects involving the detailed analysis of data from clinical trials and the assimilation and creative presentation of this analysis in different formats including posters, slide sets, value dossiers, reports and peer-reviewed publications. These deliverables are used directly by our clients in communication with external stakeholders whom are instrumental to the successful uptake of novel therapies. The work is structured on a project-by-project basis, across a range of high-profile disease areas and products, presenting variety of work and the opportunity to develop a wide skill-set.

You will work in project teams alongside experienced colleagues who will provide one-to-one training in the technical aspects of the role and project management and effective client communication. Delivering project work requires close collaboration with clients, and following a successful induction period you will increasingly participate in teleconferences and face-to-face meetings. The latter may present opportunities for travel within the US and internationally.

Positions are available for those looking for an entry-level role in the field 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.

What is the Difference Between an Analyst and a Medical Writer?

Analysts and Medical Writers have the same level of responsibility. Medical Writers largely focus on the development of manuscripts, abstracts and posters, and Analysts typically specialise in document types and formats such as educational materials, slide sets, value dossiers, reimbursement submissions and literature review reports. The core and uniting element of our work is medical data communication and there is overlap between the roles, which is why cross-functional working is so encouraged.

What Background Should You Have?

We are looking for individuals who are collaborative, self-motivated and enthusiastic, with a passion for scientific writing and an interest in providing a great service to clients.
Essential requirements for the role are:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline (minimum GPA 3.3). We welcome applications from candidates with a diverse range of educational backgrounds, but particularly those with coursework in the life sciences
  • Excellent written and spoken fluency in English
  • An ability to communicate scientific materials clearly in both written and oral form
  • Excellent understanding of and ability to apply scientific concepts
  • Close attention to detail
  • Aptitude for and experience with scientific writing which could include dissertations, research summaries, lab reports, poster or oral presentations, peer-reviewed scientific publications, book chapters, literature reviews, grant applications, regulatory documents, and articles for websites or student magazines
  • Competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Organizational skills and the ability to effectively manage your time and meet deadlines

No previous experience in this sector is necessary, but you should display a genuine interest in healthcare and an eagerness to learn about new areas of clinical science. Applicants with higher-level qualifications in a scientific discipline are welcomed but this is not a requirement.

What We Offer

The salary band for these roles is $50,000 – $60,000, with starting salaries set based on qualifications and experience. Please click here to learn about our reward package and the other benefits of working for Costello Medical.

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, which team you are interested in joining and why you would like to join Costello Medical.

To read about a typical day in the life of an Analyst/Medical Writer please click here.