Manager*/Associate Director* R&D Publication Writing and Management


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Manager*/Associate Director* R&D Publication Writing and Management 


Manager/Associate Director (depending upon experience), R&D Publication Writing and Management

As Manager/Associate Director R&D Publication Writing and Management, you will play a vital role in the development of research publications (original journal articles, presentations, posters, and abstracts). Working as part of the Publications Writing unit in the Scientific/Medical Writing & Trial Transparency department, you will help our R&D and translational science teams to publish their cutting-edge research. Working with authors, you will develop storylines and key messages, help shape the scientific content of publications, and drive the writing process from kick-off through publication writing, post-review updating, submission, and post-submission updating. This role will require active writing/editing of publications.

You will bring a proven track record of taking publications from conception to publication as part of a multidisciplinary team, have outstanding writing and communication skills, and the ability to communicate complex scientific concepts in a compelling and concise manner.

Your main responsibilities will be:

· Publication writing (original journal articles, presentations, posters, and abstracts):

o Engage with authors to develop publication concepts and execution.

o Lead the writing process from kick-off through publication writing, post-review updating, submission, and post-submission updating.

o Write or edit assigned publications.

o For assigned publications, plan and track the publication preparation process, including ensure documentation in compliance with good publication practices and company standards.

o Ensure that assigned publications meet the publication objectives and are aimed at the target audience.

o Ensure compliance with the agreed product storyline and terminology in assigned publications.

· Manage the publication submission process, including maintaining process documentation and managing pre- and post-submission communication with journals.

· Manage external agency partners to ensure accuracy of publication plan and publication deliverables with respect to time, quality, and cost, tracking the publication process and ensuring documentation of drafts, author comments and their implementation, and medical & legal reviews/approvals.

· Ensuring compliance with the BioNTech publication policy during publication writing and submission management controlling review cycles, communication with editors.

· Coordinate development of R&D publication plans, collaborating with internal and external subject matter experts to develop publication tactics including key congress activities and the development of scientific platforms.

· Support execution of the agreed publication tactics.

· Keep up to date with indication relevant literature.

· Provide training and guidance on good writing practices and good publication practices.

· Support other internal or external writers by proofing publication drafts.


What you have to offer:

· Advanced degree in a related scientific discipline (e.g., PhD).

· For the Associate Director role, >5 years prior experience in a role with similar responsibilities.

· A strong publication record in a related field, either as an author or scientific writer, demonstrating the ability to communicate complex scientific concepts in a compelling and concise manner.

· A strong understanding of/prior experience adhering to good publication practices and relevant guidelines on scientific data communication, such as ICMJE and GPP3.

· Ideally, have written publications relevant to therapies for oncology and/or infectious disease indications.

· Ideally, have a strong background knowledge of the science behind oncology and/or infectious diseases.

· Ideally, have experience working in the R&D environment, e.g., as a post-doc.

· Ideally, a good understanding of the drug development process.

· Ideally, proven experience with a global publications database management system.

· Excellent project management skills to deliver in a complex multidisciplinary organization.

· Excellent communication skills.

· Experience demonstrating the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with internal and external subject matter experts, investigators, and journal editors.

· The Certified Medical Publication Professional certification would be an advantage, or you intend to pursue this certification.

· A proactive ‘can do’ attitude with the ability to work according to tight timelines while delivering excellence.

· Expert skills in MS Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), GraphPad Prism, and ideally also knowledge of applications for graphics generation/editing, editorial checks, and reference management.

· Excellent command of both written and spoken English. Fluency in written and spoken German would be a bonus.


Benefits for you:


  • Flexible Working Time
  • Mobile Office
  • Work from EU Countries (up to 20 days per year)
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Childcare
  • Jobticket
  • Company Bike
  • Leave Account
  • Fitness Courses

... and much more.


Have we kindled your pioneering spirit? 


Then apply now for our location Mainz Goldgrube and simply send us your application documents using our online form.

If you have any further questions, our Talent Acquisition Team will be happy to answer them on + 49 (0) 6131-9084-1291 (monday-friday, from 12 noon to 4 pm).

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We look forward to your application!

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