Houston Methodist

Scientific Writer, Patient Engagement – Waterman

HMH Smith
Job Locations
Academic Institute
Position Type
Surgery - Waterman
1st - Day



At Houston Methodist, the Patient Engagement Research Laboratory conducts quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research focusing on improving patient engagement and empowerment, tailoring health messages to reduce disparities to care, activating patient communities through digital storytelling, and assessing the efficacy of multilevel interventions, including those utilizing mHealth technologies. Housed within Surgery-Transplant, the Scientific Writer is responsible for performing a variety of tasks including the preparation of abstracts and manuscripts, submission of conference abstracts and journals for publication, as well as grant writing for federal and foundational grant agencies (e.g. NIH, AHRQ, PCORI, NKF, etc.). This position will facilitate the process of forwarding publication of research findings by multiple investigators, and the gathering of noteworthy achievements in science and helps translate and disseminate that information through feature articles, news releases, newsletters, social media, and other communications venues.

Master’s or Doctoral level preferred.


Houston Methodist Standard


Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.



o Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:

- INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.

- COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.

- ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.

- RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.

- EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.

o Focuses on patient/customer safety

o Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards

o Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)

o Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met

o Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job



Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.


PEOPLE - 20%

  1. Works with principal investigator, provides advice on grantsmanship, editorial support and standardized language for administrative sections; manages scientific writing process. (EF)
  2. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent information as it relates to assigned system(s) in a comprehensive manner. (EF)



  1. Facilitates writing, editing, and preparation of high quality written scientific documents for grant applications, publications, scientific manuscripts for peer review, white papers, protocols, and other scientific or administrative reports. (EF)
  2. Assists with preparation of protocols (including amendments and informed consents), reports, and manuscripts for publication.
  3. Provides faculty with full lifecycle support from technical document development to preparation and submission. (EF)



  1. Assures compliance with Houston Methodist polices, rules, and regulations to meet federal, state, and local standards. (EF)
  2. Interpreting data and advising sponsors as to how best to present data considering regulatory agency requirements. (EF)
  3. Prepares moderately complex documents and sections of regulatory submissions and contributes scientific knowledge and analytical skills to the preparation of grant proposals, manuscripts, presentations, protocols, and clinical regulatory documentation.
  4. Assures quality and timely preparation of technical documents. (EF)



  1. Assists with the writing of grant applications, awards, contracts, subcontracts and other agreements. (EF)
  2. Submits grant proposals and manuscripts for editing. (EF)
  3. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Evaluates and reports on inventory levels. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks. (EF)



  1. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a writer. (EF)
  2. Participates in departmental projects and shared governance activities; manages and leads projects related to optimization of assigned system(s). (EF)


This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



o Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field required

o MS or PhD in biological science field preferred



o Three years of experience in science writing/editing required




o None


KSA/ Supplemental Data


o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

o Ability to write in a scientific or technical field.

o Knowledgeable in writing/editing biomedical manuscripts

o Knowledgeable in grant application processes




Work Attire Yes/No

Uniform No

Scrubs No

Business professional Yes

Other (dept approved) No


On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)


*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.



May require travel within No

Houston Metropolitan area


May require travel outside No

of Houston Metropolitan area


**Travel specifications may vary by department.


Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________


Company Profile

Houston Methodist Research Institute was formed in 2004 to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies, and treatments. The research institute was created to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease. A 540,000 square foot building dedicated to research, the research institute houses over 1,500 staff and trainees, 284 principal investigators and has more than 570 ongoing clinical trials.


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