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New York Genome Center


Scientific Grant Writer, Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases


New York, NY
ID: 682-105

The scientific grant writer will prepare grant applications and other scientific communication materials on a wide range of genomic research topics and neurodegenerative diseases. This role is deeply immersed in the science of CGND (Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) and supports our research team in building and expanding a successful, independently-funded research base. They collaborate with diverse teams of students, postdoctoral fellows, and principal investigators, and relates scientific and strategic goals to individual grant opportunities and other research communications vehicles. Typical grants include individual investigator, multi-PI and research center grants.

Key Responsibilities

  • Takes a lead role in preparation of individual and multi-investigator proposals;
  • Provides advice on grantsmanship, editorial support and standardized language for administrative sections;
  • Identifies opportunities for funding
  • Manages the scientific writing process, including proposal management, team-building and coordination; establishing timelines and deliverables;
  • Provides draft preparation, review and revision of grants and scientific writing.
    • Coordinates with and supports Sponsored Research staff to ensure timely, accurate application submission.
    • Edits manuscripts, fellowship applications, research progress reports and other research communications materials written by faculty and postdoctoral fellows.
    • Interacts with lab members to independently develop new grant proposals. 


  • PhD in genetics, genomics, cancer biology, neuroscience or related discipline required;
  • 5+ years research experience, including contributing to grant writing, required. NIH experience strongly desirable;
  • Exceptional written communication skills required to prepare and edit competitive grant applications, publications, administrative materials, and other research communications;
  • Ability to grasp complicated technical subjects, synthesize diverse lines of evidence and apply these abilities to technical writing required;
  • Experience handling the scientific writing and project management process for multi-investigator and institutional grant applications strongly preferred;
  • Experience with standard grant development concepts, practices, and procedures in a research environment preferred; 
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse teams of investigators and administrative personnel required;


  • Technical and Professional Skills: Consistently demonstrates skills and knowledge relevant for current role; strives to expand the depth and breadth of technical and professional skills; works with a high level of integrity; exhibits focus and discipline; appropriately prioritizes, manages expectations, and delivers on commitments.
  • Collaborative & Communicative: Models collaboration and teamwork; brings out the best in others; effectively works with all levels, internally and externally; respects and embraces diversity of perspective; communicates clearly and listens carefully; uses good judgment as to what to communicate and when to do so.
  • Adaptable & Innovative: Adaptable and embraces change; develops new insights and pursues improvements and efficiency; fosters exchange of new ideas and willing to challenge the status quo; takes initiative and is solution-oriented; engages in work with passion and curiosity.


The salary range for this position is $62,000-78,000 per year. Base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. In addition, NYGC offers a full range of medical, financial, and other benefits as well as generous time off.


About the New York Genome Center

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s), and cancer.


Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with the leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.


Equal Opportunity
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to NYGC’s core mission. We strive to create a workplace environment that is welcoming and fair to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or religion. We believe that when people of various backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives work together in an inclusive and equitable environment we gain new and valuable perspectives that otherwise would have been missed. Valuing and supporting all NYGC employees as individuals while helping them realize their full potential is critical to promoting greater collaboration, innovation, and discovery – fostering a sense of belonging for our greatest strength, our people. We recognize that there is still work to be done that will require sustained commitment from the entire organization.
The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, protected veteran or military status, domestic violence victim status, partnership status, caregiver status, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. NYGC takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 


FLSA Status – Exempt
This position is eligible for relocation assistance.
This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

This position is located at 101 Avenue of the Americas, 7th Floor, New York, NY. View the Google Map in full screen.