Council of Science Editors

Senior Scientific/Medical Editor - Publications

Spotlight Preferred
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
30+ days ago


Performs substantive editing and analysis of biomedical and scientific manuscripts written by physicians, scientists, and staff-supervised trainees at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Florida, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic Health System. Works with other members of the editorial staff (editors, manager, administrative office manager, editorial assistants, copy editors/proofreaders) to ensure that manuscripts are prepared with accuracy, clarity, and consistency of expression. Uses independent judgment to determine that reporting of data is complete and that visuals accurately convey data. Determines correct organizational structure for each manuscript and ensures that all text is appropriate for that structure, editing and rewriting text as needed. Explains and negotiates editorial changes with physician- and scientist-authors. Provides critical appraisal (documenting research designs and activities, statistical presentations, evaluating general research methods). Edits medical textbooks written by Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists for publication by major commercial biomedical publishers (rewrites, as needed). Develops and presents workshops (to Mayo staff and trainees) and selective courses (to medical students) on scientific publication and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. May also present at meetings of national professional associations, when appropriate.

Some work will be done remotely; however, reasonable commuting distance to the Phoenix and Scottsdale campuses is required.
Ph.D. in science, English, literature with experience as a scientific/medical editor, or a Master’s Degree in science, English, literature with at least five years’ of experience as a scientific/medical editor, or a Bachelor’s Degree in science, English, literature with at least ten years of experience as a scientific/medical manuscript editor. Familiarity with research methodology, statistics, and evidence-based medicine concepts. Thorough understanding of the editorial process for medical and scientific journals and the peer-review process. Exceptional command of the English language; strong writing, oral communication, and listening skills, including ability to explain and negotiate editorial changes with physician- and scientist-authors. Familiarity with copyright law and ethical standards of publication in peer-reviewed journals. Ability to edit complex scientific and medical concepts into accurate, concise, consistent text for scientific/academic audiences. Ability to prioritize projects under high-pressure deadlines. High level of interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and discretion. Keen attention to detail. Ability to work independently. Strong working knowledge of editorial and scientific references, including the American Medical Association Manual of Style, How to Report Statistics in Medicine, and Garner’s Modern American Usage. Certificate courses from the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and/or board certifications preferred: Medical Writer Certified (Medical Writing Certification Commission); Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS). See above for preferred certifications. Over the next four years, Mayo Clinic is making significant investments in both the physical and technological future of health care, through doubling the size of the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix, inclusive of practice, education, and research activities. Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona are located in Phoenix and Scottsdale, in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. The region is known as the Valley of the Sun, a metropolitan area with more than 4 million residents in 25 cities and towns.

With Phoenix being the sixth largest city in the nation, this sunny "desert metropolis" offers the amenities of a big city in the midst of a strikingly beautiful, rugged, southwest landscape.

Scottsdale frequently earns praise as a highly desirable place to live. The city's more than 200,000 residents enjoy a vibrant mix of culinary hot spots, arts and entertainment, professional and collegiate sports teams, and community resources. The region's desert climate promotes an outdoor lifestyle with a full complement of sports and recreation.

Mayo Clinic is the nation's best hospital (U.S. News & World Report, 2020-2021) and ranked #1 in more specialties than any other care provider. We have a vast array of opportunities ranging from Nursing, Clinical, to Finance, IT, Administrative, Research and Support Services to name a few. Across all locations, you’ll find career opportunities that support diversity, equity and inclusion. At Mayo Clinic, we invest in you with opportunities for growth and development and our benefits and compensation package are highly competitive. We invite you to be a part of our team where you’ll discover a culture of teamwork, professionalism, mutual respect, and most importantly, a life-changing career!

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57400210
  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
  • Position Title: Senior Scientific/Medical Editor - Publications
  • Company Name: Mayo Clinic
  • Job Function: Manuscript Editor (Medical)

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