Scientific Director (Pennsylvania, US)

Cactus Communications ( offers high-quality medical writing and editing services to multinational pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organizations, and researchers worldwide. CACTUS works with over 25 pharmaceutical clients located in the US, EU, and APAC.
We work with clinicians, researchers, and thought leaders to help them communicate their research to the world. We are looking for highly experienced candidates to join our team of world-class medical writers and work in a dynamic, fast-paced global environment as a Scientific Director. In particular, we are looking for expertise in the therapeutic areas of oncology and cardiology. Prior experience with a Medical Communications agency is a must.
The scope of work and complexity of the Scientific Director’s responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Working with the scientific affairs team globally to ensure high quality, accurate medical and scientific content is provided to clients and authors
  • Providing strategic and scientific insights during the new business development process including involvement in RFPs, capabilities presentations
  • Developing strategy, planning, and implementation of publication plans
  • Mentoring and coaching writers
  • Identifying training needs for the team and working with the Quality and Training manager to identify/develop appropriate training programs
  • Delivering medical writing seminars and workshops to thought leaders and clinical/scientific investigators in a variety of locations, worldwide (in person and via webinar technologies)


An ideal candidate has the following profile:

  • Advanced life science or medical degree (PhD, PharmD, or MD)
  • 5+ years of medical writing experience in the pharmaceutical and medical communications domain, preferably in an agency environment and including both publication and medical communication activities along with CMPP certification
  • Dynamic personality
  • Demonstrated ability to work across therapeutic areas
  • Excellent writing, reviewing, and communication skills
  • Understands and has experience with HEOR (including but not limited to health technology assessment and reimbursement dossiers, disease profiles (cost/quality of life driver analysis), and global value dossiers and formulary kits)
  • Ability to develop strategy and tactics for publication plans (including but not limited to publication planning development, regional publication planning, gap analysis, literature surveillance, thought leader plans, and communication platforms)
  • Ability to lead and present during client pitches
  • Understanding of publication challenges in the US and emerging markets will be an added advantage
  • Full knowledge of ICMJE and GPP2 guidelines
  • Ability to collaborate with multiple team members located globally

Job location: 
Trevose, Pennsylvania, USA [Candidates should possess a valid US visa to be considered for this position.]

Cactus Communications Pvt. Ltd.
510 Shalimar Morya Park Off Link Road, Andheri (W)
Mumbai 400-053, India
Phone: +91–22–67148888 Fax: +91–22–67148889
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