Scientific Writer & Content Creator (Physical & Applied Science)

Date: Feb 27, 2023

Location: Columbus, OH, US, 43202

Company: American Chemical Society

CAS uses intuitive technology, unparalleled scientific content and unmatched human expertise to help companies create groundbreaking innovations that benefit the world. As the scientific information solutions division of the American Chemical Society, CAS manages the largest curated reservoir of scientific knowledge, and for 115 years, has helped innovators mine, assess and apply that information to keep businesses thriving. The CAS team is global, diverse, endlessly curious and strives to make scientific insights accessible to innovators worldwide.


CAS is currently seeking a Scientific Writer & Content Creator (Physical & Applied Science). This position will be based in our headquarters in Columbus, OH.


CAS connects the world’s science. As a leader in scientific information solutions, we partner with innovators around the world to accelerate breakthroughs across scientific disciplines. High-quality data is the lifeblood of today’s digital R&D pipeline. Every day, CAS scientists curate, connect, and analyze the valuable data disclosed in scientific publications from around the world to build the CAS Content Collection, covering over 150 years of discoveries. The largest human-curated collection of scientific data in the world, the CAS Content Collection underpins all CAS solutions including the CAS SciFinder Discovery Platform, the STN IP Protection Suite, and CAS Custom Services. Scientists, patent professionals, and business leaders rely on CAS solutions and expertise to provide the hindsight, insight, and foresight they need so they can build upon the learnings of the past to discover a better future. CAS is a division of the American Chemical Society.

Core to the organization, Content Operations (CO) builds content to populate the CAS information databases through acquisition and selection of relevant documents, thorough analysis, abstracting, and indexing of those documents, and the collection and editing of other information such as bibliographic citations, reaction data, generic structure representations, and regulatory information. CO staff members embrace advancements in chemistry, building their subject matter expertise to maintain the world's largest collection of molecular substances, reactions, and related content.  In addition, CO staff provide scientific and content knowledge, capabilities, insights, and solutions for other CAS functions including, but not limited to, CAS Services, Product Management, and Data Analytics and Insights.


Position Summary

As a key member of the Science Connect team within the Content Operations Division of CAS, this position is responsible for identifying emerging scientific topics, developing insights using the CAS Content Collection, and creating scientific content, and serving as a subject matter expert to support CAS growth strategies through various content initiatives. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are required, as well as the ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams to lead projects for scientific content generation. Additionally, this role will communicate CAS scientific insights to the scientific community and help promote CAS's leadership position in various scientific fields.

Position Accountabilities

  1. Identify, rank and investigate complex scientific topics for better decision-making in content creation using in-depth scientific knowledge and analytical skills
  2. Search and extract the relevant data from CAS Content Collection for a scientific topic, and generate scientific insights based on data analysis, in collaboration with the team
  3. Work in a team to develop outlines and create content for scientific reports, white papers, blogs or other types of publishable formats.
  4. Develop storylines for video production, and frameworks for infographics
  5. Promote creativity, open communication, collegiality, and a sense of accountability among teams, as well as create shared vision across team and projects
  6. Work independently and solve problems to deliver quality work within expected timelines
  7. Serve as a subject matter expert to support other CAS initiatives and projects


Minimum Education/Experience/Skills/Technical Knowledge

  1. Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related discipline in Physical and Applied Sciences
  2. At least 3 years of independent research experience
  3. Broad knowledge in corresponding scientific field and a quick learner in new areas
  4. Strong track record of scientific authorship including scientific journals, book chapters, theses, news articles, blogs, etc.
  5. Ability to create and reformat different styles of scientific writing suitable for a variety of target audience
  6. Experience in providing scientific presentations in various settings, including scientific conferences, webinars, etc.
  7. Capable of interacting with external scientific community, gaining meaningful insights, and establishing a network of external collaborative relationships
  8. Interest and awareness of market trends and evolving needs in scientific information.
  9. Ability and interest to learn more advanced tools in data analysis
  10. Strong verbal and written communication skills
  11. Ability to engage effectively and manage relationships with cross functional teams
  12. Ability to work independently and efficiently, manage time effectively and balance competing priorities on a portfolio of projects
  13. Proficient with Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  14. Computer software or programing skills are desired
  15. Willingness to travel to scientific conferences as needed


CAS offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation plan, medical, dental, vision insurance plans, and employee savings and retirement plans. Candidates for this position must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future. EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.

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