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Job Title: Lead Medical Writer, Scientific Publications
Company Name: Johnson & Johnson
Location: Horsham, PA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/26/2022
Expire Date: 12/06/2022
Job Categories: Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Broadcasting/Communications, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Lead Medical Writer, Scientific Publications

Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC., a division of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies is recruiting for a Lead Medical Writer, Scientific Publications. This position is located in Horsham, PA.


At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, what matters most is helping people live full and healthy lives. We are working to create a world without disease by bringing together the best minds to pursue the most promising science. We collaborate with the world for the health of everyone in it. To learn more, please visit www.janssen.com and follow us @JanssenGlobal.  Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC is part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies.


The Scientific Communications team is growing and seeking to add a Lead Medical Writer, Scientific Publications role. This is an exciting opportunity supporting our Immunology Therapeutic area. The writer will work on publications (e.g., manuscripts, abstracts, posters, presentations, and slide decks) as assigned, to support peer-reviewed publications and congress submissions of data from our company-sponsored clinical and observational studies.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with global partners, authors, and steering committee members throughout the publication development process. May collaborate with external vendors on projects. Handle correspondence with congress organizers and other personnel

  • Provide writing support for assigned documents and/or teams to include manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and slide decks. Assist with electronic submissions to journals and congresses

  • Lead working group meetings and collaborate with authors to advance the development of manuscripts/abstracts/posters/presentations as well as lead mock-up development of data displays (e.g., tables and figures). Review and interpret data and source documents for information required for document development

  • Identify and resolve, with the help of other functional areas, clinical and statistical issues in the interpretation of clinical data

  • Conduct detailed literature reviews for topics of interest related to project documents using various search engines

  • Demonstrate proficiency in relevant publication and regulatory document guidance, including but not limited to International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME), Good Publication Practices (GPP), CONSORT Guidelines, American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style, Council of Biology Editors, as well as ICH and other regulatory guidelines pertaining to study protocols and clinical study reports

  • Attend meetings, supporting assigned therapeutic area publication team with ability to handle document development timelines to facilitate timely submission

  • Maintain annotated versions of documents and facilitate review cycles, record/maintain project status using relevant tool(s)

  • Shepherd documents through designated review/approval cycles as well as facilitate, collate, and adjudicate author/reviewer comments

  • Adjudicate and address quality assurance review, verify approvals and follow review/approval in automated workflow systems

  • May perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree Required: Life sciences or related field with 5 years of relevant publication writing experience in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Advanced Degree Preferred: with 5 years of relevant publication writing experience in the pharmaceutical industry


Experience and Skills


  • Scientific publication writing experience within the pharmaceutical industry is required

  • Ability to learn and recognize how to best interpret, summarize, and present statistical and medical information to ensure quality and accuracy of content in document types under supervision is required

  • Ability to build solid and positive relationships with cross-functional team members is required

  • Familiarity with relevant publication, industry, and regulatory document standards and best practices is required



  • Ability to meet time sensitive deadlines and managing multiple priorities/projects simultaneously

  • Strong oral and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail

  • Ability to resolve basic problems independently and complex problems under supervision

  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, SharePoint)

  • Certifications in ISMPP, CMPP, AMWA, MWC  would be preferred


At Johnson & Johnson, we’re on a mission to change the trajectory of health for humanity. That starts by creating the world’s healthiest workforce. Through cutting-edge programs and policies, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our employees and the ones they love. As such, candidates offered employment must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or secure an approved accommodation prior to the commencement of employment to support the well-being of our employees, their families and the communities in which we live and work.


For more information on how we support the whole health of our employees throughout their wellness, career and life journey, please visit www.careers.jnj.com


Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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