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Principal Editor

The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at UCSF

San Francisco, California

Date Posted: 5/3/21

Writes or edits a variety of comprehensive and difficult material for stylistic consistency, logic, organization, rational development of content, and emphasis. Researches, selects sources for and conducts interviews, and ensures accuracy of written pieces. Recommends content and layout, edits, and coordinates production of a variety of printed and online material, or conversion of printed pieces to online formats and archives.

Please note: This is one year contract position, expect to end one year after date of hire.

Department Description

The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at UCSF is pursuing a cutting-edge blend of basic science and clinical medicine to provide outstanding care to those suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. Founded in 1999, the IND is committed to creating therapeutics that will halt diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and dementia resulting from traumatic brain injuries. The IND is poised to make serious contributions to this struggle at the frontier of neuroscience and medicine. The mission of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases is to discover causes and develop cures for these illnesses with an innovative program of basic research and clinical medicine.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and three years of relevant experience and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Three full years of professional editorial experience
  • Demonstrated editing and writing abilities
  • Outstanding copyediting and formatting skills
  • Proven ability to manage editorial processes and timelines, including working with authors, journal staff, and production teams
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Extraordinary eye for detail
  • Knowledge of writing and publishing scientific manuscripts and understanding of the peer review process
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, specifically using track changes, styles and templates, maintaining version control, and laying out and troubleshooting complex elements such as figures and tables
  • Expertise in the remaining Microsoft Office Suite applications, specifically PowerPoint and Excel
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Acrobat Pro, specifically using annotation and drawing markup tools, as well as knowledge of proofreaders’ marks
  • Advanced knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style, 11th edition, or another professional academic style guide, as well as flexibility to edit publications according to various styles per journal or publisher guidelines
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to revise and prepare images for print and digital publication
  • Experience using EndNote or another advanced reference manager program
  • Experience with website publishing, including Drupal, WYSYWIG, and HTML editors
  • Ability to work remotely using Zoom, MS Outlook calendar, telephone, and email
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s level degree in Biochemistry
  • Seven to ten years of publications experience in a scientific or technical milieu
  • Previous experience with NIH grant funding
  • Familiarity with journal requirements for publications
  • Prior experience in a demanding, fast-paced office environment

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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