First listed on: 14 May 2024

Science Writer and Editor


About the role

Biotext is looking for an early career science writer and editor to join our expert team. If you're passionate about communicating complex information clearly and effectively, this is a great opportunity to join a successful small business, be mentored by our experienced team and develop a strong foundation for your career. 

Biotext turns complex information into effective content. We partner with our clients on their scientific, technical or complex content to develop products such as fact sheets, reports, guidelines and websites.

Your main duties will be writing, substantive editing, copyediting and proofreading. You’ll also manage projects and communicate with clients to solve problems and identify opportunities. You'll work on a variety of projects and tasks, and be supported by our detailed procedures to ensure quality and consistency. Our team of specialists will work closely with you to help build your skills.

Hours: 0.8 to full time (flexible working hours available)
Salary: $76,000 to $84,000; negotiable based on qualifications, experience and skills
Start date: July 2024
Location: Canberra (preferred), but we may consider other locations within Australia for the right person

About you

You will have tertiary qualifications in science or health. This is an essential criterion because most of our work involves scientific, technical or complex content.

You will be:

  • passionate about using your writing and editing skills
  • interested in doing a diverse range of work to make a difference to national and international issues
  • committed to delivering outstanding content that exceeds client expectations
  • motivated to find innovative solutions to project challenges
  • keen to collaborate in a small team with other content specialists
  • driven to grow your skills through on-the-job mentoring and professional development
  • keen on building your career in a small business.

You may have experience in:

  • writing and editing scientific, technical or complex content for a variety of audiences
  • explaining complex concepts in plain language
  • following writing and editing standards using a style guide
  • using Microsoft Word at an advanced level
  • managing projects from start to finish
  • working in small teams
  • developing and maintaining working relationships with colleagues, collaborators and clients.

About us

Biotext turns complex science and policy information into effective communication. We work with government departments, scientific agencies, and academic and nongovernment organisations in Australia and overseas. We specialise in health and biomedical science, environment and agriculture.

We are a small business with lots of opportunities for the right person. We offer flexible working conditions, professional development, and the chance to contribute to business direction and focus. The right person will be able to develop their career in line with their skills and motivation.

How to apply

Email your CV and a cover letter outlining your experience and fit for the role to Julie Irish at, with the subject 'Science writer and editor'. Include contact details for at least 2 referees. Applications close on 3 June 2024.

If you are shortlisted, we’ll ask you to undertake short writing and editing tests.

Contact: Julie Irish, email, ph 02 6282 2280

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