Science Policy Analyst

Position Overview:

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) is seeking a graduate level scientist to join its scientific team as a Science Policy Analyst. The Science Policy Analyst will play a key role in implementing a range of exciting advocacy initiatives designed to create a policy dialogue between scientists, advocates, and policy makers in an effort to overcome barriers to cancer research. Although we work on multiple issues that affect cancer research, we are particularly interested in candidates with a depth of knowledge regarding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), clinical trials, drug and diagnostic development, and biomarker and translational research.

Friends is working to accelerate policy change, support groundbreaking science, and deliver new therapies to patients quickly and safely.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
• Lead complex research projects that help accelerate the development and implementation of solutions that promote patient access to cancer treatments
• Help engineer the science-based agenda through conference issue briefs, comprehensive policy white papers, health research studies, congressional testimony, and position statements in coordination with the President & CEO and VP, Science Policy
• Help organize educational meetings, symposia, and briefings by selecting topics, developing background materials and briefing packets for participants, and developing messages and talking points to share with the media, other advocacy groups, and elected officials
• Monitor, track and analyze key scientific issues relevant to the organization’s mission of advancing cancer research
• Assist in the substantive preparation of science-related public presentations
• Conduct original health policy research studies for publication in peer reviewed journals
• Develop policy recommendations and advocacy strategies for medical research and science issues
• Recruit and supervise interns
• Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
• Graduate degree required - MD or PhD in science-related field
• A detailed knowledge of scientific and regulatory processes associated with drug and diagnostic development
• General understanding of healthcare policy and legislative processes
• High-quality written and verbal communications skills
• Experience with organizing and coordinating educational events, symposia, and briefings ranging from scientific forums to small group meetings
• Outstanding organizational and project management skills and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
• The ability to work under pressure and respond quickly to shifts in priorities
• A self-starter with creativity and initiative
• A willingness to work in a collaborative, informal office setting
How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in science policy, and specifically this position, as well as a resume to with Science Policy Analyst in the subject line.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Friends of Cancer Research does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities of operations.
Reports To:
Vice President, Science Policy
Job Category:
1800 M Street NW, Suite 1050 South, Washington, DC 20036