Medical Writer | Karius

Medical Writer

About Karius
Karius is a venture-backed life science startup that is transforming the way pathogens and other microbes are observed throughout the body.  By unlocking the information present in microbial cell-free DNA, we're helping doctors quickly solve their most challenging cases, providing industry partners with access to 1000’s of biomarkers to accelerate clinical trials, discovering new microbes, and reducing patient suffering worldwide. 

Position Summary
We are looking for a stellar Medical Writer who will be responsible for researching, writing, and editing scientific publications. The ideal candidate will have experience in constructing and articulating compelling narratives for publications in premier peer-reviewed journals within the biomedical field. 

Why Should You Join Us?
Karius aims to conquer infectious diseases through innovations around genomic sequencing and machine learning. The company’s platform is already delivering unprecedented insights into the microbial landscape, providing clinicians with a comprehensive test capable of identifying more than a thousand pathogens directly from blood, and helping industry accelerate the development of therapeutic solutions. The Karius test we provide today is one of the most advanced solutions available to physicians who aim to deliver better care to many otherwise ineffectively treated patients. Our test is the result of some incredible work done by our scientists, statisticians, engineers, and physicians, all driven by the same mission. You, as part of the Karius team, will be able to see how directly your work has a life-changing impact on people, and at scale. 

Reports to: Chief Scientific Officer 

Location: Redwood City, CA or Remote 

Primary Responsibilities
•  Work in a collaborative team to develop peer-reviewed publications, conference materials (abstracts, posters, manuscripts and slide presentations), and marketing materials.
•  Collaborates with cross-functional team members (e.g., Research and Development, Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs, Marketing, Medical, etc.) to ensure accurate and timely completion/delivery of high-quality and scientifically justified documents.
•  Research, write, edit, and proof-read material content such as: Advisory Board/Focus Group Reports, Case Studies, Journal Articles, Newsletters, White Papers, Patient Education Materials, Monographs, Sales and Medical Training, Sales-aid Content.
•  Work with third parties including academic partners, key opinion leaders, and contractors during development of publications, posters, and reports.
•  Maintain consistently high standards for quality and clarity for all communications.
•  Collaborate with the marketing and commercial teams to develop and review concepts, layouts, presentations and other materials for scientific accuracy.
•  Contributes to the development and standardization of templates and related processes, including updating, revising and developing relevant SOPs and internal best practices and processes for critical document development.
•  Perform data analysis and development of graphics, charts and figures, as needed.
•  Perform other tasks, as assigned.

What’s Fun About the Job?
Karius is operating at the edge of what is now known to be possible in infectious disease diagnostics. With that, comes a wave of new and incredible challenges and opportunities. To deliver on that value, you will be tapping into some of the most advanced technologies, architecting and innovating where the current solutions simply don't suffice. You will get to see how much your work really matters. 

Travel: Travel required up to 5%. 

Physical Requirements
Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in an office, lab or clinical environment. 

Position Requirements
•  Masters or PhD in life-sciences field or equivalent required (e.g. Medical, Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or other relevant scientific or clinical discipline).
•  Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the biotechnology industry with at least 3 years direct medical writing experience; post-doctoral research may be considered in lieu of industry experience.
•  Experience or background in molecular biology/genomics, oncology, prenatal testing, or diagnostics a plus.
•  Thorough understanding of objective, evidence-based medical writing.
•  Ability to create professional-grade documents that effectively and clearly convey scientific data, properly identify/target the audience for each document, and communicate key messages clearly and concisely.
•  Ability to apply analytic skills to medical facts and clinical data, interpret and report information.
•  Proficiency in conducting literature searches, developing manuscripts, publications research and planning, reference and fact checking.
•  Extensive knowledge of medical terminology.
•  Familiarity with accepted writing and publication standards and individual journal requirements.
•  Ability to gather and synthesize large amounts of data.

Personal Qualifications
•  Detail focused with ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously.
•  Good team player; excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work well with others.
•  Expert writing, editing, proofreading skills, including spelling, grammar and formatting.
•  Proven document planning and project management skills.
•  Demonstrated ability to organize data into a clear and compelling value narrative.
•  Ability to meet timelines without compromising document quality.
•  Must have the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced environment with limited to little supervision.
•  Ability to work independently and collaboratively, as required, in a fast-paced, team environment consisting of internal and external team members.
•  Proficiency with Adobe Acrobat, GSuite and Microsoft Office products.

At Karius, we value a diverse and inclusive workplace and provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees and are committed to honor and invest in the full diversity of people, in our hiring, recruiting and development of employees across the Company.  All qualified applicants for employment are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity and gender expression (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. If you are unable to submit your application due to a disability, please contact us at and we will accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.

Redwood City, CA