FirstString Research

Translational Scientist

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Job Description

FirstString Research is a high growth, fast paced small organization that offers competitive salary and benefits to employees at all levels.  We are currently seeking highly motivated, self-driven individuals to join our team. The ability to be productive and successful in an intense work environment is critical.

The Translational Scientist will be responsible for conducting a full range of activities required to conceptualize, prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals and regulatory documents to foundation, government and corporate sources. Responsibilities include exploring and sourcing new funding opportunities, producing high quality scientific documents for funding applications and publication, including writing and editing grant proposals, scientific manuscripts for peer review, white papers, protocols, commercialization plans, reports, and regulatory documents; as well as overseeing successfully funded projects.

Job Duties:

  • Proactively identify government, industry, and nonprofit funding opportunities.
  • Identify fit between company’s technical capabilities and priorities and granting agencies’ research needs.
  • Perform literature/product searches on new ideas to understand and assess novel advancements as they relate to FirstString’s product roadmap.
  • Work closely with staff in developing and transforming ideas into grant proposals.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with scientists and physicians in academic and private institutions.
  • Oversee and report on progress of successfully funded projects.
  • Maintain comprehensive and up to date knowledge of platform technological advances and particular market areas involved in identifying and soliciting grants.
  • Manage deadlines and deliverables and keep all involved parties on schedule.
  • Draft high quality written grant applications.
  • Assist with assembling scientific documents as necessary (e.g., institutional grants, annual/interim reports, progress reports for grants admin., etc.).
  • All other duties as required.


  • Ph.D. in Biology, biochemistry, other life science, or relevant background; postdoctoral fellows; Assistant/Associate Professor level.
  • Exceptional verbal and written English language communications skills.
  • Proven experience in writing grants, including NIH R01 proposals, SBIRs, STTRs and/or experience with IND applications and clinical protocols preferred.
  • Project management experience and the ability to work well with a project team.
  • Ability to problem-solve, think objectively, act proactively, and work independently.
  • Ability to handle changing priorities and multiple deadlines while maintaining high quality workmanship.


Job Summary

Mount Pleasant, SC Location
Full Time Job Type
FirstString Research

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