FH Biomedical Data Science Wiki Writer-Editor Program
Note: Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Join us for this inaugural session and have the opportunity to influence how this project evolves! Please contact Amy Paguirigan for additional information.
The Biomedical Data Science Wiki aims to support ongoing biomedical research now and in the future. The ongoing contribution and curation of the content in the Wiki by the Fred Hutch researcher community itself is intended to serve two purposes:
- create an evolving source of documentation that grows and changes along with the particular interests and research tools available to Fred Hutch researchers over time, and
- unifies content that bridges the divide between how research processes are performed in general and how those processes are performed at the Fred Hutch specifically.
The Wiki Writer-Editor program is intended to engage current Fred Hutch based postdocs, staff scientists and research specialists in order to ensure that the resource achieves those two goals. We aim to incorporate more information relevant to new and emerging projects or technologies in which Fred Hutch researchers are involved or use, and also provide a mechanism for feedback regarding what additional documentation is needed to support their research. The Wiki Writer-Editor program engages current staff from each of the Divisions for 3 month positions to both write and edit content, and a stipend is provided.
Responsibilities for a Wiki Writer-Editor include:
- An initial meeting for training on how to manage contributions and editing via GitHub (web OR desktop client training will be provided, no previous experience needed).
- Participation in a weekly in-person meeting of the larger Wiki Contributors group (1hr)
- ~3 hours per week of writing documentation in your primary area of expertise and/or editing existing documents both in and outside of your primary area of expertise. This work is done remotely, anytime during the week, and contributions are submitted regularly via GitHub. Contributions are then reviewed and incorporated along with all other contributions at the weekly Wiki Contributors meeting.
- Provide reviews of content for formatting, clarity and content (when in your area of expertise) when other contributors submit pull requests.
- Ability to write clearly and concisely for a wide range of scientific audiences and levels of expertise.
- Ability to self-direct and time manage to make your contributions have the most value as well as coordinate with your research.
- Ability to work collaboratively and professionally with others who will both edit your writing and whose writing you will edit.
- An interest in contributing to the Fred Hutch research community.
- An interest in learning more about realms of biomedical research and resources here at Fred Hutch that you may not already be familiar with!
To apply, these brief application materials need to be combined into a single pdf file and emailed to Amy Paguirigan (
- Name, Primary Division affiliation, Current Mentor/Lab(s), Current Position
- A brief (½ page max) summary of your current research focus and general domain of expertise (what you ALREADY know) along with your current data-oriented learning goals (what you WISH you knew).
- A sample of your writing - preference is for text intended for as general a scientific audience as possible, such as a recent abstract or other review article, and for text that as closely reflects your writing style as possible (without heavy editing by others)
- Your current CV (FYI: a link to it or other full online profile can suffice, e.g., a complete LinkedIn profile or a personal website)
Communication and Events
To get involved there are many ways to find us:
Join the FHBig Slack workspace via this link, and use your fredhutch.org email to join. In this Slack workspace we have a #wiki-contributors channel where you can chime in with edits, get updates about next meetings, goals and our next steps.
Follow along in our GitHub repository where we are curating this content if you have had your GitHub username linked to the Fred Hutch GitHub organization account. If you have not done this yet, please see more about using GitHub at the Fred Hutch here.