Berkeley Lab's BioSciences Area Office Division has an opening for a Scientific Writer reporting to the Biosciences Area Lead Communications Coordinator. You will create and edit documents and electronic media to communicate the mission and achievements of Biosciences Area researchers and staff. You support the Lead Communications Coordinator in the production of web content, visual displays, and presentation materials.
Apply broad knowledge of the Biosciences Area and scientific and engineering concepts to communicate technical and non-technical information for print or digital publication, posting online, or verbal presentation.
Perform a variety of scientific and technical writing and editing duties of broad scope and moderate complexity to support the dissemination of Biosciences Area research.
Communicate appropriate information between the Area and the wider Lab community and Biosciences website audience.
Applies knowledge of computers, software, and web layout to ensure documents meet quality, budget, and schedule requirements.
Produce, edit, and post technical and non-technical science articles and highlights designed to communicate Biosciences research advances to a science-interested audience for public events.
Assist with social media efforts, developing and collecting graphics for tweets and web articles, and composing tweets about Biosciences personnel and research news.
Ability to communicate to diverse audiences in print, online, and in person in order to promote the Biosciences Area's scientific accomplishments.
Perform other duties to support the Biosciences Area's communications efforts as assigned by the Supervisor.
Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, or in a scientific field or equivalent experience plus a minimum of 5 years related experience in technical and non-technical writing, editing, layout, and production.
Excellent writing and editing skills.
Ability to communicate scientific and technical information in print and orally to diverse audiences.
Expert knowledge of office software including Word, PowerPoint, and Web technologies including simple image preparation, HTML and Web publishing (e.g., WordPress).
Working knowledge of image manipulation software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or Preview), article production, social networking technologies and creating presentation materials.
Experience interacting with high-level contacts within a scientific or technical environment.
Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented.
Strong interpersonal skills to effectively work within a diverse team environment.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience in public and media relations is desirable.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a 50% part-time 1-year term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
Part-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
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