| Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites candidates to apply for a science and technology writer position in the Communications Directorate to support the Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD). |
NScD operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor-based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 30 neutron instruments for materials science research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,400 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological, and medical sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. Both facilities are funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES). In conjunction with the University of Tennessee, NScD also operates the Shull Wollan Center—a Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences.
NScD provides researchers with unmatched capabilities for understanding the structure and properties of materials, macromolecular and biological systems, and fundamental physics of the neutron. Visit the Neutron Sciences at ORNL website to learn more.
The candidate will produce timely communications materials for the NScD and ORNL for distribution to DOE and both general and targeted audiences.
• Be able to understand and write about complex science- and technology-related topics and materials and work with senior scientists and managers to produce timely, interesting, and compelling science and technology articles that readily convey the importance and excitement of the work at ORNL to multiple audiences, including DOE, BES, scientifically trained researchers and sponsors, and the public.
• Write feature articles, science highlights, news releases, website and newsletter content, promotional pieces, presentations, talking points, video scripts, exhibits, and other materials that clearly and effectively communicate research findings, technical developments, key programming messages, and other news and information.
• Organize information from various scientific and often highly technical sources, including interviews with subject matter experts, and produce written materials in clear, concise language without loss of technical meaning and with meticulous attention to logic, consistency, and accuracy.
• Support NScD’s web and social media presence by developing content and posting regular updates.
• Collaborate with the NScD communications coordinator to develop original communications products, publications, and collateral material; support special events and programs; generate bimonthly science highlights; and produce a monthly user newsletter.
• Work with other members of the customer’s organization, Communications, and Creative Services to provide NScD with needed support and required products.
• Suggest visual material in support of scientific and promotional information needs; work with designers, illustrators, photographers, and videographers to develop attractive and high-visual-impact products.
• Work with external media, including science and trade publications, on coverage of NScD.
• Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
• Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.