Berkeley Lab is the home of world-class team science in service to the nation. Our team of scientific communicators share and promote the Lab's scientific, institutional, and operational priorities with key audiences internal and external to the Lab. As a Quantum Communications Lead focused on quantum information science and technology, you will perform a wide range of communications duties designed to grow the Lab's reputation as a world leader in quantum research. You will lead the implementation of a communication strategy for quantum research that involves multiple research areas and partner institutions, focusing primarily on Berkeley Lab's two flagship quantum centers: The Quantum Systems Accelerator and the Advanced Quantum Testbed. You will build relationships with the communications offices of partner institutions as well as in the distributed communications teams within the Lab's research areas and user facilities and closely collaborate with them on quantum-related communications. You will also develop written and multimedia content that informs and engages key stakeholders in the achievements and promise of Berkeley Lab and its partner institutions' broad and diverse quantum research efforts spanning quantum theory, materials, design, development, and engineering.
What You Will Do:
Serve as the communications lead and writer for Berkeley Lab's two flagship DOE-funded quantum centers: The Quantum Systems Accelerator and the Advanced Quantum Testbed.
Working with communications staff and subject matter experts, develop and implement a cohesive communications strategy that engages key stakeholders and multiple audiences in the Lab's quantum research, elevates the Lab's reputation in quantum research excellence, and helps the Lab achieve its programmatic goals.
Collaborate with staff throughout the Computing Sciences Division, Berkeley Lab, and with communications contacts at partner institutions, on quantum-related communications plans and projects.
Write releases, features, video scripts, social media content, and other material focused on quantum research advances and coordinate multimedia projects.
Manage the development and maintenance of quantum-related websites, working with web developers, and add content as needed to websites via a CMS system.
Provide guidance on messaging, branding, and related efforts.
Develop presentations, speeches, and related content.
Assist with media relations responsibilities.
What is Required:
Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or a Science relevant to Berkeley Lab's research, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
A minimum of 8 years of related experience in organizational communications and/or journalism.
Experience planning, managing, and leading complex communications projects designed to ensure an institution achieves its programmatic goals.
Experience planning and developing compelling content.
Experience with web-based communications tools, including content management systems.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with senior leaders, subject matter experts, and communications staff to develop and gain support for communication strategies, plans, and products.
Strong journalism based research, interview, writing, and editing skills.
Track record of working well under pressure, during tight deadlines, with humor, tact, and professionalism.
Track record of working with confidential information.
Excellent time management and project management skills with the ability to prioritize work assignments, work collaboratively with others, and adjust schedules based on changing requirements.
Experience serving as a resource to members of the news media.
Familiarity with project management principles and tools.
Active membership in professional and communications societies and forums.
Previous experience within a national laboratory or other science-based organization.
For full consideration, please submit the application materials by January 8, 2020:
Writing Sample - A press release, short feature article, or similar writing sample (no more than 3 pages)
This is a full-time 2 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.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
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.
This position will be remote initially, but limited to individuals residing in the United States tentatively until 2021 due to COVID-19. Once the Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted, work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.
Internal Number: 91652
About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.