The Biosciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a scientific/technical writer to develop strategic communications for research emanating from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER).
You will write, edit, and coordinate content for programmatic, informational, and strategic planning documents and web material describing BER research programs. These materials include scientific workshop reports, Executive Summaries, science highlights, flyers, posters, infographics, and compilations such as bibliographies and abstract books.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Organize technical information from various BER research topics into a cohesive unit and produce written material in clear language without loss of technical content.
Oversee and coordinate efforts of teams collaborating on larger BER publications, working with the scientific community, science advisory committee members, writers, graphic artists, layout designers, DOE sponsors, website staff, and printers to ensure grammatical correctness, scientific accuracy, and professional quality.
Perform editorial tasks ranging from document pre-planning activities with BER writing teams, note-taking at scientific workshops, management and compilation of draft files, version control, end-to-end editing, development of topical sidebars, incorporation of collaborator revisions and feedback, and review and proofing of near-final design files.
Contribute value-added editing beyond style and grammar by identifying organizational flaws, considering the needs of non-expert readers, and researching science concepts to craft clearer text.
Proofread, manage, and track the status of BER science highlights from different sources, categorizing them by topical area and working with web staff to incorporate them into a public database.
Establish, in consultation with BER staff and research collaborators, priorities and schedules for meeting interim and final deadlines.
Suggest visual materials in support of scientific publications and web content, devising accompanying text and captions as needed.
Obtain permissions and high-resolution, print-quality versions of copyrighted images for re-use in new publications, maintaining permission records and required credit line information.
Adhere to and help guide collaborators on tone, usage, style, format, and publication standards, ensuring their consistent use within a publication and across a larger body of work.
Work with colleagues to brainstorm ideas for new communication materials that demonstrate the value and accomplishments of BER-supported research.
Staff BER exhibit booths at scientific meetings, engaging and informing research communities about the work and opportunities available through BER.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, science, English, or similar discipline is required. Master’s degree is preferred.
A minimum of three years’ experience in scientific and technical writing is needed. Excellent writing and editing skills are required, as is proficiency in an array of software such as Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, and Acrobat. Some HTML skills and experience in print and web publishing software such as InDesign and Dreamweaver are desired but not required.
Additional Application Details
Please provide a resume with three references.
This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.
We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.
If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
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