Science Communications & Media Relations Specialist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
May 6, 2018
Berkeley, United States
Berkeley Lab is the home of world-class team science in service to the nation. The Strategic Communications Department, reporting to the Lab Director, shares and promotes the Lab's scientific, institutional, and operational priorities with key audiences inside and outside the Lab. As a Science Communications and Media Relations Specialist in the Department, you will work with department staff, subject matter experts, and Lab leadership to distill complex scientific information into compelling and accurate language and formats. You will also serve as a resource to, and build relationships with, members of the international news media. A typical week could consist of writing a news release on a scientific discovery, sharing a story idea with reporters, and developing supporting multimedia content designed to engage Lab employees in an emerging research area.
Like all members of the department, you will draw from your expertise in the tactics of journalism, science communications, media relations, and public relations to help achieve organizational goals. You will continually seek to improve and innovate, providing resourcefulness and professionalism to enhance the quality and impact of the Lab's communications program.
Working with department colleagues and Lab experts, identify, research, write, edit, package, and assist in the distribution of informative, compelling content for a range of audiences.
Write news releases, feature articles, and other content, often about complex scientific or institutional topics, in clear, compelling, storytelling prose.
Stay informed of key achievements in selected scientific areas of the Lab and work with experts in those areas to develop communications strategies.
Serve as a primary Lab point of contact for members of the news media, and work to achieve and increase coverage of the Lab's scientific work.
Develop content focused on building engagement and awareness among Lab staff of key research and operational initiatives.
Support and/or lead communication projects as needed.
Back up other members of the department as needed by performing digital communications, web production, social media, news media relations, and other duties.
Serve as a representative and ambassador for the Strategic Communications Department.
Assume responsibility for your continuing professional growth through participation in professional meetings, membership in professional organizations, enrollment in advanced courses, and professional journals and other publications.
What is required:
Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, or a science relevant to Berkeley Lab's research, especially biosciences or equivalent experience
At least five (5) years of related experience in organizational communications and/or journalism
Experience and proficiency writing and editing smart, original articles about scientific research for a popular audience.
Strong journalism-based research, interview, writing, and editing skills.
Ability to work independently and within teams to achieve desired outcomes.
Tech savvy and experience in the use of internal and external communications tools and channels (such as social media, WordPress, DropBox, Google Drive, etc.).
Effective at time- and project-management skills with the ability to prioritize work assignments, work collaboratively with others, and adjust schedules based on changing requirements.
Track record of working well under pressure, during tight deadlines, with humor, tact, and professionalism.
Proven excellence in all areas of customer service.
Additional desired qualifications:
Eight years or more of experience in organizational communications and/or journalism
Visual intelligence and the ability to recognize and design effective visual and multimedia communication aids.
Experience with social media in an institutional setting.
Existing relationships with the news media and a track record of serving as a resource to reporters.
Experience within a national laboratory or other science-based organization.
Candidates who meet all capabilities, including the preferred requirements listed above may be considered for a higher level position.
This position reports to the Chief Communications Officer. The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full-time career appointment.
Full-time is 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.
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Berkeley Lab addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel Prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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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.