Berkeley Lab's Energy Technologies Area (ETA) is looking for a Science Writer to join the Marketing and Communications Team
In this role, you will create and edit documents and electronic media to communicate the mission and achievements of ETA researchers and staff. Reporting to the Marketing and Communications Manager, you will support ETA in the production of scientific news articles, science-related web content, social media posts, presentation materials, video scripts, proposals for funding and the ETA Intranet, a robust internal communications website.
Be on the cutting edge of communicating about our amazing research. We are leaders in the development of clean energy solutions built on a foundation of energy-efficiency, including solar and wind; improving the electricity grid; battery research; transportation sustainability and decision science; better buildings, and much more.
What You Will Do:
Write comprehensive and compelling news, feature articles and other content, often about complex scientific or institutional topics, in clear, storytelling prose.
Update the ETA Intranet, a communications hub and repository for a variety of key information used by Area staff.
Work with ETA staff to identify, research, write, edit, package and assist in the distribution of informative, compelling content for a range of audiences.
Apply general knowledge of website content management systems (Drupal, Wordpress) and web layout tools to ensure content meets quality, budget and schedule requirements.
Work teams to produce, edit, and post animation scripts, video scripts, newsletters and other media designed to communicate our research advances to a science-based audience.
Collaborate closely with researchers, project groups, divisions, or departments on projects including assessing incremental input and multiple manuscript iterations and developing communication styles for technical and possibly sensitive material.
Coordinate social media efforts, including Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and Instagram.
Serve as final quality assurance check on all deliverables ensuring that Department of Energy, ETA, Berkeley Lab, and other stakeholder approval and style requirements are met.
Coordinate and manage media projects, often with a team of editors, designers, animators, web developers, and/or printers.
Communicate to diverse audiences in print and online, via Powerpoint and Word, and in person in order to promote the Area's scientific accomplishments.
Perform a variety of writing and editing duties of broad scope and complexity to support the development of Area proposals for state, federal, and foundation funding.
What is Required:
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Communications, Journalism, Science Writing or a technical field such as Science or Engineering and a minimum of 5 years of related experience in technical and non-technical writing, editing, layout, and production or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with Drupal and Wordpress Website Content Management systems and ability to learn online ticketing and project management systems used to track work.
Demonstrated ability to communicate scientific and technical information in print to diverse audiences.
Experience creating eye-catching and professional presentation materials, online newsletter applications, and use of social media including Facebook, Linked In, Youtube and Instagram.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, Google Suite tools, and image preparation software (e.g. Preview, Photoshop).
Excellent writing and editing skills with a strong attention to detail.
Excellent oral communication skills with the ability to collaborate with scientists and technical staff.
Proven interpersonal and customer service skills, including ability to work both independently and within a team environment in order to meet tight deadlines while managing competing priorities.
Familiarity with AP Style, and ability to adapt to ETA and Berkeley Lab style guidelines.
What We Desire:
Experience in public and media relations.
Experience with vendor relationships.
Requested Application Materials:
3 writing samples
Link to an online portfolio
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on June 24, 2019.
This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 2 year, Term appointment with the possibility of extension up to 5 years total or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
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.
Work will be performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Learn About Us:
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) 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.
Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.
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.
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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.