Berkeley Lab's Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division has an opening for an NMDC Scientific Community Engagement Specialist. The Department of Energy is funding a pilot program, the "National Microbiome Data Collaborative" (NMDC) which aims to address many of the pressing issues in microbiome research, including data integration, making data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable), and establishing standardized workflows for data processing.
The NMDC Scientific Community Engagement Specialist will work closely with NMDC leads to ensure the community is represented and respected throughout the development of the NMDC architecture, processes, and implementation. Provides support in communicating the institutional image through researching, writing, and editing, press releases, white papers, speeches, op/eds, annual reports, communication plans, online communications, creation of the NMDC playbook, and other related documents. The NMDC Scientific Community Engagement Specialist will also provide support in all community engagement activities, including domain science conference jamborees and open software hackathons, and work with other communications professionals within the Biosciences Area and Berkeley Lab.
What You Will Do:
Support NMDC community engagement activities with comprehensive external and internal communications strategy and programs, in coordination with affiliated DOE National Labs and other NMDC representatives, when necessary.
Research and write internal communications, online communications to communicate research advances, and other related documents of moderate scope.
Research potential stories and seek out resources to promote the NMDC efforts and programs including: internet, intranet, newspapers, periodicals, newsletters, and other sources.
Capture and quantify metrics for NMDC community engagement activities. Track and report activities to the NMDC Leadership Team for reporting to the Department of Energy (DOE), including outreach at conferences and within targeted scientific communities.
Apply for conference sessions and workshops. Work with the conference organizers to set up registration and details for the event. Lead/co-lead workshops, collect and evaluate feedback, and draft reports for DOE.
Assist in the development of training materials and assessment strategies for community engagement events designed to get feedback on the NMDC user experience.
Maintain the NMDC social media presence through regular updates and posts, as well as collaborative efforts with LBNL Strategic Communications and Biosciences Communications for social media events.
Collaborate with the NMDC communication representatives to manage and update web content.
Create, update, and maintain the NMDC playbook, including documenting NMDC policies and procedures.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Arrange photography and video support at NMDC functions, workshops, and events.
Assist with special projects and assignments as needed.
Perform other duties within the scope of the classification, as assigned.
What is Required:
Typically requires a minimum of 2 years of related experience. An undergraduate degree or its equivalent in education and experience preferred.
Experience writing, proofing, and editing science communication materials, web content, and other related documents.
Demonstrated experience utilizing a variety of media sources to effectively communicate with different audiences including: print media, newsletters, social media, and websites.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to interact with a variety of scientific, administrative and technical staff.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, apply analytical skills, problem solve, and exercise sound judgment in support of the larger team and organization.
Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Google Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and WordPress.
Some experience with event planning, workshop facilitation, and evaluation.
Some experience with photography and video production.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Microbiome scientist with experience in science communication, community engagement, and/or outreach.
Graduate degree in a related scientific field is highly desired.
Knowledge of scientific theories and concepts related to microbiology, genomics, metabolism, biotechnology, bioenergy, carbon cycling and biogeochemistry.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
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.
Full-time, 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.
Work will be primarily performed at West Berkeley Biocenter (Potter St.) -- Bldg. 977, 717 Potter St., Berkeley, CA.
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