Science Editor/Writer - Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

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.

Position Summary:
Berkeley Lab’s Earth & Environmental Sciences Area has an opening for a EESA Editor/Writer. Under general supervision, you will serve as the point of contact in developing and writing science content for new and traditional media and in support of the EESA’s Public Affairs campaigns and complement the EESA Communications Managers and Strategic Initiatives Leads outreach efforts in promoting EESA’s research initiatives, projects, and programs.

What You Will Do:
-Write and edit publications, proposals, blog posts, newsletters, news/press releases, science highlights, internal communications, and web content.
-Lead the coordination and publishing of all social media platforms, and investigating opportunities to adopt and harness new communication tools (e.g. video and infographics).
-Research potential stories and seek out resources to promote EESA research initiatives, programs, and projects.
-Identify specific needs, translate complex scientific concepts, develop key messaging, content and process for delivering regular communications to targeted audiences that showcase and highlight research accomplishments and key research campaigns, employees for multiple projects, Programs and Divisions.
-Research, write, and edit blogs, reports, brochures, internal communications and features, news/press releases, journal articles, proposals, science highlights, web content, and awards (e.g., R&D 100, Laboratory recognition awards, etc.).
-Proofread and copy edit documents of all lengths, including technical journal articles, written by people for whom English is a second language (ESL).
-Partner with EESA Communications Manager, Strategic Initiatives Lead, LBNL Public Affairs and other Communication Officers Lab-wide to serve as a focal point and build additional engagement via social media or other relevant online presence. Identify other influencers and partners who can help build awareness.
-Manage, lead, and coordinate all EESA social media campaigns and platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn) in an effort to expand and engage EESA’s audience among the research and science-curious communities.
-Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in both a team environment and as an individual capable of self-starting projects and presenting new project development ideas.
-Ability to develop communications strategies, including tracking and using analytical data to demonstrate impact and reach (e.g. for media accounts and websites).

Additional Responsibilities as needed:
-Serve as the Area POC for the copyright transfer agreement process, which includes acquiring appropriate permissions and ensuring compliance.
-Produce short audio or video productions to complement news releases and other media.
-Act as a work lead to direct the work of other personnel as needed.


What is Required:
-A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of Public-Affairs and/or Communications-related experience, preferably in journalism, or equivalent combination of education and experience,
-Demonstrated experience translating scientific concepts, and writing/editing journalistic-style articles for press releases, social media, print, web content, media campaigns, and other related documents.
-Demonstrated experience proofreading and editing for ESL customers.
-Knowledge of communications and public affairs fundamentals and industry practices.
-Demonstrated ability to use a variety of media sources to effectively communicate with different audiences including: print media, newsletters, networking sites, and YouTube.
-Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills that facilitate frequent and positive contact with a diverse community of scientists, engineers, managers, public agencies, and administrative staff.
-Proficient in the elements of Associated Press journalistic style, English grammar and web-writing best practices.
-Self-starter, with ability to work independently as well as collaboratively. Ability to initiate assignments, projects that span across the Institution, Area and Divisions.
-Knowledgeable of brand management and marketing concepts.
-Extensive experience with word processing and graphics programs.
-Excellent problem-solving skills; ability to research and analyze complex situations critically, assess risks, act decisively and clearly convey information to others.
-Comfortable working within fast paced environment and meeting competing deadlines.
-Knowledge of research related to Earth and Environmental sciences.

Additional Desired Qualifications:
-Experience in still digital photography and video.
-Familiarity with the content management systems, e.g. WordPress and graphics/video software (e.g. Adobe suite of programs).
-Familiarity of LBNL, DOE, and UC mission, organization, operations, programs, policies, and relevant public policy issues.
-Some knowledge of Area’s scientific programs and projects.

How To Apply:

Through Apply Online link in job posting page.

Additional Details:

Location State Salary Duration Schedule Deadline
Berkeley CA Commensurate with experience Term (1-Year) Full Time July 31, 2017

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Created On:  06/09/2017 - 12:00 a.m.

Modified On:  06/20/2017 - 08:55 a.m.

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