Seeking Science Writer

University of Florida Health Communcations, Gainesville, Florida

Date PostedJanuary 03, 2018
Job StatusFull-time
Salary$48,000 to $58,000

Apply at:   Job# 505916      Closing Date: 1/25/18     Salary Range: $48,000-$58,000

The Science Writer  provides strategic communications support for the UF College of Medicine Department of Surgery, with an emphasis on building visibility for and the reputation of the unit's research and educational programs. The person in this position is a strong and versatile writer whose background enables him or her to translate complex scientific and medical information into compelling articles for a lay audience. Other duties include proofreading and editing, as well as frequent interaction with the news media.


  • Scouts, researches, writes and edits news releases about the department of surgery, creating compelling copy for a lay audience. Works directly with faculty and administrators of the Department of Surgery and associated units. Coordinates media interviews. Reviews news clips for department of surgery press coverage and provides links to leadership. 
  • Writes feature articles for UF Health publications and other campus publications.  Writes articles covering awards, accolades or large announcements for the Department of Surgery website and for the POST. Writes articles for the department newsletter The Stitch and coordinates with the designer on the Stitch. Writes briefs/bios on new faculty to announce on the website and in the newsletter. Writes and/or edits all departmental grand round visiting speaker materials. Schedules photos for Department of Surgery newsletter articles as needed. Edits and proofs Department of Surgery materials as needed.
  • Works to place department of surgery stories in the news media through building relationships and pitching stories. Works with colleagues in UF Health Communications to develop multimedia content including still photography, videos and graphics. Also works to appropriately place surgery stories in social media.
  • Writes 2-3 short scripts per month for the office's award-winning radio program, Health in a Heartbeat.
  • Participates in and contributes to strategic communications planning and other duties as assigned.
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