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Company: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Seeking Science Communications Specialist
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
August 6, 2013
Job ID: 1507032


Science Communications Specialist - 76077
Organization:  PA-Public Affairs

The Science Communications Specialist is responsible for independently developing high-profile editorial content for a variety of informational channels that showcases the value of Berkeley Lab science, research, and technology to specific audiences and to society at large.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Translate highly complex science—from physics and cosmology to nanoscience -- into lay friendly language for various high-profile communication outlets, including news releases, online news center, online newsletters, social media and related endeavors
  • Identify, pursue and write stories that build support for and awareness of Berkeley Lab
  • Spot topic trends and create storytelling opportunities that exploit what is happening in a national news context with a Berkeley Lab perspective
  • Cultivate media of all types through astute pitching of stories, diligent follow through and frequent interaction
  • Understand how to leverage content across different platforms and to different audiences by varying story length, level of difficulty and style of language
  • Knowledge of – and participation in -- engagement and awareness campaigns, particularly those with a clear call to action and metrics.
  • Maintain current awareness of scientific editorial practices, Berkeley Lab programs, and policies that affect current or future editorial projects.

Skills required to succeed:

  • Minimum 8 years of experience communicating science to various audiences or an equivalent combination of experience and Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Science, Communications, History, or related field
  • Proven ability to translate complex scientific research into understandable, lay friendly language
  • Understanding of and success in pitching and delivering science stories to the science media as well as shaping science stories so that they appeal to non-science media as well
  • Fluency with and appreciation for social media, with a track record in having contributed to successful engagement with online audiences
  • Experience with crisis communications and breaking news
  • Demonstrated success in contributing editorial expertise to and leveraging stories for online vehicles
  • Appreciation for the need to market science and evidence of having succeeded in shaping opinions of target audiences
  • Ability to interact successfully with scientists in different disciplines and to generate confidence in doing so
  • Willingness to work collaboratively within a “beat” system or as part of Public Affairs-wide teams, assume different responsibilities, and stay on deadline
  • Belief that science is a positive and hopeful force in society
  • Competence in the use of word processing software, communications software, and other ancillary software (such as graphics or database) needed to produce high-quality documents in the shortest possible time.
  • Proven ability to proofread highly technical and complex documents with an extremely high degree of accuracy.
  • Proven ability to work efficiently, collaboratively, and cooperatively as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce results in a timely fashion toward meeting desired results.
  • Ability to change priorities when necessary and to adjust levels of effort accordingly.


  • MS/MA degree in communications or marketing

How To Apply
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