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Staff writer for internal communications
We're about to be advertising a staff writer job at NIST in our internal communications group. Please be in touch!
Jr. Press Officer
Looking for a junior press officer (newly-created role!) to join our press team. This role would lend support to 'senior' press officers.
Listing closes 9/30. I believe it's a career ladder position, which is quite attractive. Message me for more info on that, the team, workload, typical assignments, etc. Happy to chat!
Future--sometime in 2022 Technical Writer at Bureau of Reclamation
Bureau of Reclamation
Reclamation is gearing up to hire technical writers. I am a writer and would not be the hiring official, but... what advice could you give to help ensure that we get writers who can ensure that content from a wide range of experts is consistent and clear and meets the needs of many audiences simultaneously?
Scientific Writer, Biology & Life Sciences
Science Communication Lab
The Explorer’s Guide to Biology ( is a free online learning platform, featuring text, images, and videos from some of the world’s most prominent scientists, which brings the wonders of life and the problem-solving nature of science to students and educators. The Explorer’s Guide to Biology offers two types of major content: ‘Narratives’ which cover major topics in biology, similar to a textbook chapter (~10,000 words), and ‘Key Experiments’ which tell the story of a critical experiment (~ 3,500 words). Our multimedia biology learning platform aims to encourage readers to become problem-solvers and explorers using narrative prose, beautiful illustrations, animations and professionally-produced videos. The Explorer’s Guide to Biology is a part of the non-profit Science Communication Lab.

Position description
The Explorer’s Guide to Biology team is seeking a Science Writer who will work with us to interview and interact with leading scientists and use these materials to write content such as Narratives and Key Experiments for the Explorer’s Guide to Biology learning platform. Together with other members of the Explorer’s Guide to Biology team, the successful candidate will communicate the stories of discoveries in biology to educators and their students. This position is a contract position (16-24 hrs/wk). Remuneration depends on experience and career stage.

Primary Responsibilities:
Translate biomedical advances and research into simple and engaging written pieces that are easily understood by high school seniors/1st year university undergraduates
Interview scientists in person and remotely
Write with tone and style of The Explorer’s Guide to Biology site
Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects with a high degree of initiative
Complete projects on time and meet deadlines.
Attend meetings remotely with advance notice

Please see associated link for qualifications
News Intern, Nature Magazine - DUE OCTOBER 7
Springer Nature
Nature’s news team seeks a science reporter for a January-June internship – a paid, full-time writing position based in our Washington DC office. Our interns are treated like staff reporters. They cover a beat, as well as activities at US science agencies, they travel locally for stories as appropriate and write for both the website and print magazine. Although they primarily cover news, they could have the opportunity to write features. Top candidates will have a strong background in both science and journalism, and should demonstrate a desire to cover the process of science for an audience of researchers, administrators and decision makers. Past interns have gone on to staff positions at Carbon Brief, Chemical & Engineering News, Gizmodo, Nature and Science News.
Pacific Science Center Marketing Comms Mgr
Pacific Science Center
With an eye for detail and expertise in copywriting and editing, this role ensures that messaging is aligned in all marketing materials, including digital and social channels and executes PR, awareness, communications and general marketing strategies to increase awareness of all of the exciting things happening at Pacific Science Center.
Biological and Environmental Research Information Specialist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The Biosciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a scientific/technical writer to develop strategic communications for research emanating from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER). The successful candidate will write, edit, design, and coordinate content for programmatic, informational, and strategic planning documents and web material describing BER research programs. These materials include scientific workshop reports, Executive Summaries, science highlights, flyers, posters, infographics, and compilations such as bibliographies and abstract books.
Assoc Editor
Popular Science
The Responsibilities:
Assign and edit daily stories for
Manage several frequent contributors
Work with the Science Editor on adapting, growing, and expanding our coverage to new platforms
Work on identifying and executing new coverage areas and beats as they emerge

The Qualifications:
At least 2 years of professional editing experience
Quick, but careful and accurate, writing and editing skills
Experience covering science for a general audience; writing and/or editing clips from conversational, “voicey” science outlets preferred
Experience covering space, physics, and/or climate preferred
Experience managing freelance contributors preferred
A strong code of journalistic ethics
Discover magazine -- Digital Editorial Director (just went live this week!)
Discover magazine -- Kalmbach Media
Kalmbach Media, an industry leader in entertaining, informing, and inspiring enthusiasts across several markets, is seeking a skilled storyteller with exceptional writing and editing skills to oversee creative and editorial vision for the Discover brand online. The Digital Editorial Director for Discover, a well-known science brand, will have ownership for digital editorial direction and establishing brand guidelines to make sure all content is consistent in style, brand quality and tone of voice. This individual will manage a dedicated content team and be responsible for developing exciting and engaging editorial ideas, editing content, overseeing social media strategy, and managing channel distribution strategy. The Digital Editorial Director will collaborate with both internal and external writers on story ideas and lead dynamic, regular editorial content meetings to strategize on content.

Data is at the core of our strategy development and drives our business decisions. The Digital Editor will work with the Director of Digital Strategy and Digital Analytics Director to measure the impact of our content and adjust content strategy based on meeting identified performance metrics.

Read more on specific job duties and responsibilities here:
Discover magazine -- Assistant Digital Editor (also just went live)
Discover magazine -- Kalmbach Media
Kalmbach Media, an industry leader in entertaining, informing, and inspiring enthusiasts across several markets, is seeking a well-organized, energetic web writer and editor to add to the digital team for The Assistant Digital Editor for Discover, a well-known science brand, will write and edit compelling stories for the website and manage the day-to-day web workflow.

This individual will work closely with the Digital Editor and Digital Content Coordinator to grow Discover's digital presence through new idea generation, a data-driven content strategy and various content distribution channels.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

Write compelling stories optimized for the website that support audience and traffic goals.
Edit stories for the web, ensuring the use of AP Style and SEO best practices.
Help manage digital content workflow and daily postings, serving as a point of contact for a team of freelancers.
Assign stories, accept pitches and track content submissions.
Contribute new story ideas aimed at target audience acquisition and in support of web traffic goals.

More details here:
Science Writer
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
The scientific writer works with St. Jude researchers and administration to tell the story of science at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the central role it plays in the hospital’s mission. The science writer works with researchers to communicate with scientific and mainstream media about St. Jude research, primarily research being published in scientific journals or presented at scientific meetings.

The job requires an ability to develop and write for a variety of platforms (web, social media, print). Responsibilities include interviewing, writing, revising, and editing copy. The person in this job works collaboratively with a variety of departments and individuals at St. Jude and ALSAC to develop ideas and create content that communicates our science to different audiences.
Technical Writer Consultant (Biology)
Inscripta is a life science technology company who has developed the first bench-top system for genome editing.

Inscripta is searching for an experienced Technical Writer Consultant located in or near Boulder, Colorado, who will have the primary responsibility of writing the user manuals. You must have a bachelor’s degree in life sciences, at least 2 years of experience in molecular biology lab and in writing lab Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

• Shadowing researchers in the lab to capture detailed procedure
• Map experimental workflow based on customer goals
• Write and edit instrument and software manuals
• Write and edit handbooks

Required Educational Background and Work Experience:
• Bachelor's degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, or related disciplines.
• 2 years relevant professional experience, including biological laboratory research experience.
• 2 years of experience in a Technical Writer position.

Required Skills and Experience:
• Excellent oral and written skills in English with native/bilingual proficiency.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Highly organized and able to successfully manage numerous projects of various size.
• Strong attention to detail.

Desired Skills and Experience:
• Project management training/experience.
• Experience with formal document development and review and control processes.

Employment Type
Consultant – up to 20 hours per week

If interested, please submit a resume to
Senior Manager, Media Relations
Allen Institute
We are seeking a strategic and thoughtful storyteller to join the Allen Institute Communications Team as Senior Manager, Media Relations. This role is responsible for leading the Institute’s media strategy and developing campaigns that burnish the Institute’s reputation as a global bioscience leader. They also partner with others on the Communications team to develop storytelling and social media strategies. Additionally, the Senior Manager, Media Relations builds and nurtures positive relationships with key writers, reporters, and correspondents across the media landscape.

This is a highly collaborative position that partners with key stakeholders across the Institute to showcase new scientific initiatives, scientific publications, scientific events and the Institute’s publicly available data, tools, and resources.

The Senior Manager, Media Relations reports to the Senior Director of Communications and will supervise members of the Content Creation Team. This team, which includes the Allen Institute’s Senior Writer, Senior Producer, and Digital Content Manager, creates and produces the Institute’s award-winning content. This includes written stories, press releases, video, photography, social media content and podcasts across many platforms, including Institute owned websites, social media channels, video, newsletters, and email. (see more in link below)
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