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Science Writer and Communications Specialist

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Published: November 18, 2016
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites candidates to apply for the position of science writer and communications specialist in the Communications Directorate to support the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) with a wide range of content development and outreach activities.

The primary purpose of this position is to assist with strategic planning, research, writing, editing, and development of internal and public-facing documents, including outreach activities to the media, as part of ECP’s overall effort to raise awareness, communicate with partners and stakeholders, and build name recognition with external audiences. This person will lead ECP writing efforts and coordinate additional services of US Department of Energy (DOE) lab resources and contractors as necessary.

ECP is a collaboration between two DOE organizations: the Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Part of the National Strategic Computing Initiative signed by President Obama in 2015, ECP is led by six national laboratories. ORNL is directing ECP’s communications and outreach component.

Major Duties / Responsibilities

Collaborate with the ECP Communications Manager to develop content and ongoing updates for the ECP website. Work with ECP focus area directors to ensure each focus area is well represented

  • Develop fact sheets, background documents, and media support materials as needed (such as background information for media and analysts)
  • Oversee and manage social media outreach activities
  • Support ongoing activities such as news release pitches, speaking engagement solicitations, and interview schedules at public events
  • Regularly write feature articles and news releases on exascale topics in collaboration with the ECP Communications Manager
  • Assist ECP Communications Manager in planning and arranging media tours and analyst briefings
  • Build and maintain an ECP media and analyst contact list

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, or a related field. Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in communications; coordinating media relations, writing, editing, and publishing projects; and developing content for websites and blogs.

Preferred Qualifications

Must be self-motivated and self-directed, have excellent written and oral communications skills, have experience working in a deadline-driven environment, and be able to work with senior executives and both corporate and political leaders. Candidate must be able to work with multiple teams, balance priorities, and set clear expectations for deliverables. Experience in high-performance computing communications is desirable.

If interested, please visit and directly apply.

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.


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