Science Technical Editor-Writer-Part Time
Alion Science and Technology - Durham, NC

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Responsibilities

This position handles scientific communications associated with the US EPA, the public, various media outlets, and the community at large. The role prepares scientific media, promotional articles, releases, and materials for the US EPA for media consumption.

As part of a scientific team you will be instrumental in the planning and implementing of marketing communications projects in support of US EPAs Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab (NHEERL), including translating EPA scientific information into journalistic articles, advertising, product promotion, public relations and trade shows media and material.

You will be expected to accomplish the following:
o Write news articles on new scientific discoveries, as well as feature articles that offer a broader perspective on science, often including the personalities and process behind scientific discoveries.

o Produce news and feature articles for institutional magazines, radio and television scripts, speeches, web copy and brochure copy.

o Initiate the production of radio spots, video news releases, and web sites covering research associated with NHEERL.

o Coordinate with EPA NHEERL managers and science staff, conduct interviews which convey EPA science programs to EPA and public audiences through the PARI format (Problem, Action, Result and Impact).

o Actively search for opportunities to communicate EPAs project capabilities and develops news releases, articles for various outlets including media, trade journals, magazines, independent journalists, TV reports, external blogs and other influencing audiences.

o Responsible for writing query letters to various editors and PR professionals as well as following up on these communication activities. Communication products must be aligned with NHEERLs communication strategy core objectives and messages.

o Required to travel in the US to the other EPA Ecology Divisions on a regular basis to talk with their scientists and report on the science being done at those locations. It may require trips to all four locations each quarter for a week at a time.

o Establishes and maintains contacts, both formal and informal, with news media, especially those individuals involved in reporting on science and technology, and with professional and trade journals covering areas of EPAs research.

Qualifications

This is a great opportunity for a recent college graduate who wrote and oversaw publications for various organizations, student newsletters, societies, or committees.

A Bachelors degree in any of the following or related areas is required: Science, Communication, Marketing and 2 plus years of directly related experience in performing Technical Writing, Media and Marketing Communications in a scientific environment. Emphasis for this role is placed on writing and preparing media material or communication that directly presents scientific information to the public in easy to understand language for use and everyday direction. Individuals with Masters degrees are encouraged to apply.

Our selected candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be able to make presentations to the public, customer and our management.

You must be proficient with Microsoft Office Excel, Word and PowerPoint; Publisher is nice to have.

You must be authorized to work in the US and be eligible to obtain a clearance to work in a government facility. No sponsorship is available.

This job requires travel to various locations in the US on a routine quarterly basis.

Diversity

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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