News Officer, Physical Sci.& Molecular Engineering

Mar 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Through strategic outreach, authentic reporting, and creative media, UChicago Communications illuminates and supports the mission and the many initiatives of the University of Chicago. UChicago Communications furthers the goals and priorities of the University and its academic units by telling the stories of the University of Chicago and sharing its culture within our community and beyond. In promoting awareness of the University, the office aims to help recruit students and faculty, disseminate the work of UChicago scholars, engage a diverse community, attract visitors, and reinforce the institution's unique intellectual culture. As a central resource for the University, the Office connects and supports a network of communicators across campus. The Office set guidelines to uphold the main messages and visual identity of the University, and help members of the University community see the full range of communications opportunities available to help them reach their goals. To learn more please visit:

Unit Job Summary: The News Office of the University of Chicago is seeking an enterprising writer and media relations officer to cover the renowned scientific and research work at the University of Chicago. Essential Functions This position requires a skillful, energetic and prolific writer with an eye for story ideas that illustrate the University's research achievements and their impact in the world. The News Officer for Physical Sciences and Molecular Engineering will report and write about significant research in the physical sciences and molecular engineering and other research areas as needed, and will engage in strategic planning around University initiatives to create focused and effective communications campaigns. This communications professional will develop creative ways to tell stories through digital and multimedia platforms; work with reporters to coordinate requests and arrange interviews with experts; train faculty, students and staff to work with media; and write stories, announcements and other pieces for the University web site and other venues. The News Officer for Physical Sciences and Molecular Engineering will work in conjunction with fellow professionals in the News Office, the University Communications team, faculty, students, administrators and communicators in other University units and affiliated or cooperating organizations.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Several years of experience in journalism or public relations are required. Experience in science writing is strongly preferred. A cover letter, resume, three writing samples, and reference contact information are required to be considered for this position.

Unit Experience: A minimum of five years of relevant experience required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Intermediate knowledge of specialized subject matter required. Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Editing skills required. Creativity required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Decision-making skills required. Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Knowledge of word processing software required. Advanced knowledge of specialized subject matter preferred. Interviewing skills preferred. Knowledge of desktop publishing software preferred.

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