SCIENCE WRITER, SENIOR

Location
Durham, NC
Posted
Apr 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

SCIENCE WRITER, SENIOR
VICE CHANCELLOR OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS & DE

Occupational Summary

Serve as the primary science writer for the Duke University School of Medicine. Report to the Associate Dean and Chief Communications Officer for the school and work as part of the school's communications office to plan and implement communications and media relations strategies to advance the school and publicize its research, programs and people to internal as well as external local, national and international audiences.

Work Performed

Perform a wide range of editorial functions, from brainstorming and conceptualizing story ideas, to writing press releases, profiles, new and feature stories, and blog posts. The primary targeted audiences for these communication vehicles are academic and lay audiences including internal audiences, consumer media, students, donors and alumni, peer institutions, and the general public.

Develop and maintain working relationships with faculty members, chairs and directors in school departments, centers and institutes, and consult with them on publicizing and promoting their activities and research. Work as a "beat" reporter to proactively seek out and identify ideas and topics that promote research excellence at Duke.

Check in regularly with faculty members and school leaders regarding discoveries in the pipeline and newsworthy papers; respond to requests for publicity; interview faculty members, staff, and students; writes news releases and articles; and share information with other communicators in the school and across campus. Develop a broad knowledge of research conducted in the school as well as research programs and faculty expertise.

Attend and cover campus science and research events, such as symposiums and conferences. Recommend photos and illustrations to accompany articles or as stand-alone communications tools. Assist with drafting and editing opinion pieces and expert commentary from faculty members and work to place them in strategic media outlets.

Collaborate with the school's communications team to promote research breakthroughs and faculty news via the web, video, and social media. Work closely with colleagues in Duke University's Office of News & Communications and the Duke Health News Office to coordinate coverage of School of Medicine research.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.



Requisition Number
401218242

Location
Durham

Duke Entity
MEDICAL CENTER

Job Code
1024 SCIENCE WRITER, SENIOR

Job Family Level
13

Exempt/Non-Exempt
Exempt

Full Time / Part Time
FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary
Regular

Shift
First/Day

Minimum Qualifications
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. ******************************************************* Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Education

Must hold a bachelor's or master's degree. Preferably in Journalism, English, Commmunications, or a Biomedical science field.

Experience

Work requires five years of directly related writing experience. Preferably working in a biomedical research/academic medical institution. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Preferences:

Must hold a bachelor's or master's degree, preferably in journalism, English, communications, or a biomedical science field. Five or more years of experience preferably working in a biomedical research/academic medical institution. Must demonstrate a talent for understanding, interpreting and writing basic and translational science research in a concise, compelling and accurate way that captivates the reader without compromising scientific integrity.

Must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills, familiarity with biomedical science, strong interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with colleagues, scientists, students and senior leaders; must have demonstrated experience in working well both independently and as part of a team.

Please include samples of your work via PDF or web links with your application.

Auto req ID

86463BR

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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