Science Writer

Princeton, NJ
May 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7426
Department Communications
Category Communications and Public Relations
Date Posted 5/1/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline ..


The Science Writer serves the Office of Communications by developing news and feature stories for external and internal audiences about research and education in the sciences. This position also helps develop related ideas and material for social media and media outreach, as well as assists with science-related inquiries from internal and external media. This person works with the full creative team in the office to help develop content, from text to video to infographics. The Science Writer focuses primarily on Princeton's physical, natural and life sciences, yet should be able to assist in other areas if needed.

The Science Writer must be well organized, exhibit exceptional attention to detail and be able to troubleshoot and multitask. Above all, the Science Writer must be an expert communicator, including an excellent writer, editor and proofreader, who can interact collegially with faculty, campus partners and clients, and the media. It is necessary to be able to see the significance and relevance of published research (even when not explicit), especially as it might interest a general reader and the media. Under the guidance of the Managing Editor, the Science Writer also will focus on office priorities and work in a collaborative manner to support overall University goals.

Internally, the Science Writer assists in conceptualizing, writing and editing content for the University's homepage and key print and digital publications. The Science Writer takes a deadline-driven role in helping to shape and review publications materials to meet communications objectives and standards for content consistency and editorial style before such documents are approved for publication. Assisting science writers from other campus offices also is necessary, including editing and conceptualizing stories for the homepage.


Work to ensure internal and external coverage of the teaching, research and service missions of the University, with a special emphasis on science.

Develop ideas, research tips and employ excellent writing skills to draft news and feature stories for the University homepage, internal and external media, and content for social media platforms. This includes working with the office's multimedia staff.

Communicate proactively with key faculty, staff, administrators and communications partners on campus to coordinate the dissemination of news and information.

Assist in developing editorial content for key print and electronic publications, including the University's core website. Work with clients to develop and finalize content for a range of print and electronic documents.

Convey desired information to the public about the academic, scholarly, intellectual and social life of the University through media outreach and support.

Cultivate relationships with faculty members and key staff members, engaging in routine communication and being as helpful as possible to facilitate access for interviews and/or basic information. Also, respond accurately, in a timely fashion and professionally to appropriate reporter inquiries and other requests for public information.

Assist and participate in coverage and promotion of key University events.


Essential Qualifications

Bachelor's degree required.

4-6 years of work experience in a writing/communications environment.

Proven ability to write about research.

Proficiency in Microsoft desktop applications and web publishing (e.g., Drupal).

Experience working with colleagues on multimedia projects (e.g., video, photography, design).

Proficiency in AP editorial style.

Preferred Qualifications

Science background.

Experience in a university setting.

Experience working with news media to fulfill information requests and pitch stories.

Familiarity with social media platforms.

Submit cover letter with resume.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ADM, 050

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


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