Scientific Writer

Tucson, AZ
Nov 14, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Lowell Institute for Min Res

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Lowell Institute of Mineral Resources is seeking a scientific writer to research, write, and edit publications, articles, communications plans, promotional materials and newsletters that establish a compelling brand for the Lowell Institute and the University to ensure its competitive advantage.

The ideal candidate will have journalistic training and experience complemented by knowledge of science and engineering areas related to mineral resources like mining, geology, metallurgy, or materials sciences.

Candidate must be able to write engaging articles on research and education topics for a varied audience with little or some technical knowledge.

Work can be performed remotely using phone, e-mail and internet conferencing.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Researches, writes, edits and produces communications content for external audiences, using a clear and concise writing style that is tailored for the audience
  • Contacts and interviews mainly internal sources, mainly from the Colleges of Science, Engineering, Public Health and Law.
  • Follows best practice for website copy and e-mail communication
  • Compiles topics for the Lowell Institutes bi-monthly newsletter, writes the newsletter teaser texts, and formats the mailing.
  • Coordinates web page publication with student workers
  • Additional communications tasks as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Journalism and/or Science

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree in Journalism and/or ScienceExperience working with customer management applications for newsletters and emails such as MailChimp or Salesforce.



Full Time/Part Time:

Part Time

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Job Category:

Communication and Marketing

Benefits Eligible:

No Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

hourly rate



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:


Job Function:

Communications & Marketing

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Deitlinde DuPlessis
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume, Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Along with your Resume and Cover Letter, please provide three writing samples. Writing samples should be about research and education topics for a varied audience with little or some technical knowledge. Upload each document as the additional documents.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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