Scientific Journalist

Bethesda, MD
Oct 26, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Scientific Journalist will:
  • Work with the Director of Public Affairs and Communications to develop, plan, and conduct public relations and public affairs programs for local, regional, and national audiences
  • Improve and support company business objectives with the media, public, industry, and other external stakeholders
  • Develop communications and public relations materials by writing and editing press releases, media materials, speeches, scripts, briefings, summaries, articles, and business presentations
  • Influence public opinion and policy decisions through strategic communications activities
  • Correct inaccuracies, and help manage crisis communications
  • Develop relationships with media, academic, commercial, nonprofit, and advocacy organizations
  • Plan, create and disseminate information using appropriate social media to drive stakeholder engagement and further the organization's mission
  • Identify, secure, and prepare key opinion leaders and internal spokespeople to provide perspective and insight to the public, both directly and through the news media
  • Uphold the company's reputation
  • May represent the company at briefings and presentations on company issues
  • May participate and support outreach campaigns, and/or edit material for organization publications

  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education).
  • In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of 6 years of related experience
  • Experience working independently to gather scientific and technical information, translate it into plain language, and present it to the news media and to diverse internal and public audiences
  • Excellent writing, editing, presentation, proofreading, and communication skills
  • Experience writing news releases and pitching stories to traditional news organizations and new media outlets
  • Experience working with scientists and technicians in an academic, nonprofit, or government environment
  • Experience with the effective use of social media
  • The ability to render complex and specialized information in plain language that is both understandable and interesting to lay audiences
  • Familiarity with principles and best practices of journalism, public relations, and mass communications
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a clearance

  • Ability to communicate with and influence a variety of audiences including scientists, technicians, administrators, IT developers, business partners, product managers, designers, and stakeholders in a complex biomedical research environment
  • Ability to work effectively with photographers, designers, illustrators, and videographers to tell science stories to public audiences
  • A track record of building and maintaining effective working relationships with scientists in the context of a public affairs, communications, or public information office
  • Ability to observe business situations, recognize opportunities and recommend solutions
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities while consistently meeting deadlines with accuracy
  • Ability to lead and partner with peer groups
  • Effective at handling multiple concurrent assignments
  • Exceptional skills in interviewing scientists and analyzing technical information
  • Ability to write executive-level communications for internal and external audiences
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community