Internal Job Number: P00909UF
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Science Communicator position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.
The Science Communicator for the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences supports the college’s research enterprise by writing and editing complex concepts within the earth system sciences and showcasing key strengths. This position is the college’s primary communicator to reach and engage diverse audiences through a variety of storytelling strategies‐whether video, social media, or traditional print.
The Science Communicator creates content for a variety of outlets, including alumni magazines, newsletters, informational handouts, website feature stories, social media, and strategic documents. This individual assists in developing copy for event collateral, science outreach activities, broader impacts initiatives, and other engagement content; works with videographer, designer, web developer, and other internal communications with staff to storyboard and develop integrated and compelling stories; and reviews scientific publishing (e.g., journal articles, reports, scientific posters) as well as outreach materials in support of communicating the significance and impact of our research.
The Science Communicator develops relationships with researchers to identify and investigate story leads, collaborates with faculty and conducts interviews to understand the interviewees’ areas of expertise and the societal impact of their research, and tells clear and interesting stories. This person collaborates with communication peers and the Office of News and Research Communications for media potential and broader dissemination. Successful candidate will work strategically with diverse colleagues, students, and community members.
This position stays abreast of publishing/communications trends, monitors scholarly output, and keeps in touch with the faculty research by reading scholarly papers, attending seminars and lectures. This position is especially encouraged to investigate new and emerging storytelling techniques such as interactive graphics, video shorts and other digital platforms. There will also be opportunities to explore, develop and build skills in new communication strategies.
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is an internationally recognized leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system. It operates numerous state-of-the-art laboratories and three oceanographic research vessels, the 177-foot ocean-going Oceanus, the 84-foot coastal research vessel Pacific Storm, and the 54-foot coastal research vessel Elakha. The College has an annual budget of more than $50 million, with support coming from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal agencies. It has more than 100 faculty, 200 graduate students and 600 undergraduate students. Graduate programs include M.S and Ph.D. degrees in ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences; geology; and geography and a master’s degree in marine resource management. The college has undergraduate programs in earth sciences and environmental sciences, with several minors and certificate programs.
Minimum Qualifications (Staff) / Guidelines (Faculty):
Typically requires Bachelor's degree in field related to research of the department or college, Research Writing, Journalism or related field. Professional experience in journalism or editing and design. May require specialized certification or training.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, science writing, or other related field.
Demonstrated ability to comprehend scientific information and complex ideas and turn them into clear and compelling stories that are appropriate for the target audience for the purpose of advancing the organization.
Demonstrated ability to edit scholarly writing for clarity and consistency.
Demonstrated science storytelling ability with the know‐how to compose a narrative about discovery and write memorable stories that captivate and inspire the target audience.
Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including copy writing and editing of articles and stories.
Knowledge is assumed of a broad range of journalistic tools, Associated Press (AP) style, the Scientific Style and Format Council of Science Editors (CSE) manual and the professional guidelines of journalism and public relations.
Salary (Minimum): $47,820
Salary (Maximum): $81,372
Additional Salary Information: $47,820-$81,372