STFC – Science and Technology Facilities Council
Oxfordshire , STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
CV application only : http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc96952_3209.aspx
An opportunity has arisen for a Science Writer, you will lead on the writing and editing of reports and other publications for the public domain ensuring that they are professional, engaging, clear and concise. This will involve producing impact led copy to describe discoveries and commercial developments in all branches of STFC science and engineering, innovation and skills.
In this key role, you will visit research establishments and interview experts about scientific discoveries and developments and then report on what they have learned.
Through various communication channels, you will explain the impact these discoveries have on the lives of average individuals.
The subjects are often intriguing and significant and as the Science Writer, you will need to convey a complex subject concisely, in language accessible to non-scientists.
Closing date for applications: 8th July 2013
Further details: http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc96952_3209.aspx
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The science writer will lead on the writing and editing of reports and other publications for the public domain ensuring that they are professional, engaging, clear and concise. Setting high standards in terms of the tone and quality of documents that deliver the impact that STFC requires from all publications.
An experienced professional writer, the candidate will have a strong track record of writing clear and persuasive communications, particularly around writing complex material for a non-expert audience.
List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities
Produce impact led copy to describe discoveries and commercial developments in all branches of STFC science and engineering, innovation and skills. Explaining the impact these discoveries have on the lives of average individuals. Interviewing experts about scientific discoveries and developments and then reporting on what they have learned. The subjects are often intriguing and significant the writer will need to convey a complex subject concisely, in language accessible to non-scientists. A variety of written material, including scientific bulletins; spotlights; top level web content. The science writer must be imaginative and able to see the implications of scientific discoveries. They must learn quickly and capitalise on their basic science education to rapidly master the basics of various technical fields and communicate effectively with scientists and engineers
- Producing articles for publication in print and online according to agreed style and keeping to strict deadlines.
- Conducting interviews with scientists, engineers, industry experts and academics.
- Attending academic and press conferences.
- Visiting research establishments.
- Reading and researching specialist media and literature, e.g. scientific papers, company reports, newspapers, magazines and journals, press releases and internet resources.
- Meeting with colleagues to plan the content of a document or publication.
- Reviewing and amending work in response to editor feedback.
- Occasionally reading page proofs from the designer and checking colour proofs.
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- Strong attention to detail
- Passionate about communicating science to a range of audiences
- Good understanding of best practice in writing for web vs print
- Ability to be able to work from complex material to plain English
- Needs to be able to be very diverse, creating outputs for social media channels, web and traditional publications to varying timetables
- Project management experience
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with colleagues, negotiation skills essential to gaining sign off on material.
- Ability to travel to other STFC sites or affiliated organisations.
- Comfortable working in a geographically distributed team
- Able to negotiate well with colleagues of varying seniority
- Flexibility and a willingness to support other members of the wider team