Worcester Polytechnic Institute Science Writer in Worcester, Massachusetts

Position Title Science Writer Department Research Communications Position Status Administrative Exempt Positions Basic Function The Science Writer is responsible for communicating about research and scholarship at WPI across a broad array of disciplines in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with a particular focus on conveying the real-world relevance and impact of the work or WPI?s faculty and student researchers. The Science Writer must be an expert communicator - especially an excellent writer and editor - who can accurately translate complex discoveries and technologies into engaging, informative language for readers of all backgrounds. Accordingly, this person must be able to identify the significance and relevance of published research and be able to ask pertinent and insightful questions of researchers. In order to communicate messages tailored to a range of important audiences, WPI strives to tell our research stories via a variety of communications tools and channels. Working closely with others in the Marketing and Communications Division, the Science Writer will serve as a resource on research and faculty research expertise on projects that celebrate WPI?s research through creative and innovative approaches. EEO Information We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. Criminal Background check statement A pre-employment criminal records check is required. Principal Duties and Responsibilities -Generate research stories - including feature stories - for the media, for WPI Journal, the Daily Herd, the website, and other print and electronic platforms. -Cultivate relationships with faculty members. Keep abreast of their research activities, upcoming publications and presentations, and honors and awards. -Work with the PR and communications teams to identify and/or generate news releases about new studies, grants, and other research news for appropriate general and trade media. Help to develop national media strategies, pitches, social media content, and so on. -Collaborate with other marketing and communications experts and content producers in the division to write across marketing platforms and support in the development of infographics, animations, videos, and other vehicles for conveying the relevance of important research developments in creative and engaging ways. -Monitor ProfNet media queries and respond, when appropriate, with pitches about WPI faculty experts. -Help create and maintain lists of faculty experts on sites such as ProfNet and EurekAlert. -Other duties as assigned. Position Requirements -Bachelor?s degree in journalism, communications, or an appropriate area of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics -Minimum of 4-6 years experience in communications, media relations, or similar field. -Demonstrated experience in translating complex topics in science and technology into easily understandable language. -Strong written and verbal communications skills -Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines -Proficiency with Microsoft desktop applications. -Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills -Sound judgment and critical thinking skills -Some experience with Web content management systems (particularly Drupal), photography, video production, and social media helpful, but not essential Required Documents 1. Resume 2. Cover Letter 3. List of References