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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Communications Officer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Communications Officer

  • Job Number: 21637

  • Functional Area: Communications

  • Department: Plasma Science and Fusion Center

  • School Area: VP Research

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), to be responsible for all aspects of communications and public relations. Will help tell the world about the groundbreaking research taking place at PSFC, whose mission is to advance a physical understanding of plasmas and their application to deliver clean, sustainable, societal-scale fusion energy. Responsibilities will include maintaining the center’s social media accounts; managing the website; handling media relations; developing and writing content or other external messaging or communications; assisting with various events; serving as the custodian for all PSFC branding materials; writing scientific documents for a broad audience; managing freelance writers, designers, or videographers; and performing other related duties as requested. Will operate independently with minimal daily guidance. The PSFC (https://www.psfc.mit.edu/sparc) is a world-leader in the research of plasma physics and the development of fusion energy. Combining mid-scale experimental facilities and extensive engineering capabilities with over 150 exceptional faculty, staff, and students, the PSFC has a sixty-year history of relentless innovation, technical achievement, and dedicated education. The PSFC has been central to several recent fusion breakthroughs, including conceiving the SPARC tokamak (https://news.mit.edu/2020/physics-fusion-studies-0929) , demonstrating the first large-scale 20 tesla superconducting fusion magnet (https://news.mit.edu/2021/MIT-CFS-major-advance-toward-fusion-energy-0908) , and analyzing the record-breaking plasma shot (https://www.psfc.mit.edu/news/2021/mit-makes-key-contribution-to-the-national-ignition-facility-s-historic-fusion-experiment) at the National Ignition Facility.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or related field or in engineering, physics, or related field; seven years of communications experience; ability to understand scholarly articles and experience interpreting highly technical science for an educated lay audience through written and other media; experience and success with writing and editing, project management, and social media management. Seek an active listener who is adaptive to the needs of the center. Job #21637-9 7/28/22

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