Biological and Environmental Research Information Specialist

Date: Jun 3, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10518 


The Biosciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking an information specialist to develop technical communications for research emanating from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER).

The successful candidate will write, edit, design, and coordinate content for programmatic, informational, and strategic planning documents and web material describing BER research programs. These materials include scientific workshop reports, Executive Summaries, science highlights, fliers, posters, infographics, and compilations such as bibliographies and abstract books.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Organize technical information from various BER research topics into a cohesive unit and produce written material in clear language without loss of technical content.
  • Oversee and coordinate efforts of teams collaborating on larger BER publications, working with the scientific community, science advisory committee members, writers, graphic artists, layout designers, DOE sponsors, website staff, and printers to ensure grammatical correctness, scientific accuracy, and professional quality.
  • Perform editorial tasks ranging from document pre-planning activities with BER writing teams, note-taking at scientific workshops, management and compilation of draft files, version control, end-to-end editing, development of topical sidebars, incorporation of collaborator revisions and feedback, and review and proofing of near-final design files.
  • Contribute value-added editing beyond style and grammar by identifying organizational flaws, considering the needs of non-expert readers, and researching science concepts to craft clearer text.
  • Proofread, manage, and track the status of BER science highlights from different sources, categorizing them by topical area and working with web staff to incorporate them into a public database.
  • Establish, in consultation with BER staff and research collaborators, priorities and schedules for meeting interim and final deadlines.
  • Suggest visual materials in support of scientific publications and web content, devising accompanying text and captions as needed.
  • Obtain permissions and high-resolution, print-quality versions of copyrighted images for re-use in new publications, maintaining permission records and required credit line information.
  • Adhere to and help guide collaborators on tone, usage, style, format, and publication standards, ensuring their consistent use within a publication and across a larger body of work.
  • Work with colleagues to brainstorm ideas for new communication materials that demonstrate the value and accomplishments of BER-supported research.
  • Staff BER exhibit booths at scientific meetings, engaging and informing research communities about the work and opportunities available through BER.
  • Deliver ORNL's mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in information science, journalism, science, English, or similar discipline is required. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are required, as is proficiency in an array of software such as Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, and Acrobat.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some HTML skills and experience in WordPress is preferred but not required.


Additional Application Details:

  • Please provide a resume with three references.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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