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Communications Specialist and Writer, Fusion and Fission Energy and Science

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Date: Nov 20, 2020

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4313 

The Communications Division at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory seeks a communications specialist and writer with project coordination experience to support external and internal communications for the Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate (FFESD). This directorate is home to a variety of R&D activities in nuclear fusion and fission, including advanced reactor design, nuclear fuels and fuel cycles, and modeling and simulation for nuclear systems. The directorate also supports a number of public-private partnerships to advance deployment of new technologies in the private sector.


The successful candidate will be a talented writer, collaborator, and deadline-driven content producer who is prepared to learn and adapt to evolving directorate priorities. The communications specialist will be expected to create a variety of compelling internal and public-facing communications products about the directorate’s science and engineering. The communications specialist will work closely with the FFESD communications staff, FFESD technical leads, and central ORNL communications to achieve key outcomes. The successful candidate will embrace collaboration and problem-solving in a team setting and be able to contribute diverse skills and original ideas to enhance communications impact. Professionalism and a willingness to embrace learning about nuclear R&D are highly valued in this environment.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:


  • Develop and execute original communications products to inform prime directorate audiences (internal ORNL audiences, DOE and other sponsors, R&D communities, industry partners).
  • Research, write, and produce articles, newsletters, digital stories, presentations, videos, reports, educational outreach materials, and other content to highlight directorate progress and impact.
  • Collaborate with Fusion and Fission Energy and Science communications and technical leadership, ORNL communications, and other related ORNL areas to coordinate internal and external messaging.
  • Contribute content for social media channels and websites.
  • Assist in the production of video and multimedia content. Coordinate activities with video producers, graphic artists, digital media staff, information technology services, and others to support multiplatform storytelling.
  • Support timely responses to DOE, partner, and media requests.
  • Provide other writing and event support to directorate and ORNL communications leadership.
  • Occasional travel may be required.


Qualifications Required:


Bachelor’s degree in English, physical sciences, engineering, or a related field, plus 5 years of experience in professional communications. Candidates will be expected to share a portfolio of their work.


Qualifications Preferred:  

  • At least 10 years of experience in professional communications.
  • Master’s degree, preferably in a research field.
  • Substantial experience writing and producing public and internal communications products in an R&D or research-oriented setting or in the industrial energy sector.
  • Proven communications project coordination experience.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills; familiarity with a variety of publishing, production, and design software; and proficiency in the use of social media and content management systems.
  • Self-motivation and commitment to supporting directorate and ORNL priorities while maintaining integrity of communications content and messaging.
  • Creativity, attention to detail, and skills required for planning, coordinating, and producing effective communication products.
  • Ability to balance multiple demands and perform professionally under pressure.
  • Interest in nuclear energy, fusion and fission R&D, physics, engineering, and public-private partnerships is helpful.
  • Experience with DOE, national laboratories, or research universities is a plus.


Work Directions and Interfaces: This position will report to the science communications manager in the ORNL Communications Division; it will be matrixed to the communications lead for the Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate. The FFESD communications lead will have direct input regarding incumbent’s job performance as well as assignments and priorities.

Benefits at ORNL:  UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.   

Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.

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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.


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.

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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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