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Science and Technical Writer

Date: Jan 12, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9700 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites candidates to apply for the position of science and technical writer in Creative Services, Communications Division, to support the nuclear security program in the National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD). The individual will help recommend communications strategies and produce timely and effective communications materials for distribution to the US Department of Energy (DOE) and both general and targeted audiences.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Understand and write about complex science- and technology-related national security research and programs.
  • Work with scientists, managers, and other staff to produce interesting and compelling materials that readily convey the importance of the work at NSSD to multiple audiences, including DOE, congressional staffers, scientifically trained researchers and sponsors, scientific peers, industry partners, visitors, and the nontechnical public.
  • Write strategic plans, nuclear security reports and deliverables, technology descriptions and capabilities, news releases and features, fact sheets, brochures, website content, internal communications, and other materials that clearly and effectively communicate key programming messages and other information. Collaborate with the NSSD communications coordinator on public-facing communications.
  • Develop presentations; review, revise, and edit other staff members’ presentations and deliverables. Ensure presentations clearly convey intended messages.
  • Organize information from various sources, including interviews with subject matter experts and attendance at training programs, and produce written materials in clear, concise language without loss of technical meaning and with meticulous attention to logic, consistency, and accuracy.
  • Assist program manager in communicating with stakeholders, developing and maintaining FAQs, developing and writing proposals, supporting international initiatives and program needs, collecting data for reports, and improving engagement efforts and related materials.
  • Help plan, attend, and participate in domestic and international technical meetings (approximately 4 trips per year).
  • Suggest visual material in support of scientific and technical information needs. Work with designers, illustrators, photographers, and video producers to develop attractive and high-visual-impact products.
  • Learn and implement ORNL’s and the Communications Division’s standards.
  • Comply with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, journalism, public relations, English, or a science-related field
  • At least 5 years of experience producing communications products on science- and/or technology-related subjects for diverse audiences
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE “Q” security clearance.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally (approximately 4 trips per year)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional knowledge and understanding of nuclear security or other national security initiatives is highly desired. Communications experience in a technical or scientific organization, national laboratory setting, or other DOE facility/office and technical training or a background in science are also desired.
  • The successful candidate should have strong scientific/technical reading, editing, and writing skills (will be expected to provide writing samples); excellent attention to detail; the ability to understand, follow, and implement complex instructions; strong organizational skills, including the flexibility to simultaneously handle several assignments; the ability to manage communications projects from concept to completion; and excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • The candidate should have expertise in science/technical writing in research and analysis; possess the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; have strong facilitation and presentation skills; be able to work—both independently and with all levels of management, researchers, and staff—in a team-based environment; and have strong skills in solving problems and developing and implementing solutions.



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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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