Berkeley Lab's Biosciences Area Office has an opening for a Writer/Editor who will work as part of the Communications team to research and present the history of the Biosciences Area. The Writer/Editor will chronicle the progression of bioscientific research (e.g., nuclear medicine, photosynthesis, genomics, and environmental science) at Berkeley Lab for a period of about 60 years.
This history began when Ernest Orlando Lawrence hired his brother, John Lawrence, referred to as the Father of Nuclear Medicine, to work at the Lab. Another key figure in the Lab's bioscientific history was Melvin Calvin, who described the dark photosynthetic cycle, which came to be known as the Calvin Cycle. The Writer/Editor will research the period of biosciences research at Berkeley Lab from the late 1930s to the mid 1990s and produce web content, including text and multimedia elements (e.g. oral histories, archival photos or videos, etc), to communicate the history and achievements of Biosciences Area researchers. They will also present two one-hour seminars, which will be open to the public, about the history of biosciences at Berkeley Lab.
What You Will Do:
Apply knowledge of historical research methods, tools, and resources, as well as critical-thinking and analytical skills, to identify and gather detailed information about the most significant achievements of Berkeley Lab biosciences researchers.
Apply broad knowledge of scientific and engineering concepts to communicate technical and non-technical information for print or digital publication, multimedia, and online or verbal presentation.
Perform a variety of scientific and technical writing and editing duties.
Apply knowledge of computers, software, and web layout to ensure documents meet quality, budget, and schedule requirements.
What is Required:
At least 5 years' experience producing technical content and developing technical content for a general audience.
Experience and confidence in communicating with both scientific and non-scientific staff.
Strong communication skills.
Project management skills.
Excellent writing and editing skills.
Familiarity with working with institutions of higher education.
Ability to communicate scientific and technical information to diverse audiences.
Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite of software including Word, PowerPoint, and Web technologies including simple image preparation, HTML, CSS, and Web publishing (e.g., WordPress).
Working knowledge of graphics and image-editing software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or Preview).
Aptitude with photography, video production and editing, producing slideshows.
Aptitude with audio production and editing.
Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented.
Strong interpersonal skills to effectively work within a diverse team environment.
Bachelor's or Master's degree (or equivalent experience) in history, library science, journalism/communications, or in a relevant scientific field.
Experience in public media and government relations.
Experience in biosciences or biophysical research.
For full consideration, please apply by January 11, 2021.
This is a temporary, part-time appointment that cannot exceed 900 hours within a rolling 12-month period. Hours per week are flexible.
Background Check: This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
This position will mostly be remote but may be required to work onsite occasionally to access materials.
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Enabled by Berkeley Lab's world-class user facilities and complementary research programs, our scientists and engineers contribute groundbreaking discoveries and innovative solutions to complex scientific and societal challenges.
Vision: Berkeley Lab's Biosciences Area will lead the nation in using biology to solve energy and environmental challenges.
Mission: Use integrated research teams to solve national challenges in energy, environment, health and biomanufacturing.
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.