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Science Writer/Editor at NIH/NEI

Kelly Government Solutions, Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description: 
Kelly Government Solutions is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers.  Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Kelly Government Solutions offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world.  We are currently seeking a Science Writer/Editor to work on-site with the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers:

  • Competitive salary with comprehensive benefit package
  • Opportunity to work at NIH, world's foremost medical research center
  • Learn more about what Kelly can do for you at www.kellygovernmentsolutions.com

Duties:

  1. Perform writing and editing of science-related materials for distribution via National Eye Institute (NEI) news releases and other vehicles, including NEI website and social media properties.
  2. Translate dense, scientific subject matter into plain language for consumption by the general public, Congress and advocacy community.
  3. Work with NEI scientists, grantees and division staff to develop news releases, media advisories and feature stories about NEI-funded research.
  4. Ensure that content submitted for posting to NEI vehicles adheres to approved grammar, usage and style as found in the NEI Style Guide.
  5. Coordinate with NEI staff during the content review process; set expectations; establish deadlines; negotiate edits and other changes; move approved content toward publication.
  6. Liaise with members of the media to arrange interviews with NEI subject matter experts.
  7. Establish and maintain relationships with NEI scientists and division staff to help identify upcoming papers that may warrant publicity by the Institute.
  8. Identify opportunities to tell stories of NEI research advances using digital platforms, such as videos, photography, social media and graphics.
  9. Prepare a variety of documents such as correspondence, documents, reports and memoranda; update websites; track, record and direct web and other content to reviewers.
  10. Maintain and update current knowledge of news developments in the fields of eye health and vision research.

Requirements:

  1. Ph.D. in Biology or a related discipline.
  2. Experience or degree in Journalism, English, Literature or a related discipline is a plus.
  3. Minimum of five (5) years of experience in science writing and editing.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of concepts related to health or science
  5. Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
  6. Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal and time management skills.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit resumes to Susan LoCurto Schechter, Scientific Recruiter, at locursn@kellyscientific.com