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Science Writer/Communications Specialist

Lexical Intelligence, LLC, Rockville, Maryland

Position Description:

Lexical Intelligence is seeking a self-starting, detail-oriented Science Writer/Communications Specialist to work with the Office of Portfolio Analysis (OPA) at the National Institutes of Health. OPA supports the NIH mission by expanding analytic capabilities, development and dissemination of new methods, computational tools, and best practices.

  • Develop, research, write, and participate in the coordination of internal and external communications such as email, websites, videos, slide decks, and fact sheets, that promote and inform internal and external stakeholders of the mission and activities of the office.
  • Work with leadership to create a strategic communications plan for both internal and external communications, identify high-impact tactics and manage execution to increase OPA engagement.
  • Advise senior leadership on internal communications strategies to achieve goals.
  • Establish and document business processes or procedures.
  • Conduct analysis of existing communications materials and identify gaps that need to be filled.
  • Support the development, planning and promotion of symposia and interest group meetings designed to highlight, develop, and promote tools and methodology to support data driven decision making at the NIH as well as academia and other federal agencies.
Other duties may include:
  • Ensure the OPA web content is up to date.
  • Coordinate with OPA Director, Public Liaison Office, and others on media interviews. Draft proactive and reactive content for reports/press engagements, digital media content, and news releases for dissemination to newspapers, magazines, journals and other publications to increase awareness of OPA program objectives.
  • Provide communications support to the OPA training program to increase visibility of training/tools across NIH.
  • Work with OPA subject matter experts to support and enable them to serve as ambassadors. This may include developing and giving outreach training and developing talking points.
  • Attend relevant NIH meetings and conferences.
  • Provide additional communications and outreach support as needed.
  • No travel is expected.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology, data science or a related field and 2 years of relevant writing or communications experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate scientific concepts to a lay audience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity and expertise working with the NIH or other HHS agencies.
  • Experience of public facing communications.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with ability to effectively manage multiple priorities.
  • Understanding of the design, creation and utilization of infographics for large concepts and data processes.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Publisher, Visio and PowerPoint as well as the Office Suite and the Adobe Creative Suite (especially Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign).
  • Understand the requirements of 508 compliance.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire

Salary and Benefits:

For all positions we offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package, including: full health and dental for you and your dependents (choice of CareFirst Platinum POS, Gold or Silver PPO plans), company sponsored 401k, short and long term disability insurance, life and accident insurance, paid time off, and 10 federal holidays.

To Apply:

To ensure that we consider your application it is important that you are able to follow instructions; craft a concise resume that succinctly describes your primary skills and relevant expertise and send, together with a cover letter, to


This post will be available until May 18, 2021 or until filled.

Lexical Intelligence provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.