Rockefeller University Science Writer in New York, New York
Job Title Science Writer
Employment Status Full Time
Laboratory / Department Communications and Public Affairs
The Science Writer will serve as the primary science news reporter in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs (CPA). Working closely with other members of the CPA team, the Science Writer will conceptualize story ideas, create polished and engaging copy, manage relationships with freelancers, and ensure that our products meet the high standards of the Office and the University. Responsibilities include creating online news stories about scientific discoveries across a broad spectrum of bioscience disciplines, producing web content such as profiles, community updates, and social media posts, as well as contributing to Rockefeller's magazine Seek, its annual report, and other University publications. The Science Writer will develop and maintain working relationships with faculty members and stay abreast of their ongoing work and newsworthy publications. Will interview scientists, cover campus events such as scientific lectures, and work with and assign stories to freelance writers. Will take part in proofreading, fact checking, and performing additional duties, including some administrative tasks.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or a related field, or in the biological sciences, required; Master's degree or equivalent work experience a plus. Must have a minimum of five years of experience writing about biomedical research for lay audiences in a communications, journalist, or PR setting, required. Must possess the ability to work with highly technical material in a variety of bioscience specialties (neuroscience, genomics, immunology, structural biology, cancer biology, physics, medical sciences, and more). Familiarity with web content production a plus. High attentiveness to detail and accuracy, strong editorial judgment as well as diplomacy, and interpersonal skills, essential. Ability to work independently to produce concise, polished, lively, and accurate copy under tight deadlines necessary.