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Science Editor/Writer

Posted on May 18, 2019 by Lawrence Livermore National Security

Livermore, CA 94550
Design & Creative
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

Science Editor/Writer

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Administrative/Management
Organization: Business
Posting Requirement: External w/US Citizenship
Job ID: 105179
Job Code: Tech Communications Spec 2 (G04.2)/Tech Communications Spec 3 (G04.3)
Date Posted: April

Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Science Editor/Writer to support the Laboratory's Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate. PLS is a vibrant organization that performs wide-ranging fundamental and applied science in support of the Laboratory's missions. The Directorate has roughly 1,000 employees and 5 key research areas: atmospheric, earth, and energy; biology and biotechnology; materials science; nuclear and chemical science; and physics. PLS's communications team supports all of these research areas as well as the PLS Directorate office by producing a wide range of communications materials, such as websites, news articles, presentations, reports, posters, and brochures-as well as one-off projects, such as educational displays and videos. You will contribute to the full range of PLS communications activities, creating content and developing websites, and working with team members to execute a wide range of web projects and initiatives. This position is in the Technical Information Department and will be matrixed to the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the G04.2 or G04.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Provide comprehensive writing and editing services for large, technical projects involving multiple media, including rewrite, proofread, and/or edit complex and highly technical documents and information.
- Interpret complex technical information and translate into clear, accurate, relevant, and engaging products appropriate to the targeted audience(s) and into various forms of easily understandable communications.
- Oversee all aspects of print and web-based publishing for projects of moderate scope, from concept through scheduling, writing, editing, review, production, printing and distribution, and/or web publishing; adhere to style guides and standards for communication products.
- Contribute to strategic discussions and work with subject matter experts and managers to plan new or revised websites, including recommending site structure and content organization; develop, recommend and/or execute page layout for new pages or sites.
- Develop, execute, and implement moderately complex projects, including assembling multidisciplinary teams, create timelines and schedules, assign and oversee tasks, make and fulfil commitments on cost and schedule, and ensure delivery of products on time and with a high degree of quality.
- Contribute to the evaluation and implementation of new tools, technologies, and processes; help develop metrics and process improvement methods; may represent organization on working groups or committees.
- Update existing webpages requiring minor to moderate changes to content or graphics using Dreamweaver and/or Drupal.
- Collaborate, interact, and work effectively with staff, customers, project team members, and all levels of personnel and management.
- Perform other tasks as assigned.

In addition, at the G04.3 level
- Make major commitments on large, costly, and/or difficult communication products (eg, division-level strategy documents and new tool rollouts) and manage complex project schedules, track production costs, and coordinate the work of others.
- Define technical communications strategies, messages, audiences, and key deliverables for a variety of projects; review work of team members and provide technical guidance to less-experienced peers.
- Recommend appropriate media/display styles for content, test electronic materials on appropriate platforms and with appropriate software, and determine website hierarchy for complex, multilayered sites.

- Bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, or engineering or scientific area, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in the area of technical communication.
- Experience planning, developing, organizing, and writing technical content effectively, in order to convey both substance and intent with accuracy across various types of communication platforms.
- Experience leading communications projects and coordinating with other communications professionals.
- Advanced knowledge of and experience with editorial standards and technical language, usage, and style conventions.
- Experience with Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, and Photoshop software tools.
- Experience writing or modifying HTML with Dreamweaver or similar HTML editor tools.
- Excellent customer service skills and advanced written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to be self-motivated and flexible, including effective interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and within a team environment.

In addition, at the G04.3 level
- Significant editing/writing experience in multiple scientific or technical areas.
- Formal project management experience leading complex multi-functional technical communication projects and teams with multiple technical groups, including establishing team commitments of cost, schedule, and quality.
- Experience collaborating with and communicating with all levels of an organization, including senior managers.

Desired Qualifications
- Advanced degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Engineering, or in a scientific area.
- Experience with content management systems (Drupal), CSS, and Bootstrap; knowledge of web accessibility standards, including W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Revised 508 Standards; experience conducting usability testing.
- Photography and journalistic writing experience.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance: This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note: This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference: 708078869