Science Writer, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (FT, Charlottesville, VA)

Job Title:
Science Writer, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Full time, Charlottesville, Virginia

Job Description:
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), a facility of the National Science Foundation, enables explorations of the universe using the most powerful radio telescopes in the world – and we’re building new telescopes that will keep us at the forefront of science for decades to come. We seek a talented science writer to join our Education and Public Outreach (EPO) team, so that we can better communicate with the public.

Working In collaboration with observatory scientific, technical, and media design staff, the Science Writer will research, plan, and write articles and multimedia/video scripts for web pages, exhibits, and media programs that communicate scientific and technical concepts to science-attentive public audiences (including students).

Responsibilities will be to:
Discern significant observatory science and technical themes and develop creative, effective approaches to communicating these themes via the observatory’s public web site and other means; Write informative, educational content for a variety of science-attentive public audiences; Support and supplement the work of the observatory’s public information officer in developing newsworthy press releases; Serve as project lead on assigned projects, managing the scope of projects and overseeing the integration of design, illustration, video, and animation with text; Assist in the development of new education & outreach funding opportunities through grant research and writing; Review and ensure the accuracy and quality of delivered products.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work with scientists and observatory creative media team, comprehend complex technical topics and concepts, translate such information into meaningful web content for science-attentive non-specialists. Must be able to attend to the minute details of a project or task, and be self-motivated.

A Bachelor’s Degree in journalism or a technical or scientific field is desired; A degree in astronomy is a plus. Five or more years of related work history and demonstrated project leadership skills is also preferred.

Interested applicants may find further requirements and apply online at and should include a resume, cover letter, an submission of a portfolio of past science writing/media development work. Review of applicants will begin immediately; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. NRAO is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

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