Science News Writer, Penn (FT, Philly)

Job Title:
Science News Writer, University of Pennsylvania

Full time, Philadelphia

Job Description:
The University of Pennsylvania is seeking a science news officer to handle research news and media relations for the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine and the science departments of the School of Arts and Sciences.

The ideal candidate would have previous media-relations experience, preferably in a higher-education setting. A background in science writing is necessary. Experience in dealing with major national and international news media is a definite plus; however, someone without that level of media-relations experience might be considered if he or she can offer abundant evidence of being able to rise to that level with minimal start-up time.

The position also involves writing for the Web and for internal publications.

We seek a self-starter who can see the broad picture while also attending to details, who can work with Ivy League deans and faculty in translating research for lay audiences and who is a team player as well as an independent worker. The position requires excellent writing skills, and a writing test will be administered.

The position is part of the central University Communications Office at Penn and reports to the director of media relations.

Should you wish to inquire about the position, please e-mail Ron Ozio, director, media relations, at Please note: no phone calls or unannounced visits please.

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