Job ID: 2023-17704 Type: Full-Time # of Openings: 1 Category: Communications and Public Relations
If you want to contribute to building a sustainable future, look no further than the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).
A proud U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory managed by Princeton University, PPPL is a long-standing leader in the science and engineering behind the development of fusion energy â” a clean, safe, and virtually limitless energy source.
With an eye on the future and to address national priorities, PPPL is now applying its expertise in plasma science to microelectronics, quantum information science, and sustainability science.
To support an exciting period of growth and expansion, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory seeks a Science Communications Manager to join the Communications Department. The incumbent will report to the Head of Communications, oversee the work of a science writer, and join a team of content creators, helping to lead and execute strategic communications campaigns.
The ideal candidate is a skilled science communicator with the ability to translate complex topics for a range of stakeholders. The incumbent will help to develop and execute media relations strategies, engaging key media covering scientific topics while handling proactive and reactive media efforts. The manager will also train and elevate expert research voices, actively seeking opportunities to position PPPL as a leader in the carbon-free, clean energy conversation.
Adept at translating academic research for a public audience, the manager serves as the teamâ™s lead science writer and editor, producing research publications and managing one science writer. Working collaboratively with the communications team, the incumbent will ensure the Labâ™s brand, voice, and message is clearly articulated to key stakeholders. The selected candidate will work with the Head of Communications to serve as a liaison between PPPL and the DOE, as well as Princeton.
Whether it be through science, engineering, technology or professional services, every team member has an opportunity to make their mark on our world. PPPL aims to attract and support people with a rich variety of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and cultural viewpoints. We are committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility and believe that each member of our team contributes to our scientific mission in their own unique way. Come join us!
Oversee science news and media relations strategies, serving as both lead science writer and editor.
Produce science-focused news releases, advisories, feature stories, and other content targeting the media, policymakers, and the general public.
Work closely with scientific researchers, translating academic papers and establishing and maintaining a network of thought leaders at the organization.
Cultivate relationships with key science media through proactive and reactive approaches.
Manage and oversee the work of a science writer, providing mentorship and supervision.
Work collaboratively with the communications team to convey scientific concepts through multimedia/web projects and other targeted communications campaigns.
Conceptualize, develop, write, and edit an annual research publication.
Copyedit and proofread Lab-wide documents and other scientific publications.
Serve as a project team lead or coordinator when needed or assigned.
Alongside the Head of Communications, facilitate media interviews, film crew visits, and other requests while enforcing DOE media relations policies and procedures.
Assist Head of Communications with crisis communications as needed.
Assist with media relations at special events, including logistics and materials.
Regularly participate in hybrid and in-person team meetings and retreats.
Advance and enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
Education and Experience:
5 -7 years in a marketing/communications role.
Bachelorâ™s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field.
Proven expert of AP Style.
Proven track record of leading and executing media relations strategies.
A background in science is a plus but not required. Weâ™re seeking a top-notch communicator who is curious about and skilled at explaining complexity.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Superior science writing and editing.
Strong interviewing and interpersonal skills.
Established media contacts and competency in the media landscape is a plus.
Ability to juggle multiple assignments and sometimes work in occasional high-pressure situations.
Excellent time/project management and organizational skills.
True team player with the ability to work collaboratively in a hybrid environment.
Passion for the Labâ™s mission and steward of Lab resources.
Walking and climbing stairs is often required on-site.
Hybrid work arrangement (~3 days on-site) is preferred, though remote candidates may be considered.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.
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