Scientific Communications Editor

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Scientific Communications Editor

Roles and responsibilities
Must be a US Citizen
Must include 5 writing samples in addition to resume
Some travel may be required

Columbus Technologies and Services Inc. is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers.  Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Columbus offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world.  We are currently seeking a Scientific Communications Editor to work onsite with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers:
 - Competitive salary 
 - Tremendous growth opportunity
 - Opportunity to work at NIH, the world's foremost medical research center
 - Learn more about what Columbus can do for you at

Job Description:
•Conduct literature searches; read, analyze and interpret scientific papers, results from clinical trials and content from technical lectures.
•Conduct interviews with investigators to elicit new perspectives, scientific context, specific accomplishments and incremental and major results.
•Determine the key messages that need to be conveyed regarding specific research.
•Formulate content outlines; write drafts for review; perform editing and proofreading of others’ writing; produce final copy by agreed-upon timelines.
•Develop long-form multimedia stories, medium-length blog posts and short, informational write-ups on IRP research findings, accomplishments, news and events.
•Use the Drupal content management system (CMS) to continually upload and edit IRP website content including text and imagery.
•Plan, develop, implement and provide support for social media including:
oEmploy communications best practices; maintain a “conversation calendar” for continual review of content themes and planning purposes.
oMonitor biomedical news and social media channels across the NIH IRP.
oContribute written and visual posts to existing IRP social media efforts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn; develop new social media presences on emerging platforms (Instagram, Pinterest, etc.).
•Build weekly email newsletter messages containing current research summaries.
•Use Photoshop to complete basic editing and formatting of images for publication.
•Contribute to target audience research and content performance analysis.
•Provide support to videography and digital asset management (DAM), including:
oWork with staff to plan, schedule and script video stories.
oWork with staff on multimedia asset curation to facilitate trans-NIH content sharing.
oWork with staff on basic video editing to produce scripts for review.
•Collaborate with staff on “buzz” events to distribute information and build awareness of the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) to multiple audiences, both on- and off-campus.
•Participate in weekly strategy meetings with IRP project leadership.

Required Skills:
•Bachelor’s in Journalism, Science Writing, English, Biology, Chemistry, or a related field.
•Minimum of four (4) years of writing experience in a science or health communications role.
•High attention to detail and ability to produce error-free, understandable, engaging stories of varying lengths about complex scientific topics on short deadlines.
•Expertise in researching online information, asking insightful questions and translating complex scientific information into plain language.
•College-level understanding of biological terms and concepts.
•Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects, priorities and deadlines.
•Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written.
•Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.

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