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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IL, United States
14 days ago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois, United States
14 days ago


Science Writer
Office of Marketing & Communications
The Grainger College of Engineering - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Office of Marketing & Communications (OMC) at The Grainger College of Engineering seeks a Science Writer who is responsible for writing and editing high-level communications, publications, and materials with research-related subject matter. Designs, researches, and writes technical and research-related press releases, news and feature stories for print and web.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


Science Communications
• Proactively determine content materials, selects subjects, conducts interviews, and ensures accuracy of facts.
• Collaborate with faculty and staff on the writing of news stories related to outcomes of various research grants.
• Write content for Limitless magazine, Grainger Engineering’s bi-annual research publication.
• Plan and edit research- and academic-themed magazines, publications, websites, and electronic newsletters for various college units.
• Compose written material for diverse audiences, across a variety of channels.
• Provide support for major college, unit and department initiatives through planning, researching and writing proposals, briefing materials and reports

Research & Interpretation
• Collect, analyze, and interpret information from peer-reviewed scientific journals and translate into news stories and content for a variety of college channels.
• Conduct independent research of scientific literature and other available research to add content to various college communications.
• Proactively research university programs for potential story ideas to generate media and public interest.

Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


• Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, radio/television broadcasting, web/digital media, or a related field.
• One year of professional work experience in public relations, journalism, social media communications, newspaper reporting, radio/television broadcasting with emphasis on production, or web/digital media.
• Demonstrated experience in researching and writing proposals and impact reports.
• Demonstrated experience interviewing constituents and crafting stories and profiles.

• Experience in STEM writing
• Experience with grant applications and scientific publications

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Excellent writing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills with proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner
• Ability to work independently and quickly to meet tight deadlines
• Consistency in quality, tone and style, following university brand and editorial standards
• Strong editorial and proofing skills and knowledge of AP Style
• Passion for higher education and curiosity for new and exciting discoveries
• Ability to work in a dynamic environment and is highly adaptable to change


Civil Service This is a full-time Civil Service Public Information Associate position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close date. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
Applications must be received by June 6, 2022. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:
Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.
Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.
Step 3) Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), and academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) and names/contact information for three references.

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Rachael Coleman (, 217-300-6304. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-244-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. Other pre-employment assessments may be required, depending on the classification of Civil Service employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit “Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.”

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63286329
  • Location:
    Illinois, United States
  • Position Title: Science Writer
  • Company Name For Job: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Job Function: Marketing Communications

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