Science Writer

POSTED ON 11/14/2022 CLOSED ON 12/6/2022
University of Utah Hired Organization Address Salt Lake City, UT Full Time

Job Posting for Science Writer at University of Utah



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Job Title
Marketing/Communications Specialist

Working Title
Science Writer

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Full Time or Part Time?
Full Time


Work Schedule Summary
Monday – Friday

VP Area
Academic Affairs

00113 - College of Science-Dean


Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment
External Posting

Pay Rate Range

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Job Summary
The College of Science at the University of Utah is hiring a talented and innovative professional for the role of Science Writer.
The individual will be responsible for writing a variety of articles, reports, and brochures for a wide range of uses. Projects may include creating and writing various types of documentation, including (but not limited to) articles about research, profiles of faculty and alumni, summaries of student activities, white papers, how-to guides, and other materials for use online and in printed materials. Depending on the project, the assignments could include coordinating the display of graphics and the production of the document.
This person will be responsible for contributing to the College’s marketing and communications team and operations. Projects may include the creation of content for the College’s website, social media platforms, publications, electronic newsletters, promotional event materials, and student and development communications. In addition, this person will be part of a larger team developing and maintaining an overall brand that can be implemented with internal and external-facing College materials. The marketing team will also provide targeted support to the College’s eight departments and schools.
Through all of this, this individual will be expected to manage multiple projects and deadlines, use good judgment, and strong interpersonal skills in order to plan and execute exceptional written products.

1. Completes projects assigned by the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications.
2. Creates a variety of written materials including articles, brochures, reports, and other materials for both print and online publication. As needed, researches assigned projects and coordinates supporting collateral including related photos or graphics.
3. Explains scientific and technical ideas in simple language, ensuring technical verbiage is easy to understand by the layperson or determined audience.
4. Meets with supervisors and stakeholders initially to determine needs, budget and deadlines; meets subsequently to discuss changes and finalize project.
5. Under the direction of supervisors, will work with other specialists including photographers, illustrators and/or graphic designers to meet specific project requirements.
6. May require adjustment of copy and design as necessary. Will follow a life cycle called document development life cycle.
7. Edits and proofreads all products.
8. May conduct tutorials, training, or other instructions pertaining to the writing process.
9. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree English, Journalism, Communications, or related field plus 3 years of related experience, or equivalency; excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills; familiarity with a variety of computer software; project management and strong interpersonal skills; ability to work both individually and in a team setting.

Some areas may require additional experience with specific computer systems and may require skills in interviewing, ad copy writing, editing, photography, web writing, graphic design, audio & video production, and oral presentation.

Master’s degree in a related field may be preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


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Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)
135 Park Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Online reports may be submitted at

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior
URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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