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Science Writer (7 Month Fixed-Term)

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DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Our ideal candidate has experience covering/writing on medicine/science/ health topics for news organizations (i.e., newspapers, magazine, public information offices, etc.) In addition they have demonstrated an understanding of highly technical scientific reports and data, with the ability to write strong and compelling news stories and magazine pieces on complex scientific topics. They are also familiar with medical databases and online tools (e.g., Medline). The right candidate has excellent, proven journalism skills; a mastery of extracting information from presentations, papers and research reports; and demonstrates an ability to ascertain what is newsworthy and interesting.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):
Bachelor's degree and five years of related experience, or a combination of education and related experience.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):
  • Proven success in newswriting for publication in print, web and other platforms.
  • 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 understand materials of moderate complexity and synthesize across multiple sources to produce materials for diverse audiences.
  • Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose.
  • Firm understanding of web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools, and current communication trends.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent time management skills.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks. 
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, and use a telephone, writing by hand.
  • Occasionally reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, and sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Visual and auditory acuity, including color vision required. 
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
  • Occasional travel.

WORK STANDARDS:
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

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