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Science Writer

Communications and Public Liaison Branch (CPLB)

National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services

NHGRI is Hiring!

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the driving force for advancing genomics research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is looking to hire an outstanding science writer for a full-time contract position at its headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. We need a rock star: someone who is scientifically knowledgeable and a true team player, while also an independent worker, competent, detail-oriented, cheerful, and enthusiastic about genomics. The ideal candidate has extensive experience writing about biomedical research for a variety of audiences and is comfortable applying their writing skills in news stories, social media content, educational materials and other digital products.

Salary is commensurate with the candidate's experience. A full benefit package is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave and 401K.

To apply for this job, please send your resume and cover letter by email to Dr. John Ohab, NHGRI's Chief of Communications and Public Liaison, at


  • In-depth knowledge and experience writing about biomedical research and public health topics.
  • Proficiency in genetics/genomics terminology and methodology, and experience conducting research on genetics/genomics subject matter is preferred.  
  • Experience writing for different audiences, including scientists, health professionals, various educational levels, and the general public, and ability to adapt your writing style and voice to different requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to copyedit for scientific accuracy, Associated Press style, plain language and adherence to brand standards.
  • Ability to write about potentially sensitive topics with judgment and skill, and successfully navigating the content clearance process in the same way.
  • Experience using content management systems, such as Drupal, including familiarity with search engine optimization principles.
  • Demonstrated experience developing written content for effective social media campaigns, and working with creative professionals to create multimedia social media products.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members using online tools like Trello and Slack, and willingness to learn new tools.
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Organized and detailed-oriented; ability to manage multiple ongoing projects and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills.
  • Bachelor's degree in biology, genomics or related field, plus at least five years of experience writing for a scientific or technical organization, news publication, marketing or public relations firm, etc. Master's or doctoral degree and comparable experience preferred.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Write content for digital and print materials, including news articles, press releases, websites, social media, newsletters, presentations, fact sheets, infographics, video scripts, and other products to communicate about the institute's activities and topics in genomics.
  • Work independently and in collaboration with scientific and technical experts to conduct background research and generate original ideas for digital and print products.
  • Manage the writing, editing and clearance processes to meet stringent deadlines and to ensure the highest quality materials.
  • Copyedit own work and the work of others to ensure consistency with institute writing, editing, and style specifications and standards.
  • Work with members of the press to answer inquiries about institute activities and genomics, including pitching stories to national and local news outlets.
  • Develop and implement media relations plans, strategies and tactics to effectively communicate NIH research and program advances.
  • Work with creative teams to select photos and generate graphics used in combination with written materials, infographics and related products.
  • Manage collaborative editorial calendar using online tools like Trello and Slack.
  • Ensure proper clearances through NHGRI, NIH, and Department of Health and Human Services, in accordance with established guidelines.

Posted: June 29, 2018