University of Waterloo

Science Writer

Requisition ID
2020-5183
Job Category
Other
Department
Chemistry
Job Status
Temporary Appointment (Contract)
Hiring Range
$61,166 - $76,458

Overview

Term: 1 year

 

The Science Writer is responsible for developing and delivering professional communications to advance Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT’s) program goals across knowledge mobilization, partner engagement and reporting. This role identifies communication opportunities; develops science and technology news, reports, marketing materials and digital content; provides communication leadership in support of event planning and hosting; and engages with senior stakeholders both internal and external to the University of Waterloo (UW).

 

This role is contingent on funding.

Responsibilities

Professional Communications

  • Identify opportunities and implement measures for enhancing the profile of TQT; ensure TQT is responsive to the communication needs of TQT funders and other stakeholders
  • Write and edit content for a variety of communication platforms and audiences, in a style that is reflective of a world-class research enterprise
  • Perform background research, interview researchers and technical leaders, synthesize findings, and produce science and technology news stories and reports
  • Edit, review and amend work in response to researcher and editor feedback
  • Develop and maintain a current collection of research marketing materials ranging from presentations to brochures to a catalog of TQT/UW’s key strengths in quantum
  • Solicit, compile, analyze and manage data in support of TQT’s reporting requirements to its funders
  • Prepare professional correspondence, template documents and other supporting materials
  • Respond to requests for information that originate from both internal and external to the university and collaborate effectively with Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) communications staff around shared goals
  • Maintain a network of specialists in media relations, graphic design and other related fields, and an up-to-date knowledge of communication channels and how to utilize them effectively to advance TQT’s goals
  • Act as a resource to the TQT community of researchers, equipping them with communication skills and providing expert counsel

 

Knowledge Mobilization

  • Develop strategies for maximizing the impact of TQT research, and capture and communicate those impacts to the extent possible
  • Plan, promote and/or implement the TQT annual showcase, information and networking sessions, lunch and learns and other events, providing leadership in all communications and logistical details, utilizing leading processes and tools to promote successful event outcomes
  • Support the organization of academic and industry workshops; lead follow-up activities and reporting of outcomes
  • Support researchers with articulating a vision for new quantum initiatives in terms that inspire others and are responsive to funder requirements
  • Develop, manage and report on relationships with existing and promising industry connections, prospective partners and other individuals that connect to the program
  • Identify and pursue new opportunities for collaboration and research translation

 

Digital Communications

  • Ensures the TQT external website, intranet, email and other digital platforms are developed and maintained to high standards commensurate with other world-leading research initiatives, and valued by TQT’s target audience (e.g. content is relevant to their interests, accurate, and timely)
  • Initiates and tracks updates to TQT’s digital platforms, as needed
  • Measures the effectiveness of web and other digital communication platforms using analytics and other tools, as appropriate
  • Photographs events as needed and uses tools to enhance digital communications
  • Maintains awareness of new technologies and communication opportunities to ensure a relevant and forward-looking presence for TQT

 

Other

  • Collaborates with campus partners and beyond to support communication initiatives

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Math, or Science; advanced degree preferred, or equivalent
  • Professional training or equivalent in science communications
  • Five (5) years’ experience in science writing, with preference to experience in academic or corporate research environment
  • Experience with synthesizing complex information and knowledge (report and paper writing experience)
  • Expert ability to write in a clear, concise, logical and organized manner with appropriate vocabulary and correct syntax, grammar and punctuation
  • Excellent critical analysis, editing and proofreading skills
  • Ability to grasp complex scientific information, theories, methodologies and practices of the field
  • Demonstrated understanding of best practices in utilizing digital communication tools
  • Strong drive and resourcefulness, and a passion for writing, and achieving research impact through effective communication
  • Expert level knowledge of high-tech marketing, and an ability to carry a technical message at a level that is appropriate for target audience
  • Expert level organization and planning skills
  • Ability to recognize excellence in communication, and successfully implement new ideas and approaches
  • Strong knowledge of the R&D to commercialization pathway and how to effectively connect with individuals and organizations across this landscape
  • Familiarity with communication measures that support Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ability to build effective relationships, partnerships and development efforts with individuals placed at all levels within an organization
  • Occasional travel, approximately once a year

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