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Writer/Editor 3 (4017U) 1692 - 1692
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 4, 2019
Title Writer/Editor 3 (4017U) 1692 - 1692
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Communications/Public Relations

Writer/Editor 3 (4017U) 1692 - 1692

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 1, 2019.

Departmental Overview

The Innovative Genomics Institute Writer/Editor 3 will be responsible for conceiving, researching, writing, editing, and/or publishing scientific communications for the multi-campus IGI effort. Content may include but is not limited to publications, articles, press releases, op-eds, presentations, interviews, graphics, grant proposals, award applications, promotional material, educational material, website copy, social media posts, email newsletters, and video scripts. The position requires staying up-to-date on the latest scientific advances in the fast-moving CRISPR genome engineering research field. The ideal candidate will have a background in bench research, first-hand familiarity with academic science, specific knowledge of the UC Berkeley/UCSF faculty and campuses, and in-depth scientific understanding of genetic engineering methods and challenges. This position involves discussing complex, high-level scientific concepts with internal experts as well as translating scientific content for external audiences of all educational levels. The writer/editor maintains accuracy and consistent messaging in line with campus and IGI public relations strategy. The writer/editor will be a key member of the IGI Communications Group and bring unique, relevant expertise in CRISPR and gene editing science.


Science Writing/Editing:
  • Under limited supervision, researches, writes and/or edits material for a variety of publications for external audiences, consulting with scientists, students, administrators, public relations personnel, domestic and international government representatives and other relevant parties as necessary.
  • Develops and creates or oversees pieces/projects that are analytical, interpretive, reportorial/journalistic, promotional/persuasive, or educational, leading to articles, press releases, profiles, op-eds, briefings, and/or other written material using subject matter expertise (this will require translating detailed scientific information into understandable content for external audiences of all ages and backgrounds including disease patients and families, K-12 students and teachers, college students, professors, reporters/journalists, legislators, and more).
  • Independently reviews scientific literature, studies popular media coverage of relevant research areas, selects sources for interview, and ensures accuracy of written pieces.
  • Initiates and oversees and/or assists with development of proposals to state and federal agencies, industry partners, donors and other potential funding sources.
  • Ensures clarity, organization, accuracy, style, and quality of written work produced by others.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert supporting the IGI Communications Director.

Science Media Communications:
  • Under minimal supervision, provides analysis and information on complex results or activities, searches out and writes stories, conducts interviews.
  • As assigned, handles breaking news situations related to IGI, and works with IGI Communications Director on developing strategies for dealing with sensitive and/or controversial issues related to genome editing.
  • Handles news requests from reporters for information about the IGI and provides general assistance as needed to facilitate requests for information related to IGI research areas.
  • Handles requests from the public for information about the IGI and genome editing.
  • Creates and shares social media posts highlighting IGI research and scientific news.

Work with IGI Comms Director and IGI researchers to develop new outreach activities, e.g, conferences, workshops, symposia, for both scientific and lay audiences.

Required Qualifications

  • MS or PhD degree in genetics, genome engineering or bioengineering and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation.
  • Thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.
  • Thorough skills to write clear, lively, engaging and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and/or the broader public, while ensuring adherence to the campus message.
  • Thorough knowledge of molecular biology and biochemistry theory, techniques, and applications, as well as subject matter expertise in genetics, genome engineering, and CRISPR-Cas prokaryotic immunity.
  • Thorough ability to read, analyze, and contextualize scientific publications to evaluate scientific aspects of various technologies in genomic research and development.
  • Thorough skills to write clear, accurate scientific content synthesizing a broad range of literature from a variety of fields.
  • Thorough skills to explain complex scientific information to non-expert audiences through writing, graphics, oral presentation, or interpersonal communication.
  • Thorough knowledge of the campus and the IGI, including their respective missions, goals, histories, achievements, infrastructures, programs, and policies.
  • Thorough knowledge of issues in higher education, academic science and/or a specialized academic discipline or field, such as CRISPR or genome engineering
  • Knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and/or web production.
  • Thorough research and fact verification skills.
  • Thorough interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.
  • Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Thorough attention to detail, project management and organizational skills.
  • Skill to work independently and in a team environment with the ability to reach consensus on project goals.
  • Skill to maintain confidentiality.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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