Student Science Writer

The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and medical engineering. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

Job Purpose:

The NSF Partnership to Advance Throughput Computing (PATh) is looking for a student science writer to promote the impacts of the project on research and campuses across the country. The position will provide opportunities to learn about research across multiple domains, to develop an understanding of computational research methods and computing technologies, and to advance the understanding of these concepts by relevant audiences.

The position will work 10-20 hours per week.  Work hours will be flexible, but mostly between 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.

Remote Work:  At first, all work will be conducted virtually/remotely, with eventual workspace in the Discovery building on the UW-Madison campus, as pandemic recommendations evolve.

This position comes with potential future opportunity for an internship with course credit through the Department of Life Sciences communication (in Fall 2021 or later).

Duties Include:

  • Feature Writing: Produce 1 long-form and a few short stories per month for web and newsletter distribution, highlighting the impacts and achievements of PATh. With input on story leads, interview researchers and other story subjects from across the country, as well as relevant PATh staff. Draft and proof copy, conduct fact-checking, and coordinate input/edits from other PATh team members. Contribute to editorial strategy and copy-editing of other stories, blog posts, etc., produced by PATh.
  • Website Publishing: Edit and/or create webpages in support of the above across websites relevant to PATh. Contribute ideas for website content and strategy.
  • Social Media: Draft social media posts to promote PATh efforts and the research it impacts. Assist with monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on audience engagement and related metrics across social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, etc.).
  • Other related duties on an as-needed basis, and per interests/experience.

Requirements:

Candidate must be a UW-Madison student. The ideal candidate will be majoring in a communications, journalism, or related area with strong skills in writing, editing, and social media. Must demonstrate great attention to detail, be able to work with minimal supervision, and conduct oneself in a professional manner.

Though not a requirement, prior experience with any of the following is a plus:

  • science feature writing
  • web content creation, management, and/or design
  • social media content generation and engagement analysis
  • graphic design, video production, and/or other visual communication formats
  • Adobe Creative Suite (and/or open-source alternatives), Markdown, HTML, CSS, Git/GitHub.
  • computational research
  • experience working completely virtually, and/or as part of a geographically-distributed team

To apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 1-2 writing samples.

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