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Senior Science Writer - Engineering Administration

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, 61820
Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs
Senior Science Writer

Office of Marketing & Communications

The Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


 The Office of Marketing & Communications in The Grainger College of Engineering seeks applicants for a Senior Science Writer position. This position is responsible for proactively identifying opportunities to tell Grainger Engineering research stories that align with college goals and have the potential to elevate the college reputation. This position researches, writes and edits technical and research-related communications, publications, press releases, news and feature stories and materials for print and web. This position is responsible for proactively building strong relationships with faculty researchers across the college.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Science Communications
  • Identify storytelling opportunities about Grainger Engineering research.
  • Mentor junior writing staff.
  • Proactively determine content materials, select subjects, conduct interviews, and ensure accuracy of facts.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff on the writing of news stories related to outcomes of various research grants.
  • Produce and edit content for Limitless magazine, Grainger Engineering's bi-annual research publication.
  • Plan and edit research- and academic-themed magazines, publications, websites, and electronic newsletters for various college units.
  • Compose written material for diverse audiences, across a variety of channels.
  • Support major college, unit and department initiatives through planning, researching and writing proposals, briefing materials and reports.
  • Follow and apply science communications trends to Grainger Engineering efforts.
Research & Interpretation
  • Provide science communications materials for the Office of the Associate Dean for Research.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret information from peer-reviewed scientific journals and translate into news stories and content for a variety of college channels.
  • Conduct independent research of scientific literature and other available research to add content to various college communications.
  • Proactively research university programs for potential story ideas to generate media and public interest.
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, radio/television broadcasting, web/digital media, or a related field.
  • Three (3) years of professional work experience in public relations, journalism, social media communications, newspaper reporting, radio/television broadcasting with emphasis on production, or web/digital media.
  • Demonstrated experience in researching and writing proposals and impact reports.
  • Demonstrated experience interviewing constituents and crafting stories and profiles.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in STEM writing.
  • Experience with grant applications and scientific publications.
  • Master's degree in communications, journalism, radio/television broadcasting, web/digital media, STEM, or a related field.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills with ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner
  • Ability to work independently and quickly to meet tight deadlines
  • Consistency in quality, tone and style, following university brand and editorial standards
  • Strong editorial and proofing skills and knowledge of AP Style
  • Passion for higher education and curiosity for new and exciting discoveries
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment and is highly adaptable to change

This is a full-time Civil Service Public Information Associate position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.  The minimum salary is $55,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Hybrid work options may be available for this position, with
the ability to be on-site as needed. Work authorization is not available
for this position.



Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on March 6, 2024. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Please upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. If required by the position, transcripts or other documentation of credentials are to be provided no later than the first day of employment. For further information about this specific position, please contact Rachael Coleman at For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1022534

Job Category: Administrative

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