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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Scientific and Technical Communications Professional in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310267

Directorate: Communications and Information Technology

Division: Communications

Group: Content and Quality / Technical Editing Team

Job Description

Plans and manages complex scientific or technical communications projects and develop scientific and technical communications products (deliverables). This includes developing a plan and writing and editing material such as reports of research findings, scientific or technical articles, news releases, and manuscripts for publication on scientific, research, or technical subjects. Scientific and Technical Communications partners with the SME and draws on a substantial knowledge of particular research programs and activities to develop informational materials and to select and present information in a form and at a level suitable for the intended audience. These information materials may be for internal or external dissemination at the local, national, and international levels, and may include internal reports and publications; research protocols; education materials; summaries of research programs, reports of research findings, and news articles. Assignments often involve writing or editing for electronic media, and may include highly visible communications projects. These positions require substantial knowledge and expertise of highly technical and/or scientific concepts, taxonomies and terminologies pertinent to the partner or project they support. The positions require skill to analyze intended target audiences and present the information gathered in both lay-terms and technical terms. The position also requires knowledge of publishing practices, standards, and technologies for the media used.

The Invitation

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work/life integration. Dynamic, adaptable people come to PNNL to work smarter and to work together on high-impact projects and initiatives for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and many other sponsors. PNNL staff members focus on meaningful work, innovation, and impactful outcomes. At PNNL, you’ll find a positive, fast-paced environment and excellent benefits including pension, matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement plans, health insurance, flexible work schedules, and telework options. PNNL, located in eastern Washington State, is known for its outdoor recreation, thriving wine industry, and affordable cost of living.

The Opportunity

PNNL’s technical editors help develop clear, effective, and professional communications products for audiences including sponsors, the scientific community, and the public. As a member of the Technical Editing team, you will edit, write, and format multiple communications products including proposals, technical reports, brochures, bibliographies, web content, journal articles, newsletters, educational and training materials, posters, scripts, and regulatory documents. You will also assure that our communications products meet PNNL and other applicable style guides (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style, Associated Press Stylebook, sponsor style guide and requirements, and specific journal requirements) and that documents conform to relevant formatting guidelines and templates.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a candidate who will work with researchers to enhance the quality of scientic and technical documents produced by a national laboratory. If you are an experienced editor with great attention to detail, we want to connect with you. You must be able to hop between journal articles, presentations, technical reports, and reference lists without losing your laser focus.The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to fluently edit complex technical and scientific documents. A background in science or scientific editing is encouraged. Finally, you must be able to hold a security clearance which includes providing 10 years of personal history and passing random drug tests.

Authority and Accountability

  • Serve on a team of communications professionals that contributes to a wide spectrum of projects across the research divisions.

  • Provide communications support for research projects.

  • Communicate regularly across the division to offer assistance and accept new assignments.

  • Understand and collaborate with other teams in the division, such as Document Architecture and Copyediting, Creative Services, and Science Writing to complete projects.

  • Use the division’s JIRA workflow system to record assignments, monitor progress, and route work.

  • Perform other duties as required/assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent editing skills, including the ability to proofread content for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style.

  • Intense focus on and commitment to detail and accuracy of work.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a self-directed manner in a highly dynamic, collaborative, and professional environment.

  • The ability to apply various style guides (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style and AP Stylebook).

  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills including use of templates, content controls, forms, building blocks, and styles.

  • Demonstrated ability to produce large and complex documents using Microsoft Word in a collaborative and deadline-driven environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple activities of varying complexities while adhering to strict deadlines.

  • Strong research skills for fact-checking, background, and reference checks.

  • Experience with content management systems, knowledge management systems, and advanced document processing tools; demonstrated ability for learning new technologies and applications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of experience or advanced degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Software experience with LaTeX, Acrobat, Articulate Storyline (elearning), MadCap Flare, or other help-authoring software.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: HR/Legal/Communications

Group: Content Editing

Opening Date: 2020-01-08

Closing Date: 2020-01-25