Biologist (Biology Science Writer)

Arlington, Virginia
Jun 05, 2017
Jun 22, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking candidates for Biology Science-Writer within the Office of the Assistant Director (OAD), Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) in Arlington, VA.

The BIO Directorate supports research to advance understanding of the principles and mechanisms governing life. Research studies extend across systems that encompass biological molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems up to and including the global biosphere. Comprehensive concepts that bridge and unify the diverse areas of biology include complexity, robustness, communication, resilience, adaptability and cooperation. Achieving a coherent understanding of the complex biological web of interactions that is life is a major challenge of the future. This challenge will require that knowledge about the structure and dynamics of individual biological units, networks, sub-systems and systems be compiled and connected from the molecular to the global level and across scales of time and space. Integral to all activities across the directorate is a commitment to integrate research and education, broaden participation, and promote international partnerships.

The BIO Directorate is responsible for research and education advances in the biological sciences and consists of four divisions and the OAD. In support of the Directorates growing communications activities, BIO has an ongoing need for writing/editing services. These services - preparation of speeches, remarks, editorials, and reports must be oriented to specific audiences, often delivered on short timetables. As a member of the BIO Front Office Team, the Science Writer-Editor works directly for the BIO Senior Managers and is responsible for researching program activities and writing position papers.

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  • Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds.

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  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biology OR a Master’s degree in Biology plus after award of the degree, two or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

    You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

    All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

    This position is in the bargaining unit.


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