Research Writer (UCP VII)
University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut (UConn) seeks a skilled communicator to fill the role of Research Writer within University Communications. As a national leader among public research universities, UConn has built a renowned faculty that pursues answers to critical questions facing our changing global society. The Research Writer would be part of the core news team based in Storrs and responsible for mining, writing, and pitching the stories that promote UConn’s research enterprise at the state, national, and international level. The position will focus on communicating basic and applied research and the societal and economic benefits of that research. By cultivating relationships with journalists, the Research Writer will elevate awareness for UConn research across media platforms. Through relationships with faculty and administrators, the Research Writer will convey the needs of the news media. The individual will also play a key role in developing multimedia strategies that tap into the research storytelling expertise of the University’s team of videographers, photographers, and social media staff.

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Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, science or a related field; at least five years on-the-job experience in journalism or media relations, with an outstanding portfolio of media placements; excellent writing and interviewing skills as demonstrated by writing samples with a focus on research, preferably achieved through journalism training; knowledge of and experience with news operations and the needs of reporters and new media; a self-starter able to work without guidance and show evidence of journalistic judgement as demonstrated by media placements; ability to work as part of a communications team to meet the shared goal of elevating the University’s profile; demonstrated tact and superior interpersonal/communication skills and techniques; excellent planning, organization and coordination skills and demonstrate proficiency in various computing and online platforms; ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and be willing to work flexible hours when activities fall outside normal working hours.

 Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree; experience working in higher education communications; a thorough grasp of science and technology with the ability to translate complex research into engaging stories for both scientific and lay audiences; job history indicating growth within the field and a trajectory of increasing responsibility.

Appointment: This is a permanent, full-time position. The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.

Please apply through Husky Hire at and submit a cover letter, resume, three writing samples, and three references. Preference will be given to resumes received by March 4, 2017 No phone calls, emails or faxes, please.

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