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Media Communications Specialist - Institute for Genomic Biology (A1200566)

Position Deleted on 4/12/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Urbana, IL
  • Admin - Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
  • Admin - Publications and Editing
Full Time
included on Affirmative Action email

Media Communications Specialist

Institute for Genomic Biology

University of Illinois

Search Extended December 6, 2012


To provide media communications support, with an emphasis on scientific writing and journalism, to support the research mission of the Institute for Genomic Biology.

Organizational Relationship

Reports to the Director of Communications at the IGB. Works closely with other IGB staff members, administrators, and faculty researchers.

Primary Responsibility

WRITING: Possesses high proficiency in written communications to research, create, and edit content for print and online publication. This includes articles on scientific research and researchers, coverage of events, seminars, and symposia, interviews with faculty, affiliates, and students of all levels, proofing of grant proposals, creating press releases on awards, grants, and developments, and related responsibilities. Edits and proofs work as necessary. Works with Communications staff to advance projects promoting the research of the IGB.

Knowledge required for the job

Position requires a bachelor's degree with at least three years of experience in scientific writing and/or journalism. Preferred experience in interacting with faculty to produce articles accessible to a wide audience. Must possess excellent verbal communications skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is required. Attention to detail is essential. Candidates also must be deadline-driven, as day-to-day work requires the ability to organize and coordinate multiple projects.

This is a 12-month, 100% time academic professional appointment with regular university benefits. The proposed starting date is negotiable after the close date. Salary will be commensurate with training and experience. Please create your candidate profile at and upload your letter of interest (including email address), resume and contact information for three professional letters of reference by February 22, 2013. Please include samples of previously published work. Position available as soon as possible after the close date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. For further information regarding the application procedures, you may contact Kim Johnson,

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The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.
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