Public Affairs Specialist/Science Writer

Posted On: June 24, 2019

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Company Description

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was founded in 1901 and is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a major challenge to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time—a second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the capabilities of the United Kingdom, Germany, and other economic rivals.

From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials, and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Today, NIST measurements support the smallest of technologies to the largest and most complex of human-made creations—from nanoscale devices so tiny that tens of thousands can fit on the end of a single human hair up to earthquake-resistant skyscrapers and global communication networks.

Job Description

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is looking for two (2) skilled communicators who can translate complex technical topics into lay language. These are full-time, permanent positions with the Public Affairs Office at NIST’s headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. If you have a love for science and technology and would like to join one of the world’s leading science and research organizations, please review the job description below—all applicants MUST apply through at this link:

In this position you will establish and maintain relationships with NIST research staff and members of the media in order to report on and promote the organization’s research programs. Projects will include writing news stories, web pages, blog posts, and other materials, and assisting in the development of infographics and social media posts.

The position requires clear writing skills and knowledge of reporting and outreach approaches to create communications that reach the appropriate audiences and serve NIST’s needs.

We are especially interested in writers with experience in NIST’s research areas, including engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry, biology and more. To learn more about the broad array of science and research programs at NIST, please visit

U.S. citizenship is required.

The Department of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applications Due by (Closing Date): July 11, 2019

To Apply

Applications must be submitted through, at