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Communications Specialist

Entry Level | Full-time
Public Affairs/Communications | livermore, CA | 11/23/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have multiple openings for a Communications Specialist (Writer/Editor) to support the Laboratory’s wide-ranging research and skilled researchers. You will be working in multiple scientific areas (such as physics, engineering, chemistry, and computer science), with a variety of communication vehicles (such as reports, white papers, websites, LLNL’s Science & Technology Review magazine, social media, technical posters, brochures and other marketing materials), and for a wide range of audiences (from high school students to Congressional staffers to senior scientists). This position is in the Technical Information Department and will be assigned in either the Recharge or Matrix Divisions.

This position will be filled at either the G04.1 or G04.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

In this role you will…

  • Provide writing and editing services for large and/or complex projects, potentially involving Web and other media platforms.
  • Perform assignments and manage time in adherence with established budgets and schedules set by team or project leads.
  • Work with authors, project groups, divisions, or departments to coordinate communications projects; tasks include assessing incremental input and multiple manuscript iterations and developing communications, based on audience and medium, for technical and possibly sensitive material.
  • Interpret complex technical information and translate into various forms (e.g., Web copy, online newsletters, flyers, slide presentations, publications) of easily understandable and non-technical communications.
  • Participate in complex production jobs, often with a publication team of editors, designers, animators, web developers, and/or printers.
  • Provide input on production assignments through interactions with the Print Plant, designers, website developers, or multimedia professionals .
  • Work effectively with LLNL staff members of all levels to support the Laboratory and its communications needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition at the G04.2 Level

  • Coordinate, direct, and evaluate the progress and results achieved of multiple, simultaneous projects, often guiding the work of other professionals.
  • Develop and implement project plans and schedules for moderately complex projects; make and fulfill commitments on cost, schedule, and quality for communication products; lead ad hoc planning and status meetings.
  • Develop and create original complex technical content, provide writing and editing services, and/or coordinate the full spectrum of editorial and communication services (e.g., conducting interviews with scientists and writing articles, writing and editing content for reports, presentations, Web-based projects, and social media).


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, communications, journalism, engineering or scientific area, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in the area of technical communication.
  • Experience as a technical writer/editor, developing and writing content effectively across various types of communication platforms, including web and digital copywriting, across multiple scientific and/or technical communication areas.
  • Experience using effective professional writing/editing techniques for a variety of media including comprehensive knowledge of technical language, usage, and style conventions.
  • Basic knowledge of and experience using style conventions, professional principles, and technical communication practices and standards.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite software tools.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills, including ability to work both independently and within a demanding team environment in order to meet tight deadlines while managing competing priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

In addition at the G04.2 Level

  • Advanced writing and editing experience in a wide variety of scientific areas or technical areas.
  • Experience leading production and technical writing and editing assignments. Understands the costs, processes, timelines, and specifications involved in various print and electronic delivery methods.
  • Experience collaborating with senior managers, clients, team members, peers, and stakeholders to meet organizational/ programmatic objectives.
  • Experience planning and organizing content, conducting interviews, developing presentations, and providing full-spectrum editing services.

Qualifications We Desire…

  • Experience with CMS and updating sites with new content; experience with HTML, CSS, XML/XSL, WordPress, and/or Drupal.
  • Experience in Marketing/branding and/or social media.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form

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