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Company: Brown University
Location: Providence, RI
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Job Description:

The Scientific Communications Specialist independently develops internal and external communications and manages stakeholder engagement for the Carney Institute for Brain Science and all centers within in collaboration with their supervisor and the Institute's leadership team. The incumbent independently manages a broad and fast-paced communications portfolio focused on elevating the profile and impact of the Carney Institute, including the following primary responsibilities: developing communications and marketing materials; managing website content and social media platforms; leading efforts to engage stakeholders; supporting communications for donor proposals and stewardship; and supporting engagement with and responses to media. The incumbent has very strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, and a strong ability to appropriately translate scientific concepts into content for public and non-technical audiences.

The incumbent collaborates closely with leadership and faculty in the Carney Institute along with stakeholders in the Office of University Communications and the Division of Advancement. The incumbent is a trusted member of a collaborative administrative team working toward Institute goals and priorities. The incumbent will network with other communications professionals across Brown and its affiliated hospitals to foster collaboration and to keep abreast of best practices and messaging strategy. This position handles confidential information and is expected to maintain and secure privacy.


  • A bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, marketing, public affairs, or a related field is required. (education or a degree in science and experience in communications is a plus).
  • Degree in science or significant number of undergraduate level courses in science preferred.
  • 3-5 years related professional experience in marketing, communications, development and outreach, or equivalent combination of education and work experience preferred.
  • Interest and some experience in communicating life sciences required.
  • Higher education or non-profit work experience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong written communication and presentation skills with special attention to detail/accuracy and audience.
  • Ability to translate scientific content and concepts into language for a lay or non-technical audience.
  • Ability to translate information from first hand interviews with scientists into exciting, accessible language for a lay or non-technical audience. Knowledge and command of evolving social media platforms.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students.
  • Ability to sustain a high level of productivity and work independently while being part of a collaborative team.
  • Sound judgment, discretion and confidentiality in handling sensitive matters.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including strong command of MLA, Chicago and/or AP editorial style.
  • Flexibility in adjusting to changing demands.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Web-based programs and tools, Gmail and related Google applications, and related systems.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop, InDesign and Premier, and the capacity to manage design vendors.
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

Workload can be unpredictable with hard deadlines.  Successful incumbent will have the ability and willingness to work outside of the normal business hours including nights and weekends on occasion.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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Job Posting Title:

Scientific Communications Specialist


Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science


Grade 9

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Full time

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Position Classification:

Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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