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ICON Strategic Solutions Science Writer/Editor - Rockville, MD in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

ICON Government and Public Health Solutions (IGP) is seeking a Science Writer/Editor to join our team to support the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

R esponsibilities:

We are currently searching for a Science Writer. This position will develop scientific communication products and contribute to communications plans to generate understanding of NIAID funded research in areas including HIV, TB, mpox, sexually transmitted infections, allergy, immunology, and transplantation.

This position will operate in a fast-paced team and perform duties including;

  • Develop high-quality written press, web, and social media materials

  • Work diplomatically and collaboratively with disease area subject matter experts to anticipate, prepare and finalize communications for specific milestones

  • Engage in media relations, mainly targeted pitching and responding to inquiries

  • Other tasks to serve the mission of NIAID's Office of Communications and Government Relations.

  • Research and write in appropriate scientific or technical style various communication products, to include press releases, newsletter articles, media releases, fliers, web content and video and podcast scripts.

  • Identify needs and develop content for various communication mediums to increase visibility of the program.

  • Attend routine staff meetings to gather information necessary to develop effective communication projects, plans and strategies.

  • Monitor the effectiveness of media campaigns through traditional and social media channels, assess results and report findings.

  • Coordinate photographic and videographic resources to capture quality imagining and footage for posting to social media and Internet sites with appropriate captions.

  • Respond to media inquiries promptly.

  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with members of the press and external stakeholders.

  • Attend workshops, seminars and meetings to stay abreast of current scientific and policy trends.

  • Coordinate with other program offices to create outreach and engagement plans.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in related discipline


  • One (1) year of experience with the following:

  • Social media

  • Public relations

  • Media relations

  • Strategic communications

  • Message development

  • Copy editing

  • Science writing

  • Microsoft Office

  • Demonstrates expertise with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.).

  • Must be a US Citizen

  • Ability to obtain a Level 5: Public Trust

  • Location: Rockville, MD

*Contingent upon contract award*


Our focus is to provide you with a comprehensive and competitive total reward package that comprises, not only an excellent level of base pay, but also a wide range of variable pay and recognition programs. In addition, our best in class employee benefits, supportive policies and wellbeing initiatives are tailored to support you and your family at all stages of your career - both now, and into the future.

Our success depends on the knowledge, capabilities and quality of our people. That’s why we are committed to developing our employees in a continuous learning culture – one where we challenge you with engaging work and where every experience adds to your professional development.

ICON, including subsidiaries, is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please let us know.

Interested in the role, but unsure if you meet all of the requirements? We would encourage you to apply regardless – there’s every chance you’re exactly what we’re looking for here at ICON whether it is for this or other roles.