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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Communications Professional 3 in Richland, Washington


Communications creates and provides strategic communications to the Laboratory’s internal and external stakeholders and collaborators. It sets and implements a cohesive strategy to amplify the visibility of PNNL's research and develops standards and efforts that communicate PNNL’s value proposition. In doing so, Communications enhances the Laboratory’s institutional reputation and science and technology agenda. Further, Communications drives employee-focused communications; leads media and outreach to external stakeholders; supports research through robust technical editing, formatting, and graphics support; and protects the Laboratory's reputation through issues management and transparency with news media.


Job Description

As a communications professional in the Content and Quality group, you will write and format multiple communications products including marketing materials, proposals, technical reports, brochures, bibliographies, web content, journal articles, newsletters, educational and training materials, posters, scripts, and regulatory documents. You will also ensure that our communications products meet PNNL and other applicable style guides (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style, Associated Press Stylebook, sponsor-specific style guide and requirements, and specific journal requirements) and that documents conform to relevant formatting guidelines and templates.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manages the life cycle of document production, including document creation, editing, formatting, configuration management, review, approval, records management, publishing, and release.

  • Serves as communications project manager for developing and implementing communications strategies aligned to sponsor and program needs and that meet PNNL and sponsor expectations for quality and branding.

  • Standardizes and ensures consistent tone, style, and format appropriate to each deliverable.

  • Adheres to standard policies and procedures for vetting information for public release.

  • Fosters collegial relationships with writers, editors, project managers, research staff, and partners within the Lab and with sponsors.

  • Remedies grammatical, typographical, capitalization, citation, and punctuation errors.

  • Ensures accuracy of language and compliance with writing style and format guidelines.

  • Alters word choice, acronym usage, and punctuation to clarify meaning, but maintains the intent of the writer; makes stylistic suggestions.

  • Verifies that quotations, illustrations, tables, and data are correctly referenced and correct standard or boilerplate language is included.

  • Ensures that copy meets layout and format requirements (e.g., a journal article is formatted to comply with the target journal’s submission requirements).

  • Uses appropriate tools and software to notify writers and editors of necessary changes (e.g., tracked changes in Microsoft Word and comment tool in Adobe Acrobat).

Additional Responsibilities

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple activities of varying complexities while adhering to strict deadlines.

  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to proofread content for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style.

  • Experience producing marketing materials tailored to diverse audiences including brochures, flyers, videos, and presentations.

  • Able to adapt to and apply various style guides (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style and AP Stylebook).

  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills including creation and use of templates, content controls, forms, building blocks, and styles.

  • Demonstrated ability to produce large and complex documents using Microsoft Word in a collaborative and deadline-driven environment.

  • Advanced EndNote skills for creating, maintaining, and using reference libraries.

  • Strong research skills for fact-checking, background, and reference checks.

  • Experience with content management systems, knowledge management systems, and advanced document processing tools; demonstrated ability for learning new technologies and applications.

  • Intense focus on and commitment to detail and accuracy of work.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a self-directed manner in a highly dynamic, collaborative, and professional environment.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree plus 5 years of experience or

  • Advanced degree plus 2 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years of related experience providing document technical editing of various deliverables (e.g., technical reports, procedures, journal articles, grant proposals, flyers, scientific posters, websites, and PowerPoint presentations).

  • Demonstrated expertise in the Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., template and styles use).

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment


Additional Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Testing Designated Position

This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). The candidate selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing for illegal drugs, including marijuana, consistent with the Controlled Substances Act and the PNNL Workplace Substance Abuse Program.

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.