Job Summary

The senior writer, life and health sciences is responsible for the identification, development, and translation of research stories that illustrate the University’s research achievements, approaches, and impact on the world. The senior writer will report and write about significant research in life and health sciences, and other research areas as needed, and will engage in strategic planning around research content and University initiatives to develop focused and effective communications campaigns in alignment with Purdue University’s master brand. This communications professional will work with colleagues and partners across campus to develop creative ways to tell stories through traditional, digital, and multimedia platforms. The ideal candidate will have proven reporting experience and the ability to explain complex scientific concepts to a general audience.

In this role you will:

  • Interact with researchers and staff across Colleges, Centers, and Institutes to identify and translate newsworthy research, programs, partnerships, and initiatives into news stories and other outward-facing communication
  • Develop, manage and implement plans to best publicize the news (news release, news tips, op-eds, direct pitch, video, audio, social and emerging media, news conference, etc.) and create documents and assets to support these efforts in alignment with Purdue University’s master brand
  • Collaborate closely with the news office to arrange and facilitate interviews for experts and sources with a broad range of traditional and trade media
  • Respond to journalists who are looking for information or experts


  • Bachelor’s degree in communication, journalism, English, or related field
  • Four years of experience developing and managing strategic content for publications or organizations with a strong technology or research coverage
  • Writing experience essential
  • High level of professional writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Skills and experience in media relations and strategic message development
  • Ability to keep abreast of trends, interests, and initiatives in relevant research and technology areas in higher education, industry, and at federal agencies


  • Graduate or professional-level training in journalism or marketing/communication
  • Additional training in the sciences
  • Social media experience
  • Higher education experience
  • Experience working with corporations, federal and other funding agencies

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply