Job: Communications Manager

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA


We seek a Communications Manager in the lab of Dr. Sue Rhee at the Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science. Our lab is leading global research initiatives in fundamental plant science with an emphasis on mechanisms of how cells, organs, and organisms function and become resilient against extreme environments.

A successful candidate will work closely with a team of science, training, and outreach coordinators as well as world-class scientists in biology, chemistry, and physics to communicate our science and its impact to various stakeholders, including the public, K-12 students and educators, future trainees and collaborators, funding agencies, and philanthropic organizations. In addition, the successful candidate will lead efforts to train the scientists and trainees on the art of scientific communication.  

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES, in order of priority:

  • Establish an outward communication strategy for all the projects led by Dr. Rhee’s group to increase their visibility to the various stakeholders
  • Implement the communications strategy via websites, social media, and other outlets
  • Lead the preparation of the technical, scientific, and broader impacts components of grant proposals and annual reports including broader impacts, data management plans and training plans.
  • Design and implement outward facing communications, e.g. press releases, newsletters and web content to promote our science and increase our visibility to both scientists and the general public.
  • Create visuals for grants, manuscripts, and promotional materials in collaboration with the scientists in the team
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • B.S. in Biology, Science journalism, Science Communications or a related field
  • Extensive experience in editing technical writing and in writing about science for a general audience
  • Excellent command of English language and grammar
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Ability to work on a deadline and turn projects around quickly
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with scientists
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills 
  • Extensive experience with common software for word processing, graphics and spreadsheets and be familiar with common file formats used in online grant and manuscript submissions. 
  • Ability to work well independently, but also to seek or offer assistance when needed


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Biology or related field
  • A professional degree or certificate in science communications or journalism 
  • Experience writing grants and scientific manuscripts.

Application Instructions:

Informal inquiries about this position can be made by emailing Dr. Sue Rhee at

For more information about Dr. Sue Rhee and her lab, please visit her website here:

To be formally considered, please include: (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, and (3) three referees whom we can ask for letters of recommendation. Please apply by clicking on the “Apply Now” blue box below.

About Carnegie:

Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals – women and men – with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology engages in basic research on the mechanisms involved in plant and algae growth, development, and evolution (

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.

Application Deadline: Until Filled.