Creative and Scientific Communicator


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Gaithersburg, MD

Job Description

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Job Overview:

**Except where prohibited by applicable state law, this position requires that you be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless you need a reasonable accommodation or qualify for an exemption.**

If you find science, speed, and success exhilarating, you have come to the right place.

Novavax, Inc (Nasdaq:NVAX) is a biotechnology company that creates transformational vaccines that address some of the world’s most pressing infectious diseases.  We have more than a decade of experience contending with some of the world’s most devastating diseases, including COVID-19, seasonal influenza, RSV, Ebola, MERS, and SARS. Hard-won lessons and significant advances illustrate that our proven technology has tremendous potential to make a substantial contribution to public health worldwide.

Our scientists are committed to developing vaccine candidates for some of the world’s toughest viral threats by utilizing the power of our innovative recombinant nanoparticle vaccine platform.  Our vaccine technology combines the power and speed of genetic engineering with the immunogenicity enhancing properties of our Matrix-M™ adjuvant to efficiently produce highly immunogenic particles targeting some of the most pressing viral infectious diseases.

Novavax, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic.

Developing and producing vaccines is more than just conducting clinical trials and manufacturing products. We need to explain our work, our processes and what it all means. Connecting these dots – for different audiences – means building effective, science-based stories and making complex information accessible.

This role is NOT about writing peer-reviewed, scientific publications. This role IS about taking technical, scientific information and turning it into engaging, accessible content for diverse audiences. You need to be a scientific and brand storyteller. You’ll write blogs, factsheets, presentations, financial/investor materials, web and social media content and more, for internal and external audiences. As a resource within the Global Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations team, you’ll be helping partners understand and leverage our science and milestones. Working with partners across the business, your goals will be to inform, engage and help grow our audiences.

Being a clear and creative writer is vital. Understanding vaccine science and We want the world to know what Novavax is doing and why it matters. A life science background is required (graduate-level degree in life sciences; experience with vaccines is a plus), with an ability to develop a deep understanding of our diverse discovery, pre-clinical, clinical and commercial work. To be an effective champion of our global efforts, you will proactively draw ideas from our peer-reviewed publications, presentations, topics in the news, corporate milestones and more.

Collaboration and drive are keys to success in this role. You’ll develop and implement an editorial calendar that effectively represents diverse aspects of our company, our international team and the promise of our transformative technology. Comfort with ambiguity and willingness to ask questions are both vital.

This position reports directly to the Senior Director, R&D Communications. Local candidates are preferred but this role can be remote.

  • Graduate degree in life sciences (MSc, PhD, etc.)
  • 6+ years communications experience
  • Technology: MS Office and, ideally, familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite tools
  • Behavioral: Curiosity, attention to detail, self-motivation, creativity

Novavax offers a base salary, annual bonus, equity grants, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Rx, STD, LTD, Life, Optional Life, 401(k) plan.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Novavax is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment and advancement opportunities are available to all individuals on an at-will basis, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, protective hairstyle, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.