Science Writers: Technology, Earth & Climate, Neuroscience

Science News, Washington, District of Columbia

Date PostedApril 21, 2017
IndustryMagazines / Publishing
SpecialtyHealth/Science
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNegotiable
Websitehttp://www.sciencenews.org
Description:

Clear and credible science journalism is more important than ever. That’s why Science News is reaffirming its commitment to delivering readers the latest advances from across the scientific frontiers. To do so, we are growing our team of subject-specific reporters. Science News is seeking a Technology writer, Earth & Climate writer, and Neuroscience writer.

Technology writer

Science News seeks an experienced journalist to cover the basic science behind emerging and future technologies and their relevance to society. Our technology writer will be passionate about exploring new discoveries and trends in fields including computer science and security, robotics, artificial intelligence, and materials science and nanoscience, especially as these sciences relate to new energy and medical technologies. This beat will emphasize smart coverage of major issues, unanswered questions and grand challenges with special attention to the interface between basic research findings and their societal implications.

Our technology writer will produce breaking news stories and enterprising features for the Web and print magazine. The ideal candidate will be eager to experiment with content across platforms, collaborating with our digital team on video and interactive infographics, as well as reaching new audiences through social media.

Earth & Climate writer

Science News seeks an experienced journalist to cover the earth sciences, with a special emphasis on climate change. This writer will have a deep interest in the history of our planet, from its formation through billions of years of ups and downs, relative calm and cyclical upheaval. By covering the latest advances in our knowledge of earth, this writer will help us understand the current and future state of our planet. The beat will also include the science behind earthquakes, volcanism, extreme weather, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, melting glaciers and rising sea levels. Special emphasis will be placed on unanswered questions, societal implications and innovative ideas for mitigating or adapting to climate change.

Our earth and climate writer will produce breaking news stories, synthesis pieces and long-form features for the Web and print magazine. The ideal candidate will be positioned to use the latest tools in data visualization to convey information in novel ways, and to experiment with digital storytelling to take audiences into the field.

Neuroscience writer

Science News seeks an experienced journalist to cover neuroscience and related topics, focusing on the latest understanding of how the brain develops, how it works normally and how it goes awry. Our neuroscience writer will dive into the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying choices and behaviors, learning and memory, and cognitive puzzles such as the meaning of consciousness. There will be particular emphasis on neuroscientific findings relevant to psychiatric disorders, addiction and neurodegenerative diseases. By tackling the biggest challenges in neuroscience research and the enduring mysteries of the brain, our neuroscience writer will help people understand their own minds and, ultimately, what it means to be human.

Our neuroscience writer will produce news reports and in-depth features for the Web and print magazine. The ideal candidate will be interested in developing interactive infographics and video explainers that explore the brain, and engaging through social media with new audiences curious about all facets of how the mind works.

Responsibilities for all Science News writer positions include:

  • Identify and pitch stories on the latest advances in your subject area.
  • Track findings reported in major research journals.
  • Attend and cover scientific meetings.
  • Identify trends stories and enterprise ideas that other news outlets aren’t covering.
  • Develop a network of sources in academia and industry.
  • Tell stories across multiple platforms.
  • Establish yourself as a recognized expert in your subject area.

All applicants should have three or more years of newswriting experience, including the ability to write clearly and concisely on deadline, and should have a strong education/proven interest and understanding in a relevant scientific field.

How to apply: 

These are fulltime positions based in Washington, D.C. To apply send a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to Elizabeth Quill at editors@sciencenews.org. Please include the name of the position in the subject line. We are accepting applications through May 15.

About Science News

Science News has been published since 1922. The daily website at www.sciencenews.org and biweekly print magazine cover important and emerging research in all fields of science. It publishes concise, accurate, timely articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists, reaching more than 120,000 subscribers and more than 1 million readers each month. Through the Science News in High Schools program, the magazine now reaches more than 4,000 public high schools around the country.

About Society for Science & the Public

Science News is published by Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.

The Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Society for Science & the Public is committed to equal employment opportunity. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, the Society does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis, including but not limited to: veteran status, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, ancestry, national origin, disability, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, age and/or any other categories protected by the laws of the United States or the District of Columbia.

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