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Company: Washington State University
Science Writer for Q-and-A Column, University Magazine
Washington St.
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
June 19, 2013
Job ID: 1493668



Lead writer for Ask Dr. Universe (, a children's question-and-answer service in multiple formats, including website, comic and printed column. The writer will also contribute to the award-winning Washington State Magazine.


Washington State University is looking for a talking cat, preferably an orange tabby, to take the role of Dr. Universe, a peripatetic science journalist who helps answer some of life’s great mysteries, like, “Who invented language?” and “What makes people ticklish?” Non-cats are also encouraged to apply. A fondness for cats is not mandatory; curiosity is.

Starting in the late 1990s, Dr. Universe has answered questions from kids around the world about science, research, and the world around us. Dr. Universe has been on a long sabbatical, but plans to return this summer with an aggressive plan to write newspaper columns, blog posts, a comic, and other vehicles, hopefully around the world.

This is a science writing job like none other. The ideal candidate will have a clever but down-to-earth writing style, a sense of humor, a willingness to tackle complicated questions that may not necessarily have ready answers, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a willingness to try various forms of storytelling. The bulk of the job will involve Dr. Universe but other duties will include writing for Washington State University’s award-winning quarterly magazine and the WSU news service.

Dr. Universe will scratch posts and answer questions in Pullman, a small college town in the heart of eastern Washington’s striking Palouse country. It is a comfortable town with a minimal commute, affordable housing, a rolling landscape, four seasons, and great outdoor recreation opportunities both here and among the lakes, forests, streams and mountains of the nearby Idaho panhandle.

How to apply:

Go to WSU Jobs ( and search for "Public Relations/Communications Coord." with the News Service.


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