Assistant Editor

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Chicago, Illinois

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Date Posted January 06, 2021
Industry Magazines / Publishing
Specialty Editorial
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Salary is commensurate with experience.


About the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is a not-for-profit organization, located in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, that engages science leaders, policy makers, and the interested public on topics of nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies.

Founded more than 70 years ago by Manhattan Project physicists, the Bulletin is a globally recognized organization that curates a highly trafficked public-access website, publishes an award-winning journal, sets the iconic Doomsday Clock, and hosts a regular set of convenings. For more than 70 years, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has bridged the divide between scientific research, global security, and public engagement. 

Position Description

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is searching for an organized, creative, and committed assistant editor to help shape our coverage of nuclear weapons and other nuclear risk.

The successful candidate will be an efficient, organized, and talented editor of both long- and short-form magazine articles, able to focus on the big picture and get all the details right. The Bulletin is an all-digital publication, and successful candidates will have experience with Web and mobile content management systems, a knack for social networking, and familiarity with multimedia software, including audio and video editing programs.  

The Bulletin’s authors are leading scientists and experts in their fields, which include nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, the fossil fuel use that drives climate change, and an array of other technologies that could, if misused, threaten humanity on a global scale. The assistant editor will work closely and collaboratively with the editor in chief and these experts to create compelling articles that are accessible to policy makers and lay audiences. All candidates must have an interest in the issues that we cover and national and international affairs generally. Experience editing in these fields is a definite advantage, but not required. All candidates must have excellent editing skills and the ability to work with high-profile writers and top experts. All of our editors are also expected to write for the Bulletin.


The Bulletin has a relatively small staff of brilliant, highly educated over-achievers; the assistant editor we hire will also have these qualities. Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a telecommuting position that can be performed anywhere in the United States, given that there is a strong internet connection. Preference will be given to candidates who live in Washington, DC. Overwhelmingly brilliant candidates from Europe and Asia will be considered.

All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.  If this sounds like a good fit for you, please send your résumé, a cover letter, and three published samples of your writing and/or editing work (before and after versions of editing work would be ideal); please type “Assistant Editor” in the subject line.  Your cover letter should explain your experience, your editing abilities, and your understanding and interest in the issues that we cover.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, medical condition, disability, veteran status, union membership or activity or any other basis protected by law.

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