Senior Editor for Science Policy

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

College Park, Maryland

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Date Posted November 22, 2022
Industry Other
Specialty Editorial
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Telecommute? Yes
Job Status Full-time
Salary $95,000 - $105,000


Senior Editor for Science Policy


Comprehensive science policy journalism builds a critical bridge between policymakers, scientific researchers, and the public, simultaneously improving policy and research. Published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) since 1989, FYI is an authoritative and respected source of federal science policy news and analysis. Our in-depth reporting is trusted by legislative decision-makers and prominent figures in the scientific and academic communities nationwide. At FYI, we seek to clarify legislative activity and deliver nuanced insight into impacts on the scientific community.

The FYI team is expanding and seeking an experienced editor with a keen sense for news and a deep understanding of legislative policy to optimize our editorial process, support , bring a fresh approach to creating informative policy pieces, and expand our influential readership of congressional staff, top federal officials, and prominent figures in the scientific community. Your work will impact national science policy and scientists on the ground, empowering a vibrant global community using science for good.


A Snapshot of the Work You’ll Do

  • Editorial strategy. Reporting to the Director of FYI, you will collaborate with our team to develop an editorial plan that shapes and drives our coverage, enhancing our unique value for legislative decision-makers and the scientific community. FYI focuses on physical science programs across DOE, NSF, NASA, DOD, NOAA, NIST, NIH, and USGS.
  • Writing and editing. Write, edit, and produce in-depth content for multiple FYI news and information products, synthesizing a clear view of what’s going on in policy with relevant context through a research-based lens.
  • Stakeholder engagement. Build relationships within AIP and across our member societies; identify opportunities to represent FYI’s expertise and contributions in the science policy community.


Work Environment, Salary, and Benefits

  • AIP embraces a flexible hybrid work environment to balance in-person collaborative work with remote work. The FYI team works primarily remotely, with in-office collaboration at our College Park, MD, location as needed. Employees are required to reside with the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. areas.
  • The budgeted salary range for this position is $95k-105k with a comprehensive benefits plan, including 25 days of PTO, medical/dental/vision coverage, a 10% retirement contribution, tuition assistance, commuter benefits, and more.




  • A bachelor’s degree is required with at least seven years of experience in policy reporting, science writing, or policy analysis; time in graduate school can count toward years of experience.
  • Familiarity with editorial process and developing editorial strategy is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to edit and write content on tight deadlines.
  • Extensive knowledge of legislative and executive branch dynamics.
  • Extensive knowledge of multiple science agencies is preferred.


What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?

  • We are stable and financially sound with an eye to the future. Now is an exciting time to join AIP and play a key role in evolving our editorial team to meet our expanding strategic priorities.
  • This is an opportunity to optimize and formalize FYI’s strategy, deepen audience engagement, and broaden our reach to advance understanding for the public good.
  • Your colleagues at AIP are welcoming, gracious, and eager to help each other succeed. With our commitment to community service, institute-wide social opportunities, and ongoing learning and development, AIP is a rewarding place to work.


About Us

The American Institute of Physics is a 501(c)(3) membership corporation of scientific societies. Our mission is to advance, promote and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. AIP operates as a center of excellence using policy analysis, social science, and historical research to promote future progress in the physical sciences. We are also a federation, advancing the success of our 10 Member Societies. Over the past 400 years, the physical sciences have evolved as a powerful predictive model of our world, enabling stunning technological achievements, and enriching our understanding of the Universe and our place in it.


Daily Responsibilities

  • Shape the editorial strategy to ensure FYI systematically covers major science policy developments. FYI’s current products include in-depth bulletins, a synoptic weekly newsletter, and a set of web-based tools for tracking science budgets, legislation, and leaders.
  • Identify story leads, policy trends, and topics that warrant in-depth reporting or research.
  • Develop innovative processes to make FYI’s content more engaging through multimedia.
  • Write news and analysis articles about legislative activity and science agency initiatives; edit articles and other content written by FYI team members.
  • Cultivate sources and develop a deep familiarity with federal science agencies.
  • Strengthen FYI’s reputation and public profile in the science policy community; seek out opportunities to represent FYI in external settings, such as moderating policy-focused sessions at scientific society meetings or appearing as an expert guest on podcasts.
  • Contribute to the development and testing of prospective FYI products.
  • Pursue opportunities for collaboration and content sharing with other AIP units, such as Physics Today magazine.



  • A bachelor’s degree is required with seven years of experience in policy reporting, science writing, or policy analysis; time in graduate school can count toward years of experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit content on tight deadlines.
  • Extensive knowledge of legislative and executive branch dynamics.
  • Extensive knowledge of multiple science agencies is preferred.


To Apply

We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position description; we will consider people from a variety of backgrounds and career experiences.

Simply email your resume to Lilly Khan at with “AIP – Sr Editor for Science Policy #2022-2748 JJ” as the subject of the email.


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