Associate Editor, Science Careers

Washington D.C.

Who We Are

"The advancement of science should be the chief concern of a nation that would conserve and increase the welfare of its people."

-James McKeen Cattell, former AAAS President and Editor of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. For over a century, AAAS has been a force for science, from helping to establish science as a credible field in the 19th century to using satellite imaging technology to document human rights abuses in 2007. We are recognized as the world’s largest general scientific society and the proud publisher of the Science family of journals. Past presidents have included astronomer Edward Charles Pickering, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and biologist Stephen Jay Gould. Our mission is centered on the belief that STEM research and education can help solve many of the challenges the world faces today.

AAAS is a culture steeped in history, but adaptive to change and new ideas. We recognize the hard work of our employees and encourage the development of our staff. Our colleagues represent an array of expertise from scholarly publishing to digital marketing, educational research to government relations, all with a shared focus on mission. At AAAS, you are part of a talented team, dedicated to advancing science and serving society.

Work with Us

We have an exciting full-time opportunity for an Associate Editor, Science Careers in the news department of Science magazine, based in Washington, DC. Reporting to the Science Careers editor, the Associate Editor joins a three-person team aimed at serving the needs of scientists, particularly graduate students and postdocs, as they pursue their careers. We seek an early-career journalist who is passionate about service journalism; is broadly familiar with the culture of academic research and sympathetic to scientists, particularly those who are early in their careers; and has experience writing about related topics, such as higher education, workforce issues, or science policy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Follow the news in careers, including higher education, workforce issues, diversity and inclusion, and mental health among scientists
  • Conceive, report, and write enterprise pieces, including features, profiles, data stories, and new, innovative formats
  • Work with freelance writers and columnists to develop stories and essays and edit them for publication
  • Interact with Science’s News team to promote cross-pollination and collaboration on stories that bridge News and Careers
  • Work with Science’s Digital Media team on art and other components for online publication

Key Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in journalism or related field or/and have completed a science writing program.
  • Two to three years of experience as a reporter covering higher education or workforce issues or in-service journalism
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience in editing journalism articles
  • Strong research background is a plus
  • Familiarity with social media is a plus

Application Process

To apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by April 16, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If we think you might be a good fit for the role, we will contact you with next steps.

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Location: Washington D.C.

Discipline: Other, Other