Chief Scientist

Employer
Reviewed
Location
Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
Salary
Competitive
Posted
March 31 2021
Discipline
Other, Other
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Media/Communications

Reviewed, a part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a detail-oriented scientist with a strong set of professional ethics and plenty of experience in numerical and statistical analysis to lead our consumer product test labs, guide our methodology, and champion our brand.

Our mission is to help people buy the best stuff and love what they already own. We do this by providing our audience informative, enjoyable, and genuinely useful content.

The Reviewed test labs are based in the heart of Cambridge, MA, featuring state-of-the-art facilities for testing large appliances, televisions, laptops, mattresses, kitchen and cooking products, and a host of other product categories.

Are you curious about what makes the best toaster? The best headphones? The best snow shovel, lipstick, and bed sheet? The ideal candidate will have a deep curiosity about the world and the ability to translate numerical data into genuinely useful information for a wide variety of audiences. You’ll be part of a rapidly growing team and responsible for providing the scientific context for daily content that enriches people’s lives.

Because we review thousands of products each year and have a commitment to transparency, we often interface with the brands we review. You’ll also have a chance to learn from them and share (and occasionally defend) our lab findings with leading makers of consumer products.

This position requires experience in research, data collection, numerical analysis, and Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets. We’re also looking for someone who is willing to talk about our labs and our test processes in writing and on camera. By designing, implementing, and summarizing the results of our test procedures, this candidate will help our editorial staff and our readers to determine what is true about a product and what is just marketing hype.

This is a full-time, salaried role working 40 hours per week, with the potential for flexible work hours. Our ideal candidate will be an experienced scientist who is excited to create tests for a wide variety of products and who is comfortable translating complex data into salient conclusions for those who do not have a scientific background.

Reviewed is one of the most influential sources on the Internet when it comes to reviews of products like appliances, consumer technology, lifestyle products, and more. You’ll learn on the job and become a key contributor to a team of talented, like-minded product nerds.

The Chief Scientist role reports to the Editor in Chief and has one direct report. This person will operate out of our (truly awesome) labs in Cambridge, MA. 

Responsibilities:

  • Design, implement, and update test procedures for products tested both in Cambridge, MA and by remote freelancers/staffers.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and present test data to determine the performance of products in the context of these test procedures.
  • Support the Editorial team’s objectives and priorities.
  • Uphold the scientific integrity of the lab space, the test procedures, and the collected data.
  • Execute hands-on product testing.
  • Be a brand ambassador for Reviewed’s mission, including interfacing with manufacturers, answering reader questions, and appearing on camera.
  • Research and investigate novel ways of testing products (including understanding and operating related equipment and instruments).
  • Manage a team, helping them improve their skills and advance their careers.

Requirements:

  • Doctoral degree in a scientific or computational field or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience analyzing numerical data and clearly and concisely summarizing that data for those who do not have scientific backgrounds.
  • Experience in Microsoft Excel and/or Google Sheets.
  • The ability/desire to discuss scientific topics and data in written and visual formats.
  • Willingness to dive into the world of consumer products, including home appliances (e.g. dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators), major tech products (e.g. TVs, laptops, headphones, etc.), and lifestyle products (mattresses, apparel, beauty products) is essential. Experience testing these products is a plus.
  • Experience being on camera and/or writing for a lay audience is a plus.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment, post-offer background check. 

How to Apply: 

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

1.     Your resume – one to two pages.

2.     A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.

3.     Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.

Work Environment:

Office work takes place in an open floor plan office, with several smaller meeting rooms and test labs throughout the building. Regardless of whether you’re onsite or remote, you’ll be expected to be accessible to the team throughout the day via face-to-face communication (whether in-person or over video calls), email, phone, and Slack.

About Reviewed:

Buying stuff is easy. Buying the right thing is hard. That’s where we can help. Reviewed brings consumers the most trustworthy reviews available, written by our team of experts. We believe that tough, objective reviews are the best way to analyze products. We provide readers with insightful, practical, and entertaining stories that help them make informed decisions.

Reviewed is part of the USA TODAY Network, one of the largest news networks in the country, reaching over 150 million monthly unique visitors

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