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The Scientist is hiring!

  • Position: Associate Editor 
  • Deadline: December 15
  • Details: This is a telecommute position operating during East Coast business hours. 

The Scientist magazine, an award-winning print publication and website covering the life sciences for research professionals, is seeking an Associate Editor to join its staff. The position includes assigning and editing various departments of the print magazine, reporting articles for the magazine and website, and contributing to social media content. Ideal candidates will have at leave five years of experience in science journalism, with some time spent as an editor, and a strong background in the life sciences. 

Job duties

  • Usher several magazine articles per month through the editing process, from conceptualization to final copy, working with staff writers and freelance reporters
  • Report articles for various departments of the magazine and website each month
  • Contribute to The Scientist’s news blog · Proofread articles for other departments of the magazine
  • Occasionally travel for conferences or reporting assignments
  • Write social media copy for articles you write and edit
  • Contribute to multimedia projects, such as infographics or videos


  • At least five years of experience as a science journalist, including editing experience. Ideal candidates will have spent time as a staff member of a newsroom and have diverse clips, from breaking news to long-form features.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a scientific field, advanced degree preferred · Dedication to the highest standards of journalism
  • A firm grasp of biology, in particular, genomics, molecular biology, neuroscience, immunology, etc., and comfort with researching, reading, and translating the primary literature
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Outstanding time management 

How to apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and three clips to Jamie Burns, HR Director, at 


Apply for an internship

The Scientist offers a full-time internship program. Successful applicants start writing immediately, quickly becoming integral members of our staff. Interns work from home on their own computers and must keep US East Coast business hours. As an intern you will cover breaking news for our website, produce a variety of articles for the print magazine, manage The Scientist’s social media presence, scan the literature for upcoming studies of interest, and proofread magazine articles. We’re looking for candidates who have some experience in science journalism, are comfortable digesting primary scientific literature, and can work well independently in a virtual office. Successful interns are able to manage multiple articles simultaneously, complete assignments on deadline, and work collaboratively with editors. You must be a college graduate. If you’re interested, send your resume to The position is pays $2,000/month and typically lasts for four months.

Summer: March 1st (internship runs approximately May – September)
Fall: July 1st (internship runs approximately September – January)
Winter: November 1st (internship runs approximately January – May)

How to pitch us stories

The Scientist’s editors are always looking for writers who can contribute enterprising reporting to tell the stories of life science around the world. Online News stories and pieces for the Notebook (which appear in print) are generally the best places to break in as a freelance journalist. If you are an active researcher who would like to reach our tens of thousands of scientist readers, we welcome your Opinion or Feature article ideas.


News stories cover the latest and greatest in life science research. For stories about new scientific findings, studies that are still under embargo are preferred. The Scientist staff monitors embargoed releases from most major journals and press wires, so we prefer that freelance journalists pitch us stories that we might otherwise miss. And we always welcome pitches concerning trends in a particular field or industry.

If you have an idea for a news story, send your pitch to Senior Editor Kerry Grens:


Notebook stories typically run about 700 words and take a look behind the scenes of life science research. They tend to employ a healthy dose of narrative to tell unique stories.

If you have an idea for a Notebook story, send your pitch to Senior Editor Bob Grant:

Scientist-authored Opinion or Feature articles

We welcome Opinion and Feature article ideas from those working in life science. Online opinions typically run about 700 words, whereas Critic At Large articles (opinions which appear in print) can run anywhere from 700-1,200 words, or more. Feature articles typically run about 2,500-3,000 words, and tell critically important or otherwise compelling stories about advances in life science research.

If you have an idea for an Opinion, send your pitch to

If you are an active researcher and would like to work with our editors and illustrators to develop a Feature article, e-mail your ideas to

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