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Staff Writer/Editor - Remote Opportunity

The Scientist, an award-winning print publication and website covering the life sciences for research professionals and science-curious members of the public, is seeking a staff writer/editor to join its team of journalists.

The position includes reporting, assigning, and editing articles for the publication and website. Ideal candidates will have at least three years of experience in science journalism, some editing experience, and a strong background in communication and in the life sciences.

This is a US/Canada-based telecommute position operating during US East Coast business hours. The staff writer/editor will join a tight-knit team that collaborates in fulfilling our mission to deliver accurate, meaningful, and engaging stories to our audience. We seek to amplify underrepresented voices, and we encourage journalists from underrepresented groups to apply.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Report articles for various departments of the publication and website, including news, profiles, and trends pieces
  • Usher articles through the editing process, from conceptualization to final copy, working with staff writers and freelance reporters
  • Post stories to the website
  • Proofread articles
  • Contribute to multimedia projects, such as infographics and videos
  • Participate in regular editorial meetings, pitch story ideas, help maintain website
  • Occasionally travel for conferences or reporting assignments

Qualifications:

  • At least three years of experience reporting and writing as a science journalist. Ideal candidates will have spent time as a staff member of a newsroom and will have diverse clips, from breaking news to long-form features. Editing experience is a plus.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a scientific field is required; an advanced degree is a plus.
  • Dedication to the highest standards of journalism
  • A firm grasp of biology, in particular, genetics/genomics, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, neuroscience, and immunology, and comfort with researching and reading primary literature
  • Outstanding time management

A word about diversity

The Scientist and its parent company, LabX Media Group (LMG), are equal opportunity employers. The Scientist and LMG recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote employees regardless of race, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

At The Scientist, we welcome a diverse mix of talented people who want to do their best work in an inclusive environment. We are dedicated to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion and seek an editorial staff that reflects the diversity of our society and our audience.

Application Procedure:

Please send resume, cover letter, three references, and three published clips to: careers@labx.com

Deadline to apply is August 10, 2021.


Apply for an internship

The Scientist offers three full-time (40 hours/week) internships each year. Successful applicants start writing on day one, 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, help manage The Scientist’s social media presence, scan the literature for upcoming studies of interest, and proofread articles. If there are additional skills you would like to develop, we can certainly work with you. For our part, we’re looking for candidates who have some experience in science journalism, including at least one previously published clip that required interviewing scientists about their work and including those comments in the story. Successful interns are comfortable digesting primary scientific literature, complete assignments on deadline, work collaboratively with editors, are able to manage multiple articles simultaneously, and can work independently in a virtual office. You must be a college graduate. If you’re interested, please send your cover letter, resume, and up to three relevant writing samples to interns@the-scientist.com. The position pays $2,000/month and typically lasts for four months.

Deadlines

Spring: December 1st (internship runs approximately February – June)

Summer: April 1st (internship runs approximately June – October)

Winter: August 1st (internship runs approximately October – February)

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

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: kgrens@the-scientist.com.

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 opinions@the-scientist.com. 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 features@the-scientist.com.