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HIRING: Staff Writer/Editor





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The Scientist magazine, 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 magazine and website, and contributing to social media content. Ideal candidates will have at least three years of experience in science journalism and a strong background in communication and in the life sciences.

This is a US/Canada-based telecommute position operating during 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 for 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 magazine and website, including news, profiles, features, and trends pieces 

· Usher articles through the editing process, from conceptualization to final copy, working with staff writers and freelance reporters

· Proofread articles 

· Occasionally travel for conferences or reporting assignments

· Contribute to multimedia projects, such as infographics and videos

· Post stories to the website

· Participate in regular editorial meetings, pitch story ideas, support/mentor interns, helping maintain website


· At least three years of experience as a science journalist. Ideal candidates will have spent time as a staff member in a newsroom and will have diverse clips, from breaking news to long-form features.

· 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, genomics, molecular biology, neuroscience, immunology, and comfort with researching, reading, and translating primary literature into compelling stories

· Excellent reporting and writing skills

· 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:  

Deadline to apply is January 11, 2021.

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 cover letter and resume to The position pays $2,000/month and typically lasts for four months.

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

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:

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