Science Editor

at The Conversation US

The Conversation US is looking for an experienced journalist and editor to expand our coverage of science and raise our profile as a source of compelling science content. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a successful track record working at a quality science publication with a broad readership, a deep list of contacts in the scientific world, and experience working in a daily news environment.

About the role

The Conversation US regularly publishes articles written by scientists for the general public. The goal of this position is to augment our current coverage, with a particular focus on basic science and new research. This editor will have a knack for spotting interesting findings in a variety of topic areas, including space, biomedicine, and physics. He or she will work with leading scientists in their fields and identify up-and-coming star researchers and help them find compelling ways to write about their research for the general public. The job requires a person to have a natural curiosity around all matters pertaining to science and an ability to generate story ideas with a broad appeal.

Reporting to the Deputy Editor, the Science Editor will commission and edit articles from academics on a daily basis. He or she will work closely with other editors to contribute stories across different desks, including science and health. The editor must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, daily news environment and have excellent news judgment around research and discoveries from the scientific community. Some travel is expected to make presentations and to lead writing workshops for academic researchers.

This role is well-suited to a journalist with at least 5 years experience covering science as an editor or a writer. He or she will also have strong communication skills and the ability to manage relationships with key institutions and scholars.

Key Selection Criteria:

The Science Editor will demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent track record in editing daily journalism whether online, in print or on air

  • In-depth knowledge of science, particularly in basic science and health

  • Self-motivation, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work a daily deadline while managing multiple tasks

  • An ability to generate story ideas that complement the daily news agenda

  • Success working as part of a collaborative team

  • Attention to detail and insistence on accuracy

  • Experience in online production

  • A network of academic contacts would be a plus

Our main newsroom is in Boston but we are open to hearing from extraordinary candidates from across the U.S.

If you have a passion for communicating research and ideas from science and would like to be part of an online publication that is making a real difference, we would love to hear from you.

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