Posted On: April 24, 2018
Media Organization: American Physical Society
The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 54,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.
Physics (http://physics.aps.org) is an online publication from the American Physical Society featuring authoritative news and commentary pieces about research in the Physical Review journals.
We are currently looking for a talented freelance science writer/editor to work with our staff 10 to 20 hours per week as a Corresponding Editor.
The Corresponding Editor’s primary responsibilities include identifying appropriate papers for coverage, commissioning and editing commentaries, writing news stories, and writing and editing short research summaries. Depending on availability, they may also be asked to contribute stories from meetings, Q&As with scientists, and other feature articles.
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in physics (or a related field) and three or more years of experience writing and/or editing articles about the physical sciences for a nonspecialist audience. Experience working with experts on commentaries would be a plus.
The successful candidate must have exceptional communication skills, as they will work with a variety of professionals, including leading scientists, illustrators, web developers, and APS staff. The job demands a highly organized and self-motivated individual who can distill technical results into a clear and engaging message, balance many assignments, and work under tight deadlines.
The editorial team is officially based at the APS Editorial Offices in Ridge, New York, about 60 miles from New York City. The working hours could be flexible and the pay rate is competitive. For general information about the American Physical Society and its journals, see http://www.aps.org.
American Physical Society
1 Research Road
Ridge, NY 11961
Interested applicants should email email@example.com.
A complete application must include a resume, a cover letter explaining interest in the position and salary expectations, a 250-word “Synopsis” of a recent physics paper, and two recent writing samples. (See http://physics.aps.org for examples of a Synopsis.)