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Job Opening: Science Writer / Editor

Company: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) seeks a versatile and experienced Science Writer/Editor to join its Communications team. This is a regular full-time position and is eligible for benefits.

JOB SUMMARY: Reporting to the Communications Department director, the science writer/editor must have proven skills as writer/editor as well as capabilities to produce visual stories. She/he will cover all aspects of research and news at WHOI, including occasional opportunities to accompany scientists in the field. She/he will produce content for Oceanus magazine in print and online (, press releases, the WHOI website, the Ocean Science Exhibit Center, public events, brochures, other print media, and social media. She/he will work with staff illustrators, graphic designers, video teams, Web teams, and scientists to conceive and oversee execution of informational graphics, illustrations, photos, brochures, posters, and multimedia. Performs other duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Solid credentials in writing, communications, or journalism, a keen news nose and interviewing skills, plus extensive and broad science writing and editing experience. Able to maintain high standards of reporting, writing, and editing while working on deadline.

The ideal candidate is a versatile, multi-platform journalist, with several years of experience and the ability to work in forms ranging from long and short magazine pieces to multimedia to various forms of social media. Must be able to make individual projects fit into broader Institutional campaigns by incorporating key communications messages.

Highly collaborative team player, yet also a self-starter. Must be able to manage rapidly shifting priorities, potentially competing demands for time, as well as multiple simultaneous large and small projects.

Resourceful and energetic in developing new editorial concepts that support the Institution's mission of communicating its science to the public and of educating the public about ocean sciences and the importance of the ocean to society.

Scientific literacy across a spectrum of scientific disciplines and demonstrated ability to engage readers in complex subjects without compromising accuracy.

Experience working with scientists and research engineers who have varying abilities and experience with communicating details of their work.

Adept at giving and receiving constructive criticism.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS: Undergraduate degree in journalism, communications, science, or related field with at least 5-7 years experience in science or technical writing, editing, publication production, and/or public relations; or master's degree with 3+ years of extensive science writing and editing experience required. Proven ability to conceive, produce, and edit content in a variety of ways, including the use of multimedia and social networking tools.

Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, and team skills required, along with a proven ability to digest, summarize, and package scientific information in various forms for a wide range of audiences. Ability to lead diverse groups in defining and implementing information needs; to manage rapidly shifting priorities; to interact with scientific and technical staff and produce materials that meet their approval, while at the same time meeting project and task objectives. Applicants must provide samples of their work:

Physical duties for this position include, but are not limited to, a mostly sedentary position with occasional standing and walking. Physical duties are subject to change. TWIC required.

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