Location: College Park, Maryland
Type: Full Time
Academia, Research Laboratory
Editor / Technical Writer
Fiber Optics Technology (PF)
Image Sensing and Pattern Recognition (IR)
Lasers in Manufacturing (FL)
Optical Communications (PC)
Optical Material Studies (OM)
Optics for Energy (PS)
Quantum Optical Science and Technology (OQ)
X-Ray and Extreme UV Optics (FX)
Years of Experience:
Who we are:
Physics Today, the flagship publication of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), is the most influential and closely followed physics magazine in the world, with more than 100,000 magazine readers and 150,000 monthly website visitors.
Our mission is to be a unifying influence for the physical-sciences community without regard to disciplinary boundaries. We provide authoritative coverage of physical-science research and applications and report on and analyze the often-complex interactions of the physical sciences with each other and with society. We help readers maintain a broad scientific perspective and keep up to date in fields of physics other than their own. And by promoting the exchange of ideas and engaging with readers on our pages, on our website, and on social media, we help shape how the physical-sciences community sees itself.
Who you are:
Physics Today is seeking a full-time Associate Editor with insatiable curiosity and a firm grasp of physics concepts to edit feature articles, write news stories about significant research advances and other topics, and produce other content for the magazine and online.
Bring your passion and connect with all corners of the physical sciences, engage with some of the most prominent researchers in the field, get an inside look at new discoveries and developments, and learn something new every day.
What you’ll do:
Edit feature articles spanning the full gamut of physical sciences
Help develop feature articles that provide overviews of current research fields or topics of historical or societal importance written by experts in their fields.
Working closely with authors, substantively edit articles’ text, figures, and associated materials—reorganizing, rewording, and filling in gaps if needed—to maximize their appeal, clarity, and accessibility.
Report and write news stories for the magazine and online
Identify and evaluate story leads about noteworthy and interesting research developments.
Interview experts, research the topics, and write clear, engaging, compelling stories that explain not only the results but also the context and significance.
Identify or develop accompanying graphics and other relevant media.
Support other Physics?Today activities
Develop, pitch, edit, and review other content for Physics Today.
Help expand portfolio of online offerings.
Collaborate with other parts of AIP to develop content.
Assist with audience development and engagement, attend scientific meetings, and maintain broad contact with members of the physical-sciences community.
What you’ll bring:
A graduate degree in physics or related field is required. A PhD is preferred.
Previous experience in science writing?and editing is preferred.
Excellent command of English, both oral and written.
Demonstrable talent for writing and for explaining complex topics to a broad audience of scientists.
Knowledge of physics-related research in several subfields.
Ability to work well with others, both inside and outside the organization.
Ability to multitask, handle multiple assignments and priorities, and meet deadlines.
Why join us:
AIP embraces a flexible hybrid work environment to balance in-person collaborative work with remote work. The Physics Today team works primarily remotely, with in-office collaboration at our offices in College Park, Maryland. Employees are required to reside in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC.
We offer comprehensive benefits, including generous paid time off, medical/dental/vision coverage, an annual retirement contribution of 10% of base pay, tuition assistance, commuter benefits, and more.
Your colleagues at AIP are welcoming, gracious, and eager to help each other succeed. With our commitment to community service, institute-wide social opportunities, and ongoing learning and development, AIP is a rewarding place to work.
Include a resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample. We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a full match with the position description; we will consider people from a variety of backgrounds and career experiences.
The American Institute of Physics is a dynamic, forward-thinking 501(c)(3) membership corporation of scientific societies. Our mission is to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. AIP is a trusted and reliable source of information and analysis and is a center of excellence that advances the physical sciences enterprise through research and analysis aimed at improving the understanding of our heritage and promoting future progress.
Diversity welcome! Diversity is integral to our mission and is engrained in everything that we do at AIP. We encourage and invite people of all backgrounds to apply and join our team. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, creed, marital status, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, personal appearance, national origin, ancestry, protected veteran status, or physical or mental disability. Click here to view AIP’s Diversity Statement
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EOE, including disability/Vets
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