Physical Sciences Reporter

Date: Jan 6, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Job Title: Physical Sciences Reporter, C&EN


Overview of C&EN:

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) produces authoritative, award-winning journalism from around the world of chemistry, including research, education, industry, funding, and regulatory policy. It is published by but editorially independent of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society dedicated to a single discipline. C&EN is widely considered one of the major benefits of ACS membership. Its weekly magazine reaches more than 150,000 members of ACS, and its website receives more than 13 million page views per year.

We are seeking a reporter and writer who will keep C&EN readers informed about research in physical chemistry, including on machine learning and space chemistry.


What you’ll do:

  1. Write breaking news stories for C&EN’s website and longer-form features for its weekly print magazine, with opportunities to work on podcast and video.
  2. Identify potential news and features with coverage spanning trends in machine learning used to discover new molecules and materials, the study of molecules in space and on other planets, and other topics in physical chemistry like the chemistry of elements at the ends of the periodic table.
  3. Conduct interviews and gather information that leads to accurate and balanced stories.
  4. Construct sophisticated and complex stories that conform to C&EN style and meet deadlines. Work with C&EN’s Media Production Lab team to create graphics and infographics that engage and inform audiences.
  5. Work with C&EN’s Audience team to find the widest possible audience for your journalism. Share your work and interact with our audience on social media.
  6. Cover key academic meetings and industry events.


What you’ll bring:

  1. Experience working as a science or business journalist—1-3 years of professional experience is required to apply for the mid-level position; a minimum of 3 years is required for the advanced level.
  2. A background in science is required; knowledge of the physical sciences is a plus.
  3. Strong news judgement, good writing and editing skills, and good oral communication skills.
  4. Proven skill in news and feature reporting and writing.
  5. Track record of writing engaging stories on complex topics for a scientifically sophisticated audience.
  6. Proven skill with social media, including developing a social media profile of your own to engage audiences and report stories.


About working at C&EN:

ACS believes in the strength of diversity in all its forms, because inclusion of and respect for diverse people, experiences, and ideas lead to superior solutions to world challenges and advance chemistry as a global, multidisciplinary science. In turn, C&EN believes that to meet its mission to be the world’s go-to source of news about chemistry, our reporting and our newsroom must include diverse perspectives. Therefore, we strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically marginalized communities in the chemical sciences to apply.


How to apply:

Along with a résumé, applicants must submit three samples of their published work. Tell us in a cover letter what you can bring to this position. Send all materials to after submitting your résumé below.


Job Location: Position is based in Washington, DC.

Flexible work arrangements available.


Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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