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Science Reporter, C&EN

Date: Jun 20, 2019

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Overview:  C&EN

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) produces authoritative, award-winning journalism about the world of chemistry, including coverage of recent advances in research, education, industry, funding, and regulatory policy. It is published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society dedicated to a single discipline, and is widely considered one of the major benefits of membership. C&EN’s weekly print magazine reaches approximately 157,000 members of ACS, and its daily website receives more than 7 million page views per year.


  • Write news and feature stories about the molecular world, with a focus on organic and medicinal chemistry, for an audience of chemists and chemistry enthusiasts.
  • Conduct interviews and gather information that leads to accurate (fact-checking required) and balanced stories, whether they’re published in print, online, or in video/audio form.
  • Develop and maintain a network of contacts, particularly in organic and medicinal chemistry, to identify must-read stories for C&EN’s audience about trends in synthesis, disease therapies, up-and-coming chemists, etc.
  • Travel to scientific meetings to find sources and stories for C&EN.
  • Work with the science desk editor and C&EN’s creative team to conceptualize illustrations, graphics, and other audio/visual elements that will accompany stories in print and online, with an eye toward mobile presentation.
  • As part of C&EN’s chemical-structure team, ensure the accuracy of chemical structures and schemes published in C&EN.


Required skills:


  • Strong storytelling, oral communication, and reporting skills.
  • Ability to gather and analyze information from a variety of sources, including interviews and scientific papers, with attention to detail.
  • Ability to conceptualize and create visual, shareable content of interest to a scientifically sophisticated audience.
  • Understanding of reactions in organic chemistry and chemical nomenclature.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Knowledge of and comfort with using social media to engage audiences.



Required experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or closely related scientific field; education in journalism is desirable.
  • Up to three years’ experience in science writing or science communications.
  • Demonstrated experience creating social and multimedia content is a strong asset.


How to apply:

Along with a resume, applicants must submit three samples of their published work; multimedia examples are welcome. Tell us in a cover letter what you can bring to this reporting position. Send all materials to after submitting your online application.

Job Location: Flexible


Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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