Senior Editor, ACS News and Opinion, C&EN

Date: Mar 3, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Overview:  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 the American Chemical Society (ACS), one of the world’s largest scientific society, and is considered one of the major benefits of membership. C&EN’s weekly magazine reaches more than 170,000 individuals in the ACS global membership community, and its website receives more than 13 million page views per year.


We are seeking an experienced writer and editor who will ensure that ACS members can rely on C&EN to keep abreast of key Society news and initiatives and give our audiences a platform to share their passions and perspectives.



What you’ll do

  1. Write and edit news and features about ACS programs and initiatives, member awards and achievements, obituaries, and other key Society news.
  2. Commission and edit high-quality, thought-provoking Opinion pieces and other audience insights from a diverse group of ACS members and potential members. 
  3. Write high quality content about careers and employment in the chemical sciences
  4. Develop and maintain a network of contacts in ACS and the chemistry community to help direct coverage and support C&EN’s Opinion section.
  5. Collaborate with colleagues across ACS to ensure ACS News and Opinion content has the widest possible audience and impact. 



What you’ll bring 

  1. 3-5 years of writing and editing experience is required.
  2. An understanding of chemistry or other sciences is required. Journalism or newsroom experience is desirable.
  3. Track record of writing clean, creative, and engaging copy.
  4. Strong storytelling, attention to detail, and oral communication skills.
  5. Proven experience commissioning and editing scientists’ work.
  6. Skill in managing multiple priorities and projects, setting and adjusting priorities as needed to ensure deadlines are met.
  7. Experience managing the work of freelance writers.
  8. Skill in collaboratively creating and executing a vision for this re-invigorated section.



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.

This position will require some domestic travel, including attendance at the semi-annual ACS National Meetings. 


How to apply:

Along with a résumé, submit a cover letter describing how you'd approach the job and 2-3 sample clips, including a brief explanation of what each story shows about your capabilities. Send all materials to after submitting your résumé below.


Job Location: Washington, DC. Relocation available


This position will be primarily based in the Washington D.C. office. ACS employees work a hybrid work schedule, consisting of working onsite, three days per week. ACS employees are in the office on Tuesday and Wednesday with the third in-office day scheduled in consultation with the manager. While always welcome to work in the office, employees may work the other two days of the week from a location of their choice. New employees are immediately eligible for this hybrid work arrangement. ACS offers relocation assistance, if applicable.




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