Sr Editor, C&EN Brand Lab

Date: Sep 29, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Division and Unit Overview

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 BrandLab, a part of the C&EN Media Group, is an award-winning custom content studio that offers branded-content services to C&EN’s advertisers, such as the creation of sponsored whitepapers and eBooks, conference show dailies and event guides, and native storytelling.

Position Summary 
We are seeking a Senior Editor, C&EN BrandLab who thrives in an extremely fast-paced setting and can support editing, production, distribution, and logistics of C&EN BrandLab products. The Senior Editor, C&EN BrandLab will have to deliver products to clients on schedule at the high-level quality. The successful candidate will be a strong editor who can work with science writers to create content that meets the expectations of technical accuracy and skillful storytelling at C&EN. The candidate must excel at time management because s/he will be expected to juggle multiple projects simultaneously. 


Reporting to the Executive Editor of C&EN BrandLab, the senior editor will serve as a content editor. The products include white papers, ebooks, webinars, and native advertising projects. The Senior Editor, C&EN BrandLab will edit content by freelance writers to make sure each piece is scientifically accurate, compelling and engaging to C&EN readers ensuring content and design meets the quality standards and that projects are produced on time and on budget. The Senior Editor, C&EN BrandLab will be given the opportunity to write for a number of C&EN BrandLab products; for this reason, the candidate must have demonstrated strong science writing skills in the form of feature stories and profiles. S/he/they also will work closely with the Director of Global Advertising Sales & Sponsorships, the Executive Editor of C&EN BrandLab and the outside sales team to meet or exceed budgeted revenue. 

The successful candidate is a highly motivated professional responsible for maximizing the value of C&EN’s audience to the relevant advertiser community by producing and delivering products and services. The ideal candidate should have a firm grasp of C&EN’s editorial voice and standards and be able to work across many teams to vet creative concepts and deliver high-caliber content to clients -- on brand and on time. The ideal candidate will also be a creative individual who can help identify new revenue-generating opportunities.


Position Accountabilities 

  • Oversee content for sponsored native pieces, eBooks and white papers by working with C&EN staff, freelance writers and clients. 
  • Participate with Executive Editor of C&EN BrandLab and clients to define scope and content elements for individual projects. 
  • Work with the assigned freelance writer(s) to ensure that submitted materials are written and edited to meet the broad and specific goals laid out by the client as well as the storytelling standards of C&EN. 
  • Leverage different multimedia strategies to create the most eye-catching content for clients. 
  • Hire and manage a stable of freelance science writers and designers as needed. On occasion, take on the writing for a project.  
  • Help the Executive Editor, C&EN BrandLab identify potential stories and possible sponsors for native advertising content.     
  • Work with the Executive Editor of C&EN BrandLab and the Director of Global Advertising Sales & Sponsorships on product strategy to ensure market readiness. 


Education/Experience/Technological Knowledge 
Undergraduate degree in a scientific discipline is preferable with 7+ years of related experience in science writing and editing. Undergraduate degree in journalism or marketing will also be considered along with the 7+ years of related experience in science communications. Must demonstrate skills in long-form science writing; experience with multimedia is a plus. Position requires excellent organization and teamwork skills. Experience in branded content or trade publications strongly preferred. Position requires familiarity and experience with the Microsoft Office suite and key social media platforms.


Along with a resume, please submit 3 samples of work: Two samples have to showcase writing abilities. The third sample can show an online presence—a blog, a Twitter stream, etc.—that you’re proud of creating. Or show us how you used social media storytelling to engage with your community. Finally, tell us in a cover letter what you can bring to C&EN BrandLab. Send all materials to Erika Berg ( after submitting resume below.

Position is based in Washington, DC, however remote applicants are encouraged to apply.



About working at ACS

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.







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