Junior Science Writer

Greenbelt, Maryland
Aug 15, 2017
Sep 19, 2017
Career Level
Entry Level
Full Time

Junior Science Writer

Fascinated by astronomy and astrophysics? Love writing about exoplanets, quasars and black holes? We have a job for you! Applications are now being accepted for a Junior Science Writer, funded through the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) and the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST II), to work in the Astrophysics Sciences Division (ASD) on-site at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland.

We are looking for a science writer who will focus on ASD's science, technology, experiments and people. The successful candidate will be responsible for identifying, initiating and developing new science features, video scripts and social media content to inform the public about ASD news and developments. Examples of duties include:

  • Working closely with ASD scientists and the Office of Communications to seek out and develop image-rich stories, ensuring scientific accuracy;
  • Writing and editing ASD web content for press releases and social media;
  • Assisting in the development and execution of NASA media events, coordinating media and social media outreach surrounding stories; and
  • Creating short, quick turn-around products and larger, in-depth content on deadline.

Applicants for this position are required to have a BA/BS in a communications or physical science field and at least one year of experience as a science writer, ideally with a concentration in physics, astronomy and astrophysics. They must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency. They should be able to demonstrate excellent experience in collaborating with scientists to translate technical content into stories meaningful to the general public. Applicants should have experience writing and creating multimedia materials, working with social media, a working knowledge of journalism conventions and media relations, plus a familiarity with AP Style.

The appointment will be initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal in subsequent years. Applicants should send a Curriculum Vita or resume, one or more self-authored writing samples, and contact information for three references to:

Science Writer, CRESST/UMCP

Mail Code 660.8, NASA/GSFC

Greenbelt, MD 20771

or via e-mail to virginia.c.peles[@]nasa.gov

Applications received by August 31st will receive full consideration.

Information regarding GSFC’s ASD can be found at: https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/index.cfm?fuseAction=home.main&&navOrgCode=660 . For information on CRESST II and UMCP’s Department of Astronomy, contact Dr. Tracy Huard (thuard[@]astro.umd.edu).

The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.