Simons Foundation

Math Staff Writer, Quanta Magazine

Simons Foundation, New York, NY USA

Duration: Full Time

Math Staff Writer, Quanta Magazine


Quanta Magazine is seeking a first-rate reporter and writer to identify and cover newsworthy developments in mathematics. The ideal candidate will have tireless appetite for exploring the subtle rules that govern numbers, shapes and information; the ability to identify emerging research that is truly interesting and important; and a love of asking brilliant researchers really dumb questions. We are looking for nothing less than an accomplished journalist, a superb writer with impeccable news judgment, and a diehard advocate for the highest standards in journalism and scientific accuracy.

This full-time position will report to the Math Editor and is based on-site at the Simons Foundation offices in New York City.

For more information, visit http://www.simonsfoundation.org/careers.


  • Pitch, report and write news articles, explainers, features and profiles about mathematics and the people who practice math.
  • Develop a stable of expert sources who will help keep you informed about the most important and interesting research happening today.
  • Collaborate with editors throughout the editorial and fact-checking process and partner with the design team in the development of artwork, graphics, videos and other associated features.
  • Work with the audience team to develop content that will enhance Quanta’s presence on social media and other platforms.
  • Occasional travel for in-person reporting opportunities, including meetings and conferences.
  • Occasionally write about other topics as needed.

  • Bachelor's degree
  • At least two years experience as a journalist covering math or math-adjacent ideas, preferably for a major publication.
  • Familiarity with mathematical concepts and research and a demonstrated knowledge of current developments.
  • Must be comfortable writing under deadline and be fluent in the best editing standards and online conventions.
  • Must be detail-oriented, organized and an excellent communicator demonstrating command of the highest standards of written English.
  • Must be an excellent communicator and team player who thrives in a collaborative setting.
  • Must be eager to grow as both a reporter and a writer.
  • Basic familiarity with WordPress is desirable.

  • The full-time annual compensation range for this position is $75,000 - $85,000, depending on experience.
  • In addition to competitive salaries, the Simons Foundation provides employees with an outstanding benefits package.

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter
  • At least five published work samples and a link to a portfolio if available.

    https://www.quantamagazine.org is an award-winning, editorially independent online publication launched by the Simons Foundation to enhance public understanding of science. Our reporters and editors focus on developments in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science and the basic life sciences, with an emphasis on delivering timely, accurate, in-depth and well-crafted articles for our broad, discerning audience. Among other awards and accolades for its science journalism, Quanta was awarded a 2022 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting and a 2020 National Magazine Award for general excellence. Quanta has syndication partnerships with Wired, The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Washington Post and other publications, has published two books (https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262536349/ and https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262536356/) and our articles have been translated into several languages.

    The Simons Foundation’s Diversity Commitment

    Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

    To apply, visit: https://apptrkr.com/5338908