Reporter - Science

Nov 07, 2012
Dec 07, 2012
The Chronicle
Full Time
The Chronicle of Higher Education seeks a reporter to cover the practice and culture of scientific research. This person will join a team of award-winning journalists to write news analyses, enterprise stories, and magazine features for print and online.

He or she will be well-versed and well-sourced in academic science, but interested in going beyond simply covering scientific discoveries. The emphasis on this beat will be the culture that produces those discoveries: the assumptions and structures that lead science to be practiced the way it is in today’s university labs, the debates that excite and frustrate scientists, changes in the ways researchers approach big questions, and shifts in scientific consensus.

The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of experience and clips that show three qualities: 1) graceful, lively writing; 2) an ability to range across subjects and story types; and 3) a talent for writing synthetic stories that step back to connect the dots among distinct developments and put them in context. Some graduate-school experience or exposure to academic science is a plus, though not required.

Special consideration will be given to writers who have ranged beyond coverage of science to write about research in the social sciences or humanities.

This is a full-time, Washington, DC-based position. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and 5 clips to: Jennifer Ruark, Deputy Managing Editor, at No phone calls please.