Full-time and Freelance Science Editor positions – Science Feedback
Full-time and Freelance Science Editor positions
Science Feedback is looking for a full-time and several freelance science editors to work on writing and organizing reviews of influential claims and articles in collaboration with scientists and academics. We are looking for thoughtful, methodical, and rigorous candidates with a deep commitment to scientific objectivity. We check viral information that claims to be science-based in several fields, starting with health (COVID-19, vaccines, clinical trials, etc.) and climate change. We also plan on expanding our work to other scientific fields that are prone to misunderstandings and disinformation (e.g., statistics, history) based on new editors’ expertise.
Science Feedback is a non-profit organization with the mission to improve the credibility of information available to Internet users in scientific domains by providing feedback to readers, journalists, editors, and tech platforms.
Since 2015, Climate Feedback has grown a global network of scientists that review influential climate change media coverage, developing a new approach to “fact-checking” crowdsourced directly from domain experts. We launched Health Feedback in 2019 to broaden this approach to the field of health sciences.
Science Feedback is a signatory of the IFCN code of principles—verifying our commitment to accuracy, fairness, transparency. As an editor, you will need to help us uphold these high standards. Our reviews are trusted for their rigor. They are featured prominently in Google News and search results (see here) and used by Facebook/Instagram to inform users who have interacted with posts containing false information (see here). We also work with Tiktok to identify health and science misinformation in viral videos.
Primary (for all positions)
- Work with our team to coordinate reviews of articles and claims. This includes daily monitoring of trending news articles and social media posts in scientific domains, overseeing a fast and solid review process, editing colleagues’ drafts, and for the full-time position: assigning reviews to freelance science editors
- Write reviews as a science editor. This includes identifying experts and seeking comments from sources including our network of scientists, finding and evaluating bibliographic references, writing the content of claim reviews or the summary of article reviews made by scientists as well as editing and reinforcing scientists’ contributions (copy-editing, adding figures, links to references, etc.)
- Review short viral videos that make claims about health or science within 6 hours of request
Secondary (for the full-time position)
- Grow our network of contributing scientists by inviting new experts
- Write “Insights” articles explaining the state of knowledge on specific scientific questions, discussing popular narratives on the Internet, or analyzing the propagation of false claims online
- Contact journalists with constructive feedback based on our reviews
- Write content to promote our reviews and results on social media, inform our community of social media followers about relevant research
- Write a monthly newsletter to provide updates and highlight main reviews and results for the community (scientists, journalists, members of the public)
Skills required (for all positions):
- Strong motivation to help Internet users find accurate information, be willing to debunk misinformation wherever it comes from
- Excellent knowledge about how science works, the scientific method to (in)validate hypotheses
- Excellent understanding of the scientific publication process. Science editors need to be able to identify academics’ expertise based on their scientific publications’ quality and detect potential conflicts of interest
- Ability to explain scientific results and processes in terms understandable to a broad audience;
- Excellent writing and editing skills
- Perfect mastery of English (native speakers preferred), professional fluency in other languages is a strong plus (we check content in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Russian)
- Ability to draft posts and publish in WordPress
- Non-partisanship: Our staff and freelance contributors are required to not be involved in advocacy/political campaigning
Experience needed (for all positions):
- Experience working with scientists
- Experience working as a science journalist, editor at a scientific journal or a fact-checker a strong plus
- Candidates with a scientific background (PhD or Master of Science) or a science journalism background are both encouraged to apply
- Work location: Paris, France; Partial remote work is possible
- Competitive compensation and benefits, including health coverage and paid time off
- Yearly contract with minimum of 8 hours per week
- Work location can be Paris, France or fully remote (we have contributors in the USA, Brazil, Spain, Singapore)
- Competitive compensation
Both full-time and freelance positions include weekend duties (with extra pay) distributed among team members to ensure 7-day coverage of viral posts.
To apply, please send
- a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and motivation for applying to the position, specifying which role you are applying for and scientific field(s) you can cover,
- a resume,
- 2 writing samples.
We will consider applications as they arrive and conduct interviews and writing tests with select candidates.
Deadline: 14 February 2021
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