Comprehensive science policy journalism builds a critical bridge between policymakers, scientific researchers, and the public, simultaneously improving policy and research. Published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) since 1989, FYI is an authoritative and respected source of federal science policy news and analysis. Our in-depth reporting is trusted by policymakers and prominent figures in the scientific community nationwide. At FYI, we seek to clarify policy activity and deliver nuanced insight into its impacts on the scientific community.
As a Science Writer, you will apply your working knowledge of policy to create content across our products, distilling various sources into comprehensive and informative pieces for our influential readership. You will have a key voice in evolving FYI’s editorial strategy, strengthening our style, and optimizing our processes. By reporting on key policy changes that affect the physical sciences, your work will inform national decision makers and scientists on the ground, empowering them to better navigate the policy landscape.
A Snapshot of the Work You’ll Do
Write news and analysis articles about legislative activity and science agency initiatives, focusing on physical science programs across DOE, NSF, NASA, DOD, NOAA, NIST, NIH, and USGS.
Create content that distills takeaways from congressional hearings and federal advisory committee meetings; write concise summaries of pending and enacted legislation.
Analyze budget proposals and outcomes for science agencies.
Work Environment, Salary, and Benefits
AIP embraces a flexible hybrid work environment to balance in-person collaborative work with remote work. The FYI team works primarily remotely, with in-office collaboration at our College Park, Maryland, location as needed. Employees are required to reside in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C.
The budgeted salary range for this position is $59-68K with a comprehensive benefits plan, including 25 days of PTO, medical/dental/vision coverage, an annual retirement contribution of 10% of base pay, tuition assistance, commuter benefits, and more.
A bachelor’s degree is required with three or more years of experience in policy reporting or policy analysis, preferably in a related field.
Demonstrated ability to write content on tight deadlines.
Familiarity with legislative and executive branch dynamics.
Familiarity with multiple science agencies is preferred.
What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?
In this role, you’ll develop a high level of expertise in federal budget processes and how to follow the money in science policy.
Your work will impact our influential readership of congressional staff, top federal officials, and prominent figures in the scientific community, advancing understanding for the public good.
Your colleagues at AIP are welcoming, gracious, and eager to help each other succeed. With our commitment to community service, institute-wide social opportunities, and ongoing learning and development, AIP is a rewarding place to work.
The American Institute of Physics is a 501(c)(3) membership corporation of scientific societies. Our mission is to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. We operate as a center of excellence using policy analysis, social science, and historical research to promote future progress in the physical sciences.
We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position description; we will consider people from a variety of backgrounds and career experiences.
Simply email your resume to Lilly Khan at email@example.com with “AIP – Science Writer #2022-2747 ASAE” as the subject of the email.
Staffing Advisors is committed to reducing bias in every aspect of the hiring process. We have long recommended an evidence-based approach to hiring. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. This position may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history.
Internally this position is referred to as: Science Policy Analyst