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Freelance Writers (Physical Sciences)
Title:Freelance Writers (Physical Sciences)
Job Type:Non-exempt (hourly)
Posting Date:01/31/2018
Location:College Park
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is seeking solid, professional writers with a firm grasp of physics, engineering, or related fields who can communicate complex ideas effectively to join its pool of freelance writers.

Ideal candidates would be either professional writers with a strong, demonstrated background in the physical sciences or current graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who have strong, demonstrated writing skills. Freelance writers will be responsible for writing press releases for general audiences or articles for the publication Scilight, targeted to professional audiences. Scilight articles are 250-word, by-lined articles about breaking research in physics and related fields that appear in AIP Publishing's peer-reviewed journals. The ideal candidate will take several assignments each month with rolling, approximately one-week, turnaround. This is a contracted position that can be worked remotely.


Freelance writers will be part of a pool of professional writers supporting one of AIP Media Services’ products. We are especially interested in hiring new Scilight writers, who will be responsible for producing short (~250 word) articles about breaking research in physics and physical sciences, highlighting key concepts of peer-reviewed journal publications for academic and broadly technical audiences. The ideal candidate will have a Master’s or doctoral degree in the physical sciences and strong science writing experience. The optimal expected workload for Scilight articles will entail approximately four articles a month, each with a firm, one-week turnaround. This is a contracted position and can be worked remotely. Scilight articles are paid as a flat fee of $250 per article. Press releases are paid at $1/word.

  • Technical familiarity and comfort with complex physical science concepts and the ability to read, understand, and distill peer-reviewed academic publications

  • Science writing experience, keen attention to detail, and the ability to translate complex technical material into economic and engaging prose
  • Excellent grammar, composition and proofreading skills, and the ability to adhere to our in-house style

  • Ability to reliably meet tight deadlines

  • Ability to work remotely and correspond with editors via email in a timely manner

Please submit at least two original writing samples that demonstrate the ability to write about technical topics in an engaging way.

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