MIT Lincoln Laboratory Editor / Science Writer in Lexington, Massachusetts

The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Communications and Community Outreach Office is seeking an experienced Editor/Science Writer who has mastery in three areas: developmental editing of complex technical materials; expert understanding of grammatical/typographical conventions to apply to copyediting of technical and journalistic writings; and writing accurate technical and journalistic articles and professional business communications.

The Editor/Science Writer will develop news stories, technical journal articles, and informational materials on Lincoln Laboratory’s research and development programs. Core responsibilities include the full range of activities necessary to take manuscripts through the editorial, design, and layout stages of four-color print publications and/or web publication, with profound attention to detail at each stage. The Editor/Science Writer is part of the team that produces the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Journal, the Laboratory’s signature publication reporting on innovative technology developments. This position is responsible to (1) edit drafts submitted by authors to ensure that the final articles are clear, technically sound, coherently organized, readable, and grammatically correct; and (2) write journalistic pieces describing emerging research initiatives. The Editor/Science Writer seeks out ideas for news stories and recruits technical staff members to author articles for the Journal.

The Editor/Science Writer contributes to the office’s major project to refresh Lincoln Laboratory’s external website. The Editor/Science Writer also develops nomination proposals for high-visibility technical awards, such as the R&D 100 Awards; proofread/copyedit products generated by other editorial staff; and occasionally works with outside news contacts.

REQUIREMENTS

  • A Bachelor’s degree in science, science or professional writing, journalism, communications or related field; master’s degree is preferred,

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in technical publications as an editor/science writer.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a government security clearance required.

Editing skills

  • Ability to translate complex material about technology into text that is understandable to audiences less familiar with the specific technology under discussion.

  • Ability to perform substantive editing of complex technical documents, careful reviewing/revising of document formatting, and precise proofreading of document.

  • Mastery of English grammar and punctuation; excellent working knowledge of references such as the Chicago Manual of Style and the CSE’s Scientific Style and Format.

Writing skills

  • Proficiency in writing science journalism pieces appropriate for both print and web publication and in composing well-informed technical documents. Familiarity with college-level mathematics, science, and engineering is an important component for this requirement.

General skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, e.g., ability to work cooperatively on a team and to exercise tactful judgment. Ability to create and maintain internal and external professional contacts to foster communication projects.

  • Direct working experience with Microsoft Office products, MathType, and Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop; experience with LaTex is a plus.

A portfolio of writing samples is required at time of interview.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.