We are looking for a science editor to work on writing and organizing reviews of influential claims and articles in collaboration with scientists and academics. We are looking for a thoughtful, methodical, and rigorous candidate with a deep commitment to scientific objectivity and high ethical standards as well as the ability to check scientific information in a broad spectrum of fields.

 

The organization

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.

Climate Feedback has been organizing a global network of scientists since 2015 to review influential climate change media coverage, developing a new approach to “fact-checking” crowdsourced directly from domain experts. We recently launched Health Feedback to broaden this approach to the field of health sciences, and the plan is to expand to other scientific fields that are prone to misunderstandings and disinformation (e.g. ecology, energy, astronomy…).

Science Feedback is a signatory of the IFCN code of principles—verifying our commitment to accuracy, fairness, transparency—and you will need to help us uphold these high standards. Our reviews are trusted for their rigor. They are featured prominently in Google search results (see e.g.) and used by Facebook to inform users who have interacted with posts containing false information. This is a powerful way for scientists to contribute to fighting the rise of misinformation and fake news for a more trustworthy Internet.

 

Job responsibilities include:

Primary

  • Assist the director in coordinating the reviews of articles and claims with our science editors (freelance or staff) based on contributions from our network of scientists. This includes watching trending news articles and social media posts on scientific domains daily, assigning reviews to be led by a science editor, overseeing a fast and flawless review process;
  • Write reviews as a science editor based on contributions from our network of scientists. This includes writing the content of claim reviews or the summary of article reviews by scientists as well as editing and reinforcing their contributions (copy-editing, adding figures, links to references…);
  • Contact editors and journalists with constructive feedback based on our reviews, or write responses to editors to be published by their outlets.

Secondary

  • Grow our network of contributing scientists by inviting new experts to contribute to reviews;
  • Write “Insights” articles explaining the state of knowledge on specific scientific questions, or the propagation of false claims online, for example;
  • Write content for promotion of our reviews and results on social media, inform our community of social media followers about relevant research;
  • Write a monthly newsletter to highlight main results for the community (scientists, journalists, members of the public).

 

Skills required:

  • Excellent knowledge about how science works, the scientific method to (in)validate hypotheses;
  • Excellent understanding of the scientific publication process: you will need to be able to identify academics’ expertise based on their scientific publications’ quality, but also to detect potential conflicts of interest;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of a variety of scientific domains;
  • 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 appreciated);
  • Ability to publish in WordPress;
  • Be passionate about scientific integrity and willing to debunk misinformation wherever it comes from;
  • Non-partisanship: Our staff and freelance contributors are required to not be involved in advocacy/political campaigning.

 

Experience needed

  • Experience working with scientists needed,
  • Experience leading team or community work a plus,
  • Experience working as a fact-checker a plus,
  • Candidates with a scientific background (PhD or Master of Science) or a science journalism background are both encouraged to apply.

 

Position

  • We will start with a 3 to 6 month freelance contract to test whether both of us are satisfied with working together before establishing a long-term contract. Work location is Paris preferably but remote work is also possible.
  • Compensation based on experience.

 

To apply, please send a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and motivation for the position, a resume, and 2 chosen writing samples by Aug. 16, 2019.

→   Email [email protected]

 

(If you’d like to work as a part-time freelance editor on occasional reviews instead, let us know.)