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Science Editor

The Atlantic is looking for an experienced editor to help lead one of the best science writing teams working in journalism today. The ideal candidate will be energized by big ideas, with wide-ranging interests across the sciences and the many places where science touches culture and politics. The ideal candidate will have several years experience editing stylish, well-reported, ideas-driven science stories. They will be able to edit stories of varied scope and length, from real-time analysis to deeply reported features. This person should relish every aspect of the editing process, from thinking through a story idea with a writer, to putting the final layer of polish on a piece. In addition to working with staff writers, they will be expected to solicit contributions, review pitches, and assign stories that contextualize major news stories in real-time as they unfold, with all the urgency that requires. 

This position is based in Washington, D.C. 


Atlantic Media Values:

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

  • Force of Ideas: At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, giving voice, argument, and flight to the latter.
  • Spirit of Generosity: Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct. Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.


Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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