Associate Editor, Physical Sciences

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, September 30, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 11, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
American institute of Physics
Department Name: 
Physics Today
Street Line 1: 
One Physics Ellipse
College Park
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

*The American Institute of Physics (AIP) requires COVID-19 vaccination for all positions effective January 3, 2022. Individuals with a disability or a religious reason preventing them from taking the vaccine may request an accommodation.

Summary of Role:

Physics Today, the flagship publication of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), is seeking an Associate Editor who will edit feature articles, write news stories, and produce other content for the magazine and online. Physics Today was launched in 1948 with a mission to unify its large and diverse readership of physical scientists through its coverage of physics and related sciences. The Associate Editor will help fulfill that goal through editing and producing content to maximize audience accessibility and appeal.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Edit feature articles spanning the full gamut of physical sciences 

  • In consultation with Editor-in-Chief, Features Editor, and the magazine’s art department, develop and monitor copy (text, graphics, and other related media) through all stages of acquisition, revision, and production;
  • In coordination with authors, edit material for accuracy, appeal, clarity, grammar, and style and prepare for publication.

Report and write news stories for the magazine and online

  • In consultation with senior editors, identify and evaluate story leads;
  • Research assigned topics; interview experts; obtain graphics and other relevant media; write and revise stories, with input from experts and colleagues; produce printed stories as integral part of department.

Develop and produce other content for Physics Today​​​​​​

  • Help develop, pitch, and vet content ideas; contribute various forms of digital storytelling;
  • Review and edit submitted content;
  • Work to expand portfolio of online offerings.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Review editorial matter such as potential articles and Letters, other editors' stories and articles;
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and other scientific meetings or webinars; 
  • Assist as needed with any department of the magazine;
  • Maintain broad contact with members of the physics community;
  • Assist with audience development and engagement;
  • Provide support for webinars and other emerging products.


  • A bachelor's degree in physics or related field is required;
  • A graduate degree is preferred.


  • Previous experience in science writing editing is preferred.

Specialized Qualifications:

  • Excellent command of English, both oral and written, is required;
  • Demonstrable talent for writing and explaining physics-related research to a wide audience of scientists;
  • Knowledge of physics-related research in several sub-fields;
  • Ability to work well with others, both inside and outside the magazine;
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple assignments and priorities.


What is AIP?

We are the American Institute of Physics. Our mission is to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. We promote the physical sciences through effective communication, education, and policy initiatives.

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a 501(c)(3) membership corporation of scientific societies. AIP pursues its mission—to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity—with a unifying voice of strength from diversity. In its role as a federation, AIP advances the success of its Member Societies by providing the means to pool, coordinate, and leverage their diverse expertise and contributions in pursuit of a shared goal of advancing the physical sciences in the research enterprise, in the economy, in education, and in society. In its role as an institute, AIP operates as a center of excellence using policy analysis, social science, and historical research to promote future progress in the physical sciences.


Why Work for AIP?

AIP wants you to be safe!

During the COVID-19 pandemic AIP took appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all AIP staff by providing a flexible approach to remote work that ensured a safe and productive workforce could continue to pursue our mission and provide continued value to our stakeholders. The safety, health, and wellbeing of our staff are of the utmost importance to our Institute.

In addition to your safety, AIP wants you to love working at the Institute, and we have a workplace culture that supports that goal. With our commitment to community service, institute-wide social opportunities, and ongoing Learning and Development, we work hard to make sure AIP is a rewarding place to work. Did we mention that you will work with amazingly talented colleagues in a variety of departments? The American Institute of Physics offers excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, retirement, tuition assistance, on-site fitness center, and metro access.  Learn more at 

Diversity Welcome!

We encourage and invite people from diverse backgrounds to apply and join our team. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, creed, marital status, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, personal appearance, national origin, ancestry, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability

AIP is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer  
EOE, including disability/Vets

*Interested candidates should include a resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample to be considered for candidacy. 

Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 7, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Richard Manall
Talent Acquisition Specialist