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Science editor

Position Overview:

The Science editor will lead a team of ambitious reporters to develop and deliver breakthrough science and technology coverage. The right candidate will be comfortable editing a mix of daily coverage and longer-term enterprise stories across several of our key beats, including AI, biotech, and energy and climate. The editor should be comfortable editing mind-blowing science and technology stories, while remaining watchful for the mundane business realities that run many startups grand ideas into the ground. You should be curious and excited about the possibilities technology affords, and yet skeptical of companies’ hype. Ultimately, you should have a record of working with writers to sniff out great ideas and crafting them into stories that sing.

We’ve been making concerted efforts to make our newsroom more diverse and inclusive (ask us about them!) and we’re always trying to do better. We think technology coverage benefits from a critical outsider’s perspective, and so we especially welcome applications from women, people of color, and other groups underrepresented in the world of tech. If this sounds exciting but you’re not sure you fit the bill, reach out anyway: email with “Science editor role” in the subject line, a few words about yourself (what skills would you bring that we haven’t thought of?) and a couple of questions to get a sense of whether this might be for you.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

Managing a team of reporters 

The editor will manage a team of six reporters at different stages of their careers. The editor will work with each reporter to set their long-term coverage agenda, and help their development as journalists and writers. They will help reporters take their beats in new directions, and to maintain a competitive edge on stories they already own.

Editing stories

This is the bread and butter of the role. The editor will be in charge of juggling stories in various stages of completion, from long-term features to quick-breaking scoops. That means close coordination with members of the art team, copy desk, and engagement team. Air-tight attention to detail and accuracy in every story is table stakes.

Devising and producing special projects

Working with art and tech teams to produce interactives, data visualizations and other specialized story experiences that capture readers’ imaginations. The editor should be comfortable marshaling non-journalists, including designers and developers, to help bring a project to life for the web.

Soliciting freelance stories

We are always looking to expand our contributor pool. With a particular eye on searching out a diversity of perspectives, the editor will bring in fresh reporting voices and opinion contributors.

Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

The editor will report to the newsroom executive editor and work closely with the news editor and investigations editor to shape MIT Technology Review’s coverage.

Supervision Exercised:

The editor will manage a team of reporters, and will be responsible for their performance and professional development.

Qualifications & Skills

  • The role will require at least 5 years of experience.
  • The editor should have prior science and technology journalism experience.
  • The editor should be proficient in all aspects of news gathering, editing, and fact checking.
  • The editor should have demonstrated a strong capacity for running teams.
  • The editor does not need to be based in Cambridge and can work remotely but occasional travel to Cambridge will be required.
  • The editor will occasionally be expected to work on nights, weekends and holidays in addition to normal working hours.
  • Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment


Bachelor’s in a related field preferred.

** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.