Job: Technical Science Writer/Editor

Department: DPB – Plant Biology


Location: Stanford, CA

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a non-profit, world-class research institution. Carnegie’s Department of Plant Biology is located on Stanford University campus, California ( We are seeking to fill the full-time position of Science Writer/Editor.

The science writer will help scientists prepare and polish grant applications and manuscripts. The position is also responsible for creating written and graphical content to increase the visibility of our science to the world through the website, newsletters and social media.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES, in order of priority:

  • Work with Principal Investigators in the preparation of the technical and scientific components of grant proposals including broader impacts, data management plans and training plans.
  • Research and identify grant opportunities for scientists, including faculty, postdocs and students.
  • Assist scientists in editing grant applications and refining visuals.
  • Assist scientists in editing manuscripts and refining visuals.
  • Prepare outward facing communications, e.g. press releases, newsletters and web content to promote our science and increase our visibility to both scientists and non-scientists.
  • Proactively manage and create content for social media for our department.
  • Provide training to students and postdocs on grantsmanship and writing scientific manuscripts.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • M.S. in Biology, Science journalism, Science Communications or a related field
  • Extensive experience in editing technical writing and in writing about science for a general audience
  • Excellent command of English language and grammar
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Ability to work on a deadline and turn projects around quickly
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with scientists
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Extensive experience with common software for word processing, graphics and spreadsheets and be familiar with common file formats used in online grant and manuscript submissions.
  • Ability to work well independently, but also to seek or offer assistance when needed


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Biology or related field
  • A professional degree or certificate in science communications or journalism

Application Process:

Carnegie offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Only electronic applications submitted through our website will be considered. Please submit your application by clicking on ‘Apply Now’ below. Submission should include a cover letter, CV, names and contacts of three referees and writing samples. A graphic design portfolio can also be submitted but is optional.

Application Deadline: Until Filled.

Carnegie is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The Carnegie Institution for Science has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity. In that spirit, we particularly encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.