Spend a Year at MIT Writing for the School of Engineering

Most ScienceWriters2015 attendees will be in Cambridge for only five days, October 9-13. But one lucky writer could get the opportunity to stay for a year. That's thanks to a one-year writing position being advertised by the MIT School of Engineering, one of the meeting's Silver sponsors.

Chad Galts, the director of communications at the School of Engineering, wrote this week to ask if I could help spread the word about the position. "You have a lot science writers coming here next month, and I’m looking to hire one," Chad said.

Indeed we do. Below are a few details about the position. The full job listing, with a link to an online application form, is here


SENIOR WRITER, School of Engineering (SOE), Office of the Dean, to write about and promote engineering education and research at MIT. Will serve as a school-wide resource, writing material that supports the dean's vision and the needs and objectives of the school's leadership and working in various dimensions and media to promote them; write general interest stories/profiles; advance the visibility of SOE's mission and objectives; and maintain and promote the school's social media presence. Responsibilities include conceptualizing, researching, and writing editorial content; conducting interviews in the MIT engineering community; promoting stories to media outlets; cultivating relationships with key science and technology reporters; writing and distributing press materials; developing social media strategy; maintaining the SOE website; placing stories, producing copy, and working on other communications materials; coordinating Engineering Communicators Group meetings; supporting communication initiatives and Dean's Office events; and improving existing SOE communications. 

Job Requirements: 

REQUIRED: bachelor's (master's desirable) in English, marketing, journalism, or communications; five years' professional writing experience, preferably in journalism, public relations, or marketing; strong organizational, promotional, public relations, and written and verbal communication skills; experience translating complex technical ideas into clear language; expertise with social media and other web-based publishing platforms, e.g., Twitter, Facebook, etc.; experience with communications plan development; ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to work under minimal supervision and exercise initiative to meet and anticipate emerging issues/requirements; meticulous attention to detail; proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, at least one web content management system (preferably Drupal), and basic HTML; experience with social media content creation, monitoring, metrics, and reporting; and ability to handle confidential material with discretion. Job #12692-P

Must be able to work evenings and weekends. 

This is a one-year position. 

Wade Roush

10 Museum Way, Cambridge, MA, 02141, United States

Science and technology journalist based in San Francisco.