Dear Colleagues,

My small team at Issues in Science and Technology ( is growing. We are looking for a new editor, ideally someone with some journalism experience. This person would be an employee of Arizona State University (but DC based) and have an affiliation (no teaching required) with ASU's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Job description below. Please note the close date of 7/14. I've been with Issues for around a year and have been very happy in this role, Feel free to share with anyone you think might be interested, and don't hesitate to reach out with questions.


Josh Trapani, PhD

Senior Editor
Issues in Science and Technology

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Managing Editor, Science Policy


Off-Campus: Washington, D. C. 

Managing Editor

Job Description

The science policy editor for Issues in Science and Technology, a quarterly print journal published by Arizona State University and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, brings an experienced editorial eye to the magazine’s print and digital publishing. The senior editor assigns and edits expert-written science policy opinion essays on a wide variety of concerns for a discriminating audience of policymakers and leaders of the scientific enterprise. This editor has knowledge of general journalism practices as well as familiarity with the science policy community and the global landscape of societally significant developments in science, technology, and innovation. 

As a senior member of the Issues team, this editor is adept at performing a variety of editorial tasks and is comfortable working with expert contributors from academia, industry, NGOs, and government, and members and staff of the National Academies and ASU faculty. The editor brings skills that can help the small Issues editorial team continuously improve the quality, scope and reach of the publication’s print and digital offerings. This position will be particularly rewarding to a creative, curious editor who would like to participate in the shaping of this ambitious publication and its offerings. The editor will also be a visiting editor of science journalism at the Cronkite School of Journalism, which is not a teaching position. Finalists will be asked to do a short, typical edit.

This position is based in Washington DC

Job Family

Publishing, Printing & Repro 

Department Name

ASU Media Enterprise



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Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$110,000 - $125,00 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • Assign and edit informed opinion essays on science policy, innovation, technology policy, philosophy of science, and science and technology studies.
  • Work intensively with diverse authors from academia, industry, and government, as well as with Issues editorial staff, ASU staff and faculty, and staff of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
  • Contribute to all Issues’ projects—including events, podcasts, outreach through newsletters, and new initiatives.   
  • Be a discerning, questioning editor who can help authors structure a sophisticated and rigorous argument about complex topics. Editors should be comfortable working with a wide range of authors, with diverse ideologies, and varying experiences writing for a general audience. 
  • Be adept at shaping great narratives through developmental editing, doing line edits for logic and flow, and working creatively with the oped format.
  • Be experienced with various levels of fact checking, the relevant legal standards, and the elements of good copy.
  • Understand the complexities of print production schedules as well as online, be willing to use tracking software, and help with proofreading, art, or other work as needed.
  • Be familiar with the field of science, technology, and innovation policy, and have an understanding of the US research enterprise and its political and societal aspects.
  • Have passion for the subject of science and technology policy and its transformative potential, as well as Issues’ society-focused mission of “providing deeply informed, highly accessible, challenging yet constructive contributions to public discussions and democratic decision-making that can enhance the contribution of science and technology to the creation of a better world.”  
  • Be an entrepreneurial editor who can envision, assign, and complete complex editorial projects on a schedule.  
  • Engage with students and faculty at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as visiting editor. 


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and five (5) years of related experience; OR, any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Background in journalism and demonstrated ability to assign and edit complex, academic science policy articles for a sophisticated audience. 
  • Knowledge of science policy issues and experience with science and technology policy at a publication, in an academic setting, at a think tank, in a legislative position, industry, foundation, or similar.
  • Experience with editing for print as well as digital media. 
  • Experience in working with a small team and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Skill in exercising a high degree of judgment and diplomacy. 
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with professional organizations, media, university administrators, faculty, and staff. 
  • Ability to work effectively in an environment subject to tight deadlines that may include conflicting priorities. 
  • Ability to work from concept/idea to develop tangible product with an understanding of the subject and targeted audience.
  • Experience and skill with broadcast media (radio, podcast, television) or other forms of journalism (newsletters, digital storytelling) is also a plus.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for  varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.
  • This position may allow flexible work arrangements as outlined in ASU’s flexible work arrangement policies.  

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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.