Biology Education Writer, Visionlearning (Contract)

Job Title:
Biology Education Writer, Visionlearning, Inc.

Contract/Freelance, telecommute OK

Job Description:
The Visionlearning project (, a science education website funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, seeks a staff writer who will work with our Biology Editor in the writing and production of online biology modules as well as the development of biology-related content for other areas of our website.

Specific tasks include:

  • Work with the Biology Editor to outline topics for biology modules;
  • Write and assist with fully developing educational modules related to biology;
  • Write standards-based quiz questions and support the writing of relevant glossary definitions to accompany new modules;
  • Participate in our social media and outreach strategy by contributing biology- and teacher-related blog posts relevant to the content.

The position is envisioned as a part-time contractual hire with a compensation rate to be negotiated on a per module basis. Total compensation within the first year can be up to $18,000 range with 10 – 16 modules expected in this period. The position requires significant professional writing experience in a biology-related area.

In addition, creativity, initiative, the ability to work with others, and the capacity to adapt to the writing voice of the project while adhering to style guidelines are critical skills. Experience writing for the college educational sector, particularly for undergraduate students, is highly desired. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in biology, or a biology-related field is expected; and experience teaching or in education is a plus.

To apply, please send a cover letter – which will be evaluated as part of the applicant’s writing ability – a resume, at least one relevant writing sample, and the names of three references to Heather Falconer, Applications received by August 1st will be given preference. provides high-quality, accessible, educational content in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at the introductory undergraduate level. Our free materials, targeted to both students and educators, make available peer-reviewed, bilingual content that not only explores specific STEM concepts, but examines how we have come to understand them, the people who have contributed to our understanding, and the ongoing research that builds our scientific knowledge. By utilizing the Internet and new media, and incorporating both the history of science and process of discovery in all of our learning modules, we aim to improve student understanding of science, promote multi- and inter-disciplinary teaching, and provide a community foundation for those interested in improving STEM education.

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