Science Writer, Ursinus College (FT, PA)

Job Title:
Science Writer, Ursinus College

Full time, Collegeville, PA

Job Description:
Ursinus College invites applications for a one semester position of Science Writer in Residence for fall 2013 (8/26/13 to 12/13/13). The College has a long tradition of strengths in science and the humanities and in interdisciplinary connections between the two. This position is part of a series of initiatives supported by the recently-established Ursinus College Center for Science and the Common Good, funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Center encourages our undergraduate science students to reflect upon the impact of scientific research on society and to explore ways to effectively communicate this research to the public.

Applicants should hold a minimum of a Master’s level degree and demonstrate an ability to interpret scientific research into language understandable to non-scientists. The successful candidate will advance the goals of the Center for Science and the Common Good by teaching two science writing courses and sponsoring a related event with a campus-wide impact. One of the two courses will be a general course on writing about science for non-science audiences; the other writing course can focus on topics from the candidate’s area of expertise or a current writing project or interest. The successful candidate will have a presence on campus, interacting with students and faculty involved in the activities of the Center.

Send letter of application, CV, graduate transcripts, writing samples, and three confidential letters of recommendations, to Any questions about the position should also be sent to this address. Letters of application should include: candidate’s background, accomplishments as a science writer, experience teaching science journalism/writing, and why you would like the opportunity to teach science writing at an undergraduate liberal arts college. Review of applications begins October 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Ursinus is an independent, highly selective, co-educational, residential liberal arts college of 1650 students located 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia, two hours south of NYC and three hours north of Washington DC. See for additional information. Ursinus College is an EEO/AA employer. In keeping with the college’s historic commitment to equality, women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply.

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