Regular Full Time

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Science Writer & Editor to join the Communications Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.


Reporting to the Director of Editorial and Media Relations, the Science Writer & Editor conceives and produces editorial content that engages and educates a wide range of audiences about the importance of the ocean to life on Earth, conveys the breadth and depth of research conducted at WHOI and its value to society, and helps WHOI scientific staff and administration meet their goals and objectives.



  • Identify, conceive and write stories and other copy for a variety of online and offline materials, including Oceanus Magazine, whoi.edu, social media, print publications, reports, exhibits, events, and other public communications or engagement activities.
  • Edit content written by students and staff for print and web publications as well as other public communications or engagement activities.
  • Edit written/audio/visual content produced by Communications staff and freelancers.
  • Network with WHOI scientists, engineers, and other staff to identify stories to be featured on the web, in print, via social media, in exhibits, at events, and in other public communications or engagement activities.
  • Help manage the planning and scheduling of editorial.
  • Help identify existing WHOI content that can be leveraged/repurposed for new editorial opportunities.
  • Accompany WHOI scientists, engineers, and other staff on cruises, on other field work, and in the lab, to gather interviews, photos, audio, video, and other materials.
  • Work with Creative to conceive and produce illustrations, take photos, and produce graphics for stories, web pages, social media, print publications, exhibits, events, and other public communications/engagement activities.
  • Work with WHOI Graphics and Director of Video to produce video stories, animations, interactives, and other audio/video content for blogs, web pages, social media, exhibits, events, and public communications/engagement activities.
  • Work with Media Relations to write news releases on new WHOI research, events, milestones, awards/recognition, and other topics.


  • Conceive and teach classes on science communications for students and scientific staff.
  • Perform other duties as the Director of Editorial and Media Relations may deem necessary.


  • Undergraduate degree in journalism, communications, science, or related field with at least 7 years of experience in science reporting, writing, and/or public relations; or Master’s degree with at least 5 years of experience in science reporting and writing.
  • Proven ability to conceive and produce science stories in a variety of formats. Demonstrated science journalism skills, including identifying compelling stories, interviewing and reporting, and the ability to quickly understand complex science topics and communicate them in an easy-to-understand and engaging way to general audiences. Experience working with scientific and technical staff to produce editorial is preferred. Applicants must provide samples of their work.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills are essential, along with personal initiative and a demonstrated commitment to teamwork. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong attention to detail. Ability to work effectively in a collegial manner across all levels of the Institution, maintaining a professional demeanor. Adept at giving and receiving constructive criticism, and effectively managing deadlines and multiple priorities. Strong work ethic and willingness to work flexible hours to meet deadlines.


  • Passion for the ocean, the field of science and technology, and/or experience working at a not-for-profit organization a plus.


Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently and carry 0-10 lbs. Visual abilities to include near. Other physical tasks include mostly sedentary with occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic grasping and manipulation, and repetitive motion. Other occupational requirements include working around others, with others, and independently. Physical duties are subject to change.





WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC - for more information.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email
eeo@whoi.edu for assistance.