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Science and technology writer – newstatesman.com

The New Statesman is hiring a science and technology writer, who will work predominantly on the magazine’s website.

This a full-time paid job based in our office in London, with a salary to be determined depending on experience.

The successful candidate will write daily blog posts, as well as commission and edit guest pieces for newstatesman.com. There will also be some opportunities to write for the New Statesman’s sister sites May2015 and CityMetric, and for the print version of the magazine. This junior role would suit someone near the start of their career, who is comfortable with both news and features writing. Experience in online journalism, and demonstrable passion for sci-tech, are essential - as is the ability to work as part of a small, expanding team, often independently.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have excellent writing skills
  • Be immersed in internet culture (eg know the correct pronunciation of “doge”, or at least have strong opinions about it)
  • Demonstrate the ability to assimilate new, unfamiliar topics at speed
  • Be familiar with major social media services like Twitter and Facebook, and possess an understanding of how to entice users to click on something they see
  • Have a strong background in science and/or technology (a degree or other qualification is helpful, but not essential)
  • Be passionate about your field (know your Periscope from your Meerkat, and your Enceladus from your Europa)
  • Be familiar with how to use a web content management system
  • Be able to use image editing software like Photoshop (though this is not essential)

Please apply with a CV and a covering letter to Deputy Editor Helen Lewis on helen @ newstatesman.co. uk by 5pm on 1 May 2015, with the subject line "NS job application". Interviews will be held in mid-May.

As part of your covering letter, please include a 200-word outline of how you think newstatesman.com could improve and expand its science and technology coverage, and suggest 3 science or tech stories you would like to cover (just a sentence on each is fine). Please don’t send large attachments of cuttings or portfolios – this will be requested at a later date if required.

NB Applications which do not follow this outline will not be considered.

Helen Lewis is a former deputy editor of the New Statesman, who is now a staff writer on the Atlantic. Her history of feminism, Difficult Women, will be published in February 2020.