[Job, California] Symmetry Magazine, Editor, $?, clos? #scicomm jobs via @twhyntie

Another one via @twhyntie (he gets this month’s gold star).

[By the way to help me call up his tweet so that I could get the relevant job URL I googled twhyntie jobrodie California (cos I remembered it mentioned Cali) and came across this page http://twtrland.com/profile/twhyntie which I rather liked and so had a go of mine too http://twtrland.com/profile/JoBrodie – it looks like a potentially useful thing to grab some random old tweets]

Symmetry Magazine
Editor in Chief
Here’s the advert on Symmetry magazine’s own site

WANTED: Editor in chief for symmetry magazine

October 5, 2011 | 9:53 am

Particle physics magazine seeks creative, experienced science writer and editor. Strong background in online and print publications required. Must love muons, quarks and neutrinos.Ability to travel faster than the speed of light a plus.

Symmetry is changing things up. We???re looking for new leadership to help the magazine transition to a new format and become a primarily web-based publication.

Starting in early 2012, symmetry will transition to a new online format with original content every month and will publish two print issues a year. Symmetry breaking will continue to deliver breaking news and other special interest stories, and the website will get a makeover to give the blog a more prominent role. Our history of great graphic design both online and in print will continue, and we???re working on a mobile version as well.

Based in California at SLAC, the new editor will work with our professional design team and staff at both Fermilab and SLAC to launch the new format and to lead the production of the magazine on an ongoing basis. A complete job description is available online.

and here’s the ‘further particulars’ – didn’t spot when it closes, perhaps you will…

Symmetry Editor
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)
Job Requisition #: 548
# of openings: 1

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Office of Communications is seeking a creative, experienced science writer and editor with a strong background in online and print publication to lead symmetry magazine during and after its transition from print publication to a primarily Web-based publication.

Symmetry is a magazine about particle physics and its connections to other aspects of life and science, from interdisciplinary collaborations to policy to culture. It is jointly published by two Department of Energy national laboratories, SLAC and Fermilab. Its mission is to support particle physics in the United States.  

Key audiences include policy makers and opinion leaders, the science-interested public, students and teachers, members of the media and the global science community, including the particle physics community.

In 2012, symmetry will transform from a print publication with a limited online presence into a primarily online publication with a limited print component of two issues per year.

The successful candidate will work with a professional design team and symmetry staff at SLAC and Fermilab to recast the magazine as an online publication that integrates the existing symmetry breaking news blog. The revamped publication will have news and feature content that easily translates to a wide variety of mobile platforms and engages readers through social media and other means.

On an ongoing basis, the editor in chief will work with symmetry staff and outside contributors to provide fresh, creative, accessible and incisive coverage of the science, people, practical spinoffs and broader cultural connections of particle physics.  The editor will be responsible for assigning, scheduling, and assuring the quality of all content; editing stories to appear online or in print; working with staff to come up with story and design ideas and plans for their execution; writing occasional articles; keeping up with news and issues affecting particle physics; representing the magazine to the public and the particle physics community; making and maintaining contacts with policymakers and with key players in the international particle physics community; and overseeing the magazine???s budget.

As a member of SLAC???s Communications Department, the successful candidate will be expected to maintain a keen awareness of events within the laboratory, as well as close collaborative ties with Stanford University, the Department of Energy and colleagues at other national laboratories and federal agencies. The editor will need to work closely with Fermilab and will be required to travel to that laboratory a minimum of four times a year.


Qualifications: ???
Minimum Bachelor???s degree in journalism, communications, science or related field. 
Minimum 10 years experience as a journalist, public relations professional or in a related field, with demonstrable clips in both news and feature writing. 
Must be able to provide examples of writing and editing portfolio, particularly for online publications. 
Significant experience as a science writer and magazine or online content editor, with the ability to translate complex topics into terms easily understandable by broad audiences including the general news media and policymakers. 
Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
Strong writing, editing, interviewing and proofreading experience and skills. 
Ability to work and communicate effectively with both scientific and non-technical settings, both in person and remotely. 
Ability to work under tight deadlines and handle multiple projects simultaneously. 
Familiarity with word processing and Web content management systems. 
Availability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally as needed.
Desired Skills: ???
Previous writing and/or editing experience involving the physical sciences. 
Familiarity with desktop publishing and graphic design. 
Extensive experience and familiarity with the particle physics landscape, including the current state of research, funding issues, administrative bodies and key scientists, policy leaders and journalists. 
Experience in large, science-related organizations.

Please Note: Hires at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are subject to Department of Energy approval and are required to complete Environmental Safety & Health training.  SLAC confirms employment authorization for all new hires through the E-Verify Program.

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