ASBMB is seeking writers (paid and unpaid positions)

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is recruiting two freelancers to write about careers and a dozen or more volunteers to write about health topics.

Careers writers (paid)

The ASBMB is seeking two freelance writers to share a weekly careers column. Each will write two columns per month. These are paid positions to begin in October.

The ASBMB careers blog historically has introduced readers to a variety of career options and provided related job openings. It will continue in that fashion until the society’s web properties are redesigned, at which time the blog will become a column on the new ASBMB Today magazine website.  The writers then will be expected to diversify the column with Q&As, short profiles, roundtables and other story forms. The very best pieces will be published in the print edition of ASBMB Today, which is mailed to ASBMB members each month.

Applicants should review the existing careers column and the ASBMB Today careers collection.

Please send a letter of interest, a CV/résumé, writing samples and a few column ideas to asbmbtoday@asbmb.org (attention Executive Editor Angela Hopp).

Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15.

Health/research writers (unpaid)

The ASBMB is seeking several volunteer writers to contribute to its 2020 health observances campaign.

Since 2018, the ASBMB has helped raise awareness of global and national health observances by sharing information, stories and research about selected diseases and topics. See ASBMB’s health observances.

We believe in this campaign for several reasons. First, it demonstrates the society’s commitment to science outreach and education. Though the campaign usually focuses on common diseases/conditions, it sheds light on certain aspects that are less well known by scientists and the public. Second, it supports the society’s science-advocacy arm by underscoring that curiosity-driven research contributes to the greater good. Third, it is a multiplatform campaign, so it reaches readers outside ASBMB’s traditional audiences.

For 2020, we are recruiting one volunteer writer for each health observance. We usually have at least one observance per month, but we are open to having more. Each writer will be responsible for writing a short article about the health topic and then summarizing related articles that have been published in our member magazine (ASBMB Today) and peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular & Cellular Proteomics and Journal of Lipid Research).

This is a training opportunity for scientists and students who are interested in science outreach, education and communication.

Applicants should review the ASBMB health observance webpage.

Please send a letter of interest and a CV/résumé to asbmbtoday@asbmb.org (attention Executive Editor Angela Hopp).

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 15.

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