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Climate & Energy transition Science Editor / Fact-checker (2 positions)

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WorkplaceParis, Ile-de-France, France
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DurationCDI and CDD (12 to 18 months) or freelance
Occupation rate
45% - 100%

Science Feedback is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to help the public more easily find scientifically sound and trustworthy information.

Since 2015, Climate Feedback has grown a global network of scientists who review influential climate change media coverage, pioneering a novel approach to "fact-checking" that directly involves domain experts. We launched Health Feedback in 2019 to extend this methodology to the realm of health sciences, with a particular emphasis on topics such as COVID-19, vaccines, and clinical trials.

Science Feedback is a signatory of the IFCN code of principles —underscoring our dedication to accuracy, fairness, and transparency. As an editor, you will play a vital role in upholding these rigorous standards, as well as meeting the benchmarks set by the recently established EFCSN .

To advance our mission, we collaborate with web platforms like Meta and TikTok to mitigate the impact of misinformation among users.

Description

Science Feedback is seeking two science editors or fact-checkers (full-time or part-time freelance) to collaborate on crafting explainers and evaluations of significant claims pertaining to climate science and the energy transition alongside scientific experts.

We are looking for methodical and rigorous candidates committed to scientific objectivity. If you are motivated to tackle viral misinformation and empower readers to be better informed and resist manipulation, we want to hear from you.

Job responsibilities:

PRIMARY

  • Write “Insight” articles explaining the state of knowledge on questions of public interest, with emphasis on the scientific method and on debunking misleading narratives and tactics employed by purveyors of misinformation;
  • Write reviews assessing the veracity of viral claims purporting to be science-based.
    This entails:
    1. monitoring social media and the news to identify relevant claims to investigate,
    2. identifying experts and seeking comments from sources including our network of scientists , finding and evaluating the strength of bibliographic references in the peer-reviewed literature,
    3. writing the content of reviews and editing the contributions made by scientists;
  • Review drafts from other writers in the team.

SECONDARY

  • Engage with our network of contributing scientists and extend invitations to new experts;
  • Assist in promoting our reviews with media partners and on social media.

Requirements

Skills required:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills:
    • ability to communicate complex concepts to a broad audience,
    • proficiency in articulating accurate, well-supported articles that encompass all relevant evidence,
  • Excellent understanding of the scientific process for validating or refuting hypotheses;
  • Excellent understanding of the scientific publication process. Science editors need to be able to identify academics’ expertise based on the quality of their scientific publications and detect potential conflicts of interest;
  • Perfect mastery of English. Fluency in other languages is a plus;
  • Ability to publish content using WordPress (Gutenberg);
  • Non-partisanship: Our staff and freelance contributors are required to not be involved in advocacy/political campaigning and be willing to debunk misinformation wherever it comes from.

Experience needed:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in science communication, journalism, scientific editing, or fact-checking;
  • Prior experience in writing about science and collaborating with scientists;
  • Familiarity with communicating about climate change science (causes and consequences) for the ’climate’ role and renewable energy sources, fossil fuels, electric vehicles, etc., for the ’energy’ role;
  • Candidates with a scientific background (PhD or Master of Science) and communication skills or a science journalism background are both encouraged to apply.

We offer

One position offered is a permanent employment contract (CDI), while the other can be either a 12 to 18-month contract (CDD) or freelance.

Full-time Position (35h/week)

  • Work location: Paris 11e, France; remote work is possible;
  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience;
  • Benefits include health coverage, paid time off, 50% transport, restaurant vouchers.

Freelance Position

  • Yearly contract with minimum of 16 hours per week;
  • Work location can be Paris 11e, France or remote;
  • Competitive compensation.

Contact and Address

To apply, click the button below and fill out the form where you can upload:

  • a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and motivation, specifying scientific fields you can cover,
  • a resume,
  • 2 writing samples demonstrating your ability to communicate science.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until March 31, 2024 . Interviews and writing tests will be conducted with select candidates.

For inquiries or assistance with the application process, email applysciencefeedback.co.

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