Science writer in physics and mathematics

The London Institute is a private academic institute for curiosity-driven research in physics, mathematics and the theoretical sciences. It is hiring a part-time science writer to summarise its papers, projects and events, and write long-form feature pieces about its work.

The position is for one to two days per week, with the possibility of more in the future. It starts as soon as possible. Candidates will be expected to work from the Institute in central London. The salary is competitive with salaries offered by commercial organizations. Candidates should have superb writing skills and a degree in physics, ideally a PhD. They should have a track record of published science writing for popular or semi-popular audiences—not just journal papers.

To apply, please submit a CV to In the cover letter, please confirm that you will be able to work from the London Institute, and include a description of your experience writing for a popular or semi-popular audience, with links to examples of your work.

Job activities

  • Talk to our scientists to understand their work.
  • Summarize research papers in a single sentence.
  • Write project summaries in a few paragraphs.
  • Write event summaries in a few paragraphs.
  • Write long-form feature pieces about our work.
  • Write consistent and concise staff biographies.
  • Develop with the Director new ways to communicate.
  • Contribute to and grow our Twitter account.
  • Work with our PR firm to publicize papers.

Candidate values

  1. Common sense
  2. Clarity
  3. Imagination
  4. Irreverence
  5. Mastery
  6. Motivation
  7. Playfulness
  8. Simplicity
  9. Style
  10. Teamwork
  11. Vision