Join our team: Retraction Watch is hiring a second staff writer

Retraction Watch co-founders Adam Marcus (left) and Ivan Oransky (right)

Thanks to a generous grant, we’re in the enviable position of being able to add a second staff writer. Which means we’re looking for applicants.

The job is not for the faint of heart. It’s definitely fast-paced; our staff writer will be expected to write an average of two posts per day, and feel comfortable dropping the day’s plan to jump on a breaking story. Our writers also contribute to bigger projects such as the feature we wrote for Nature on fake peer reviews.

We’re looking for someone dedicated to holding scientists and institutions accountable, and hungry for scoops. Experience as a reporter, at least at the college or graduate school level, is a requirement. And if you have a science background, that’s even better.

Based on our funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, we can offer a salary of up to about $55,000 per year, depending on experience. We do not currently have an office, so the staff writer can be based anywhere, and will be expected to work from home. Proximity to New York, where we’re based, would be helpful, but not necessary. He or she will work very closely with our editor, Alison McCook, and alongside our other staff writer, Shannon Palus.

Two benefits to note: Some of the best mentoring and training in accountability science journalism available anywhere, and high visibility among major news organizations around the world.

Interested? Send a cover letter, resume, and clips to oransi01 [at] (the second “0” is a zero), with “RW staff writer” as a subject line.

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