ES185 Science Writer

Want an exciting career at NASA and help the public to better understand our Earth through science?

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center nestled in the Maryland suburbs of Greenbelt is just 30 minutes from the heartbeat of America – Washington, D.C. Now you can have it all, the nightlife, museums, great food and theater. Work in a place that pushes the envelope of science every day, yet spy a deer or a Canadian goose as you stroll the grounds of Goddard during lunch.

This position is for a Junior-level Science Writer, supporting NASA’s WFIRST Mission.  The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is a NASA observatory designed to unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter, search for and image exoplanets, and explore many topics in infrared astrophysics. The Wide Field Instrument will have a field of view that is 100 times greater than the Hubble infrared instrument, capturing more of the sky with less observing time. 

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop ideas and write stories for publication on, highlighting mission milestones and core science capabilities
  • Work to provide significant edits/re-writing for the mission website, Collaborate with the project’s social media team and video producer to develop complementary products
  • Write background materials, working with project scientists and engineers
  • Develop fact sheets and supplemental outreach materials 
  • Clean up the website


  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Science journalism. An MS in science journalism will be a plus
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to relate technical concepts to non-technical audiences
  • A background in Astrophysics, Physics, or related subjects is desired
  • He or she should be able to work with relatively little supervision, and to work effectively as part of a team
  • At least 2 years’ experience writing about science is required

US Citizenship or Greencard is required