Job opening detail :
Temporary Multimedia Editor, Scientific American - (REQ21974)
posted: Jan. 4, 2018
Offered by:
Scientific American
New York, NY

Scientific American, the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S., has been bringing its readers unique insights about developments in science and technology for more than 170 years. Scientific American has 3.5 million print and tablet readers worldwide and publishes 13 local language editions, which are read in more than 30 countries across the globe.

Temporary Multimedia Editor, Scientific American and the Multimedia Centre of Excellence

Ready to join our dynamic, multi-faceted, global multimedia team at Nature Research, a division of Springer Nature? We are seeking a multitalented temporary multimedia journalist to produce stories for Scientific American. Viewers and readers value Nature Research and its associated brands, including Scientific American and Nature, for its thought leadership and ability to tell deep science stories. Our videos cover a broad range of science related topics. This position is highly competitive.

If you are passionate about science video story-telling and are detail-oriented, this is a great time to be part of the team. Our portfolio of video productions is growing to include social videos, livestreams, explainers, animations, and the occasional mini documentary.

You must have at least 2 years of multimedia production experience, including at least 1 year of production management experience, and a strong interest in science and technology topics. You must be able to prove your ability to reach a broad public audience with complex stories made simple.

The role, in detail

  1. Report to the Managing Multimedia Editor
  2. Be part of the Springer Nature editorial video “brain trust,” ie The Multimedia Centre of Excellence
  3. Produce and/or manage multiple productions at once from concept to final deliverables
  4. Come up with stories, write and edit scripts
  5. Edit videos and direct other editors
  6. Manage videographers, editors, and other production help as needed
  7. Shoot video in our studio and out in the field
  8. Be a pro at Adobe Creative Suite and or Final Cut Pro work flows
  9. Create or adapt animated graphics.


You must bring many skills to the table, including scripting, editing, directing, shooting, and project management.

  1. You should love science and video
  2. Between your bachelors and advanced degrees, you should have a smattering of course work in science, journalism, or film production. A bachelors degree is required and at least a masters degree strongly preferred
  3. You should have spent at least 5 years of your life pickled in science, whether as a journalist or a researcher or a combination of the two.
  4. Production management experience is essential
  5. You must be a pro at many of the following programs: Adobe Creative Cloud, especially Premier, After Effects, Photoshop, Audition, Illustrator and/or Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools.
  6. You should be a pretty avid social media user, aware of video trends on all major platforms
  7. Experience working with large multi-national companies is preferred but not required
  8. A strong portfolio including productions of varying lengths from 30 seconds to 7 minutes

How to apply:

Be sure to include a cover letter, resume and links to at least 3 videos in which you played a substantial editorial role and describe that role (e.g. - director, producer, videographer, on camera talent). Please be prepared to explain why you selected those videos and how they demonstrate your aptitude for this job.

Springer Nature is an Equal Opportunity Employer that complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following EEO Is The Law Poster:

For information about our Research Editorial and Publishing career opportunities please visit the new Springer Nature E&P website at

Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services.

Springer Nature is the world’s largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world’s highest impact journals and a pioneer in the field of open research. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries and has a turnover of approximately EUR 1.5 billion. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media.


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