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American Institutes for Research Content Editor, Physics (Part-Time) in Waltham, Massachusetts


Join AIR as a part-time Physics Content Editor with ourWorkforce Development ( program area, as we support the healthy, productive, and evolving workforce vital to the United States’ economy and democracy. Our experts have decades of experience in workforce policy and practice, labor policy, postsecondary transformation, economics, and adult education. We work together towards addressing structural barriers in the workforce across race, class, and gender. We provide rigorousresearch and evaluation ( , and results-driventechnical assistance and training ( throughout the United States at all levels of the system.

Our work focuses on:

  • Career and technical education

  • Postsecondary education

  • Workforce policy and programs

  • Adult learning

  • Human capital solutions

  • Individuals with disabilities

Use your experience, knowledge, and education to help us deliver on our mission: to contribute to a better, more equitable world.

Candidates hired for the position may work remotely within the United States (U.S.) or from one of our U.S. office locations . This does not include U.S. territories.

About AIR:

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.

AIR’s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone’s unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff byclicking here ( .


The Physics Content Editor will work under the supervision of the current Senior Physics Content Editor to develop college-level test materials and to provide content expertise to support the Physics portion of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This position will work with external consultants to develop passages and items from authoring to operational usage, being responsible for ensuring the items are technically accurate, stylistically appropriate, and aligned to test specifications. The Content Editor will also be responsible for responding to challenges to test content by examinees.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Write passage-based and discrete items that address exam specifications

  • Review items submitted by contract external consultants and make changes to improve content, coding (Metadata), clarity, grammar, cross compatibility, and test performance

  • Coordinate with graphics design and publishing to ensure style, format, and graphics are appropriate

  • Collaborate with other editors on passage sets, including those that cover multiple disciplines

  • Perform internal/external reviews of items:

  • Facilitate cross-discipline internal review to solicit feedback and improve items

  • Reconcile peer comments and make changes

  • Provide items for external review among content experts and bias/sensitivity reviewers

  • Reconcile comments and make changes

  • Circle back with internal editors to ensure agreement on changes to items and with external technical reviewers to ensure that content accuracy is maintained during the editing process

  • Source contractors with appropriate subject-matter and item-writing expertise, and/or technical reviewer skills

  • Provide context and instructions for their assignments

  • Provide feedback and coaching on their passages and item sets

  • Help writers and reviewers understand the strategy and best practices associated with multiple-choice items, including but not limited to:

  • Application focus

  • Problem solving nature

  • Conciseness

  • Effective use of distractors

  • Nurture a core group of writers and reviewers who can perform effectively over time, take direction well, and appreciate the need for collaboration, a test/item focus, timeliness, and accuracy


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • PhD in Physics

  • At least one-year Physics teaching experience at the introductory level (AP Physics or with undergraduate populations)

  • Test development experience is preferred but not required


  • Excellent writing skills

  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo reference and background checks.

AIR’s Total Rewards Program , is designed to reward our staff competitively and motivate them to achieve our critical mission. This position offers an anticipated hourly rate of $40.00. Offers are made based on internal equity within the institution and external equity with competitive markets. Please note this is the salary range for candidates that are based in the United States.

AIR maintains adrug-free work environment ( .

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American Institutes for Research is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

American Institutes for Research’s commitment to Diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations and work environment. Diversity is valued and Inclusion is reflected in all efforts to recruit, develop, and engage the diverse staff needed to accomplish our mission.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to Taliba Boone at or call 202.403.5000.

Job Location US-Remote | US-VA-Arlington | US-NC-Chapel Hill | US-IL-Chicago | US-MD-Rockville | US-CA-Sacramento | US-MA-Waltham

Job ID 12898

Job Location United States

Category Other