Associate Editor, Digital Forensic Research Lab
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Atlantic Council Headquarters - Washington, DC
Digital Forensic Research Lab

The Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) is seeking to hire a full-time associate editor to coordinate our daily editing and publishing activities. Working closely with our editorial team and more than a dozen opensource researchers working on five continents, the associate editor is our point person for ensuring the work we publish is informative, impactful, and accurate.



  • Serving as primary line editor and copy editor for DFRLab short-form publications, including research articles and newsletters
  • Coordinating the scheduling and online publishing of DFRLab research, including maintaining our publishing calendar
  • Working with our Assignment Editor to ensure that newly submitted pieces are edited in a timely fashion
  • Publishing our pieces online, including on Medium and our upcoming WordPress site
  • Writing and producing weekly newsletter highlighting the DFRLab’s research
  • Assisting the Managing Editor and Deputy Editor in editing long-form reports
  • Working with researchers to improve their writing skills through training and mentoring activities
  • Monitoring and tracking methodologies used by researchers to ensure their accuracy and effectiveness
  • Identifying new research methodologies that could be incorporated into our work
  • Representing the DFRLab in editorial collaborations and partnerships with research tool providers such as CrowdTangle, BuzzSumo and Meltwater
  • Setting research priorities and editorial strategy for DFRLab research and reporting in conjunction with the Managing Editor and the editorial team
  • Representing the DFRLab in outside activities focusing on our research methodologies and editorial processes, including private meetings and public events

The associate editor position will report to DFRLab managing editor Andy Carvin.

  • At least three to five years of experience as a line editor in a newsroom, nonprofit or academic publication
  • Strong copyediting skills and familiarity with major style guides (AP, Chicago, etc)
  • Excellent communication skills working with researchers while editing and improving their work
  • Familiarity with online social media monitoring tools such as CrowdTangle, Meltwater Explore, BuzzSumo, etc.
  • Familiarity with open-source research methods
  • Demonstrated interest in and familiarity with the study of mis- and dis-information, platforms, and information ecosystems.
  • Professional experience with WordPress or other content management systems as a publishing tool
  • Full professional fluency in English (level 4 proficiency or higher)
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment

Strongly desired qualifications:

  • Fluency or proficiency in a second language (Russian, French, Arabic, or Chinese of interest)
  • Familiarity with a programming language (R or Python preferred)
  • Experience training researchers to improve their writing and investigative skills
  • Experience working across multi-national or cultural contexts

As most of our work is conducted virtually, we are flexible about the position’s geographic location, though being able to work regular business hours in Central European Time or Eastern Standard Time is strongly preferred. Starting date for the position is currently expected in June or July 2021.


About the DFRLab

The DFRLab is a start-up incubated at the Atlantic Council. We’re different than most think tank teams and we like it that way. The DFRLab is an action-oriented center producing timely primary research, training an ecosystem of others who share our passion, and convening those on the front lines of our industry to elevate new ideas and chart a path forward.


Join our fast-paced and truly global team as we work to further the DFRLab’s mission:

  • To forge digital resilience at a time when humans are more interconnected and have more access to information than at any point in history.
  • To promote objective fact as a foundation of government for and by people.
  • To identify, expose, and explain disinformation when and where it occurs.
  • To protect democratic institutions and norms from those who would undermine them online.
  • To develop a new field and network of expertise adapted for impact and real-world results.


The DFRLab is at the forefront of open-source research with a focus on governance, security, technology, media, and where each intersects. Our method and approach allow us to inform the public and policymakers on issues such as protracted conflicts, breaking crises, and election integrity, in a uniquely tangible and data-driven way. We do this by:

  • Defining the role of the internet and other technologies in both promotion and defense of free and open societies.
  • Charting the evolution of disinformation and other online and technological harms, especially as they relate to the DFRLab’s leadership role in establishing shared definitions, frameworks, and mitigation practices.
  • Studying the emerging global information competition and battle for digital influence and technological dominance, recognizing that this represents the harbinger of a broader paradigm shift in international affairs.
  • Working directly with government, media, tech, and civil society on their collective responsibility in democracy and toward digital resilience.


The DFRLab is building a movement. We hope you’ll be a part of it.