Editor - Science Signaling

Washington D.C.

Who We Are

"The advancement of science should be the chief concern of a nation that would conserve and increase the welfare of its people."

-James McKeen Cattell, former AAAS President and Editor of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. For over a century, AAAS has been a force for science, from helping to establish science as a credible field in the 19th century to using satellite imaging technology to document human rights abuses in 2007. We are recognized as the world’s largest general scientific society and the proud publisher of the Science family of journals, including Science Signaling, the leading research journal on signaling pathways. Past presidents have included astronomer Edward Charles Pickering, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and biologist Stephen Jay Gould. Our mission is centered on the belief that STEM research and education can help solve many of the challenges the world faces today.

AAAS is a culture steeped in history, but adaptive to change and new ideas. We recognize the hard work of our employees and encourage the development of our staff. Our colleagues represent an array of expertise from scholarly publishing to digital marketing, educational research to government relations, all with a shared focus on mission. At AAAS, you are part of a talented team, dedicated to advancing science and serving society.

Work With Us

We have an exciting opportunity for a full-time Editor to lead the weekly online journal Science Signaling in Washington, DC. The core responsibility of this role will be to provide strategic and operational leadership for the journal working closely with the Chief Scientific Advisor and the Editor-in-Chief. In addition to serving as a research editor handling a full load of manuscripts, the Editor is responsible for supervising the editorial staff, assigning and assessing submitted manuscripts, interfacing with the business and marketing departments, and providing guidance for the journal’s development.

The ideal candidate has both research and management experience, broad interests, an established network in the field, and experience with cutting-edge scientific research in molecular, cellular, and organismal regulatory biology. The successful candidate will be expected to travel domestically and internationally to scientific meetings and institutions, to interact extensively with the scientific community, and to identify high-quality research for submission to the journal. Interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter by April 17, 2017.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Editorial responsibilities include handling a full load of manuscripts as a research editor, assigning and assessing submitted manuscripts to editorial staff, and providing oversight of the selection, review, and editing of research manuscripts
  • Supervise staff editors, monitor the editorial budget, and work closely with senior editorial and publishing staff to establish uniform policies and procedures.
  • Foster contacts and communication with the scientific community; attend meetings and liaise with top researchers in the fields of signaling and regulatory biology.
  • Ensure the smooth processing of papers, administering the peer review process and following policies intended to protect the journal's integrity.
  • Interface with AAAS business, publishing, and marketing departments.
  • Provide strategic guidance for the journal’s development, goals, and content, as well as input regarding the research journal portfolio’s development, workflow, processes, and policies.



Key Requirements

  • PhD in the biological sciences and at least 15 years of postdoctoral experience culminating in multiple first author publications
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in journal publishing with increasing responsibility and oversight functions; 5 years of experience managing staff preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of the fields of science relevant to the journal’s scope of signaling and regulatory biology.
  • An aptitude and passion for the communication of science, with a strong appreciation and interest in signaling research
  • Strong external network of scientific colleagues and the ability to interact effectively with the external advisory board
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a high level of diplomacy
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects
  • Extensive knowledge of the digital publishing process, policies related to scholarly publishing, and the competitive landscape

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a resume and brief cover letter outlining qualifications and interest in the position by April 17, 2017. Up to three writing or other work samples may also be included as separate documents with your application. If we think you might be a good fit for the role, we will contact you with next steps.

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Location: Washington D.C.

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