Editor - Science Signaling

Washington D.C.

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Work With Us

We are seeking a full-time Editor for the journal, Science Signaling. Since its launch in October 2008, Science Signaling has become one of the premier journals covering biological signaling and regulatory processes at all scales (molecules to cells to model organisms to man) and across the kingdoms (from viruses and bacteria to mammals) with an emphasis on research that is physiologically or pathophysiologically relevant. Science Signaling covers both experimental and experimental/computational (systems biological) studies. Under the direction of the Editor-in-Chief of the Science family of journals, the journal is poised for a new dynamic phase in its growth and development. We are looking for a seasoned editor or scientist to spearhead this effort.

The core responsibility of this role will be to provide strategic and operational leadership for the journal. The individual works closely with the journal’s Chief Scientific Advisor to ensure that the scope and vision of the journal reflect and drive the field. The ideal candidate has research and management experience, broad interests, and an established network in the biological signaling community. 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 oversight of the selection, review, and editing of research manuscripts; of the solicitation of review articles and special issues; and of the commentary section of the journal.
  • Be the primary editor for a subset of papers.
  • Provide strategic guidance for the journal’s development, goals, and content
  • 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.
  • Interface with AAAS business, publishing, and marketing departments.

Key Requirements

  • PhD with postdoctoral research experience, plus at least 5 years of editorial experience and demonstrated skill in selecting and editing scientific research content.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • An aptitude and passion for the communication of science
  • Strong appreciation and interest in signaling research.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a high level of diplomacy.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.
  • Knowledge of scholarly publishing and the competitive landscape is a plus.

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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