Associate Editor, Robotics

Washington D.C.
Closing date
Jun 11, 2023

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Science Robotics are seeking a full-time Associate Editor to join the Science Robotics editorial team, preferably in our Washington, DC, USA or Cambridge, UK offices (with an option for remote work in the US and UK)Science Robotics provides a much-needed forum for the latest technological advances and for the critical social, ethical, and policy issues surrounding robotics. Bearing the quality hallmark of the Science family of journals, Science Robotics caters to both researchers and general stakeholders.

We are looking for a scientist or engineer with a keen interest in robotics research. Candidates should be familiar with the processes related to scientific publishing (i.e., peer review, data reproducibility, research/publishing ethics, etc). Preference will be given to candidates with strong writing and editing skills.

Are you ready to be a Force for Science?

What You’ll Do

  • Manage the evaluation, review, and editing of submitted research manuscripts across the full scope of robotics research
  • Judge the scientific value of research and select reviewers for submitted manuscripts
  • Discuss and make recommendations regarding manuscripts and reviewer comments with the editorial team and members of the Editorial and Advisory Boards
  • Write short summaries of research papers for publication
  • Guide authors on manuscript revisions and edit the manuscripts for scientific content and style
  • Follow manuscripts through the production process to ensure material is published in a timely manner
  • Foster relationships and communication with the scientific community through meetings, lab visits, and professional contacts
  • Represent Science Robotics at scientific meetings nationally and internationally
  • Recruiting and commissioning scientific content to be published at the journal

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. or D. Eng. in a related field such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence, soft matter, and other areas related to robotics research
  • Comprehensive knowledge of research methods used in robotics in order to discuss technical issues with authors
  • Excellent outreach skills in order to effectively recruit top research papers to the journal
  • Exceptional written, communication, and listening skills in order to communicate with authors and reviewers in evaluating, editing, and modifying manuscripts
  • Prior scientific editorial experience is not essential at the Associate level (at the Senior Editor level, 5 years of experience selecting/editing research is required)

Application Process

Submit a resume and cover letter outlining qualifications and interest in the position by May 24 2023. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. A Recruiter will contact you with next steps if you are selected for an interview.


We have offices in Washington, DC, and Cambridge, UK but are open to remote workers in select states. If you are not located in or able to work from a state where AAAS has a business presence, you may not be eligible for this position. Please contact our Talent Team at with any questions regarding your eligibility.

The anticipated initial rate of compensation for this position is $84,000 – $86,000 per year (for candidates hired in the US). AAAS currently provides the following benefits for this position: paid vacation leave, paid sick leave, paid holidays, health insurance, flexible spending account, dental insurance, life insurance, vision insurance, retirement benefits, short- and long-term disability, each subject to the terms of the applicable program. Additional benefits may apply.

Any actual offer of employment, reflecting the total compensation package and benefits, will be made in the sole discretion of AAAS and will be based on a variety of factors, including years of experience, depth of experience, and other relevant factors.  AAAS reserves the right to amend or modify its employment benefits and compensation structure at any time

AAAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected category. AAAS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. No visa sponsorship is available for this position.  


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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


The AAAS seeks to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people." To fulfill this mission, the AAAS Board has set the following broad goals:
•  communication among scientists, engineers, and the public;
•  Promote and defend the integrity of science and its use;
•  Strengthen support for the science and technology enterprise;
•  Provide a voice for science on societal issues;
•  Promote the responsible use of science in public policy;
•  Strengthen and diversify the science and technology workforce;
•  Foster education in science and technology for everyone;
•  Increase public engagement with science and technology; and
•  Advance international cooperation in science.

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