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Job Title: Locum Associate or Senior Editor (Soft matter physics)
Organisation: Nature Communications
Location: London, New York, Berlin or Shanghai
Do you love science but feel that a career at the bench isn’t enough to sate your desire to learn more about the natural world? Do you enjoy reading papers outside your chosen area of research? If the answer is ‘yes’ to any or all of these questions, you could be the person we’re looking for to join the editorial team of Nature Communications.
Nature Communications is the leading multidisciplinary Open Access journal, publishing high-quality scientific research. To help us to build on the success of this journal, we are now looking to recruit a locum editor for an initial period of 6 –12 months to cover areas of research related to soft matter, someone who has a critical eye, a deep understanding of their subject and interests beyond, and who can think on their feet.
The responsibilities include:
Handling original research papers, and working closely with other editors on all aspects of the editorial process, including manuscript selection and overseeing peer review.
Making well-reasoned editorial decisions on submitted manuscripts in the light of expert advice.
Determining the representation of their subject in the journal.
Liaising extensively with editors at other journals in the Nature family and with experts in the international scientific community.
Attending conferences and visiting research institutions.
Commission and edit Reviews, and write Editorials
To be considered for the position, you will have:
A PhD (or equivalent) in soft matter research. This could include, but is not limited to soft condensed-matter physics, fluid dynamics and rheology, glass and jamming, active matter, colloidal self-assembly or liquid crystals.
Significant research experienced is preferred.
A thorough understanding of recent trends and developments in the field is essential.
A passion for science and a thirst to learn more. You must be able to demonstrate the breadth of your interest in scientific research, both within and beyond your speciality.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be fluent in English (written and spoken).
The ability to read and assess the novelty, context and implications of research submitted to the journal from different areas of this discipline.
Be eager to travel and meet scientists worldwide, learn more about them and their research, and help them learn more about us and what we are looking for in the papers we seek to publish.
Editorial experience is not required, although applicants with significant editorial experience are encouraged to apply and will potentially be considered for a Locum Senior Editor position.
This demanding and intellectually stimulating role is located in either our London, Berlin, New York or Shanghai office. The position is offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis for an initial period of 6 months, with possible extension to 12 months. Its starting date is envisaged within the next few months.
Applicants should include a CV, a covering letter explaining their interest in the post and their preferred office of employment, and a separate concise (300-400 words) discussion of a recent scientific development that they found particularly exciting (stating why).
Nature Communications is the world’s leading multidisciplinary Open Access journal, publishing high-quality research from across the natural sciences.
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