Associate or Senior Editor (Optics and Photonics) Nature

New York City, New York, US
Associate Editor $74,000 - Senior Editor $91,000.
Jul 01, 2024
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Job title: Associate or Senior Editor (Optics and Photonics), Nature

Locations: New York or Berlin

Closing date: 24th July 2024

Nature, the international weekly journal of science, seeks to appoint an Associate/Senior Editor to cover the broad scientific field of optics and photonics

Do you love science but feel that a research career isn’t enough to sate your desire to learn more about the natural and technological world? Do you enjoy reading paper and keeping up to date with developments outside your chosen area of research? If the answer is ‘yes’, you could be the person we’re looking for to join the editorial team of Nature.

Nature, the international weekly journal of science, seeks to appoint an editor that will further our aim to publish the world’s best original research in broad field of optics and photonics, spanning from fundamental work in optical physics and light field manipulation through to development of light sources, imaging techniques or photonic devices in the classical and quantum domain. The ideal candidate will have a strong research background in any disciplines within this broad field, awareness of the current fundamental and technological landscape, a critical eye and a keen interest in the field and its development more broadly

The successful candidate will play a key role in determining the representation of optics and photonics in our pages through the selection of manuscripts for publication and by interacting with the relevant research communities. This is a demanding and intellectually stimulating position and calls for a keen interest in the practice and communication of science and technology.

To be considered for the position, you will have:

  • Research experience to PhD level (or equivalent) in a relevant research discipline — ideally with a strong background in any areas of optics and photonics with sensibility to the practical challenges of device development and fabrication, but highly qualified candidates from other areas of physics or engineering with a good understanding and familiarity with optics and photonics research should not be deterred from applying.
  • A passion for science and a thirst to learn more. You must be able to demonstrate the breadth of your interest in scientific research and technological developments, both within and beyond your specialty. (Note that extensive editorial training is offered to help new editors become comfortable with handling a broad field of research.)
  • The ability to read and assess the novelty, context and implications of research submitted to the journal from different areas of this discipline.
  • Excellent time-management skills in order to efficiently navigate multiple time-sensitive activities and shifting priorities.
  • Be eager to interact with 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.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be fluent in English (written and spoken).  

The successful candidate will report to the relevant Team Manager, but also work closely with editorial colleagues from across the Nature teams - they will be expected to play an important role in influencing the representation of their fields in the journal as a whole. They will handle original research papers and review material: the ability to offer well-reasoned and timely editorial decisions on submitted manuscripts in the light of expert advice is crucial. They will liaise extensively with editors at other journals in the Nature family and experts in the international research community. Editorial experience is not required, although applicants with significant editorial experience are encouraged to apply and will potentially be considered for a Senior Editor position.

The position is offered on a full-time, permanent basis (ideally starting in early Summer 2024). The position will ideally be located in our New York or Berlin offices, although requests for eventual placement in one of the other Nature editorial offices will be considered.

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Please apply by sending your CV, covering letter (including your class of degree, a brief account of your research and other relevant experience, and details of your current salary) and a concise discussion of relevant recent scientific developments which you have found particularly exciting (explaining why).

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US employees are eligible for benefits including, but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability, life and AD&D insurance, tuition assistance, employee assistance program, paid vacation and sick time, flexible spending accounts, and a 401k retirement savings plan.

In order to comply with various pay transparency laws and legislations in the United States, the salary range and benefits for this position are included. This information is only applicable to US-based candidates and the actual salary offer may vary based on work experience, education, skill level and equity. Salary ranges differ by country due to various local market considerations. The US salary range does not align with the salary ranges in other countries when converted to the currency of that country. 

US Annualized Base Salary Range: Associate Editor: $74,000 / Senior Editor: $91,000.