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Associate or Senior Editor (Quantum Physics and Quantum Technologies)

Springer Nature Ltd
London or Madrid – hybrid working model.
Competitive salary + excellent benefits package
Closing date
9 Sep 2024

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Computing, Physics
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Job Details

Job Title: Associate or Senior Editor (Quantum Physics and Quantum Technologies), Nature Communications
Locations: London or Madrid – hybrid working model.
Application deadline: 28th July 2024. Candidates will be considered as they apply and early applications are encouraged.


About The Role
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’re seeking a researcher with a background in quantum physics. Candidates with expertise in quantum optics and photonic implementations of quantum technologies are particularly encouraged to apply. If you have a critical eye, a deep understanding of your subject and interests beyond, if you can think on their feet, then this might be the perfect role for you!

The Associate/Senior Editor role at Nature Communications is ideal for researchers who love science but feel that a career at the bench isn’t enough to sate your desire to learn more about the natural world and for those who enjoy reading papers outside their chosen area of research. This role can be based in our London or Madrid office on a hybrid working model. The position is offered on a full-time, permanent basis. 


Responsibilities include:

  • Handling original research papers.
  • 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.

Experience, Skills & Qualifications:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in quantum physics / quantum technologies, including but not limited to quantum computing / simulation, quantum communication / cryptography, and quantum metrology.
  • Some postdoctoral research experience is preferred but not essential. A thorough understanding of the fundamentals of the subject is essential.
  • A passion for science and a thirst to learn more, with the ability to demonstrate the breadth of your interest in scientific research, both within and beyond your speciality and across the wider field of physics.
  • 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.
  • Eagerness 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 Senior Editor positions.

To apply, you should include:

  • a CV
  • a cover letter explaining your interest in the post and your preferred office of employment
  • a separate concise (300-400 words) discussion of recent scientific developments in any area related to quantum physics that you found particularly exciting, stating why (to be included at the end of your cover letter)


Springer Nature is a Disability Confident Committed Employer and we encourage applications from candidates with disabilities. If you consider yourself to have a disability or learning difficulty and wish to submit your application in an alternative format or would like to discuss reasonable adjustments during the application and interview process, please get in touch either by phone on +44 (0)207 014 4020 or by email so we can make any necessary arrangements.

If you have any access needs related to disability, neurodivergence or a chronic condition, please contact us so we can make all necessary accommodation.

At Springer Nature we value the diversity of our teams. We recognize the many benefits of a diverse workforce with equitable opportunities for everyone. We strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles. Springer Nature was awarded Diversity Team of the Year at the 2022 British Diversity Awards. Find out more about our DEI work here

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