Job Title: Associate or Senior Editor (Condensed-matter physics)
Organisation: Nature Communications
Location: London, Shanghai or Berlin
Closing date: 6th March 2020
Nature Research is the world’s leader in publishing high-quality research from across the natural sciences. Its journals include Nature, the Nature Research journals, the Nature Reviews journals and Nature Communications.
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’re seeking a condensed-matter (experimental or theoretical) physicist 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 a field related to experimental or theoretical condensed-matter physics, including many-body physics, mesoscopic and nanoscale physics, phase transitions in strongly correlated systems, solid-state quantum physics.
• Significant postdoctoral research experience is preferred.
• Although previous editorial experience is not a prerequisite, candidates with editorial experience are strongly encouraged to apply and will potentially be considered for Senior Editor positions.
• 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.
The successful candidate will report to a Team Manager in the condensed-matter physics division.
This demanding and intellectually stimulating role is located in either our London, Berlin, or Shanghai office. The position is offered on a full-time, permanent basis and its starting date is envisaged from 20th April 2020.
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).
Candidates will be considered as they apply, therefore early applications are encouraged.