Senior Editor


London, United Kingdom

Purpose of the Job:

Assisting in the organisation and preparation of print and online versions of The Lancet Oncology.

Main Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Developing and maintaining links with the international oncology community, and scanning the current literature to aid in the identification of suitable material and authors for the journal
  • Commissioning review articles and other material for the journal, and organising and conducting interviews
  • Organising peer review of articles and other written material and negotiating with authors
  • Writing editorials, news items, and other material for the journal or website
  • Sub-editing material from all sections of the journal to improve clarity of expression, and to conform to journal style, and the limits of the space available
  • Checking galley proofs and cross- reading journal pages, both as paper copies and on screen
  • Attendance at conferences and other events, to represent the journal, to identify suitable topics and Authors and to keep up to date with current developments in oncology
  • Checking of monthly website updates and selection of material for homepage
  • Assist with press releases as required
  • Participate with online strategies
  • Suggesting and helping to develop new initiatives for the further development of the journal
  • Such other duties as may be necessary from time to time (eg covering for other TLO team members during holiday and sickness absences)
  • Meet daily, weekly, and monthly targets while doing other tasks
  • Other tasks consist of: checking Cover and Contents pages; writing of press releases; and attendance at weekly meetings with Editorial and the Production department
  • Adherence to highest standards and the journal’s agreed approach
  • Checking format of all articles
  • Checking data for accuracy, use of SI units, and clarity of presentation
  • Checking proofs and pages for whole journal content
  • Reviewing Lancet style on a monthly basis


Ability to work in a team and keep to strict deadlines
Negotiation skills with members of the medical profession, the media, and other editors
Knowledge of biological and medical sciences
Good use of English
Writing skills
Computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office, EES, PPM, and InCopy
Minimum PhD in a cancer-related subject
Research/clinical experience in a relevant discipline/postdoctoral experience
Some editorial experience, preferably at Senior Editor, or Assistant Editor level
Relevant writing experience
Ability to work independently, but also to collaborate closely with other team members
Ability to work well under pressure
Familiarity with IT systems: PCs, databases, word-processing, publishing software, email, and internet

Please apply via recruiter’s website.