Scientific Illustrator (Art Editor)

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Date: May 3, 2023

Location: London, GB

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Springer Nature is looking for a creative, enthusiastic and self-motivated Scientific Illustrator (Art Editor) to work on the world-leading Nature Research portfolio of journals. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a talented group of Art Editors, working with authors and editors to create scientific illustrations and figures, and to design monthly issue covers.
The ideal candidate will have a degree in illustration, or equivalent experience, as well as being organised, efficient, calm under pressure, able to prioritise their workload and to meet deadlines. They will have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and have a keen eye for detail.
Core tasks for the role include:

  • Creation of scientific/medical artwork from sketch or concept
  • Styling author-supplied artwork in line with Nature Research Guidelines
  • Accurately incorporating figure corrections 
  • Supporting the production vendor to assess the quality and secure resupplies of author-submitted artwork
  • Quality control of vendor-processed artwork
  • Purchasing images and subsequent image rights tracking
  • Performing image integrity checks on research content and reporting on findings
  • Working with author/editor supplied images and concepts to design covers and hero images in line with Research Journal style
  • Liaising with editorial staff to ensure artwork/cover deadlines are met
  • Contributing to a library of reusable image elements


Experience, skills and qualification requirements

  • Technical proficiency in relevant art and design software, such as Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Artistic and creative flair
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Effective collaboration and communication skills
  • Ability to manage projects to deadlines
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Problem solving skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Broad interest in production and publishing
  • Degree in illustration or equivalent experience


  • A background or an interest in science
  • Ability to use desktop publishing software such as InDesign to layout pages
  • Familiarity with animation design software
  • Print and/or online publishing experience



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