Acquisition Editor / Senior Editor, Astronomy Books

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Date: Jul 13, 2024

Location: New York, US

Company: Springer Nature Group


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Springer Nature is looking to hire a dynamic, progressive Acquisitions Editorial colleague to build our Astronomy list. We are looking to hire in our New York City office on a hybrid working model. We are open to hiring either an Acquisitions Editor or a Senior Acquisitions Editor, depending on experience level. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone looking to build a network in the Astronomy field and source authors to publish with the esteemed Springer Nature brand.



The Editor/Senior is responsible for growth of part of the company’s astronomy, astrophysics and space science portfolio via acquisition as well as development of existing assets consistent with the company's reputation as a leading academic publisher. The role involves extensive author and editor contact, management of book series, book proposal review, contract negotiation, preparation of book manuscripts for production, promotional planning and monitoring of sales, budget and financial planning, long-range planning for growth and development of the program. Specific responsibilities include:


Editorial Acquisition

  • Pursues an active and efficient acquisitions policy through correspondence, required meetings / trips, telephone, consultations with advisors, etc.
  • Approximately 25-30% travel as well as strong initiative and independent functioning.
  • Attends key astronomy and space science conferences and visit scientists at their institutes for the purpose of acquisition. This also includes planning, setting up and staffing exhibits of relevant publications.
  • Prepares and executes publishing contracts.
  • Maintains and develops a circle of reviewers and advisors and evaluates their judgments.

Project Development and Management

  • Manages and develops a selection of astronomy and related book series.
  • Supervises final editorial preparation of book manuscripts for production.
  • Discusses, assumes and proposes financial and budgetary plans for program.
  • Develops guidelines, plans, reporting systems, etc., for publishing plans and projects.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Strategic Planning

  • Assesses trends and funding in Astronomy and Space Sciences, evaluates strategies, strengths and weaknesses of competitors.
  • Prepares long-term planning documents and strategic goals as requested.
  • Maintains communication with US, European and Asian editorial counterparts about specific immediate questions as well as long-term strategy questions.
  • Reviews and discusses new projects and plans with editorial colleagues particularly in overlapping areas.

 A Senior Editor level candidate will also take on business development initiatives. 



  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field required; preference for degrees in the natural sciences (astronomy, space sciences, physics); advanced degree (MSc or PhD) ideal.
  • Experience as an acquisitions editor or related editorial / publishing experience highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills are required.
  • Must be willing and able to travel.
  • For a Senior Editor candidate, experience organically developing a Portfolio required.


Springer Nature US provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package which includes the benefit offerings listed below: 

•    Medical, Dental and Vision 
•    401(k) with company match and contribution
•    Hybrid office working policy, Summer Hours, and paid time off
•    Flexible Spending and Commuter programs
•    Multiple Life insurance options
•    Disability coverage
•    Tuition Assistance
•    Voluntary benefits: Identity Theft Protection, Pet Insurance, and Legal Assistance Insurance
•    Employee Assistance Program
•    Family friendly benefits and a variety of employee discounts
•    An array of Employee Social Networks  


US Annualized Base Salary Range: Editor: $66,000 - $80,000 / Senior Editor: $91,000 - $100,000. The salary offer may vary based on work experience, education, skill level and equity. The US salary range does not align with the salary ranges in other countries when converted to the currency of that country.


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