Associate Editor

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Date: Aug 3, 2022

Location: New York, US Philadelphia, US

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Job Title: Associate Editor (Commissioning Editor)

Location:  New York and Philadelphia 

Permanent, Full Time Role

Closing Date: September 5th, 2022


The Medicine and Life Sciences team is responsible for publishing more than 700 peer-reviewed journals across a wide range of biology and biomedicine. Our vision is to create programs that lead their respective fields by attracting quality content, launching the right journals at the right time, and building strong partnerships with our external Editors and Societies - to become one better business and lead in the transition to open research in a sustainable way.


The Editor role is a fantastic opportunity to work on a variety of journals, in a supportive team focused environment. You will be involved in coordinating commissioning projects to acquire high quality content for a selection of Medicine and Life Science titles, supporting the internal publishing editors and external academic editors across the portfolio.



  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with members of the Medicine and Life Sciences team, tailoring your level of support to meet the needs of individuals and journals
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with academic Editors, Editorial Boards, society executives and other key contacts in the field
  • Work with publishing editors, external academic editors and Editorial Board Members to obtain suggestions of topics and authors for commissioned content
  • Plan and drive the commissioning of content by proactively suggesting topics
  • Liaise with authors to ensure that commissioned content is submitted to agreed deadlines
  • Plan and prioritise workload according to the needs of journals and their editors
  • Monitor and track progress of commissioned content acquisition across the portfolio, analysing and reporting on progress in order to optimise support
  • Share knowledge and advice with colleagues to support their own commissioning projects
  • Build knowledge of the field and the relevant scientific communities to identify commissioning opportunities. This will involve engaging with senior scientists and obtaining their advice


Experience, skills and qualifications:


  • Educated to degree level in a life science or biomedical science discipline
  • Proven knowledge of publishing process and related matters
  • Keen interest in open access publishing
  • Proven administrative skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent influencing skills
  • Excellent critical appraisal and problem solving skills
  • Takes ownership to drive and complete tasks
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines consistently
  • Ability to adapt quickly to change
  • Strong attention to detail/high accuracy
  • Able to work cooperatively with colleagues at all levels


  • Previous experience working in the publishing industry
  • Previous experience of content acquisition


Springer Nature employees are continuing to work from home at this point in time though working in office is possible dependant on your preferred location. When employees return to the offices hybrid working will be introduced globally.

At Springer Nature, we’re committed to creating a great working environment which includes the benefits you receive, opportunities for you to develop your skills and ways to network and get to know your colleagues. Some of these include:


  • Support networks that focus on fostering dialogue around diversity, community building, advice and advocacy
  • Wellbeing initiatives to support in maintaining a healthy work life balance
  • 24 hour access to our learning and development platform Leap to help develop your skill


Further information about life at Springer Nature, hybrid working and the range of benefits available in your preferred location will be shared during the interview process.


To apply: Applicants should include a CV and a cover letter explaining their interest in the post, any prior editorial experience, and their preferred office of employment. 


If you are an internal applicant please inform your line manager.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

- Medical, Dental and Vision
- Life and AD&D
- 401(k)
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Transit Accounts
- Tuition Assistance
- Summer Hours

Springer Nature is an Equal Opportunity Employer that complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following “Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law” poster:

Visit the Springer Nature Editorial and Publishing website at for more information about our Research E&P career opportunities.

At Springer Nature, we value the diversity of our teams and work to build an inclusive culture, where people are treated fairly and can bring their differences to work and thrive. We empower our colleagues and value their diverse perspectives as we strive to attract, nurture and develop the very best talent.

Springer Nature was awarded Diversity Team of the Year at the 2022 British Diversity Awards. Find out more about our DEI work here.