Locum Associate or Senior Editor, Nature Neuroscience

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Date: Sep 14, 2023

Location: New York, US Berlin, DE Washington, US Philadelphia, US Heidelberg, DE

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Job title: Locum Associate or Senior Editor, Nature Neuroscience

Line manager: Chief Editor, Nature Neuroscience

Location(s): New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Berlin, Heidelberg 

Application Deadline: October 16th 


Purpose of the role:

Handling research manuscripts in all areas of neuroscience research, particularly systems, computational, theoretical, and cognitive neuroscience; participating in the daily life of the Nature Neuroscience team; contributing significantly to editorial activities and (as appropriate) to the publishing activities of Nature Neuroscience; and such other tasks as the company may assign from time to time.



  • Selecting manuscripts for publication, within the framework of current editorial policy. Will include selecting peer reviewers and overseeing the peer review process.
  • Cover for absent colleagues in the editorial team.
  • Maintaining Nature Neuroscience reputation in the scientific community by fostering good relationships with researchers.
  • Taking responsibility for the development of a broad subject area.
  • Where agreed, defining topics for Perspective and Review Articles, assessing proposals from potential authors of such articles, handling the resulting manuscripts and improving them via effective editing


Training and development

  • Helping other members of the team in handling manuscripts, and participating generally in the training and evolution of the team.
  • Where required, training and supervision of new editors in their probationary period, including recommending to the Chief Editor whether the probationary period has been successfully completed.

(Senior Editor)

  • Where agreed, taking responsibility for the broad progress of aspects of training and personal development within the team. (Senior Editor)
  • Active participation in planning an effective publishing strategy for authors; where agreed, taking responsibility for the journal’s input into technological and operational developments.


Relationships with other departments

  • Developing and maintaining effective and productive relations with other members of staff, including other Nature journal editors, editorial assistants, and other relevant departments, such as Author Services.
  • Coordinating and collaborating with commercial colleagues, including advice to marketing and advertising departments and making constructive suggestions for sponsored projects.


Key People

  • Other members of the Nature Neuroscience team; the Editorial Director; commercial departments; editorial assistants; other Nature journal editors.


Experience, Skills, and Qualifications:

  • PhD required and Postdoctoral experience preferred
  • Ability to grasp the essence of a manuscript quickly and accurately.
  • Ability to select reviewers for and reach decisions on manuscripts quickly and effectively.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Ability to recognize useful leads for front half sections of Nature Neuroscience.
  • A thorough understanding and overview of their own area, and the potential to have the same appreciation of other areas.
  • Any experience in editorial work is welcome, but none is required for this role.



US Annualized Base Salary Range: Associate Editor: $74,000 / Senior Editor: $91,000. 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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