Associate or Senior Editor, Communications Biology

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Date: Mar 28, 2024

Location: Philadelphia, US New York, US Washington, US London, GB

Company: Springer Nature Group


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Associate or Senior Editor, Communications Biology 

Location(s): Philadelphia, London, New York or Washington DC - Hybrid working model 

Application Deadline: April 19th, 2024


Nature Portfolio is the world’s leader in publishing high-quality research from across the natural sciences.


We are currently seeking an Associate or Senior Editor with research experience in relevant scientific areas in biology to join Communications Biology - a multidisciplinary open access biology journal. The journal complements our other Nature Portfolio open access titles, Nature Communications and Scientific Reports.


The Associate or Senior Editor role at Communications Biology is ideal for researchers who love science but feel that a career at the bench isn’t enough to satisfy your desire to learn more about the natural world and for those who enjoy reading papers outside their chosen area of research.


We are looking for someone with a research background in Ecology and/or Evolutionary Biology but with an open mind and interest in other areas of biological research.


A large part of the role will involve working alongside the journal’s Editorial Board.



The responsibilities include:

  • Handling original research papers and working closely with other editors on all aspects of the editorial process, including manuscript selection and overseeing peer review.

  • Making well-reasoned editorial decisions on submitted manuscripts in the light of expert advice.

  • Engaging with our external editorial board- guiding and assisting external editors with the tasks listed above, as well as recruitment and training of new board members.

  • Liaising extensively with editors at other journals across Springer Nature and with experts in the international scientific community.

  • Attending conferences and visiting research institutions.

  • Commissioning various content including Reviews and Comment articles and writing Editorials.

  • Contributing to journal strategy and editorial policies.


To be considered for the position, you will have:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant biology discipline. Post-doctoral experience would be advantageous but not essential.

  • A genuine passion for scientific communication and promoting rigor and transparency in reporting research.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be fluent in English (written and spoken).

  • The ability to read and assess the novelty, context and implications of research submitted to the journal from different areas of the biological sciences.

  • A desire to interact with scientists worldwide, learn more about them and their research, and help them learn more about us and what we are looking for in the papers we seek to publish.


Editorial experience is not required, although applicants with significant editorial experience are encouraged to apply and will potentially be considered for Senior Editor positions. The position is offered on a full-time basis and will be located in NYC, London, Washington DC, or Philadelphia on a hybrid working pattern.


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: $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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At Springer Nature we value the diversity of our teams. We recognize the many benefits of a diverse workforce with equitable opportunities for everyone. We strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles. Springer Nature was awarded Diversity Team of the Year at the 2022 British Diversity Awards. Find out more about our DEI work here.


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