Associate/Senior Editor - Communications Biology

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Date: May 16, 2023

Location: Shanghai, CN Nanjing, CN Beijing, CN

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Job Title:  Associate/Senior Editor - Communications Biology

Location: Shanghai, Beijing or Nanjing (Hybrid working)


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/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 neuroscience. 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 our Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong or Nanjing office on a hybrid working pattern. All applicants must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in China.

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. 





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