Associate or Senior Editor (Genetic biotechnology) – Springer Nature – New York, NY

Job ID: 5984
Job date: 2016-09-17

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Job Description:
Springer Nature is a major new force in scientific, scholarly, professional and educational publishing. By using its combined expertise, scale and the reach of our brands, the company aims to grow and innovate in order to better serve academic researchers, students, teachers, institutions, professionals and the wider public, by helping them discover more. Springer Nature was created through the combination of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media in May 2015. This strategic merger brought together these dynamic publishing houses with more than 150 years of history behind them, as well as complementary geographic footprints and brand portfolios, a track record of creativity and innovation, and a shared vision to advance knowledge and learning around the world. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries and has a turnover of EURO 1.5 billion.

Department: Nature Communications:

Do you love science but feel that a career at the bench isn’t enough to sate your desire to learn more about the natural world? Do you enjoy reading papers outside your chosen area of research? If the answer is ‘yes’ to any or all of these questions, you could be the person we’re looking for to join the editorial team of Nature Communications in either our London, New York or Shanghai office.

Nature Communications is the world’s leading multidisciplinary open access journal, publishing high-quality research from across the natural sciences. To help us to build on the success of this journal, we’re seeking a genetic biotechnology editor who has a critical eye, a deep understanding of their subject and interests beyond, and who can think on their feet.

To be considered for the position, you will have:
A PhD (or equivalent) in a field of genetics, molecular biology, plant science or biotechnology. Candidates with experience in plant biotechnology, genome engineering or bioinformatics are particularly encouraged to apply. Some postdoctoral research experience is preferred. A thorough understanding of recent trends and developments in the field is essential. A passion for science and a thirst to learn more. You must be able to demonstrate the breadth of your interest in scientific research, both within and beyond your speciality. 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 this discipline. Be eager to travel and meet 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.
The successful candidate will report to a team manager in the life sciences, and play an important role in determining the representation of their subject in the journal. They will handle original research papers, and work closely with other editors on all aspects of the editorial process, including manuscript selection and overseeing peer review. The ability to recommend well-reasoned editorial decisions on submitted manuscripts in the light of expert advice is crucial. They will liaise extensively with editors at other journals in the Nature family and experts in the international scientific community. 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 may be located in either our London, New York or Shanghai office. Applicants for the London or New York offices must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the UK or USA respectively in order to be considered for the position.

Candidates for the Shanghai office may be expected to complete a training period of up to six months in the London or New York office. Any offer of employment in the Shanghai office will be contingent on the necessary work permits for the US, UK and China, as applicable, being granted (the Company will provide reasonable assistance with the necessary application process in this respect).

Applicants should include a CV, a covering letter explaining their interest in the post and their preferred office of employment, and a Research Highlights piece in the style of Nature Cell Biology (of around 300 words) on a recent paper from the literature.

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


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