Submitted: 23 May 2022
Department: Nature Communications
Institution: Springer Nature
Job type: Full time
Apply by: 6 June 2022
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Nature Research is the world’s leader in publishing high-quality research from across the natural sciences. Its journals include Nature, the Nature Research journals, the Nature Reviews journals and 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.

Nature Communications is the leading multidisciplinary Open Access journal, publishing high-quality scientific research. To help us to build on the success of this journal, we’re seeking an editor with experience in evolution who has a critical eye, a deep understanding of their subject and interests beyond, and who can think on their feet. Knowledge of genomics and/or phylogenetics is desirable.

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.

• Determining the representation of their subject in the journal.

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

• Attending conferences and visiting research institutions.

• Commission and edit Reviews, and write Editorials

To be considered for the position, you will have:

• A PhD (or equivalent) in a field related to evolution

• Significant 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.

• 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 successful candidates will report to a Team Manager in the life science division.

This demanding and intellectually stimulating role is located in either our London, New York or Berlin office. The position is offered on a permanent basis and its starting date is envisaged as soon as possible.

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 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 skills

Applicants should include: a CV, a covering letter explaining their interest in the post and their preferred office of employment, and a separate concise (300-400 words) discussion of a recent scientific development that they found particularly exciting (stating why).

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