Job Details
Scientific Editor, EMBO Press


Heidelberg, Germany

Staff Category:

Staff Member

Contract Duration:

3 years, renewable



Closing Date:

18 June 2017

Reference Number:

Job Description

EMBO stands for excellence in the life sciences. We enable the best science by supporting talented researchers, stimulating scientific exchange and advancing policies for a world-class European research environment. EMBO Press publishes four prestigious scientific research journals, The EMBO Journal, EMBOreports, Molecular Systems Biology and EMBO Molecular Medicine.

EMBO is seeking a highly motivated scientist with broad and international high-level research experience for the role of scientific editor at EMBO Press.
The editor has broad responsibilities towards ensuring that the EMBO Press journals publishes peer-reviewed material of the highest quality and broad general interest. The scientific editor reports to the Head of Scientific Publications, EMBO Press.

The successful candidate will be responsible for selecting research papers as well as commissioning reviews and commentaries in a number of subject areas for publication. The candidate will be expected to form extensive contacts to the scientific community and engage in regular travel to conferences and research institutions. The successful candidate will work primarily for one of the EMBO Press journals - the journal most appropriate for the candidate will be discussed in the interview. The editor will also be involved in publishing and other EMBO activities beyond the assigned journal.

Specific responsibilities:
  • In the assigned subject areas, critical evaluation of submitted manuscripts, identification of suitable reviewers/advisors and the communication of appropriate editorial criteria and decisions.
  • Commissioning, developmental editing and, where required, peer review of high level reviews, commentaries and ‘News & Views’ articles in the assigned subject areas. 
  • The transfer of manuscript that meet EMBO Press publication policies and editorial standards for production. Liaison with the production department and authors to ensure efficient publication.
  • Attendance or co-organization of conferences and visits to research institutions to represent EMBO Press, as well as the other EMBO departments. The delivery of talks and training programmes related to scientific communication.
  • Involvement in publicity and social media activities in assigned subject areas. 
  • Writing and editing of highlights, summaries and press releases in assigned subject areas. 
  • Involvement in the strategic development of EMBO Press publishing initiatives.
  • Perform additional tasks as required by the Head of Scientific Publications or the EMBO Director.
This position will occasionally require duty travel and working outside of the normal working hours, in the evenings and/or during the weekend.
Qualifications and Experience

Expertise in any area of the life sciences published by EMBO Press journals is welcome, but in particular trafficking, plant biology, metabolism or autophagy. One or more successful postdocs; senior academic and/or editorial qualifications are welcome.

Application Instructions
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Additional Information
This position is located in state of the art office facilities at EMBO in Heidelberg. 
EMBO is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

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