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Associate Editor in Chief
Title:Associate Editor in Chief
Location:Ridge, NY

Associate Editor in Chief

Who we are:
The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The American Physical Society (APS) is searching for two Associate Editors in Chief for its growing portfolio of Physical Review journals. The AEiCs will oversee and direct the management of the individual journals, and shape and develop the overall editorial structure. Each AEiC will be responsible for a specific portfolio of journals.

The positions present a unique opportunity to contribute to trusted physics publications, APS’s Physical Review journals. The AEiCs report to the Editor in Chief and work with a first-rate team of professional Editors. These collaborative roles require a dynamic personality, strong scientific background, and effective managerial performance to oversee our broad editorial operations, contribute to the overall editorial strategy, and help to guide the editorial direction for the journals.

As part of a scholarly organization, the AEiCs will work with senior staff throughout the Editorial Office as well as colleagues in other departments, including Accounting, Communications, Development, Human Resources, Information Technology, Meetings, Outreach, Program, and Public Affairs.

The APS proudly embraces diversity and cultivates teams that embrace uniqueness in a supportive and positive environment. We offer competitive salary and benefits to qualified individuals ready for a challenging, rewarding career in physics publication.

  • Direct supervision of Physical Review Managing Editors
  • Indirect supervision of the staff reporting to the Managing Editors
  • Journal budgeting
  • Collaboration with Editor in Chief and Publisher on journal development and policies
  • Collaboration with other colleagues across APS
  • Active participation in editorial and cross-departmental projects
  • Building ties with the community, especially via our Editorial Board and at conferences


  • PhD in physics or related field, plus relevant managerial experience

Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 5+ years experience in publishing in an editorial capacity
  • Ability to manage and motivate a team
  • Ability to thrive in the rapidly evolving publishing and editorial environments
  • Demonstrated ability to provide thoughtful leadership amidst change
  • Deep knowledge of scientific publishing
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills
  • Ability to make prompt independent evaluations and decisions
  • Facility in managing multiple, changing priorities
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through

This position requires business travel within and outside the United States to attend conferences and other events, and to interact with scientists at universities, national laboratories, and other research institutes.


Work Environment

  • Most work performed in an office environment
  • Flexible work hours to accommodate the time differences for meetings and events as requested
  • The position is based at the editorial offices in Ridge, New York, on Long Island, 100 km east of Manhattan (near Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University). Regular presence in the Ridge office is required, but partial telecommuting could be negotiated.


The statements contained in this document reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions assigned to this position, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned, including work in other functional areas, to cover absences, equalize work periods, or otherwise to balance the workload.


Our Mission:

To advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and serve the broader physics community, we:

  • Provide a welcoming and supportive professional home for an active, engaged, and diverse membership
  • Advance scientific discovery and research dissemination
  • Advocate for physics and physicists, and amplify the voice for science
  • Share the excitement of physics and communicate the essential role physics plays in the modern world
  • Promote effective physics education for all

The core values that drive our mission are:

  • The Scientific Method
  • Truth and Integrity
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect
  • Partnering, Cooperation, and Open Collaboration
  • Speaking Out
  • Education and Learning


The American Physical Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, pregnancy (including childbirth or related condition), citizenship, familial status, mental or physical disability, veteran status, genetic information, other non-disqualifying disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

If you are in need of any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please email To ensure the safety of our full community, APS is currently operating in a 100% remote capacity with all employees working from home.

We welcome you to apply today! 

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