Assistant Editor, Physical Review X
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.
Physical Review X
, a dynamic, broad-scope, and highly selective journal of the American Physical Society, seeks a very motivated physicist with independent research experience and a strong sense of professionalism to join its editorial team as an Assistant Editor
This full-time position is officially located at the APS editorial offices in Ridge, New York, close to Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University and 60 miles from Manhattan. Partial telecommuting could, however, be negotiated. APS offers career stability, a competitive salary and an outstanding benefits package.
A Typical Week May Look Like This…
The primary responsibility of the Assistant Editor is to select, from a large number of received papers, those that meet the journal’s acceptance criteria for publication, by exercising independent professional judgment and judiciously seeking expert input through anonymous peer review. The Assistant Editor is also expected to be an engaging and effective ambassador for the journal to the physics community at large, through personal interactions with researchers at conferences and via site visits. This position can be the beginning of a very rewarding career for an individual who is passionate about physics and learning and who is keen to serve physics and the physics community in a nontraditional way.
Is This You?
The qualified applicant must have both a Ph.D. in physics and postdoctoral experience in an area or a number of areas of physics. Although no area will be categorically excluded from consideration, preference will be given to those research areas that straddle different topics or subfields in physics, in particular, the currently very active field of quantum many-body physics that spans statistical physics, atomic/molecular/optical physics, and quantum information theory.
The applicant should already have a basic understanding of the research-publication process through their own publications. An excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. In addition, we seek the following qualities in the applicant: A keen interest in, and ability for, constantly and efficiently broadening their knowledge of physics beyond the area of their specialization; a capability to make independent and critical judgment of both research papers and expert opinions using that knowledge; analytical decisiveness in decision making; self-discipline in completing daily tasks in the absence of obvious deadlines and also in meeting set deadlines; and an ability to be a team player. Knowledge of physics beyond the applicant’s area(s) of specialization, interest and skills in personal interactions with fellow physicists will be viewed as competitive assets, as will a knack for distilling technical results into an accessible message.
This is Us!
The American Physical Society strives to:
- Be the leading voice for physics and an authoritative source of physics information for the advancement of physics and the benefit of humanity.
- Provide effective programs in support of the physics community and the conduct of physics.
- Collaborate with national scientific societies for the advancement of science, science education and the science community.
- Cooperate with international physics societies to promote physics, to support physicists worldwide and to foster international collaboration.
- Promote an active, engaged and diverse membership, and support the activities of its units and members.
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, national origin, disability or veteran status.
We welcome you to apply today!