Friday, September 28, 2007

Wanted: Brilliant Editor, Open Access Afficionado, Biology Background

I got this by email and figured I would post it here.

Senior Scientific Editor, PLoS Biology – based in San Francisco

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) seeks an experienced editor and manager to lead its flagship life science journal – PLoS Biology – in San Francisco. Since its launch in 2003, PLoS Biology has rapidly become established as both a high impact journal and a leader in the open-access publishing movement. This is a unique opportunity to develop a ground-breaking journal, and to shape a fundamental transition in scientific publishing.

The primary responsibilities of the job will be:

· Oversight of all editorial aspects of the journal, including peer review of research articles and commissioning of additional content. This includes fostering a collaborative decision-making process among in-house editors and the editorial board

· Management of the journal editorial staff

· Working with the PLoS leadership and the journal team to determine journal strategy within the context of our publishing portfolio and open-access goals

· Leading the further development of the journal specifically as we introduce web features that will allow greater user participation

· Attending scientific conferences and outreach to the scientific community, representing PLoS Biology and the broader aims of open access

Required experience and qualities:

· Extensive experience handling peer review of primary research

· Substantial management experience, and excellent communication skills

· Broad knowledge of the biological sciences, with a network of contacts in the scientific community

· Knowledge of and interest in the changing nature of scientific publishing, particularly in an online environment

· Strong commitment to open-access publishing

· Willingness to be flexible to accommodate time differences between our international offices

Application Procedure

PLoS offers competitive salaries, a creative and casual work environment as well as a full range of comprehensive benefits, including medical; dental and vision; life, LTD and STD coverage and a matching 401k program. If interested, please send resume and cover letter to jobs@plos.org and use “Managing Editor, PLoS Biology” as the subject of your email. Informal enquiries may be made by email to the Director of Publishing, Mark Patterson - mpatterson@plos.org. Principals only – email from recruiters will be ignored.

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