Chief Editor, Physical Review B

American Physical Society
$120,000k/year - $180,000k/year (USD)
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

Job Details

Chief Editor, Physical Review B

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization devoted to advancing and diffusing the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals and scientific meetings, as well as its education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Summary

The American Physical Society Chief Editor position represents a cornerstone in seamlessly orchestrating our journal's strategic and operational dimensions. This pivotal role encompasses overseeing day-to-day activities and formulating a visionary path for long-term objectives. Working closely with Publications Leadership and Management, the Chief Editor actively contributes to defining and refining the journal's scope, direction, and strategic road map, ensuring its continual relevance and sustainability in the scientific landscape.

The Chief Editor of Physical Review B is responsible for managing a large team of experienced editors precisely, fostering seamless coordination with operational facets to enhance workflow efficiency. Through a collaborative partnership with the Lead Editor, our goal is to curate a journal distinguished by top-tier content tailored to meet the exacting standards of contributors and engage our readership effectively.

We invite seasoned professionals in the field to explore this unique opportunity to make a lasting impact on the scientific community. Apply today to be a catalyst in shaping the future of our esteemed journal.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy & Performance:

  • Provide vision and direction for the journal in alignment with APS Publishing strategy
  • Carries out horizon scanning for potential threats and opportunities
  • Work in partnership with, and consult, the Lead Editor across strategic areas where relevant
  • Serve as an ambassador for the journal, building the editorial team’s connections with prominent researchers at conferences or through lab visits, either in person or virtually
  • Responsible for the performance of the journal; regularly monitoring its performance, mitigating risks and issues; and planning future developments to grow and improve
  • Uphold editorial criteria and design and execute strategies to attract high-quality submissions to the journal and, where appropriate, to the entire portfolio
  • Work with the editorial team to lead on new development initiatives (internally and externally) that drive growth and sustainability of the journal
  • Actively contribute to ensuring the journals are diverse, equitable, and inclusive
  • As a member of the Editorial Management Team, advise the Executive Editor and CPO, foster internal communication, and support initiatives as needed


  • Oversee the day to day running of the journal and the operational processes and procedures underpinning activity, ensuring they remain effective and efficient and produce high quality content
  • Manage the hiring, onboarding, and training of new editorial staff and academic editors, with support and input from the Lead Editor
  • Lead and manage the editorial team, including APS staff editors and academic editors, establishing and communicating transparent expectations for performance and supporting the career development of staff members
  • Support the CEA in the selection, recruitment and onboarding of editorial board members
  • Work with the CEA and provide them with guidance on the effective running of the board and consistent engagement of its members
  • Ensure consistent acceptance criteria, high ethical standards, alignment with Physical Review editorial policy and practice, and competitive processing times
  • Manage the review and appeals process for submissions
  • Act as primary journal contact for upper editorial management (Executive Editor and Chief Publication Officer) and other departments
  • Work with the editorial team and other APS departments to identify sponsorship opportunities, promote journal content and initiatives through a variety of outlets, including social media
  • Assume responsibility for allocating the journal’s annual travel budget
  • Maintain and promote a productive and positive work environment focused on professional excellence and in alignment with APS Core values
  • Handle original manuscripts on a relevant research area for the journal, at a level consistent with the managerial demands of the role

Scope & Relationships

  • The Chief Editor reports to the Executive Editor or the Associate Executive Editor
  • 0-10 Direct Reports; 0-20 Indirect Reports, dependent on journal
  • Collaboration with Publications Leadership and Management
  • May manage consultant editors (0-20)



  • PhD in Physics or related field and at least one year of post-doctoral experience


  • At least 5 years of scientific editorial experience, preferably in a research area relevant to the journal
  • Impeccable track record applying scientific expertise and broad understanding of research toward the evaluation of manuscripts in a critical, thoughtful, and independent manner
  • Proven track record of successfully leading projects, supervising teams and mentoring staff
  • Excellent stakeholder management and interpersonal skills with a proven track record of making the right connections and building networks both internally and externally
  • Commitment to quality peer review
  • Uses data and metrics effectively to assess performance
  • Proven track record of identifying opportunities for improvement and planning/executing delivery plans to implement those improvements
  • Excellent knowledge of the scientific research landscape in the areas of coverage
  • Enthusiasm for learning about new research areas and trends in scientific publishing
  • Strong sense of integrity and a commitment to a diverse and inclusive research community
  • Ability to make prompt independent evaluations and decisions
  • Able to manage multiple priorities
  • Impeccable writing and communication skills

Location of Work

APS follows a “remote first” work model, with a majority of staff working primarily from remote work locations. Although this is a “remote first” position, it requires regular and frequent travel to meet with APS publications, editorial, and other staff. Residence in the United States is required. Relocation assistance will not be provided.


In addition to frequent travel to meet with APS staff, this position requires attendance at leadership, scientific, and professional meetings and events as part of its core responsibilities, (up to 20%) to attend conferences and events, and to interact with researchers at research institutions and universities.


APS digital

At the American Physical Society, our mission is to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and service the broader physics community. Established in 1899,  APS represents more than 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world.

Why work for us
Founded in our Core Value of  Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect, the American Physical Society will provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all employees and promotion of successful and fulfilling career opportunities. The American Physical Society is a remote-first organization that supports flexible working hours, hybrid work models, and offers generous paid family leave. We offer a competitive base salary along with a comprehensive health and wellness benefits package. Whether it’s contributing to our world-leading journals or engaging and supporting the next generation of physicists through our robust program offerings, our employees have the opportunity to partner with diverse and talented colleagues on exciting initiatives.

Training and development
APS provides a wide array of professional-development opportunities  specific to each employee’s career path and goals. We foster a learning  environment by creating training opportunities that range from staff training seminars, attending conferences, mentorship/coaching, to on-demand courses and instruction via our learning management system. APS is committed to ensuring that our employees have a diverse library of tools and resources supporting their professional goals and outcomes.

What we are looking for
We are looking for people across various professions and specializations to support the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics. Join our diverse team of talented professionals who want to make a difference.  Core values drive our mission. We will provide a welcoming and inclusive environment and welcome all to share in the excitement of physics.

Does this sound like you? Join us and help us ensure a bright future for physics.

Please apply online at

USA: College Park, MD; Washington, DC; Long Island, NY

Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Associate editor, community engagement specialist, industry program manager, science policy intern

Desired degree  & disciplines
Bachelor’s/master’s degrees, Ph.D.

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round


Company info
1 Physics Ellipse
College Park
United States

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