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Associate Editor, Quantum Information

American Physical Society
United States (US) - Remote
$77,985k/year - $116,978k/year (USD)
Posting live until
29 Feb 2024

Job Details

Associate Editor, Quantum Information 

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 more than 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Summary:

The Associate Editor will decide on publishing the most exciting and consequential results in quantum science and technologies, conducting a thorough and high-quality peer-review process. For that, we seek a talented candidate with deep research experience in quantum information at the postdoctoral level and outstanding communication skills. A successful candidate will work with the editorial team of PRX Quantum, interacting with top leaders in the field. The Associate Editor will also be responsible for engaging and building connections with scientists from this highly multidisciplinary research community. Expertise in quantum computing and algorithms is a plus.

APS has a “remote first” concept that promotes equal treatment and equal access within the United States, independent of physical work location, with a majority of staff working primarily from remote work locations. APS values diversity and welcomes candidates from a variety of backgrounds. APS offers a dynamic work environment with an outstanding total compensation package, including salary, outstanding benefits, and excellent paid time off.


Evaluate the scientific content and impact of manuscripts in a critical and independent manner. Manage all aspects of peer review, including deciding on desk-rejection, selecting referees, communicating with authors and referees,  resolving conflicting recommendations, and deciding on publication, based on the journal's acceptance criteria and scope. Perform editorial checks to ensure the overall quality and timeliness of published papers. Actively participate in everyday journal initiatives, such as highlighting and social media. Represent the journals and APS at world-wide scientific conferences. Ability to travel internationally is a requirement. Actively engage and develop strong relationships and trust with a broad network of researchers, including Editorial Board members. Contribute to journal-level projects and strategy, such as attracting top content, article commissioning, organizing outreach events, hold presentations, and data analytics. Gain mastery of the peer-review management system. Support the manuscript post acceptance process, as needed, including the acquisition of editorial summaries and images, and actions to solve production issues. Maintain high ethical standards and fairness at all editorial stages, ensuring that decisions align with editorial policy and practice Participate in editorial and cross-departmental projects to meet and support the goals of APS. Actively contribute to ensuring the journals are diverse, equitable, and inclusive.


A PhD is required, in Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science. Postdoctoral experience is required.


Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • A minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience is required.
  • Published in major journals within the scope of PRX Quantum.
  • Proven referee experience in the topical areas of PRX Quantum.
  • Candidates with considerable editorial experience in handling manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, and demonstrated impact on that role, may qualify for a senior position.
  • Excellent knowledge of the scientific literature in quantum information, existing research groups in the area of coverage, and acute awareness of current developments.
  • Passion for learning and sharing research in quantum information.
  • A strong sense of integrity.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Excellent command of written English.
  • Capable of being detail-oriented without losing sight of the big picture.
  • The ability to make independent decisions and evaluations.
  • The ability to apply journal policies and practices and make sound editorial judgments.
  • Knowledge of Web-based manuscript handling and databases.
  • A strong sense of responsibility and a commitment to the job.
  • Ability to work well with interdepartmental teams as well as independently.


This role involves occasional travel, approximately up to 10%, for meetings with APS staff, departmental gatherings, and interactions with colleagues in the Long Island, NY, Washington, DC and College Park, MD areas. Additionally, the position requires world-wide travel to attend conferences and events, and to interact with researchers at their institutions and universities.


The salary range for this role considers the factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to skill sets, experience and training, and other business and organizational needs. APS's Compensation Philosophy is to manage salaries at the midpoint of the market. Therefore, it is the practice to hire within the entry - midpoint range.

Full Range: $77,985k/year - $116,978k/year (USD)

Target Range: $77,985k/year - $97,481k/year (USD)

Work Environment:

Our Editorial Offices are located on Long Island. We are operational in most US states. The Editorial Department allows flexible work hours; responsiveness is required, however, during the core 9 am to 5pm Eastern Standard Time workday. The successful candidate will join a collaborative international team of editors across the Physical Review journals.

This is Us:

Help us achieve our mission of advancing and diffusing the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and serve the broader physics community.

Our Core Values:

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

Amazing 2024 Benefit Offerings:

Flexible schedules and ability to work remotely

  • 8% employer-paid retirement contribution
  • Investment advisement services: 100% employer paid
  • Medical benefits: PPO or HDHP option
  • Employer contribution to FSA or HSA account, eligibility based on medical plan enrollment
  • Lifestyle Spending benefit up to $2000.00 (USD) - 100% employer paid
  • Dental benefits:  individual coverage 100% employer paid
  • Vision benefits: individual and dependent coverage 100% employer paid
  • Basic Life & Accident insurance: employee coverage 100% employer paid
  • Supplemental Life & Accident insurance, including spouse & dependent child(ren) coverage
  • Disability insurance:  employee coverage 100% employer paid
  • Voluntary Accident & Critical Illness insurance
  • Healthcare, Commuter & Dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • Vacation: 15 days annually
  • Generous holiday leave: 17 paid days of significance; includes one week closure at the end of December
  • Personal leave: 4 days annually
  • Volunteer leave: 1 day annually
  • Sick leave: 10 days annually
  • Bereavement & Compassion leave: 2 -15 days based on loss
  • 12 weeks employer-paid family leave
  • College tuition reimbursement plan
  • Job related seminar & continuing education
  • Professional Certification/Recertification 100% employer paid
  • Training and professional development; access to LinkedIn Learning on-demand courses
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Mindfulness Meditation: live and on-demand classes
  • APS does not offer relocation assistance/costs


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

Remote—first organization with physical offices in College Park, MD, Washington DC, Hauppauge, NY, USA

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Desired degree  & disciplines
Education requirements range from a high-school diploma or equivalent to a bachelor’s degree; some roles may require advanced degrees like a master’s or Ph.D.

How to apply
To see a list of our current openings, please apply online at

Closing date
All year round


Company info
1 Physics Ellipse
College Park
United States

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