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Lead Editor of Physical Review E

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The American Physical Society is conducting an international search for a new Lead Editor of Physical Review E. Physical Review E is the premier journal in the interrelated areas of statistical, nonlinear, biological, and soft matter physics.

The Lead Editor is the lead scientific advisor to the journal and chairs the Editorial Board. They provide community oversight of the journal’s content and direction, strategically advising the journal’s Chief Editor in a consultative capacity. The role is key in helping shape the journal’s long-term goals and growing and elevating the journal within the community. 

As Chair of the Editorial Board, the Lead Editor also oversees the journal’s Board members and selects new members, in consultation with the Chief Editor and the journal’s editorial team. This role is critical in engaging the Board members and creating a cohesive group that work together to support the growth and evolution of the journal.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

Stature in a field of research within the scope of Physical Review E and within its author and referee community

Visionary and strategic with the ability to look at what’s required in broad terms and contribute to the development of strategic plans

Excellent stakeholder management and interpersonal skills, with a proven track record of making the right connections and build networks both internally and externally

Impeccable communication skills and ability to influence others

Ability to make prompt independent evaluations and decisions

Track record of mobilizing a group of people (without direct line management authority) to effectively support the management of the journal

Able to manage multiple priorities

Experience chairing meetings with diplomacy and ensuring that all members have the opportunity to contribute to the Board meaningfully

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

The Lead Editor may maintain their present position and location while devoting a percentage of their time to this position (typically not more than 10%). The initial appointment is for a three-year term, with renewal possible after review. The position comes with a competitive stipend, which is negotiable and dependent on the established time commitment.

The American Physical Society is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from or nominations of women and members of minority groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment 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.

The search is not limited to residents of the United States. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected. Applicants are invited to submit a CV and a cover letter describing their vision for the future of Physical Review E to enhance the quality and impact of the journal. Nominations should include a cover letter describing why the nominee will make an effective Lead Editor. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent to: PRE Search Committee, at



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

Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Associate executive editor, managing editor, Physical Review Materials; director of marketing, user experience and communications; honors program manager; science policy intern; data and analytics intern

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

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