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Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters

American Physical Society
Remote, US
$81,060 - $110,384
Posting live until
18 Jul 2024

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Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters (3 openings)

Who we are:

The American Physical Society is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance physics by fostering a vibrant, inclusive, and global community dedicated to science and society. APS represents more than 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and around the world.

Position Summary:
Would you like to join our close-knit team of editors running the world’s leading physics journal? As an Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters, you would handle all phases of the peer review process and ultimately decide which papers we publish. For this important work, we seek, for three open positions, dynamic and personable individuals with a strong scientific background in one or more of these areas: quantum information science and technology, photonics, condensed matter physics, or materials science.

Our editors stay engaged with the physics community and abreast of the latest research by attending meetings and visiting research institutions around the world. In addition, editors participate in various editorial initiatives and cross-departmental APS projects.

No editorial experience is required, though we do expect familiarity with the review process as an author and referee. We will train you to develop the editorial skills needed to be part of our team. Candidates with considerable editorial experience in handling manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, and demonstrated impact in that role, may qualify for the senior position.

This advertisement seeks to fill three positions for Physical Review Letters (PRL) supervisors, each shared ¼ time with one of three specific Physical Review topical journals:

PRL & Physical Review B PRL & Physical Review Materials PRL & Physical Review Applied

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.


  • Manage all aspects of peer review for a suite of manuscripts. This includes determining if review is warranted, selecting referees, evaluating responses, and deciding whether to publish.

Maintain close contact with the other PRL editors and with the editors of other journals in the Physical Review portfolio. Help select and briefly summarize papers to highlight. Keep up with current and emerging physics research. Support the manuscript post acceptance process, as needed, including the acquisition of editorial summaries and images and the resolution of production issues. Perform editorial checks to ensure the overall quality and timeliness of published papers. Maintain high ethical standards and fairness at all editorial stages, ensuring that decisions align with editorial policy and practice. Gain mastery of the peer-review management system. Represent the journals and APS at scientific conferences. Actively engage and develop strong relationships and trust with a broad network of researchers. Contribute to journal-level projects and strategy, such as content commissioning, social media, organizing outreach events, and data analytics. Actively contribute to ensuring the journals are diverse, equitable, and inclusive.


Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • A PhD and postdoctoral experience in quantum information science and technology, photonics, condensed matter physics, or materials science. PRL covers all areas of physics research, so we seek those with a broad background and outlook.
  • A minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience. 
  • Excellent knowledge of the science and literature in their field. Familiarity with existing research groups in that area. Strong sense of integrity. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to make prompt independent evaluations and decisions. Ability to manage multiple priorities. Strong written and verbal English communication skills. Excellent attention to detail. Ability to work well both alone and as part of a team.

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 position takes into account various factors influencing compensation decisions, such as skill sets, experience, training, and other business and organizational requirements. The salary listed within the specified ranges considers relevant experience. Our compensation philosophy at APS aims to maintain salaries at the midpoint of the market. As a result, we typically hire within the target starting range. Exceptional, rare cases may merit reviews above target starting range for specialized or niche skills aligned with strategic operational goals.

Hiring Range: $81,060/year - $110,384/year (USD)

Target Starting Range: $81,060/year - $90,130/year (USD)


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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