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Editorial Assistant

IOP Publishing
Bristol / Hybrid / UK Remote
Negotiable salary + excellent benefits
Closing date
17 Aug 2022
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We have an exciting opportunity to join IOP Publishing’s ebooks team on a permanent basis as an Editorial Assistant.

The Editorial Assistant role is pivotal to achieving our ultimate aim of helping authors share their knowledge with the world. It is the ideal introduction to STM book publishing and central to the organisation as you will be working with colleagues in many departments to help ensure the smooth running of our books business.

The position also plays a vital role in ensuring excellent author service. The ebooks team publishes leading research and educational books in the physical sciences, and the successful applicant will work closely with our authors and commissioning editors at every stage of the process, from the initial new book proposal through to the publication of each title.

Core responsibilities include author communications, checking manuscripts and permissions, managing contracts, supporting the peer review process, writing marketing texts, briefing cover designs and providing general support to the team.

About you

Happy to work independently as well as within a team, you’ll be able to demonstrate excellent organisational skills and also be adaptable and quick to learn. You’ll have an eye for detail and will take a proactive approach to maintaining high standards of accuracy when entering data and in written and spoken correspondence.

Your drive for results will allow you to keep the progress of book proposals and manuscripts on track, taking the lead on the majority of author communications, and using your judgement to escalate issues when required.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A good general education, ideally degree educated or equivalent
  • Advanced user of usual office technologies: MS Office and collaboration tools
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral (including telephone) and written
  • Excellent organisational, time and task management skills; methodical in approach
  • Keen interest in STM publishing
  • Ability to work independently and manage own workload

We know it is unusual for someone to tick every box so, if you don’t meet all the criteria, but demonstrate most of the skills and experience we are looking for, and have the enthusiasm to work with us, please go ahead and apply.

What we offer

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer employees an excellent pension scheme (up to 12% company contribution), discretionary annual bonus scheme, 25+ days holiday (not including bank holidays), standard 35-hour working week, volunteering days, and a comprehensive benefits package including private medical insurance, life assurance, and a range of flexible benefits such as cycle to work scheme, discounted gym membership, healthcare cash plan, and payroll giving.

Our modern and contemporary offices are based in the thriving city centre of Bristol, a stone’s throw from Temple Meads train station, and within walking distance of Cabot Circus shopping centre and numerous cafés and restaurants. Named on more than one occasion as the best city in the UK to live in, Bristol is a cosmopolitan and creative city boasting a historic harbour, internationally renowned cultural institutions and is home to world-class festivals and events.

The contractual location of this role is IOPP’s Bristol office but we will consider applicants from a wider geographical area who are happy to travel to Bristol. You should be prepared to attend the Bristol office on one to two days per month on average, or every day if you prefer. IOPP has a flexible, hybrid working model in place, in which colleagues work choose where they work for the majority of the time.

To apply, please submit your CV and cover note through our careers site.

We aim to review applications soon after they are received, and will arrange interviews when there’s someone we’re keen to meet, so please don’t hold off applying until the closing date is approaching - we don’t want you, or us, to miss out!

About us

IOP Publishing is an international scientific publisher, through which leading-edge research is distributed worldwide. Our rapidly expanding journals programme is published alongside other sources of scientific information in the form of ebooks, magazines and conference proceedings. Other publications include easily accessible community and regional websites. We are a world leader in the development of electronic publishing for the scientific community and have offices in Europe, Asia and the US.  Working in the interests of science and scientists, we aim to maximise the impact of the research we publish.

IOP Publishing is central to the Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit society. Any financial surplus earned by IOP Publishing goes to supporting science through the activities of the Institute. With a continuing focus on growth, we recognise that every single person has a real part to play if we’re to achieve our aim of becoming the world’s leading publisher in our field.

IOP Publishing is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are built into our identity in a way that is natural and sustainable, visible through the work we produce, our company branding, our professional networks and the communities we serve and support, which includes our employees, talent communities and candidates. We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented backgrounds.

Vision Our vision is that diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are built into our identity in a way that is both natural and sustainable and that is visible through the work we produce, our Ways of Being, our company branding, our professional networks and the colleagues and communities we serve and support.


IOPP profile imageIOP Publishing is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, a leading scientific society with a worldwide membership of physicists from all sectors. Complementing the Institute’s mission of promoting physics and bringing physicists together for the benefit of all, IOP Publishing provides a range of journals, ebooks, magazines, conference proceedings and websites for the scientific community. Any profits generated by the publishing company are used by the Institute to support science and scientists in both the developed and developing world.

Why work for us
IOP Publishing provides a friendly, positive, open, relaxed but purposeful environment. People who come to work here tend to stay. This is because it feels like you come to work with your friends, not just colleagues. We like to think that we’ve got the kind of environment that encourages people to do well and to enjoy what they do. We believe in treating each other with respect, providing an opportunity for you to contribute to our future. IOP Publishing is a great place to work.

Our success is made possible by the talent, energy and commitment of our people to the company and what we do. This success is founded on having the right people in the right place, in an environment in which they can flourish.

What we are looking for
As an organization, we are the sum of our parts. While we employ specialists in a range of fields, all our employees share a number of qualities and attributes: our people are professional and dedicated, talented and energetic. They work collaboratively to help us expand in a rapidly changing scientific landscape.

The IOP Publishing culture is one of growth, learning and innovation, and we are looking for people who want to develop, innovate and succeed; people who see the exciting opportunities that digital publishing has to offer.

UK, USA, China, Japan and Russia

Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Editorial assistant, production editor, senior publisher, marketing executive, BI analyst

How to apply

Closing date
All year round

Tel +44 (0)117 929 7481

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