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Scientific Editor, EMBO Molecular Medicine

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Salary: Grade 6, 7 or 8, depending on experience and qualifications.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 28th May 2019
Closes: 1st July 2019
Job Ref: EMBO00081

About the team/job

EMBO stands for excellence in the life sciences. We support talented researchers at all stages of their careers in Europe and beyond, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a research environment where scientists can achieve their best work. EMBO Press encompasses four prestigious scientific research journals, The EMBO Journal, EMBO Reports, Molecular Systems Biology and EMBO Molecular Medicine, and launched a fifth, Life Science Alliance, in association with Rockefeller University Press and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. 

EMBO is seeking a highly motivated scientist with broad and international high-level research experience for the role of scientific editor at EMBO Molecular Medicine. The editor has a diverse set of responsibilities towards ensuring that EMBO Molecular Medicine and EMBO Press publish peer-reviewed material of the highest quality and broad general interest. The scientific editor reports to the Head of Scientific Publications, EMBO Press.

Your role

The successful candidate will be responsible for selecting research papers as well as commissioning reviews and commentaries in a number of subject areas for publication. The candidate will be expected to form extensive contacts to the scientific community and engage in regular travel to conferences and research institutions. The scientific editor will be involved in all publication activities at the four EMBO Press journals as well as other EMBO activities.

Specific responsibilities

  • In the assigned subject areas, critical evaluation of submitted manuscripts, identification of suitable reviewers/advisors and the communication of appropriate editorial criteria and decisions.
  • Commissioning, peer review and developmental editing of high-level reviews, commentaries and ‘News & Views’ articles in the assigned subject areas. 
  • The transfer of manuscripts that meet EMBO Press publication policies for editorial production. 
  • Attendance of conferences and visits to research institutions to represent EMBO Molecular Medicine, the other three EMBO scientific publications, EMBO Press, as well as the other EMBO departments.
  • The delivery of talks and training programmes related to scientific communication.
  • Involvement in publicity and social media activities in assigned subject areas.
  • Writing and editing of highlights, summaries and press releases in assigned subject areas. 
  • Involvement in the strategic development of EMBO Press publishing initiatives.
  • Perform additional tasks as required by the Head of Scientific Publications or the EMBO Director.

This position will occasionally require working outside of the normal working hours, in the evenings or during the weekend during conferences or other events.

You have

  • completed successful postdoctoral research projects, preferably in one or more of the following fields: neuroscience, genetic disease, mitochondrial diseases, myopathies, stem cells, regenerative medicine, gene therapy, host-pathogen interactions, innate immunity and vaccinology, aging, or skin disorders;
  • experience working in a fast-paced, highly collaborative, international academic environment;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • a decisive, judicious, detail-oriented, analytical and impartial mind;
  • good organizational skills, multi-tasking, an ability to prioritise and to follow guidelines while working autonomously.

You might also have

  • senior academic qualifications
  • editorial experience. 

Why join us

The EMBO offices are located on the international EMBL life science research campus in Heidelberg, Germany. Heidelberg, home to around 150,000 people, is a vibrant university city offering a high quality of life. EMBO is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international science organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family-related benefits where applicable. 

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