Assistant Editor, Physics (FT-temporary, Long Island)

Job Title:
Assistant Editor, Physics (American Physical Society)

Full Time – Temporary, Ridge, NY

Job Description:
Physics, a web-magazine run by the American Physical Society, seeks an Assistant Editor to join its editorial team for an initial period of six months with the possibility of extension.

The Assistant Editor will be responsible for identifying top papers in the APS journals, commissioning and editing commentaries (Viewpoints), and writing and editing short summaries (Synopses.) He/she will also be expected to contribute to editorials, press releases and the promotion of Physics content via social media, lab visits and conferences.

A PhD in physics or the physical sciences is required. Candidates must also demonstrate an excellent command of written and spoken English. Some post-doctoral work or professional science writing and editing experience are strongly preferred.

The job demands a highly organized and motivated individual who is able to balance many assignments at once and meet strict deadlines. A knack for distilling technical results to an accessible message is a must. This position is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in a career in science writing or online publishing.

Physics is a weekly, online only publication that provides news and commentary about papers appearing in the APS journals. Our aim is to make physics research accessible to physicists in all fields, students and science communicators. Visit our website

This full-time position is officially located at the editorial offices in Ridge, New York, close to Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University and 60 miles from Manhattan. Partial telecommuting could, however, be negotiated. APS offers a competitive salary and an outstanding benefits package to a qualified individual ready to start a nontraditional career in physics. For general information about the American Physical Society and its journals, see

Interested applicants should email attention Joseph Ignacio, Director of Human Resources and include a CV, any writing clips, a cover letter explaining interest in the position and salary expectations, and a 250-word Synopsis of a recent physics paper. See here for examples. The application deadline is December 2, 2013.

American Physical Society
1 Research Road
Ridge, NY 11961


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