RELX Group Associate Scientific Editor, LSSSE - 12 month cover in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Associate Scientific Editor, LSSSE - 12 month cover


Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Elsevier’s Life Sciences publishing division is seeking an Associate Scientific Editor to work in a 12-month cover position on a key primary research journal in the area of molecular biology. We are looking for an individual with a background in biochemical research, an interest in scientific publishing, and excellent analytical and communication skills. The successful candidate will also possess skills in data and statistical analysis, and a keen interest in utilizing and expanding the suite of publishing metrics, and will work closely with publishing staff, external editors, and the larger research community to drive development of these important scientific research journals. This is a superb opportunity for a highly motivated and creative individual to play a critical role in the research community, away from the bench.

Job purpose:

• To work with the publishing team to identify, acquire, manage, and develop high impact scientific content, helping to shape the editorial direction of assigned journals.

• To establish and maintain close contacts with the scientific community in academia and industry, and to work directly with authors, reviewers, and editors to help manage efficient, rigorous, and researcher-focused review processes that maintain high professional and scientific standards.

• To explore innovations in scientific communication (such as new paper concepts and introduction of applications and other tools).


• Working with external editors to triage submissions based on scope and journal standards.

• Monitoring and reporting on the peer review process, acting as a liaison between the external editors, authors/reviewers, and publishing colleagues.

• Building a network of editors, scientific reviewers, and authors in multiple sub-specialties.

• Managing the solicitation of journal content in high-interest, as well as new and emerging fields; commissioning review material and acquiring high impact content.

• Guiding editorial expansion/innovation in related fields.


• Graduate degree or PhD in biochemistry or related field.

• 0-2 years’ experience in scientific publishing.

• Customer-focused, attentive.

• Able to work well in a collaborative environment and a drive to collaborate across multiple internal departments.

• Able to connect with a broad range of people as well as to work independently.

• Flexible, analytical and proactive; able to think critically about a wide range of scientific issues.

• Excellent written and verbal English communications.

• Experience with authoring and the peer review process would be helpful.


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• Connects the group to the outside world

• Takes Initiative

• Technical/Professional expertise

• Practices Self Development

• Builds Relationships

• Collaboration and teamwork

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