Staff Editor, Physics

Posted On: February 20, 2018

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: American Physical Society

Company Description

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 53,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.

Job Description

Physics seeks Staff Editor
Physics (, an online publication from the American Physical Society, seeks a talented physical sciences writer or editor to join its editorial team.
Physics features authoritative news and commentary pieces about research in the Physical Review journals. The new editor will be primarily responsible for identifying appropriate papers for coverage, commissioning and editing commentaries, and writing and editing short research summaries. They will also be expected to contribute stories from meetings, Q&As with scientists, and other feature articles, as well as to promote Physics content via social media, lab visits, and conferences. As the job develops, the new editor may be asked to create and/or lead a new section of the publication.
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in physics (or a related field) and three or more years of experience writing and/or editing articles about the physical sciences for a nonspecialist audience. Experience working with experts on commentaries would be a plus. Candidates with extensive experience may be considered for a Senior Editor position.
The new editor must have exceptional communication skills, as they will work with a variety of professionals, including leading scientists, illustrators, web developers, and APS staff. The job demands a highly organized and self-motivated individual who can distill technical results into a clear and engaging message, balance many assignments, and work under tight deadlines.
This position is officially located at the APS Editorial Offices in Ridge, New York, close to Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University, and 60 miles from New York City. Flexible working arrangements and part-time telecommuting could, however, be negotiated. APS offers a competitive salary and an outstanding benefits package. For general information about the American Physical Society and its journals, see

American Physical Society
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Ridge, NY 11961
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To Apply

Interested applicants should email The application must include a resume, a cover letter explaining interest in the position and salary expectations, a 250-word “Synopsis” of a recent physics paper, and two recent writing samples. (See for examples of a Synopsis.) Applications without a Synopsis will not be considered.