Open position @ Nature Research: Associate Editor, Social Sciences, Nature Plants


Nature Research


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Nature Research, a flagship portfolio of journals, products and services including Nature and the Nature-branded journals, dedicated to serving the entire scientific community looking for highly talented individual to join the prestigious Nature Plants editorial team and help shape its social science publishing agenda.

This editor will also spend up to half their time involved with Social Science publication on an additional Nature research journal (for example Nature Geoscience, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Nature Nanotechnology, etc.) to be determined based on interests and expertise of the successful candidate. We therefore seek broadly trained individuals with knowledge of the wider research community and an enthusiasm for learning about and engaging with topics beyond their immediate research background. This is an extremely stimulating role, which calls for a keen interest in the practice and communication of the social sciences. The successful candidate will be dynamic, motivated and outgoing with excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, and a strong academic record.


  • Selection of research studies for publication.
  • Managing peer review to ensure the highest quality of published research.
  • Commissioning and editing Reviews, Perspectives, News and Views and Comment articles.
  • Outreach and engagement with diverse academic communities, including attending conferences and visiting labs and institutions.
  • Identification of topics and areas for special focus.
  • Writing Research Highlights and Editorials.
  • Joining with other social science editors to develop cross-journal social science publishing.

Experience, skills and qualifications:

  • A PhD or equivalent qualification in a relevant social science discipline and a broad interest in human society’s interaction with plants. Specialisms of particular interest are agricultural economics and law, human geography, social policy and development, ethnobotany, the bioeconomy.
  • Postdoctoral or equivalent experience is preferred but not required.
  • Good interpersonal and influential communication skills.
  • Strong written communication and editing skills.
  • Adaptability and flexibility.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to the US, Europe and Asia.
  • Editorial experience beneficial but not required.

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter telling us who you are and why you want to become a full-time Nature journal editor.
  • A CV detailing your education, relevant employment history, list of published scientific papers, salary expectations, and any other achievements that you feel demonstrate your suitability for the position.
  • A News & View style piece (500 words or fewer) on a recent paper from the relevant literature.