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Associate Editor, News & Highlights, Nature Research - (REQ19908)  
  posted: Aug. 3, 2017
 Offered by: 
Springer Nature
 Benefits: 
Health, Dental, 401K, Flexible hours
 Duration: 
Permanent
 Location: 
London, United Kingdom
 Requirements: 
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Nature Research is a flagship portfolio of journals, products and services including Nature and the Nature-branded journals, dedicated to serving the scientific community.

Job Title: Associate Editor, News & Highlights, Nature

Location: London or Washington DC

Nature, the world’s most authoritative science journal, seeks an Associate editor to commission and edit Research Highlights and to report, commission and edit other news items.

The associate editor will be part of the team of award-winning reporters and editors that produce outstanding reported content across all of Nature’s digital and print platforms.

Your primary responsibility will be to commission, edit and curate Research Highlights: short, clear, authoritative, entertaining summaries of key papers spanning all scientific disciplines. The 10 or more Research Highlights we publish each week are one of the most popular and well-read content types in Nature, offering an ‘editors’ pick’ of the scientific literature for our international audience of researchers and science stakeholders. Research Highlights are published daily and a selection is curated for our weekly print magazine, helping keep busy readers up to date.

Reporting to the head of either our European or Americas news bureau, you will also have the opportunity to report, commission and edit other news items, such as in-briefs, news stories and the Nature Briefing, our popular daily newsletter. Because Nature is currently adapting to digital-first publishing, other opportunities for reporting and editing may well arise in future.

To be successful in this position, you need to have a broad understanding of scientific research, and the ability to scan the literature for key advances of interest to our readers. You will have a flair for writing compelling headlines and stand firsts, the ability to summarise scientific discoveries in just a few lively, succinct, accurate sentences, and be a master at organisation, multi-tasking and meeting deadlines. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and a good understanding of the concerns and interests of our core audience of working scientists.

Candidates should ideally have some experience working as a professional science journalist.

Key tasks

Responsibilities

  • Identify commission, edit and publish daily and weekly Research Highlights for Nature in digital and print media.
  • Scan the scientific literature across disciplines to identify promising papers for highlights.
  • Report, commission and edit other short news items, including news-in-briefs and news stories, and edit other items as necessary.
  • Commission highlights from staff writers and editors and culture a network of contributing freelance writers.
  • Work with art and multimedia team on images, videos and graphics to accompany highlights or news stories.
  • Maintain broad knowledge of big trends and issues in science, science policy and the scientific community.
  • Write compelling digital and print headlines, stand firsts, captions and other accompanying text to ensure articles have maximum reach and impact.
  • Report and write accurate, compelling, top-quality news, briefs, leaders and other content, as necessary.
  • Work with all necessary digital tools to edit, post and publish stories.
  • Work with sub-editing, art and production teams to ensure timely delivery of content.
  • Make effective use of social media to promote highlights.
  • Help train reporters and editors across Nature Research Group in writing and editing Research Highlights.

Key relationships

  • Staff reporters, bureau chiefs and news editors in Nature’s Europe, Americas and Asia Pacific news bureaus.
  • Manuscript editors at Nature.
  • Subediting team, Art team.
  • Chief Research Highlights editor and staff in Research Highlights Centre of Excellence.
  • Digital & Engagement team, Social media editor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • University degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Fast and accurate writer and editor, able to synthesise complex ideas and topics.
  • Enthusiasm for, and fluency in, a wide array of science disciplines.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ease working with staff and freelance colleagues.
  • Ability to multitask, manage time efficiently and work to tight deadlines.
  • Flexibility to adapt to new production processes and tools.
  • Some experience working as a professional science journalist.

Desirable

  • Comfort with analytic newsroom tools and their use to enhance content.
  • Experience with social media platforms to promote and enhance content.

This position is based in London or Washington DC.

To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter outlining your appropriateness for the position.

Closing date: 31st August 2017

Visit the Springer Nature Editorial and Publishing website at www.springernature.com/editorial-and-publishing-jobs for more information about our Research E&P career opportunities.
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 Contact: 
Anita Czajor
 Special  
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Job #  17173
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