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Associate or Senior Editor
Nature Methods: Shanghai
Do you love science but feel that a career building your own lab isn’t for you? Do you find yourself reading papers outside your chosen area of research? Do you enjoy thinking about how methods development drives the course of biological research? Does the growth of science in China excite you?
If the answer is ‘yes’ to any or all of these questions, you could be the person we’re looking for to join the editorial team of Nature Methods at our offices in Shanghai.
Nature Methods is the world’s leading journal in biological research methodology. We publish cutting-edge methodological developments relevant to researchers across all fields of basic biology, with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and on practical relevance for biologists. To help us to build on the success of this journal and to explore the exciting opportunities offered by the surge of scientific research in China, we’re seeking a computational biologist or bioinformaticist who has a critical eye, a deep understanding of their subject as well as interests beyond it, and who can think on their feet.
To be considered for the position, you will have:
• A PhD (or equivalent) in biology, computational biology or bioinformatics. This could include, but is not limited to, genomics and genetics, proteomics, image analysis, or other large-scale data analysis in relevant disciplines. Postdoctoral research experience is strongly preferred. A thorough understanding of the fundamentals of the subject is essential.
• A passion for science and a thirst to learn more. You must be able to demonstrate the breadth of your interest in scientific research, both within and beyond your speciality.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be fluent in English (written and spoken). Knowledge of Mandarin would be an advantage but is not essential.
• The ability to read and assess the novelty, context and implications of research submitted to the journal from different areas, where the fundamental methodological advance is computational.
• Be eager to travel throughout China to meet Chinese scientists, learn more about them and their research, and help them learn more about us and what we are looking for in the papers we seek to publish.
The successful candidate will report to the Chief Editor of the journal and play an important role in determining the representation of their subject in the journal. They will handle original research papers submitted from all over the world, and work closely with other editors on all aspects of the editorial process, including manuscript selection and overseeing peer review. The ability to recommend well-reasoned editorial decisions on submitted manuscripts in the light of expert advice is crucial. They will liaise extensively with editors at other journals in the Nature family and leading experts in the international scientific community, and will be ambassadors for Nature Research throughout China. Editorial experience is not required, although applicants with significant editorial experience are encouraged to apply and will potentially be considered for Senior Editor positions.
The role is offered on a full-time, permanent basis in our Shanghai office following an expected 3 month training period in the New York office. Any offer of employment will be contingent on the necessary work permits for the UK/USA and China, as applicable, being granted (the Company will provide reasonable assistance with the necessary application process in this respect).
Applications should include the following:
- A cover letter telling us who you are and why you want to leave bench-research to become a full-time Nature journal editor.
- A CV detailing your education, relevant employment history, list of published scientific papers, and any other achievements that you feel demonstrates your suitability for the position.
- A Research Highlight in the style of Nature Methods (see http://rdcu.be/jSXz) on a peer-reviewed research paper that has caught your attention recently. The paper you highlight should not be from your own (or previous) research group, but should be on a topic that you find interesting (and may even wish to learn more about). The highlight should explain the significance and implications of the research to someone who is not a specialist in the subject.
These application materials should be submitted together as a single document in the above order.
For more information about Nature Methods, visit our website at http://www.nature.com/nmeth/authors/index.html#aims
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We will begin reviewing applications on Monday 19th September.