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Verified Pay $81,060 - $110,384 per year
Hours Full-time, Part-time
Location Alexandria, Virginia

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American Physical Society

ID: 1385
Location: Remote
Department: Editorial

Associate Editor, High-energy physics

Who we are:

The American Physical Society is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance physics by fostering a vibrant, inclusive, and global community dedicated to science and society. APS represents more than 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and around the world.

Position Summary:

Would you like to make a major and long lasting contribution to a leading journal in elementary particle physics, field theory, gravitation, astrophysics, and cosmology? As an Associate Editor of, you will independently handle all phases of the peer review process and help decide what will be published. For this important work, we seek a dynamic and personable individual with a strong scientific background and a passion to engage with the research community served by PRD. Our editors stay connected to this community and abreast of the latest research by attending meetings and visiting research institutions around the world. In addition, editors may participate in editorial and cross-departmental APS projects.

By working with (PRD), you will gain on-the-job experience in many different aspects of publishing from one of the longest-established journals dedicated to serving the high-energy physics community both nationally and internationally, with authors and referees from over 130 countries.

APS has a "remote first" concept that promotes equal treatment and equal access within the United States, independent of physical work location, with a majority of staff working primarily from remote work locations. APS values diversity and welcomes candidates from a variety of backgrounds. APS offers a dynamic work environment with an outstanding total compensation package, including salary, outstanding benefits, and excellent paid time off.


  • Evaluate manuscripts in alignment with the editorial standards of the designated journal or journals, deciding whether to editorially reject or proceed with peer review.
  • Manage the peer review process including selecting referees, communicating with authors and referees, and resolving conflicting recommendations
  • Support the manuscript post-acceptance process, as needed, including the acquisition of editorial summaries and images, and the resolution of production issues.
  • Perform editorial checks to ensure the overall quality and timeliness of published papers.
  • Maintain high ethical standards and fairness at all editorial stages, ensuring that decisions align with editorial policy and practice.
  • Gain mastery of the peer-review management system.
  • Represent the journals and APS at scientific conferences.
  • Actively engage and develop strong relationships and trust with a broad network of researchers.
  • Contribute to journal-level projects and strategy, such as aspects of social media and data analytics.
  • Actively contribute to ensuring that the journals uphold our values of diversity, equity and inclusivity.

  • PhD and postdoctoral experience in physics. The ideal candidate has expertise in particle physics. While we will consider candidates with expertise in all areas covered in PRD, we are particularly interested in researchers with expertise in hadronic physics (perturbative or non-perturbative QCD, spectroscopy, exotic states), phenomenology, and BSM physics. No editorial experience is required but experience as a referee would be helpful. Postdoctoral experience is required.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • A minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience is required.
  • Publication record in major journals within the scope of PRD.
  • Referee experience in the topical areas of PRD would be helpful.
  • Candidates with considerable editorial experience in handling manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, and demonstrated impact on that role, may qualify for a senior position.
  • Excellent knowledge of the scientific literature within the scope of PRD, familiarity with existing research groups in the area of coverage, and acute awareness of current developments.
  • Strong sense of integrity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to make independent decisions and evaluations.
  • Strong sense of responsibility and commitment to the job.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and fluctuations in the volume of work.
  • Strong organization, documentation, and prioritization skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and efficiency.
  • Ability to work well with interdepartmental teams as well as independently.


This role involves occasional travel, approximately up to 10%, for meetings with APS staff, departmental gatherings, and interactions with colleagues in the Long Island, NY, Washington, DC and College Park, MD areas. Additionally, the position may involve world-wide travel to attend conferences and events, and to interact with researchers at their institutions and universities.


The salary range for this position takes into account various factors influencing compensation decisions, such as skill sets, experience, training, and other business and organizational requirements. The salary listed within the specified ranges considers relevant experience. Our compensation philosophy at APS aims to maintain salaries at the midpoint of the market. As a result, we typically hire within the target starting range. Exceptional, rare cases may merit reviews above target starting range for specialized or niche skills aligned with strategic operational goals.

Hiring Range: $81,060/year - $110,384/year (USD)

Target Starting Range: $81,060/year - $90,130/year (USD)

Work Environment:

Our Editorial Offices are located on Long Island. We are operational in most US states. The Editorial Department allows flexible work hours; responsiveness is required, however, during the core 9 am to 5pm Eastern Standard Time workday. The successful candidate will join a collaborative international team of editors across the Physical Review journals.

This is Us:

Help us achieve our mission of advancing and diffusing the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and serve the broader physics community.

Our Core Values:

  • Scientific Method
  • Trust, Integrity, and Ethical Conduct
  • Equity, Diversity, and Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Education and Learning
  • Speaking Out

Amazing 2024 Benefit Offerings:

  • Flexible schedules and ability to work remotely
  • 8% employer-paid retirement contribution
  • Investment advisement services: 100% employer paid
  • Medical benefits: PPO or HDHP option
  • Employer contribution to FSA or HSA account, eligibility based on medical plan enrollment
  • Lifestyle Spending benefit up to $2000.00 (USD) - 100% employer paid
  • Dental benefits: individual coverage 100% employer paid
  • Vision benefits: individual and dependent coverage 100% employer paid
  • Basic Life & Accident insurance: employee coverage 100% employer paid
  • Supplemental Life & Accident insurance, including spouse & dependent child(ren) coverage
  • Disability insurance: employee coverage 100% employer paid
  • Voluntary Accident & Critical Illness insurance
  • Healthcare, Commuter & Dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • Vacation: 15 days annually
  • Generous holiday leave: 17 paid days of significance; includes one week closure at the end of December
  • Personal leave: 4 days annually
  • Volunteer leave: 1 day annually
  • Sick leave: 10 days annually
  • Bereavement & Compassion leave: 2 -15 days based on loss
  • 12 weeks employer-paid family leave
  • College tuition reimbursement plan
  • Job related seminar & continuing education
  • Professional Certification/Recertification 100% employer paid
  • Training and professional development; access to LinkedIn Learning on-demand courses
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Mindfulness Meditation: live and on-demand classes
  • APS does not offer relocation assistance/costs

The American Physical Society is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of American Physical Society not to discriminate or allow the harassment of employees or applicants on the basis of race, religious creed, immigration status, alienage or citizenship, religion, color, ethnicity, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, protected veteran status, protected military status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristics, ancestry, domestic violence victim status or any other characteristic protected by law with regard to any employment practices, including recruitment, advertising, job application procedures, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, transfer, compensation, job assignments, benefits and/or other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, provided the individual is qualified, with or without reasonable accommodations, to perform the essential functions of the job. This policy applies to all jobs at APS. The American Physical Society is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact APS Human Resources at The "Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal'' poster, prepared by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), provides an overview of several laws that protect you from discrimination on the job, and several rights are afforded to you by these laws. The "Pay Transparency Non Discrimination Provision," prepared by the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), provides an overview of several protections implemented to protect individuals working under federal contracts from discrimination when inquiring about or discussing compensation; these protections apply to all employees and applicants. The APS has a "remote first" concept that promotes equal treatment and equal access, independent of physical work location, with a majority of staff working primarily from remote work locations. #LI-SB1

The deadline to apply is August 1, 2024.


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