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Chief Editor — Nature Chemical Engineering

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London, Berlin, New York, Shanghai
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Sep 4, 2022

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Springer Nature, the publisher of Nature, is looking to recruit a Chief Editor for Nature Chemical Engineering, a new journal that will launch in 2024.

Nature Chemical Engineering will publish significant fundamental and applied research that has direct relevance to the broad community of chemical engineers in academia and industry. The journal will cover all aspects of chemical and environmental engineering, from fundamental scientific advances in reaction design, catalysis and materials science through to the study and development of chemical processes of relevance to industry (such as transportation, separation, reaction engineering, purification and recycling) as well as the necessary systems and infrastructure required for them (including reactor design, process modelling and chemical safety). Research related to the broader impact of chemical/process engineering and efforts to find sustainable solutions and implementation of a circular economy will also be welcomed at the journal. 

To help realize this vision, we require an ambitious and dynamic Chief Editor, to develop, launch and establish Nature Chemical Engineering as the leading publication in its field.

Applicants must have a PhD — and preferably postdoctoral or industrial experience — and a strong track record in chemical engineering or a closely related discipline. Previous editorial and/or managerial experience is an additional advantage.

The successful applicant will lead the Nature Chemical Engineering editorial team and work closely with them on all aspects of the editorial process, including manuscript selection, commissioning and editing of Reviews, Comment and News & Views, as well as writing for the journal, including Editorials.

A key aspect of the job is liaising with the scientific community through laboratory visits and international conferences; willingness to travel is, therefore, essential.

Working within a dynamic editorial and publishing environment that also includes NatureNature Chemistry, Nature Catalysis and Nature Energy, this demanding and stimulating role calls for a keen interest in the practice and communication of science. The successful candidate will be dynamic and outgoing, and have excellent interpersonal skills. Broad scientific knowledge and training, excellent literary skills and the ability to absorb new areas of research are prerequisites. 

For more information on the Nature family of journals:

At Springer Nature, we’re committed to creating a great working environment which includes the benefits you receive, opportunities for you to develop your skills and ways to get to know your colleagues. Some of these include:

  • Support networks that focus on fostering dialogue around diversity, community building, advice and advocacy
  • Wellbeing initiatives to support in maintaining a healthy work life balance
  • 24-hour access to our learning and development platform Leap to help develop your skills

The position is offered on a full-time, permanent basis and can be located in our London, Berlin, New York or Shanghai offices. 

Further information about life at Springer Nature, hybrid working and the range of benefits available in your preferred location will be shared during the interview process.

Applicants should send: a CV; a statement (1,500 words maximum) that encapsulates their vision for the journal’s content, competitive position and longer-term development; and a brief cover letter explaining their interest in the post and their salary expectations. 

The closing date for applications is 9 September 2022.



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