Associate Editor, Quantum Information

American Physical Society

Remote (US), MD

Job posting number: #7208262 (Ref:1367)

Posted: January 17, 2024

Salary / Pay Rate: $77,985k/year - $116,978k/year (USD)

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Associate Editor, Quantum Information

Who we are:

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents more than 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Summary:

The Associate Editor will decide on publishing the most exciting and consequential results in quantum science and technologies, conducting a thorough and high-quality peer-review process. For that, we seek a talented candidate with deep research experience in quantum information at the postdoctoral level and outstanding communication skills. A successful candidate will work with the editorial team of PRX Quantum, interacting with top leaders in the field. The Associate Editor will also be responsible for engaging and building connections with scientists from this highly multidisciplinary research community. Expertise in quantum computing and algorithms is a plus.

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 the scientific content and impact of manuscripts in a critical and independent manner.
Manage all aspects of peer review, including deciding on desk-rejection, selecting referees, communicating with authors and referees, resolving conflicting recommendations, and deciding on publication, based on the journal's acceptance criteria and scope.
Perform editorial checks to ensure the overall quality and timeliness of published papers.
Actively participate in everyday journal initiatives, such as highlighting and social media.
Represent the journals and APS at world-wide scientific conferences. Ability to travel internationally is a requirement.
Actively engage and develop strong relationships and trust with a broad network of researchers, including Editorial Board members.
Contribute to journal-level projects and strategy, such as attracting top content, article commissioning, organizing outreach events, hold presentations, and data analytics.
Gain mastery of the peer-review management system.
Support the manuscript post acceptance process, as needed, including the acquisition of editorial summaries and images, and actions to solve production issues.
Maintain high ethical standards and fairness at all editorial stages, ensuring that decisions align with editorial policy and practice
Participate in editorial and cross-departmental projects to meet and support the goals of APS.
Actively contribute to ensuring the journals are diverse, equitable, and inclusive.


A PhD is required, in Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science. Postdoctoral experience is required.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

A minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience is required.
Published in major journals within the scope of PRX Quantum.
Proven referee experience in the topical areas of PRX Quantum.
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 in quantum information, existing research groups in the area of coverage, and acute awareness of current developments.
Passion for learning and sharing research in quantum information.
A strong sense of integrity.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
Excellent command of written English.
Capable of being detail-oriented without losing sight of the big picture.
The ability to make independent decisions and evaluations.
The ability to apply journal policies and practices and make sound editorial judgments.
Knowledge of Web-based manuscript handling and databases.
A strong sense of responsibility and a commitment to the job.
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 requires world-wide travel to attend conferences and events, and to interact with researchers at their institutions and universities.


The salary range for this role considers the factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to skill sets, experience and training, and other business and organizational needs. APS's Compensation Philosophy is to manage salaries at the midpoint of the market. Therefore, it is the practice to hire within the entry - midpoint range.

Full Range: $77,985k/year - $116,978k/year (USD)

Target Range: $77,985k/year - $97,481k/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:

The Scientific Method
Truth and Integrity
Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect
Partnering, Cooperation, and Open Collaboration
Speaking Out
Education and Learning

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

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Job posting number:#7208262 (Ref:1367)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:American Physical Society
College Park,Maryland
United States
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