Part-time Associate Editor for Physical Review A | American Physical Society

Physical Review A (PRA) is looking for a new part-time (remote) Associate Editor with international scientific standing in the broader area of photonics, optical materials, and nonlinear optics to join our editorial team and become part of the stimulating academic endeavor to bring high-quality papers to our readership.

The journal publishes important developments in the rapidly evolving areas of atomic, molecular, and optical physics, quantum information, and related fundamental concepts, and relies on a mixture of staff and part-time academic editors. The primary responsibility of the Associate Editor is to manage the peer review process of assigned manuscripts by determining whether to send a manuscript out for external review, choosing appropriate reviewers, and making decisions on rejection or acceptance. The journal aims to strengthen its presence in the fields of modern optics, especially photonics, optical materials, nonlinear optics, and related fields. The Associate Editor would be expected to expand the existing ties between PRA and researchers in these subfields, and to raise the journal’s overall visibility in this area.

We receive submissions continuously throughout the year, and so we expect editors to work on their assignments on a regular basis; arrangements can usually be made for extended absences upon timely prior notice. Workload may vary depending on subject area and fluctuations in submissions, but is typically no more than about 20 hours per month. Editors are appointed as consultants, and receive compensation for their work on an hourly basis.

Part-time Associate Editors are expected to maintain their current position while serving as editors for PRA. Candidates should be able to regularly and consistently dedicate time to their assignments, and should possess the following qualifications: (1) Current active involvement and stature in the relevant field of research. (2) An outstanding record as a referee and a demonstrated commitment to peer review. (3) The ability to work within the editorial team and the desire to maintain the quality and reputation of the journal.

Interested applicants should write to with a cover letter, a current CV, and either a one-page summary or a short video clip outlining the applicant’s philosophy regarding peer review, and their views on the aims and future direction of PRA as they see it. The deadline to apply is November 15th, 2021.

The American Physical Society is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from or nominations of women and members of underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, pregnancy (including childbirth or related condition), citizenship, familial status, mental or physical disability, veteran status, genetic information, other non-disqualifying disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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