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26 Jun 2020

Full-Time Books Editor

American Institute of Physics – Posted by aiphr@aip.org College Park, Maryland, United States

Job Description


Physics Today, the flagship magazine of the American Institute of Physics, is seeking a Books Editor who will run the Books and Media department in print and online.

Since its launch in 1948, Physics Today has covered physics and its related sciences for its large and diverse readership of physical scientists. The Book Editor’s main responsibilities will be threefold: to acquire and edit book reviews for each monthly issue, to edit feature articles for the magazine, and to write, acquire, and edit reviews and other material for the magazine’s website. The editor will also have opportunities to contribute in other ways to the magazine, its website, and its social media outlets.

*This role is currently 100% remote and will eventually switch back to our office environment as the Institute continues to respond to the coronavirus, government mandates and considers the best action to keep the AIP staff safe.

Proposal Packet Must Include: Cover letter, resume, writing sample and a completed application. (Incomplete proposal packets will not be considered for employment.)

What is AIP?

We are the American Institute of Physics. Our mission is to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. We promote the physical sciences through effective communication, education, and policy initiatives.

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a 501(c)(3) membership corporation of scientific societies. AIP pursues its mission—to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity—with a unifying voice of strength from diversity. In its role as a federation, AIP advances the success of its Member Societies by providing the means to pool, coordinate, and leverage their diverse expertise and contributions in pursuit of a shared goal of advancing the physical sciences in the research enterprise, in the economy, in education, and in society. In its role as an institute, AIP operates as a center of excellence using policy analysis, social science, and historical research to promote future progress in the physical sciences.

Why Work for AIP?

AIP wants you to be safe!

During the COVID 19 pandemic AIP took appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all AIP staff by providing a flexible approach to remote work that ensured a safe and productive workforce could continue to pursue our mission and provide continued value to our stakeholders. The safety, health, and wellbeing of our staff are of the utmost importance to our Institute.

In addition to your safety, AIP wants you to love working at the Institute, and we have a workplace culture that supports that goal. With our commitment to community service, institute-wide social opportunities, and ongoing Learning and Development, we work hard to make sure AIP is a rewarding place to work. Did we mention that you will work with amazingly talented colleagues in a variety of departments?

We offer a comprehensive and generous total compensation package including competitive pay, multiple healthcare options to meet your needs, commuter benefits, free parking (once we return to the office), tuition assistance, and an outstanding retirement plan.

Diversity Welcome!

We encourage and invite people from diverse backgrounds to apply and join our team. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, creed, marital status, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, personal appearance, national origin, ancestry, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability.


Advanced degree or equivalent experience in the physical sciences or a related field; excellent command of English, both oral and written; demonstrable talent for writing and explaining physical science to a wide audience of scientists and science enthusiasts; ability to meet deadlines and organize the book review pipeline; ability to work well with others, both inside and outside the magazine.

* Candidates should complete the entire application, upload a cover letter and a resume.


Located in College Park, Maryland, AIP is a federation of societies that advances, promotes, and serves the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. Learn more at www.aip.org

AIP is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer

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How to Apply

Please apply through this link: https://americaninstituteofphysics.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2bctxv3bh2g

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: communications, editor, Physics, and science. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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