Organization Overview

PLOS (the Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization located in San Francisco, CA, USA and Cambridge, UK Our mission is to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Everything that we publish is Open-Access – freely available online for anyone to use and we maximize the value of this resource through technology.

PLOS has a global team of more than 180 people working in our editorial, production, information technology, administration, marketing, communications, and advocacy teams. Our work environment is team-oriented and rich in innovative ideas. PLOS’s distinguished Board of Directors includes eminent scientists, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.

In just ten years, PLOS has established seven highly successful journals that publish original content, an influential blog network, and a number of other initiatives to improve the organization and assessment of content for the benefit of different communities.

PLOS continues to expand. Currently, we are seeking talented candidates for the following positions:

Application Procedure

Please send a resume, a cover letter, and a phone number where you can be contacted to and use the job title as the subject of your email. Certain jobs may carry special application procedures; please make careful note of those and follow directions indicated. No phone calls or visits, please. Principals only – email from recruiters will be ignored.

Advocacy and Marketing Communications Administrative Assistant

The ideal candidate will be a highly organized self-starter with first class communication and problem solving skills. Must be a quick learner to succeed in PLOS’ fast-paced, high volume Advocacy and Marketing environment. Previous experience in project management required.

The successful candidate will be a full-time member of PLOS’ Marketing team with split responsibilities within the Advocacy group.


  • Monitor and report on expenditure of the Advocacy and Marketing Communication groups.
  • Manage preparation of purchase orders, invoices and consultancy contracts.
  • Track progress of projects to ensure deadlines are met and all processes are followed
  • Assist in administrative arrangements including meeting scheduling, note taking, record keeping and making travel arrangements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Manage incoming speaking requests and calendar of engagements. Includes but is not limited to, maintaining a list of speakers, expertise and record of engagements. Collating material, recordings, and reports of PLOS speakers. Supporting speakers in making travel arrangements where appropriate.
  • Assist in gather information for OA Round Up
  • Update Advocacy Calendar
  • Assist in maintaining and gathering resources for Advocacy website
  • Provide support and monitoring Advocacy social media, Twitter, Open Blog
  • Assist with OA Week

Marketing Communications

  • Maintain an ongoing schedule of all designed materials from conception to completion. Included but not limited to tracking of proofs, managing approval process, file delivery, invoicing and final product delivery.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 2 years of previous experience in and Marketing or Advocacy support role
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Outlook
  • Excellent computer skills; previous experience with all Microsoft applications
  • Able to self-manage and perform functions of role with minimal input
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of tasks
  • Ability to prioritize and work to deadlines within a fast paced environment.
  • Experience as project manager in a creative environment preferred
  • Experience in budget management and tracking preferred

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Associate Editor, PLOS ONE (Temporary)

We are currently looking for a talented Associate Editor to join the editorial team of PLOS based in either its San Francisco or Cambridge, UK office.

This post was created for a maternity cover period of approximately 9 months. The Associate Editor, PLOS ONE will work with other editors to manage the rapidly increasing volume of submissions to the journal. As such, the Associate Editor will be responsible for a wide array of editorial matters, from daily submission assessments to developing the overall scope of the journal.


  • Assessing new submissions and guiding papers through the review process
  • Overseeing editorial decisions
  • Providing support to Authors, Editors, Reviewers and PLOS editorial staff
  • Resolving editorial disputes
  • Ongoing review of journal policies and processes
  • Training and monitoring Academic Editors
  • Representing PLOS ONE at scientific meetings

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience in a scientific research environment
  • Highly-organized, adaptable, and proficient in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and oral
  • A good understanding of online scientific communication.
  • A Ph.D. qualification in the sciences is preferred but not essential
  • Experience in STM publishing is desirable

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Documentation and Training Coordinator (Temporary)

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. We are currently looking for a talented Documentation and Training Coordinator to join our rapidly growing Education and Contributor Support team for a temporary role of up to one year in our San Francisco office. The ideal candidate will be a confident, highly organized self-starter with first class organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills.

The Documentation and Training Coordinator provides support to organizational projects related to training, documentation, and communications across all seven PLOS journals. The Documentation and Training Coordinator  will also be responsible for coordinating training and documentation materials, ensuring that they are up-to-date and made available to staff and PLOS constituents as needed.



  • Create documentation for internal and external audiences
  • Develop documentation templates and provide training in best practices
  • Maintain documentation library
  • Conduct documentation audits and liaise with internal documentation owners and outsource vendors as needed
  • Provide assistance to internal staff with documentation tools (investigate and test software and platforms, develop tips and tricks, troubleshoot bugs, address queries)


  • Coordinate and optimize staff training materials and processes across  PLOS journals, Contribute to development of educational materials for authors, editors, and reviewers
  • Provide assistance to internal staff with training tools and technology (webinars, software, e-learning platforms, screencasts)


  • Coordinate updates to public-facing content liaising with stakeholders and vendors
  • Develop strategies for auditing public-facing communication and maintaining accurate records of content
  • Align communication updates with optimization of internal documentation and training

Qualifications and Experience:

  • BA or BS degree required. Two years of accredited training or equivalent experience in Publishing, Education, Communications, Instructional Design, Library & Information Science, Technical Writing, or related field.
  • Experience writing and creating publications and graphics.
  • Experience in web-based and in-person training design and implementation.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and oral presentation skills. Some experience in visual communication and/or data visualization.
  • Proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and Publisher.  Experience with graphics, multimedia, and educational technology platforms preferred.
  • Excellent project and time management skills.
  • Conscientious and creative thinker who is able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Diplomatic, confident, and collaborative with staff at all levels.

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Executive Editor

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) has an immediate opening for the new position of Executive Editor for the seven PLOS peer-reviewed open-access journals, publishing an anticipated 35,000 articles in 2013. PLOS seeks an individual who has served as a senior academic researcher and who has significant leadership experience in scientific publishing.

The Executive Editor will have overall responsibility for the editorial direction and vision of the PLOS journals, and serve as a member of the PLOS leadership team, helping to set broader organizational strategy and goals, and delivering on the PLOS mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.


As a member of the PLOS Executive team, the Executive Editor reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and has overall management responsibility for an experienced group of highly motivated and collaborative Editorial Directors for PLOS ONE, PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS’ four community journals and their teams.

The successful candidate will be a true science visionary and innovator who will provide leadership in creating scientific communication of the future as well as developing policies and programs around the handling of research data.

The Executive Editor will ensure that the PLOS publishing portfolio is coordinated, high-quality and furthers the goals of PLOS through the following responsibilities:


  • Work with PLOS leadership team and Board to help establish overarching strategy and goals for the organization
  • Establish and execute editorial vision and practices
  • Lead Editorial Team

Editorial Oversight

  • Lead journal editorial programs and policies
  • Work with Editorial Directors and Editors-in-Chief to set programmatic and journal-specific policies
    • Oversee editorial program activities
  • Monitor editorial metrics
  • Produce monthly editorial report
  • Troubleshoot editorial issues with teams as they arise
  • Coordinate with other areas of the organization
    • Input into and management of editorial budgets
  • Resource allocation and priorities
  • Setting targets for submissions/publications
  • Managing in-sourced and out-sourced editorial efforts
    • New publishing projects
  • Work with Editorial Directors, EICs and the PLOS staff to identify new opportunities for content development
  • Develop strategic direction for and prioritize new projects
    • Open Access Publishing awareness
  • Keep abreast of market/competitor trends and publishing-related OA initiatives

Internal Relationships

  • Overall management of editorial teams
  • Direct line management of Editorial Directors for  PLOS ONE, PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine and PLOS’ four community journals
  • Ensuring effective management practices/structure within editorial group
    • Communication with staff
  • Chair editorial meetings
  • Keep editorial team informed of publishing activities
  • Coordination and collaboration with Executive Team and Department heads including Publisher
    • Communication with Board members
  • Attend and present at Board meetings
  • Coordinate Board Editorial Advisory Committee

External Relationships

  • Represent the PLOS journals as appropriate to the science, publishing, legislative and field-specific communities
  • Contribute to development of policy positions and recommendations

Location and Travel

  • The position is based in San Francisco, California USA
  • Periodic travel (2-3 times each year) to editorial offices in Cambridge, England UK
  • Periodic travel to meetings/conferences as appropriate

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A successful academic science career (tenured faculty or comparable)
  • A history of progressively responsible editorial experience in STM journal publishing
  • Dedication to open access and transformative science communication
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement creative solutions in journal publishing
  • Experienced manager with a track record of building and developing high performing teams
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

Public Library of Science is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:

Please send resume and salary history to Debbie Fusting at the Kaufman Wills Fusting & Co. via email (

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Linux Systems Administrator

We are currently seeking a Linux Systems Administrator to join our IT Services team within our rapidly growing San Francisco office.

The ideal candidate will be a confident and highly organized self-starter with first class communication and problem solving skills. Previous experience working in a fast paced environment is a must. The successful candidate will partner with our in-house Software Services team to assist them in the deployment of the applications for the PLOS Publishing system projects.


  • Work with software developers to plan for, document and execute the deployment of applications for the PLOS publishing system. This includes but is not limited to: Tomcat, Nginx, Apache, MySQL, MVC Java web apps (Struts, Spring MVC), SOLR, Active MQ, CouchDB, Rails and Drupal.
  • Build and manage development, test, demo and performance environments located on local workstations, private-clouds and Amazon AWS.
  • Build tools to deploy features and releases effortlessly to multiple environments, including the production servers.
  • Ensure that these environments have the latest releases and current data.
  • Maintain, monitor and improve the automated build system.
  • Work with the development team to triage issues in multiple environments.
  • Provide technical support for application and environment configuration issues.
  • Act as back-up Linux systems administrator for the production infrastructure.
  • Although not usually required, you will be on call for system outages 24×7.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • BS/MS in Computer Science or equivalent experience.
  • 4+ years of experience as a Linux Systems Administration.
  • Deep understanding of Red Hat/CentOS or Ubuntu.
  • Highly proficient with Red Hat KVM, Kickstart and CFengine.
  • Solid experience with distributed filestores such as MogileFS.
  • Knowledge of deployment tools like Chef, Puppet, and/or Ansible.
  • Knowledge of continuous integration tools like TeamCity, Jenkins or Bamboo.
  • Experience with virtualization tools such as Vagrant and Docker.
  • Solid scripting skills with one or more of the following: Bash, Perl, Python, and Ruby.
  • Ability to quickly triage a problem, determine the root cause and provide the resolution.
  • Strong attention to detail.  Able to write clear and understandable documentation.
  • Knowledge or previous experience using an Agile development and testing process is a plus.
  • Solid work ethic, independent, resourceful, and self-motivated. Positive attitude and professionalism.

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Marketing Copy Writer/Editor

We are currently looking for an experienced and talented senior level Marketing Copy/Writer Editor to help communicate about PLOS products, policies and strategies in a concise businesslike, powerful and persuasive manner. PLOS operates in a highly technical industry, and yet PLOS needs to talk about its work in accessible and engaging ways. The successful candidate will be a senior member of our Marketing team within our rapidly growing San Francisco office.

It will be your role to draw out the stories PLOS should be sharing from editorial, product and marketing staff, and then help articulate those ideas into strong written stories with propositions for a variety of stakeholders from Government to individual researchers. An important aspect of this role will be interacting with c-suite level Executives to assist them in crafting the PLOS story; therefore you will need to be able to adapt your writing to suit various media, including brochures, emails, policy statements, keynote presentations, press releases and websites.

In addition to writing copy directly, you will also refine the work of others by copyediting, and managing the overall written expression of the PLOS brand – ensuring consistency of messaging and tone. The successful candidate will act as an internal ambassador: inspiring, training and guiding other writers within PLOS to higher standards of clear, businesslike and persuasive writing.

Note: Candidates invited to interview onsite will be asked to submit writing samples and will be required to take an impromptu writing and copyediting test on a random group of science and business related subjects as part of the interview process.


  • Owner of the messaging platform and managing the overall written identity and messaging document for PLOS, ensuring consistency of message and tone.
  • Defining positioning statements, value propositions and key messages in consultation with other PLOS staff and using exemplar pieces.
  • Writing clear, businesslike, persuasive, strategic writing for c-suite level executives – both from new materials and also refining the work of others to strengthen the proposition and simplify the language used.
  • Proofreading copy to check spelling and grammar including c-suite materials.
  • Providing internal training and guidance to other PLOS staff relating to writing persuasive copy including the development of a writer style guide.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of PLOS messaging strategies and written communications.
  • Creating and updating personas for key stakeholder groups and training other PLOS staff with writing responsibilities for their own use and application.
  • Liaising with PLOS editorial, marketing, advocacy and product staff to interpret their materials and conversations from an investigative journalism perspective.
  • Familiarising yourself with PLOS products and services, target audiences and competitors’ activities.
  • Amending, revising or redeveloping your own work (or that of others) in response to feedback.
  • Liaising with typographers, designers and printers.
  • Keeping up to date with popular culture and trends.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 7+ years professional marketing copywriting experience in a variety of media with a businesslike, persuasive and engaging style. Previous experience writing for c-suite level, highly analytical and educated audiences is required.
  • Must be exceptionally detailed oriented and proficient in spelling, grammar, copywriting and editing skills.
  • Comfort working around c-suite level executives and giving concise business oriented feedback is essential.
  • Background as a reporter/interviewer or previous marketing agency experience is preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills under time pressure; consistently able to meet the demands of many ongoing deadlines. Proven project management skills.
  • Ability to contribute both strategically and creatively to advance the PLOS brand.
  • Strong collaboration skills. Maturity and tact.
  • Scholarly publishing or related work (e.g. science writing) and/or nonprofit experience would be a strong advantage.

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Publications Assistant

Key tasks include providing a professional service to authors and reviewers, assisting them with the submission system and supporting the professional editors working for the journal. Applicants should have good IT skills and experience with online systems or databases would be an advantage.

The ideal candidate will be a confident and highly organized self-starter with first class communication and problem solving skills. Previous experience working in a fast paced environment is valuable. The successful candidate will be a team player, organized and conscientious with good attention to detail and the ability to manage their own workload and meet competing deadlines. An interest in science, science publishing, and/or open access is advantageous.


  • Operating our online submission system to facilitate the peer review process for the journal
  • Assisting authors, reviewers, and academic editors by answering queries by email and phone
  • Supporting the in-house Editors and Editorial and Publications Managers in their tasks
  • Fielding questions from scientists, members of the public and the press about the journal
  • Liaising with authors to ready manuscripts for acceptance and production by the journal
  • Engaging with press processes and social media
  • Assisting with the gathering of statistical data for the journals (as required)
  • Maintaining and updating journal operation process workflows as directed
  • Troubleshooting routine manuscript issues, providing input on manuscript discussions and escalating issues when appropriate
  • Undertaking special projects as directed by your line manager

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A university degree or equivalent
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Organizational skills, especially the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and multi-task
  • Technical proficiencies, knowledge of Excel, Word, file types and file conversions
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • An interest, and preferably experience, in STM or academic publishing

When applying for this position, please include a cover letter with your resume.

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Quality Assurance Engineer- Python, Ruby, or Java (Multiple Vacancies)

PLOS is using the best of web technologies to revolutionize scientific publication. We are looking for a talented and creative QA Engineer to join the PLOS development team in our San Francisco office. You’ll join a growing team of QA Engineers in helping us evolve our testing frameworks, methodologies, and priorities. We use an Agile development and testing process. The QA Engineers are part of the agile development teams and involved in the entire software development lifecycle.


  • Extensively learn the PLOS products and journal websites.
  • Execute full QC lifecycles for software product releases.
  • Write and perform tests, manual and automated, feature, regression and load tests.
  • Report on test results, file and track bug reports, and assist software engineers in isolating and reproducing bugs.
  • Encourage exploratory testing and a culture of quality.
  • Participate in software releases.
  • Collaborate closely with developers, product managers and others to correctly identify, prioritize and resolve issues.
  • Final acceptance of new features and bug fixes for every release.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 5+ years of experience in a technical role.
  • Experience writing automated tests or other software using Python, Java, or similar.
  • Experience with a test automation framework like Selenium. Experience with page-object model based frameworks a plus.
  • Experience building load and performance tests of web applications and reporting on the results.
  • Experience with source control tools; we use git.
  • Experience testing complex web applications. Experience with Java platforms and MySQL a plus.
  • Experience with JMeter, Loadrunner, or equivalent a plus.
  • Knowledge of command line Linux. You know how to use top, find, grep.
  • Experience with a continuous deployment environment a plus.
  • Likes to break things. Responds well to a change.
  • BS degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience

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Senior Editor/ Associate Editor, PLOS Medicine (Temporary)

We are currently looking for a talented Associate Editor or experienced Senior Editor to join our team in a temporary role due to last up to one year in our San Francisco, US or Cambridge, UK offices.

As an integral member of the editorial team running an open-access international medical journal, the post-holder will be responsible for assessing research manuscripts, handling peer reviews, commissioning articles and contributing to other parts of the journal – as well as to PLOS as a whole.


  • Handling a proportion of research manuscripts submitted to the journal
  • Being involved with editorial writing, press releases, editors’ summaries and other related materials
  • Participating in the daily running of the journal, including the Magazine section
  • Being involved in the advocacy activities of PLOS Medicine and PLOS

Qualifications and Experience

For either level:

  • MD or equivalent medical degree or PhD in a relevant biomedical field
  • Post-graduate experience is desirable but not essential
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A keen eye for detail, and outstanding organizational skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively, and in response to firm deadlines
  • A strong interest in scientific and medical publishing and open access
  • Clinical and/or global health experience preferred

Further qualifications for the Senior Editor level:

  • Significant editorial experience in assessing medical research manuscripts and handling manuscripts through peer review
  • Experience at commissioning and developmentally editing non-research articles for the magazine section of a research journal

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Senior Editorial Manager

Ready for a challenging position working in a fast paced dynamic environment? PLOS is looking to fill a key management position within its Publishing Services team. The PLOS ONE Senior Editorial Manager (SEM) provides direct oversight of a 25-person team and the editorial operations for the largest peer-reviewed journal in the world. The SEM and his/her staff work closely with the team of internal editors, external editorial board members, and external editorial vendors to shepherd an average of more than 150 manuscript submissions per day through the review process.


Operations: Oversee the end-to-end manuscript administration of PLOS ONE including making decisions on the most efficient operational processes to support the peer review and editorial selection tasks, as well as planning and status checking the implementation of those processes.

Process Improvement: Perform ongoing assessment of operational processes; identify areas for improvement in terms of efficiency, speed, quality, and customer service.  Monitor and report on operational Key Performance Indicators and work to optimize and improve them.

Vendor Management: Screen, appoint, and manage outsource vendor relationships; develop and set targets, negotiate contracts, and approve invoices.

Staff Management: Supervise three management-level direct reports, providing coaching, development, and mentoring.  Provide active direction and leadership for the entire ONE team.

Outreach: Develop the journal’s reach through oversight of press program, blog postings, and use of article level metrics and other measures of success.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 10+ years of progressively responsible publishing experience of which 5 years have been spent in a managerial capacity; management of large teams a plus
  • Direct experience with editorial, manuscript management, peer review, and production systems in a high-level, multi-journal environment is a major plus
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and implement creative solutions, including process improvements to gain efficiencies; organizational structure changes and updated journal policies
  • Experience managing third party vendors and outsourcers
  • Possess a broad overview of the trends and developments in the STM publishing industry and be capable of applying those insights at PLOS
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic and high growth environment
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree a plus

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Senior Marketing Program Manager

We are currently looking for an experienced and talented Senior Marketing Program Manager to join our Marketing team within our San Francisco office.

The Senior Marketing Program Manager will be responsible for defining, managing and executing strategic marketing and communication programs across the overall PLOS brand. The successful candidate will also be responsible for developing communication plans and projects with clear, business like, persuasive and strategic content – both from new work and also refining information from others.


Program Management/Product Launch

  • Lead the marketing efforts for the full cycle product or program launch, such as the PLOS Publication Fee Assistance Program; act as the marketing lead for the market readiness of identified strategic programs or product launches.
  • Oversee and complete all marketing program content strategy, tasks and deliverables to ensure on-time delivery and quality of content.
  • Develop goal-oriented marketing campaigns that capitalize on market opportunities, which may include the following tools: collateral, direct marketing, email marketing, events, seminars, webinars, landing pages, sponsorship and digital marketing.
  • Drive overall PLOS organization projects such as the progress update, media kit, collateral and website.
  • Partner with various departments and teams including: product, finance, publishing and editorial leaders to develop and implement the  marketing campaign strategy, deliverables, project plan and roles/responsibilities

Marketing Communication

  • Responsible for developing the overall PLOS communication strategy and plan including the messaging strategy, writing workshop, program positioning and related materials.
  • Identify the needs of internal/external customers and create audience profiles, tools and materials to ensure consistent organization wide messaging.
  • Lead and create the PLOS communication plan in partnership with colleagues.

Process Improvements

  • Leads, monitors and implements best-in-class standards for the marketing function through contributions to continuous improvements of programs, processes and tools promoting lean and efficient operating practices.
  • Collaborate with the marketing team to create digital targeting strategies and models to drive more effective marketing programs and identify new target populations.
  • Lead and maintain the core marketing tools and resources.
  • Assist the PMO team in the design /development of a standard marketing brief and tools..

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 8+ years of previous experience in product or program marketing, with superior content and strategy skills, an ability to create tangible deliverables and programs based on a portfolio of assets. Ability to self-direct and promote product lines and the application of integrated marketing deliverables with limited guidance.
  • Proven ability to provide clear, business like, persuasive, strategic materials – both from new work and also from the content of others.
  • Superior project management skills and attention to detail with a proven ability to manage complex, high impact projects across an organization is essential.
  • Previous experience taking products or programs from inception to full launch.
  • Excellent communication skills under time pressure; ability to partner, influence and collaborate with senior management to create strong relationships, gain commitment and accomplish shared goals.
  • Comfort working around c-suite level executives and giving concise business oriented feedback is essential.
  • Ability to contribute both strategically and creatively to the advancement of the PLOS brand.
  • Impactful results when presenting to large or small groups of people.
  • Strong collaboration skills. Maturity and tact.
  • Scholarly publishing or related work (e.g. science writing) and/or nonprofit experience would be a strong advantage.

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Software Engineer- Ruby or Java

PLOS is using the best of web technologies to revolutionize scientific publication. We are looking for talented and creative software engineers to join the PLOS development team in our San Francisco office. The ideal candidates will be confident, organized self-starters with first-class programming and problem-solving skills. We use an Agile development and testing process, with software engineers, QA engineers, and product managers working together every day.


  • Extensively learn the PLOS products and journal websites.
  • Enhance PLOS’s core software products and develop new features.
  • Write and support Java services and libraries in a services-based environment.
  • Write and support Ruby on Rails applications.
  • Work with cutting edge Open Source technologies.
  • Research and adapt new technologies quickly in a dynamic work environment.
  • Collaborate and contribute in solving complex technical problems.
  • Participate in shaping the platform architecture.
  • Work with the Product team to define new features and create technical requirements.
  • Field questions from an online Open Source community.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • College graduate preferred. BS/MS degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience.
  • 3-5 years of experience in software development.
  • Java/J2EE or Ruby on Rails experience.
  • Familiar using a variety of technologies like Spring, Hibernate, and REST.
  • Experience with Camel/Active MQ, Solr, and Python is a plus.
  • Experience in building a high-volume, highly available, distributed web application in a hosted environment.
  • Experience in working with SQL and/or NoSQL databases.
  • Strong OO design skills and an understanding of design patterns.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well both in a team and individually.
  • Intellectual curiosity, positive attitude, and pride in your work.
  • Contribution to an Open Source software project is a plus.

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User Experience Designer/Researcher

We are currently looking for a full-time User Experience Designer to join PLOS Labs in our headquarters in San Francisco. PLOS Labs is a small innovation group empowered to build and test software prototypes, create and push forward disruptive innovation in publishing tools and evaluation, collect data and make recommendations about future scientific publishing product to further the mission of PLOS.

You will be a key member of the PLOS Labs team and report directly to the Director. You will also support other PLOS staff on Labs project teams, contribute to the development of best practices at PLOS and help ensure that UX and design thinking stay at the heart of our development process.

This role would suit someone who is looking to directly shape the future of software tools and services used to make scientific publishing and communication more effective and efficient. It is critical that you have a passion for teaching and learning to fit into the culture at PLOS. This position may suit an experienced researcher/designer who is looking for a new role focused on science, publishing, and open culture.  This position is full time and located in San Francisco. Some local travel and very occasional national travel may be required.


  • Responsible for the shaping user experience of all product prototypes from PLOS Labs
  • Working with the Director of PLOS Labs, determine and use the best design research methods to discover and document needs of our audience
  • Create wireframes, user scenarios, site maps, statemaps and web/mobile site graphics as needed
  • Develop personas based on research and user scenarios
  • Collaborate within a small cross-functional team on prototype development
  • Oversee software development project deliverables, in consultation with developers and other Labs researchers, ensuring the software prototypes deliver the designed usability and features
  • Conduct user testing of new products, analyze results and report in a compelling, actionable way
  • Coordinate with PLOS staff and outside consultants to manage experience testing
  • Educate internal teams and PLOS staff on best practices around experience design and usability testing

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree in design research, HCI, or related discipline
  • Five years of experience in Design Research and/or UX Design
  • An active interest in science, open access publishing and open culture
  • Comfortable communicating your ideas on a whiteboard, in Adobe CS or Omnigraffle
  • Self-starter who can make decisions independently but also collaborate well on a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills

Nice To Have:

  • Familiarity reading and using CSS, HTML5, Javascript, Ajax code; bonus if you prototype your own work
  • Experience working in with agile development teams
  • You know how to use Pivotal Tracker
  • Experience in academic/university research environments or scientific labs desirable

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