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.

PLOS ONE Freelance Editors

We are looking for consultants with editorial expertise who can provide freelance support to our PLOS ONE editorial team.

The ideal candidates will be confident and highly organized self-starters with first class communication and problem solving skills. Previous experience working in a fast paced environment is a must.

Services provided by consultants will include the assessment of submissions to the journal, involvement in the oversight of the processing of submissions through the peer review process and collaboration with the journal editors and the editorial board.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Proven experience in STM journals publishing and editorial roles, as well as a good understanding of online scientific communication.
  • Applicants with clinical experience or wide medical knowledge would be particularly welcome.
  • Skill in critically evaluating medical/scientific research manuscripts.
  • Able to prioritize and work efficiently to deadlines in the context of ongoing submissions and a wide array of editorial matters. Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • This is freelance work for a temporary period. Freelancers are not employed by the Public Library of Science and are expected to work remotely.

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Product Marketing Manager

We are looking for a talented and creative individual to join our Marketing team in the role of Product Marketing Manager for the largest scientific journal in the world. This position will be located within our 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.

PLOS is on the vanguard of a growing worldwide effort to transform research communication. The Product Marketing Manager will work cross-functionally with teams across the organization to deliver comprehensive go-to-market plans, product messaging, customer value propositions, and demand generation programs. We are looking for a well-rounded Marketing professional with an interest in Science, a passion for online marketing and at least eight years relevant experience. The ideal candidate would be comfortable working with staff at all levels and across all functions of the organization and have high-level strategic, planning and implementation skills.


  • Drive overall marketing and submissions for journal.
  • Lead positioning, and messaging in collaboration with the journal’s editorial team. Develop high impact content that maps across the audience decision-making cycle.
  • Conduct ongoing competitive analysis and audience research to stay abreast of the evolving industry and inform journal strategy.
  • Develop comprehensive marketing plans from strategy to tactical activities aligned with the organization’s objectives.
  • Oversee and complete all marketing program content strategy, tasks and deliverables to ensure on-time delivery and quality of content.
  • Develop effective marketing campaigns that capitalize on market opportunities, which may include the following tools: collateral, direct marketing, global community outreach and engagement, email marketing, events, seminars, webinars, landing pages, sponsorships and digital marketing.
  • Use social media (blogs, community sites and branded streams) to engage audiences
  • Measure campaign results, refine methodologies.

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. Ability to self-direct and promote product lines through integrated marketing campaigns with limited guidance.
  • Proven ability to create clear, 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.
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to partner, influence and collaborate with senior management to create strong relationships, gain commitment and accomplish shared goals. Maturity and tact.
  • Experience with social media.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • An interest in Science. Scholarly publishing or related work (e.g. science writing) and/or nonprofit experience would be a strong advantage.

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Publications Assistant (Multiple Vacancies)

As a member of the editorial operations team, the Publications Assistant is organized and conscientious, handling day-to-day tasks to ensure the smooth running of their journal.

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 Publications Assistant will be a confident and highly organized self-starter with first class communication and problem solving skills; be a team player, organized and conscientious with good attention to detail and the ability to manage their own workload and meet competing deadlines.

Please note:  this is not a writing role.


  • Operating our online peer-review software 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, 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
  • Assisting with the gathering of statistical data for the journals (as required)
  • Maintaining and uploading journal operation processes 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 is preferred
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Organizational skills (especially the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and multitask)
  • 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
  • Undertaking special projects as directed by your line manager


Tool Proficiency – Working knowledge of our online submission system, Editorial Manager, as well as Salesforce, Google Docs, and knowledge bases where appropriate. Competent use of all tools to facilitate the peer review process

Journal Process Knowledge – Thorough understanding and mastery of editorial processes and workflows. Use of this information to assist authors, reviewers, academic editors, and colleagues with complex questions and problems

Communication – Excellent verbal and written communication

Workload Management ‑ Efficient and timely use of resources; process oversight to ensure they are maintained. Deadline consciousness.

Good judgment – Demonstrates ability to analyze data and deploy common sense, logic, and problem-solving skills with minimal supervision

Self-motivated – Action oriented, proactive, and anticipatory. Does not wait to be told what to do; tenacious. Demonstrates a strong work ethic and shows initiative

Sense of urgency – Recognizes priorities and shuffles work effectively to deal with urgent issues. Demonstrates calm under pressure

Accountability – Demonstrates understanding of the role and ownership of problems.  Seeks guidance when required. Excellent follow-through. No excessive absences

Integrity – Possesses strong ethics; maintains discretion and confidentiality. High degree of professionalism

Organization – Excellent organization skills. Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, meet deadlines, and multitask. Exemplifies productive work habits

Responsibility – Demonstrated ability and maturity to support the Publications Managers in their tasks, and act as back-up as needed. Able to work independently for assigned work and projects

Relationship builder – Creates strong working relationships and trust with co-workers.  Decisive and tactful when working with multiple stakeholders

Leadership – Sets a good example for the team. Trains and/or mentors new or existing Publications Assistants. Proactively undertakes a project or takes the lead on an existing process

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Ruby on Rails/Javascript Software Engineer

Do you want to play a role in changing the scientific publishing industry? Do you believe in Open Source software and the Open Access movement? Do you want to join a subversive revolutionary force in science publishing? Do you want to help make the world’s scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource?

PLOS is using the best of web technologies to revolutionize scientific publication. We are looking for talented and creative Ruby on Rails/Javascript software engineers to join the PLOS development team in our San Francisco office. You’ll be working within a small, cross-functional team that includes both researchers and designers in addition to working with other staff from PLOS and outside consultants and advisors.


  • Write and support Ruby on Rails + Javascript applications.
  • Work in an agile environment.
  • Research and adapt new technologies quickly in a dynamic work environment.
  • Willingness to use other technologies such as Python and Java as needed.
  • Work with the Product team to define new features and create technical requirements.
  • Field questions from an online Open Source community.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Extensive experience with Ruby on Rails.
  • JavaScript MVC development experience (Angular, Ember, etc)
  • Extensive understanding of HTML5, CSS, Ajax, jQuery, JSON
  • Database experience (MySQL, PostgreSQL, noSQL)
  • Experience in building a high-volume, highly available, distributed web application in a hosted environment.
  • Strong OO design skills and an understanding of design patterns.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intellectual curiosity, positive attitude, and pride in your work.
  • Experience with an Agile, test driven development, pair programming environment a plus.
  • Contribution to an Open Source software project  is a plus.

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