Careers

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 jobs@plos.org 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.


Chief Editor, PLOS Biology

The Chief Editor is responsible for the overall leadership and directions for the journal. In addition, the Chief Editor oversees the PLOS Biology editorial team, the day-to-day running and coordination of the journal and takes ultimate responsibility for the editorial decision-making and content of the journal. The Chief Editor is a senior member of the editorial group at PLOS and is expected to participate in PLOS-wide editorial, publishing and advocacy activities.

PLOS Biology features works of exceptional significance, originality, and relevance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including works at the interface of other disciplines, such as chemistry, medicine, and mathematics. The journal’s audience is the international scientific community as well as educators, policy makers, and interested members of the public around the world. PLOS Biology is part of the suite of Biology journals group at PLOS, along with PLOS Genetics and PLOS Computational Biology.

Journal Responsibilities

  • Responsibility for overarching journal vision, future direction, and policy.
  • In association with the Editorial Director and Finance, responsibility for setting and managing the journal budget.
  • Annual review of journal priorities and objectives in line with PLOS organizational objectives.
  • Oversight of general press and media relations.
  • Initiation of special projects, and development of new journal features.
  • Representation of journal on internal and external editorial groups.
  • Handling manuscripts as needed.

Managerial Responsibilities

  • Management of senior journal editorial staff.
  • Regular staff appraisals.
  • Interfacing and collaborating with senior staff in other departments such as Publishing Services, Production, Product Management, Finance, and Technology.
  • Representation of PLOS Biology on PLOS-wide meetings as needed.

General Responsibilities

  • Representation of PLOS Biology specifically, and PLOS overall, and participation in advocacy work as appropriate.
  • Active participation in external organizations that further the mission and goals of PLOS Biology and PLOS.
  • Help develop and implement appropriate standards for biology publishing throughout PLOS (and provide expert advice as necessary).
  • Contribute to collaboration, harmonization and planning across PLOS journals.
  • Contribute to the development of PLOS’s overall publishing strategy.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Biological Degree with postgraduate experience. PhD in addition to a biological degree is required.
  • Substantial, senior-level experience in editing at a general biology or relevant specialist biological journal.
  • Experience of leadership with proven ability to develop and articulate a vision within publishing or a related area.
  • Expertise in handling research and non-research papers across a wide range of topics and methodologies.
  • Experience in management of editorial teams, ideally across different sites and countries.
  • Experience in developing and implementing journal policies.
  • In depth understanding of biological publishing and a commitment to Open Access.
  • Established evidence of commitment/experience in external editorial initiatives or groups is preferred.

The position will be based in either our San Francisco, CA or Cambridge, UK office and is available from May, 2014. The position has become available as a result of the departure of the PLOS Biology Editorial Director.

Please send a cover letter outlining your reasons for applying and salary expectations. Please also include a separate document outlining your assessment of the current strengths and areas for growth of PLOS Biology and your vision for the journal. No agencies please.

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Editorial Board Development Assistant

We are currently looking for a talented Development Assistant to join our Editorial Board team within our Cambridge office.

The ideal candidate will be a 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.

The Development Assistant will be responsible for supporting the recruitment workflow for PLOS Academic Editors, including correspondence, database administration, research, and administrative support as directed by the Editorial Board Management team. This individual will be supervised by the Development Manager.

Responsibilities:

  • Appropriately respond to and escalate correspondence from our board of volunteer editors and editorial board candidates within a Salesforce environment.
  • Populate new editor profiles in Salesforce, the Editorial Manager submissions system, and website backend.
  • Assist new editors in familiarizing themselves with our systems on an ad hoc basis.
  •  Manage workflow for a large volume of emails, such that all messages receive a timely response.
  • Regularly communicate with managers regarding email rate and flow, in order to balance outreach against rate of handling.
  • Provide administrative support for Academic Editor outreach initiatives (scheduling meetings, sending invitations, etc.).
  • Occasional support for events, including managing RSVP lists and invitation mail merges.

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 and Outlook)
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • An interest, and preferably experience, in STM or academic publishing

Skills:

Tool Proficiency – Working knowledge of Salesforce and the online submission system, Editorial Manager is preferred, as well as Google Docs, and knowledge bases where appropriate. Database experience an advantage

Communication – Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Able to articulate complex workflows and procedures.

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.

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 colleagues tasks, and act as back-up as needed. Able to work independently for assigned work and projects

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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 PLOS suite of peer-reviewed open-access journals, which published more than 34,000 articles in 2013. PLOS seeks an individual 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.

Key Responsibilities:

As a member of the PLOS Executive team, the Executive Editor reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and has overall management responsibility for the leadership and direction of 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:

Leadership

  • 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.

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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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Skills:

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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Quality Assurance Engineer – Python, Ruby or Java

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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 Editorial Manager, Contributor Support

The Senior Editorial Manager position is a key manager within Publishing Services. The SEM for Contributor Support is tasked with creating and supporting an engaged and dynamic community of contributor groups (Academic Editors, Authors, Reviewers, and staff) at PLOS. Leading a team of highly motivated staff, the SEM will be responsible for creating a strategy for contributor engagement across the PLOS journals, defining the appropriate programs and projects, and tracking and reporting on success of community growth. This role will work closely with Editorial as well as Product and Technology teams to achieve success.

General Responsibilities:

  • Work with PLOS leadership to create contributor engagement program strategy and plan, including defining key projects and success metrics
  • Directly manage a team of Editorial Managers including providing coaching, development, and mentoring
  • Provide leadership and direction for a team of Editorial Managers, Publication Managers, and Publication Assistants
  • Prepare budgets; identify and recommend efficiency and cost-saving improvements
  • Provide input and make recommendations regarding internal systems as well as on upgrades and improvements to manuscript submission and tracking software
  • Work collaboratively with PLOS senior management including Department Heads in Editorial, Production, IT/Dev, Product Management, Project Management, PLOS Labs, and Marketing to develop and implement cross departmental initiatives
  • Participate in the strategic decision making and planning processes for PLOS journals
  • Possess a broad overview of the trends and developments in the STM publishing industry and be capable of applying those insights at PLOS
  • Represent PLOS at external meetings, conferences and events

Departmental Support Management – Education & Contributor Support

Create a consistent experience for authors, editors, and reviewers throughout their touchpoints with PLOS; encourage and develop community engagement programs. 

  • Provide PLOS journals with management support for their Academic Editor boards, including
    • Identify candidates; recruit new members as selected by editors
    • Provide training and onboarding materials and support
    • Assist with in-person board meeting scheduling and arrangements
    • Work with journal teams and others to develop active contributor engagement programs
    • Create and implement board performance reports as input to regular process of board management; monitor member terms, implement renewal and turnover processes as directed by the editors; develop and administer AE incentive programs
  • Provide PLOS journals’ staff with internal training and documentation support
    • Oversee the organization and management of current training and documentation materials
    • Ensure that staff keep materials up-to-date and accurate
    • Create new materials as needed/requested by the journals
    • Develop and deliver classroom-style training programs to staff, both in-person and via web
  • Oversight of Author interactions and Author Knowledge Base, including development, management, coordination and updating of
    • Instructions for Authors
    • Author Services page(s)
    • PLOS Publishing and Editorial Policies

Qualifications and Experience:

  • BA or BS degree required; advanced degree a plus
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible publishing experience of which 5 years have been spent in a managerial capacity
  • Experienced people manager with proven experience building and developing teams
  • 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
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic and high growth environment
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent planning, organizing, and scheduling skills
  • Passion for open access and desire to promote the PLOS model as widely and effectively as possible
  • Experience managing the peer review process of high-level scientific journals a plus

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Software Engineer/ Sr. 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 several talented and creative Ruby on Rails 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.

Responsibilities:

  • Write and support Ruby on Rails + Javascript applications.
  • Work in an agile, test driven, pair programming environment.
  • Research and adapt new technologies quickly in a dynamic work environment.
  • 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:

  • Extensive experience with Ruby on Rails.
  • JavaScript MVC development experience of some kind is a strong advantage. We are using Ember.js experience preferable, but not necessary.
  • 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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