Careers

Organization Overview

PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit Open Access publisher, innovator and advocacy organization dedicated to accelerating progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. The PLOS suite of influential journals contain rigorously peer-reviewed Open Access research articles from all areas of science and medicine, together with expert commentary and analysis, and include PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS Pathogens and the multidisciplinary PLOS ONE, the world’s largest journal.

In addition to journals, PLOS covers the world of scientific research with over 20 blogs and two community channels to provide a rich experience for readers and authors. Globally, more than 6,500 Academic Editors and 90,000 reviewers, together with authors and readers in over 200 countries, enable PLOS to expose, discuss and elevate the best ideas in science.

PLOS strives to recruit talented professionals from many backgrounds and disciplines who share a passion for the mission to transform research communication. PLOS offers a dynamic start-up culture and work environment rich in innovative ideas, together with a comprehensive compensation and benefits package. PLOS offices are located in San Francisco, USA and Cambridge, UK and the organization has a global team of more than 200 staff. PLOS’s distinguished Board of Directors includes eminent scientists, business leaders and entrepreneurs.

If you’re passionate about making a difference in the dissemination of scientific research, explore PLOS for the next move in your career. 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.


Associate Editor, Cross Journal – Temporary (Multiple roles)

We are currently looking for two talented Associate Editors to join the PLOS journals’ editorial team in our Cambridge, UK office or San Francisco, US office on a temporary basis for a period of up to one year.  The Associate Editors will work across the suite of PLOS journals with a focus on either PLOS ONE, PLOS Biology and/or PLOS Medicine. These Associate Editors will be involved in a wide array of editorial matters.

Responsibilities

PLOS ONE

Editorial Responsibilities

  • Facilitate Quality Control (QC) checks upon submission
    • Advise on all consults relating to the QC of manuscripts (e.g. COI, ethics, adherence to scope, etc.)
  • Submission scanning of manuscripts
    • Vetting of submitted manuscripts to ensure they are appropriate for external review, obtaining advice as needed
  • Attending to editorial disputes and problems
    • Handle author disputes/editorial related complaints as required
    • Assist on manuscripts that need actions through the editorial process
  • Academic Editor related Tasks
    • Scanning of accept decisions
    • Advise on assigning Academic Editors to papers
    • Inviting peer reviewers when requested by Academic Editors

PLOS Biology/PLOS Medicine

Editorial Responsibilities

  • Handle a proportion of research manuscripts submitted to the journal from submission through peer review and publication, including presenting manuscripts to editorial team, interacting with reviewers and academic editors around manuscript assessment and review, making decisions on manuscripts and communicating with authors.
  • Writing and editing lay summaries, blog posts, press releases, and other related materials
  • Participating in the daily running of the journal, including commissioning and assessment of non-research content

Other responsibilities for all journals

  • Provide editorial and scientific guidance to various internal groups within PLOS
  • When indicated, work collaboratively with Product, Marketing, Production, IT, and Advocacy groups
  • Be involved in the advocacy activities of the PLOS journals and PLOS
  • Represent PLOS at scientific conferences as required

     Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced (PhD, MD, or equivalent) degree with proven experience in equivalent research or clinical experience in a relevant biomedical field
  • 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

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Associate Editor – PLOS Medicine (Temporary)

We are currently looking for a talented Associate Editor to join our team in a temporary role due to last from six to nine months in our San Francisco, US or Cambridge, UK offices.  This role is a maternity cover and may be extended beyond the period described depending on organization needs.

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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

  • 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

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Associate Editor – PLOS ONE (Multiple Roles)

The Associate Editor will work with other editors to oversee the editorial process for submissions to PLOS ONE. The role involves a wide array of editorial responsibilities, from daily submission assessments to the development of editorial policies.

The position offers an opportunity for candidates looking for a move from research into scholarly publishing, as well as those seeking to advance their editorial experience. Applicants should be versatile, able to adapt to fast-paced environments and show a proven interest in editorial matters and the scholarly literature.

We are looking to broaden the skills covered by our editorial team and would particularly welcome candidates with experience in the following areas: clinical research, social sciences, ecology and engineering.

Responsibilities

  • Assessing new submissions and guiding manuscripts through the review process
  • Overseeing editorial decisions
  • Providing support and training to external Academic Editors
  • Development of editorial policies and processes
  • Representing PLOS ONE at scientific meetings

Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience in a scientific research environment
  • Strong familiarity with the scholarly literature is essential, proven experience in STM journals publishing would be an advantage
  • Highly organized
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and oral
  • A PhD qualification is desirable but not essential

 

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Editorial Manager

We are currently looking for a talented Editorial Manager to join our journals within our  San Francisco office.  Relocation support will be provided if applicable.

The Editorial Manager is the senior member of the journal editorial administration team. The ideal candidate will have a clear understanding of what drives the world of content, particularly in the arena of online publishing and data integrity. A highly organized self-starter with first class communication and problem solving skills is required, ideally also with experience of managing staff and directly liaising with senior academics. Previous experience working in a fast paced environment is a must.

The Editorial Manager line manages staff, and is a principal point of contact for the journal for other departments internally and for external contacts relevant to that publication. The Editorial Manager is also required to work on cross-journal projects and provide some cross-journal management support.

Note: This position works on the administration side of the journal and has no responsibility for evaluating content.

Responsibilities

Journal Management

  • Overall responsibility for journal administration and assignment of tasks within the journals team, plus oversight of freelance and outsource staff if relevant.
  • Ensuring that the standard editorial processes are robust and are being followed according to established objectives.
  • Identification of opportunities for improved efficiencies and customer service.
  • Oversight of relationship with the Editors in Chief and Editorial Boards.
  • Fielding inquiries from the media.
  • Contribute to journal development in collaboration with Editorial Boards, and other senior editorial staff including the Senior Editorial Manager, Director of Publishing Services, and Managing Editor.
  • Monitoring and analysis of journal statistics – and taking action where needed.
  • Solving complex editorial issues on the journal – and offering advice and training to colleagues on other journals.
  • Covering for colleagues when necessary.

Cross-Journal Work

  • Coordination with Editorial Managers and Publications Managers to ensure harmonization and efficiency of processes, journal info pages, editorial systems etc.
  • Planning and help with coverage as necessary.
  • Liaison with other departments and Editorial Staff on other journals and taking responsibility for certain assigned tasks (e.g., coordination of pricing increase information across journals, providing editorial input for web projects etc).
  • Fully represent journal(s) on major cross-journal projects.

Staff Management

  • Recruitment, training and development of PA and PM staff on own journals and beyond.
  • Appraisals for assigned staff and recommendations for promotion as appropriate.

General

  • Representing PLOS externally (e.g., at conferences, events).
  • Aware of PLOS’s broader organization objectives and able to explain to junior staff, as well as external stakeholders, new developments in relation to these objectives.
  • Aware of, and must work within, the budgetary constraints of the journal.

Qualifications and Experience

    • College graduate preferred.
    • 4+ years’ experience in STM Journals publishing within editorial group.
    • Previous experience and aptitude for the management and supervision of staff.
    • Strong collaboration skills and ability to achieve consensus.
    • Proactive approach to the identification of opportunities for improvement.
    • High level of maturity, with excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills.

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IT Operations Engineer

At PLOS, we are looking for an IT Operations Engineer to drive and support innovation while advancing the vision of our organization. This role is pivotal in building and evolving IT and SW Development (DevOps) teams and guiding their efforts from planning through production.

The right candidate will be forward-thinking, intellectually curious, and passionate about our mission at PLOS. You must have 5+ years in a lead IT operations role with hands-on experience designing, creating, and deploying solutions for data center operations and web development. At the same time, you should have the expertise and dexterity to move quickly while keeping focused on high-impact, deadline-driven projects.

Your contributions will help shape the way people around the world receive, understand, and interact with scientific information, so your work as a technology leader in our San Francisco office will influence internal operations as well as global audiences.

Responsibilities

  • Enhance and maintain the cloud infrastructure and systems. This task includes identifying and solving operational problems in both physical and virtual environments, and supporting production web applications.
  • Design corporate, test, QA, and production systems in Linux and SAN environments.
  • Design, architect, and engineer highly available, reliable, and scalable infrastructure to support worldwide online operations.
  • Develop and maintain monitoring procedures and alerts to ensure uptime and achieve SLA levels.
  • Lead and motivate technical teams.
  • Partner with engineers and product managers to establish and execute the technology vision and strategy, and enhance end-user functionality.
  • Work in a highly collaborative environment with peers and senior managers.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 5+ years of experience in an IT operations leadership role.
  • Proven skills in data center operations and planning/executing site deployments.
  • Strong knowledge of Linux/UNIX with the ability to install, configure, analyze, maintain, optimize, troubleshoot, and manage security of operating systems and networks.
  • Fundamental understanding of Internet networking protocols.
  • In-depth understanding of VMware including cluster management and troubleshooting.
  • Working knowledge of APIs.
  • Manage people, processes, and changing priorities in an Agile test-driven development environment.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable technical resource and leader to others.
  • Bachelor’s degree in systems engineering, computer science, management information systems, or a related field preferred. For the right candidate, we will consider an equivalent combination of education and work experience to meet this qualification.

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Production Coordinator

We have a vacancy for a Production Coordinator in our San Francisco office to join the Publishing Services team.

The candidate will assist in the final stages of PLOS’s publication process for seven academic journals. Tasks include working with authors, PLOS editorial teams, and outside production and composition vendors to ensure that submissions are complete and articles are published in a timely manner.

The ideal applicant must be exceptionally detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work cooperatively in a team-oriented environment. This position requires extensive use of computers and online publishing software and the dexterity to work with numerous files simultaneously while maintaining consistent quality control in a fast-paced, goal-oriented, Open Access publishing domain.

Responsibilities

  • Track and resolve queries with authors, internal staff, and production and composition vendors via online issue tracking tools and reports
  • Ensure that manuscripts and supporting files, i.e. figures and tables meet strict, academic publication requirements
  • Monitor articles at various stages to ensure timely publication via an web-based tracking application
  • Conduct quality control reviews on online files
  • Assist with the post-publication syndication process

Qualifications and Experience

  • A university degree or equivalent
  • Practical, working proficiency of current online-based publishing methods including experience with scientific and medical publications. XML, HTML, PDF, ePUB and LaTeX knowledge is highly desirable.
  • Solid communication skills – The applicant must demonstrate sound judgment, tact and decisiveness while working with multiple stakeholders. Effective verbal and written communication skills a must.
  • Ability to adapt to a dynamic environment, learn new software quickly and show a willingness to investigate and resolve complex issues
  • Strong organizational skills – Be capable of managing aggressive deadlines and coordinate multiple tasks
  • Background working with a content management system or a similar software driven tracking system as well as experience with Salesforce, Google Docs, and knowledge bases where appropriate
  • Technical proficiencies (knowledge of Excel, Word, file types and file conversions)
  • Experience with graphics software programs and an appreciation of digital media concepts such as resolution and file types and manipulation of same
  • Understanding of academic style and formatting rules
  • Demonstration of a positive, calm demeanor

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Publications Assistant

We have a vacancy for a Publications Assistant in our San Francisco office to join the Publishing Services team.

Key tasks include providing a professional service to authors and reviewers, assisting them with the submission system and supporting the 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. Evidence of experience or interest in science, science publishing, and/or open access is advantageous.

Responsibilities:

      • 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 the 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

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Publications Assistant (UK)

We have a vacancy for a Publications Assistant in our Cambridge (UK) office to join the Publishing Services team.

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.

Responsibilities

      • 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 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

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Publisher

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Publisher is a key leader of PLOS’ continued innovation to enable transparent, collaborative and barrier-free scientific communication. The Publisher has overall responsibility for building and sustaining a first class publishing operation and growing revenue across the PLOS suite of journals. This includes setting the overall strategy, putting in place development plans and setting objectives to deliver the desired results.

The publisher oversees a team of over 90 professionals across various functions including publishing services and production operations, contributor experience, product management and product marketing.

As a member of PLOS’ Executive Team, the Publisher contributes to leadership of the organization and actively participates and collaborates with senior leadership across all departments to establish both short and long term strategic plans and objectives to support organizational mission and priorities.

Responsibilities

Leadership

  • Work with PLOS leadership team and Board to establish overarching strategy and goals for the organization.
  • Represent PLOS journals and platform externally to the science, publishing and field specific communities and contribute to the development of policy positions and recommendations.
  • Maintain a culture built on teamwork and the highest level of personal ethics.
  • Collaborate and build strong relationships with senior leadership to drive excellence across the PLOS publishing program maintaining alignment with organizational values and goals.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the STM publishing industry including competitor trends and publishing related initiatives as well as keeping up to date with the changing needs of researchers.

Publishing program

  • Establish and execute publishing strategy for current suite of journals.
  • Oversee the financial and operating performance of the publishing program and develop and realize strategies to drive revenue.
  • Develop publishing programs, policies and business models to be adaptive and responsive to a changing landscape.
  • Maximize revenue growth for journals within the current portfolio through effective journal development strategies and realize cost savings from scalable efficiencies.
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan to create demand generation and positioning to attract quality submissions across the PLOS suite of journals.
  • Develop product marketing plans to uniquely address the interests of related communities.
  • Build brand by showcasing the suite of PLOS journals.
  • Launch, educate and gain adoption for new PLOS offerings.
  • Develop and implement strategies to drive editorial board and community engagement.

Product management

  • Establish and execute the PLOS product strategy by identifying and assessing new features, positioning of existing products as well as identifying growth opportunities for the organization.
  • Build and manage the implementation of the product roadmap to support organizational goals.
  • Monitor emerging industry trends to formulate product strategy and lead analysis to benchmark PLOS’ product offering in relation to competitors.
  • Work closely with internal and external constituents to define and develop proposed enhancements and/or new products.

Management

  • Direct line management of senior management staff in publishing services, contributor experience, product marketing and product management.
  • Ensure effective management practices and structure within publishing group.
  • Ensure comprehensive communication and collaboration with staff, Executive Team, PLOS Board and Department heads.
  • Attend and present at PLOS Board meetings.
  • Work with team and human resources to develop staffing strategies to recruit and retain top talent.

Location and travel

  • This position is based in PLOS’ San Francisco, CA headquarters
  • Periodic travel (3-4 times each year) to visit PLOS’ Cambridge, UK office
  • Travel to meetings and industry conferences as appropriate

Qualifications and Experience

  • 12+ years of progressively responsible publishing leadership roles in STM journal publishing with a minimum of 6 years in a leadership capacity. Experience in an open access environment preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree a plus.
  • Experience with medium to large journal publisher operations.
  • Proven experience in growing revenue and realizing new business opportunities.
  • Proven experience in leading the successful implementation of effective product management programs preferably in the web media space.
  • An experienced manager with excellent leadership, coaching and team-building skills, integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic, mission-driven environment.
  • Dedication to open access and transforming scholarly communication.
  • Strong drive to create change in journal publishing.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and make decisions.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written, verbal and presentation.

Interested candidates should provide a resume and cover letter by email to Amy Morse (amy@jackfarrell.com)

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Senior Financial Analyst

We are currently looking for a talented Senior Business/Financial Analyst to join our Finance team within our rapidly growing San Francisco office. Relocation assistance is available for this role.

The Senior Financial Analyst will be responsible for providing FP&A support, financial consultation, and other duties as assigned. The ideal candidate will be a confident and highly organized self-starter who is willing to roll up their sleeves and collaborate with peers and managers to achieve organization’s financial objectives. First class communication and problem solving skills in addition to previous experience working in a fast paced environment is a must.

Responsibilities:

  • Financial Planning and Analysis
    • Assist in volume, revenue and expense budgets, forecasts and related analyses for all PLOS journals.
    • Take ownership of in-depth outsourcing expense analysis, forecasting, budgeting, reporting and variance explanations.
    • Take ownership of monthly expense variance reporting, analysis and J/E re-classes.
    • Partner with Business Analyst on operational work flow analysis.
    • Act as the finance lead for key areas of the organization (Editorial and Production).
    • Conduct regular business review meetings to share results and gather needs for further research and analysis.
    • Model analyses grounded by driver based and activity level understanding.
    • Provide guidance, best practices, and training if necessary.
  • Project Planning and Analysis
    • Partner with internal clients and Business Analyst to perform cost benefit analysis, vendor due diligence and business case creation.
    • Create project expense tracking, reporting, and reconciliation if necessary.
  • Financial Programs Reporting
    • Take ownership and refine current monthly reporting on PLOS Publication Fee Assistance and Institutional Account programs.
    • Perform ad hoc analysis and research for the program if necessary.
  • Adaptive Insight System Administration
    • Perform monthly actuals uploads and reconciliation.
    • Cost center structure and COA maintenance.
    • Canned reports maintenance and creations.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • BA/BS required; advanced degree in Finance, Economics or other quantitative discipline is highly desired.
  • 6 + years of experience in FP&A. Must be able to look at matters holistically, and balance with the finer details.
  • Proven ability to analyze complex business processes, publishing and/or manufacturing/logistics experience desirable.
  • Strong quantitative background, especially in statistics and data visualization. Strong ad hoc modeling skills and building financial models that can scale with the growth of the organization.
  • Strong analytic and modeling skills, ability to learn different systems quickly.
  • Diverse exposure to different planning and forecasting approaches desirable, rolling forecast experience preferred.
  • Experienced in product costing and activity-based-costing a big plus.
  • Solid consultative background, not afraid to work with teams and executives, asks challenging questions and make innovative recommendations.
  • Advanced Excel skills a must, proficiency in Access and Salesforce desirable.
  • Adaptive Insight experience highly desirable.

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