Journal development specialist - Genetics

Lausanne, Switzerland · Editorial Office


We are seeking an enthusiastic and target-oriented professional for the full-time position of Journal Development Specialist supporting our Genetics journal, located in our Lausanne office. This is an established, Impact Factor journal with very strong growth and high output of content, and as such, we are looking for someone who is passionate about Biological sciences, has a strong understanding of the academic community and has excellent communication and organization skills.

Reporting to the Journal Manager and working closely with other editorial staff, the successful candidate will be a primary point of contact with leading researchers around the world, successfully building relationships to acquire quality content for the journal. The candidate will also ensure effective editorial board management and participate actively in all operational aspects of the journal’s management, including devising editorial strategies to grow and develop the journal. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills which will enable them to liaise and develop relationships with very high-profile scholars, and be a collaborative team player, working closely with members of supporting teams. The successful candidate will also be confident in working with data to perform market analysis, identifying new areas for growth to inform our editorial strategies.

The position offers an excellent opportunity to begin a career in scientific publishing with an innovative, technology-driven Open Access publisher.

Application deadline: July 5, 2019

Key responsibilities

  • Support the Journal Manager in overseeing the activities of an established journal
  • Support building and managing high-profile, academic Editorial Boards
  • Communicate with academic editors to ensure the timely and on-target execution of journal content acquisition targets
  • Carry out existing editorial strategies and develop new journal initiatives by realising various growth and development opportunities


  • Biological science background preferred
  • Previous work experience with a publisher would be an advantage
  • Ability to work efficiently in order to meet deadlines and prioritize a varied workload under pressure
  • Excellent communication in written and spoken English, including professional and courteous telephone manner and strong attention to detail
  • Collaborative team player
  • Ability to work independently and make thoughtful decisions without constant supervision
  • IT proficiency with MS Office

Application Process

Applicants must have an existing right to live and work in the EU

Your application should include

1. A cover letter and resume (as DOC or PDF)

2. The indication of your earliest availability

3. A 300 word summary on the following - "How do you see scientific journal publishing in ten years?”


  • 25 days' vacation per year;
  • Participation into Frontiers annual bonus scheme;
  • Plenty of social & fun benefits, including Christmas party, summer barbecue.
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