Journal Development Specialist - Chemistry and Materials

London, United Kingdom · Editorial Office


We are seeking an enthusiastic and target-driven professional for the full-time position of Journal Development Specialist for our Chemistry and Materials portfolio, located in our London, UK office. This is a strong portfolio of two Impact Factor journals with ambitious strategic development and growth plans for 2019. The role is, therefore, an exciting opportunity for a candidate who is passionate about the chemical/materials sciences and is keen to develop as a publishing professional.

Reporting to the Journal Manager and working closely with other Editorial staff, the position focuses on content acquisition, strategic journals development and Editorial Board management. The successful candidate will be the primary point of contact with leading researchers around the world, successfully building relationships to acquire quality content for the journal. The candidate will ensure effective Editorial Board management and participate actively in devising editorial strategies to grow and develop the journal. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication 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. To ensure journals maintain and grow their reputation as attractive publishing outlets for both academic communities, the successful candidate will also be confident in working with data to perform market analyses of the competitor publishing landscape, identifying new areas for growth to inform our editorial strategies.

The position will provide the successful candidate with an excellent opportunity to experience a career in scientific publishing with an innovative, technology-driven Open Access publisher.

Application deadline: Friday, 19 July 2019


  • Support the Journal Manager in driving journal growth through Editor engagement, development of themed article collections and the launch of new sections, informed by competitor and market analyses
  • 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 strategies
  • Carry out existing editorial strategies and develop new journal initiatives by recognizing various growth and development opportunities
  • Collaborate with internal departments to ensure the efficiency and scalability of journal operations


  • A degree or higher in a Physical Sciences subject area is preferable with a keen interest in dissemination of research
  • Related work experience in a commercial or academic environment
  • Excellent communication in written and spoken English, including professional and courteous telephone manner and high attention to details
  • Ability to consistently meet tight deadlines and prioritize varied workload under pressure
  • Flexibility and ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to work independently and make thoughtful decisions without constant supervision
  • Fluent proficiency with MS Office applications
  • Previous experience with a publisher with demonstrated project management and research experience would also be a strong asset

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!

- Christmas party, summer barbecue, monthly happy hour

- Fruits & snacks in the kitchen as well as much tea & coffee as you like

- In-house well-being activities including free weekly yoga

- A huge variety of self-organized activities from ski trips and football to French club

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