Scientific Editorial Assistant

Updated: about 18 hours ago
Location: Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA

Scientific Editorial Assistant
Med-McGowan Inst Regenerative Med - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (21001697)
 This position serves as an Editorial Assistant to the editorial leadership team of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Acta Biomaterialia, including the editor-in-chief, Dr. William Wagner. Acta Biomaterialia is an international journal that publishes peer-reviewed original research reports, review papers and communications in the broadly defined field of biomaterials science. The emphasis of the journal is on the relationship between biomaterial structure and function at all length scales. The successful candidate will facilitate the peer review process for numerous manuscripts. This involves, but is not limited to, correctly recognizing key topics of each manuscript and identifying qualified potential reviewers. The incumbent will also communicate with preeminent international scientists who serve as editors, authors, and reviewers in coordination with the editorial and the publishing teams. While the incumbent may not be an expert in biomaterials specifically, s/he needs to have extensive knowledge and experience in science and be able to follow scientific arguments, as well as understand the hierarchy of scientific publishing, such as the role of the editor, reviewer, and so on. Based on the level and complexity of interactions with the external customer base, the incumbent must have at least a BS in an applicable discipline of science/engineering as well as first-hand experience with bench-top research and peer reviewed publishing. Graduate research experience is preferred. Serving as the predominant point of contact for an editor, the employee will need to tactfully utilize his/her technical skills, as well as diplomatic and interpersonal skills, to meet the operational and deadline-driven requirements of the journal with uncompromised high quality. As an administrator of the online review and notification system, the incumbent will assist in assuring that there is accurate and time-critical flow of assignments and correspondence regarding the operation of the journal. Attention to detail is an absolute necessity, as well as evident meticulous organizational skills. Must be able to use judgement to trouble-shoot and problem-solve. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with thorough knowledge of English grammar is required but this position does not include writing manuscripts or extensive copy-editing. The incumbent must be able to work independently, needs to prioritize tasks and meet mandatory deadlines on a regular and timely basis. Must be flexible, self-motivated, and versatile. This includes having a strong desire to learn and investigate to adapt and improve the approach to and outcomes of the position. 
The incumbent should have 2-3 years of relevant technical experience, as well as responsibilities that have honed the correspondence/technical writing skills. Experience/demonstration of good interpersonal skills is required. Based on the level and complexity of interactions with the external customer base, the incumbent must have a BS in an applicable discipline of science as well as first-hand experience with bench-top research and peer review publishing. Graduate research experience is preferred. The diversity of technical interests to be covered by the journal ranges from biomedicine to materials development; the incumbent needs to have a solid science/engineering background so that diverse topics submitted to the journal can be generally assessed to the extent that prospective reviewers can be identified and issues arising from reviews can be directed to the proper specialists for assessment and adjudication. In addition to the technical understanding of the general subject material, the incumbent must be skilled at trouble-shooting and problem-solving, as well as developing general correspondence that contains technical terminology. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets 
Assignment Category: Part-time regular
Job Classification: Staff.Administrator.I
Campus: Pittsburgh
Minimum Education Level Required: Baccalaureate
Minimum Experience Level Required: 2-3 years experience
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hiring Range: TBD based on qualifications
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: Not Applicable
Required Documents: Resume
Optional Documents: Cover Letter
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