Openings >> Editor-in-Chief
Job Type:Exempt (salaried)
Posting Date:08/16/2022
Location:College Park, MD

*The American Institute of Physics (AIP) requires COVID-19 vaccination for all positions effective January 3, 2022. Individuals with a disability or a religious reason preventing them from taking the vaccine may request an accommodation.

Summary of Role:

The Editor-in-Chief of Physics Today is the strategic leader of a portfolio of content created under that title. They are responsible for developing and managing content to serve audience and stakeholder needs.

The role requires cultivating and leading a forward-looking team of editorial and production professionals. Physics Today is a unifying voice for the diversity of the physical sciences as represented by the membership of American Institute of Physics's (AIP) Member Societies, AIP Affiliates, and the broader related science and engineering communities. As a result, success in the Editor-in-Chief’s role is critical to AIP’s mission and the achieving the vision outlined in AIP’s Strategic Framework.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership that expands the reach and impact of the Physics Today (PT) content portfolio;
  • Propose and develop new content products or distribution opportunities that fully exploit the capabilities of digital storytelling and publishing to exceed audience and stakeholder expectations;
  • Lead audience and stakeholder relationships, including maintaining a visible presence in the physical sciences community as well as a practice of consistent engagement with Member Society leadership, in collaboration with AIP’s Chief Federation Officer and Chief Content Officer;
  • Be a knowledgeable and articulate advocate for the needs of PT’s core audience and stakeholder groups;
  • Manage editing and production staff, instilling a shared vision and fostering an inclusive and collaborative environment and culture;
  • Collaborate with sales, marketing and advertising teams to ensure editorial and business needs are appropriately managed;
  • Stay abreast of publishing trends and technologies, positioning PT at the leading edge.

Strategic Leadership 

  • In collaboration with the Chief Content Officer, develop and execute a strategic plan for Physics Today that includes audience and financial goals;
  • Establish a culture of excellence focused on content rather than platform to allow for flexibility in meeting audience needs;
  • Develop a culture of data-driven decision-making within the PT team;
  • Maintain a culture of agility and adaptability among PT staff to thrive in the rapidly changing environment of content publishing and distribution;
  • Within AIP, serve as a senior leader on content matters, helping set and implement the Institute’s content strategy;
  • Develop content and distribution partnerships as appropriate.

Editorial Oversight 

  • Oversee the editorial content and voice for PT, setting standards of excellence in clarity, accuracy, integrity, and innovation in presentation across products and channels. Set editorial strategy, policies, and guidelines;
  • Ensure the health, breadth, and diversity of content streams;
  • Oversee hiring and staff development;
  • In coordination with Chief Content Officer, plan and manage PT budget.

External Relations 

  • Foster constructive relations with Member Society leadership;
  • Maintain a visible presence in the community of physical scientists through conferences and other interactions.


  • Graduate degree required, in a scientific field, strongly preferred


  • 7-10 years’ experience in science, science journalism, and/or publishing;
  • Minimum 7 years of managerial/supervisory experience;
  • Exceptional command of language and grammar;
  • Excellent writing, editing, organizational, supervisory, and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong familiarity with the publishing industry and with digital publishing, technologies, and delivery formats.

Specialized Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of digital publishing trends;
  • Audience focused approach to journalism and content creation;
  • Results-oriented, flexible, creative, and strategic thinker able to develop, recognize, and seize new opportunities.
  • Insatiable curiosity.

What is AIP?

We are the American Institute of Physics. Our mission is to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. We promote the physical sciences through effective communication, education, and policy initiatives.

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a 501(c)(3) membership corporation of scientific societies. AIP pursues its mission—to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity—with a unifying voice of strength from diversity. In its role as a federation, AIP advances the success of its Member Societies by providing the means to pool, coordinate, and leverage their diverse expertise and contributions in pursuit of a shared goal of advancing the physical sciences in the research enterprise, in the economy, in education, and in society. In its role as an institute, AIP operates as a center of excellence using policy analysis, social science, and historical research to promote future progress in the physical sciences.


Why Work for AIP?

AIP wants you to be safe!

During the COVID-19 pandemic AIP took appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all AIP staff by providing a flexible approach to remote work that ensured a safe and productive workforce could continue to pursue our mission and provide continued value to our stakeholders. The safety, health, and wellbeing of our staff are of the utmost importance to our Institute.

In addition to your safety, AIP wants you to love working at the Institute, and we have a workplace culture that supports that goal. With our commitment to community service, institute-wide social opportunities, and ongoing Learning and Development, we work hard to make sure AIP is a rewarding place to work. Did we mention that you will work with amazingly talented colleagues in a variety of departments? The American Institute of Physics offers excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, retirement, tuition assistance, on-site fitness center, and metro access.  Learn more at 

Diversity Welcome!

We encourage and invite people from diverse backgrounds to apply and join our team. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, creed, marital status, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, personal appearance, national origin, ancestry, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability

AIP is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer  
EOE, including disability/Vets

*Interested candidates should include a resume and a cover letter to be considered for candidacy. 


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