Editor/Senior Editor - Science

Princeton University Press (PUP) seeks an Acquisitions Editor to join our dynamic team of publishers and contribute to its ongoing excellence. PUP has long published successfully across the sciences, and wishes to continue to grow the following fields: earth and environmental science, physics and astronomy, or computer science. The editor’s precise remit will be based on candidate’s interest and experience, and will include responsibility for signing, developing and publishing of a list of outstanding books for multiple readerships. This diverse list of monographs, textbooks, and trade books will contribute significantly to the Press's reputational and fiscal wellbeing. This role is well suited to an individual who has demonstrated acquisition and list building experience, particularly in the sciences. Specific experience acquiring in the above named disciplines or in university press publishing is not required. Remote work options may be possible, including for candidates based internationally. Interested applicants should include with their submission materials a list of signings and publications, and may be asked to prepare a list analysis and publishing proposal to demonstrate acquisitions acumen.

Core responsibilities:

  • Publish a list of 15-20 outstanding science books a year in specified academic field(s) of study.
  • Develop a diverse list that is balanced across genres (trade, monograph, textbook), fiscally robust, and that includes a diverse group of authors.
  • Conceive of new book ideas, establish and maintain author and advisor collaborations, and solicit new proposals and book manuscripts.
  • Travel to academic conferences and campuses to expand professional contacts, cultivate new book prospects, and stay abreast of key developments in relevant fields.
  • Present new titles for consideration, including publishing and financial rationale, at weekly internal meeting and negotiate contract terms with authors and/or agents.
  • Collaborate successfully with peers across all press departments and international PUP offices.
  • Perform all duties associated with the successful management of list, including working with authors under contact to ensure timely delivery and meeting of annual transmittal goals; editing and developing manuscripts to ensure they are appropriate for intended audience; overseeing formal peer review process of proposals or manuscripts to determine suitability for publication; preparing materials for monthly faculty Editorial Board meetings and semiannual sales conferences; and collaborating with colleagues in other departments to effectively produce, position and publish books.
  • Supervise one editorial assistant in conjunction with another editor.


  • 4-year degree and three to five years’ experience as an editor; demonstrated track record in publishing titles that make a major intellectual and financial contribution.
  • Demonstrated superior judgment and editorial knowledge with the ability to evaluate, identify, create, and develop book concepts.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, make critical decisions, negotiate, follow through on projects, meet deadlines, and take creative risks.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to network and build key relationships with authors and others in the publishing community, as well as internal colleagues.
  • Knowledge of techniques of acquisition, manuscript preparation, and general publishing processes and practices, including the ability to understand and use financial tools to access the viability of book projects.
  • Ability to successfully manage projects through all stages of publishing process and problem solve when needed.
  • Previous science acquisition experience is desirable.
  • Adept with computers, including databases and Microsoft Office.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter with salary requirements, cover letter and resumé, and a list of signings and publications to: resumes@press.princeton.edu.

Only finalists will be contacted. For more information on Princeton University Press, visit press.princeton.edu.

The Press is one of the top academic publishers in the country, provides a comprehensive and affordable benefits package, and is located in a historic building on Princeton University’s campus that is walking distance from downtown Princeton with easy car access to Route 1.


Princeton University Press is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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