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AAS Informational Email 2010-7

Subject: Editor for Astrophysical Journal Letters Sought

After many years of excellent service, ApJL Editor Chris Sneden, will be soon be stepping down from his position. The American Astronomical Society has therefore begun soliciting applications and nominations of candidates to become Editor of The Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL) following his retirement at the end of 2012. The ApJ Letters office receives over 1200 short papers each year and works closely with the editorial office of the Astrophysical Journal (Part I), EJPress, and IOP rapidly to process and publish the most important astronomical discoveries and ideas of our time.

The Society seeks an individual with stature and achievement in the field of astronomy and with a reputation for fairness, honesty, and consistency. The Editor will be expected to manage an office of clerical and technical staff and to be able to work with the AAS, the Editor in Chief of the ApJ, EJPress, and IOP on the management and production of the journal. Previous editorial experience is an asset, but not required. An essential requirement for rapid publication is that the Editor has the time and ability each day to process promptly articles when they are submitted.

The AAS expects to compensate the Editor at roughly a half-time level and will negotiate the level of effort for any other staff with the successful candidate. The current operating structure includes an Editor and a Deputy. A small staff at the Editor's location provides managerial and clerical support.

Full details on the position and directions how to apply are available at the AAS Job Register listing for the position:


[Mailed from 13 September 2010]

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