The American Astronomical Society is soliciting applications for two new positions of Associate Editors for the Astrophysical Journal Letters. These Associate Editors will play the same role for ApJ Letters that the ApJ Scientific Editors play for the main journal. Starting in Fall 2012 the new Associate Editors will work closely together with the new ApJ Letters Editor, Dr. Frederic Rasio, to help with the peer review process: each one will directly oversee the peer review of about 150-200 manuscripts per year in their general field of expertise, and, together with the other ApJ Scientific Editors, advise the Editor-in Chief and Letters Editor on issues of general editorial policy.
Initial appointments will be for terms of three years, subject to approval by the AAS Publications Board and the AAS Council, with an option for a second term at the discretion of the ApJ Letters Editor.
For these two appointments we are particularly seeking editors who can oversee the review of manuscripts in the following two areas: (1) solar physics and astrophysical plasmas; (2) observational cosmology and extragalatic astrophysics.
Candidates should have a strong record of published scientific research, be at a mature stage in their career, and be prepared to commit the time (up to 20% FTE) that is required to carry out the duties of a Scientific Editor, including prompt handling of manuscripts year-round. Although these are largely volunteer positions, funding is provided for office equipment, secretarial support, travel to editorial meetings, and a modest stipend or research grant. Associate Letters Editors are required to be members of the AAS during their terms of appointment, but residence at a U.S. institution is not required.
Interested parties should send a cover letter explaining their particular expertise and a copy of their CV, including a list of publications.