Position Description
Press University of Chicago Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Senior Aquisitions Editor for the Sciences


The University of Chicago Press seeks an experienced and accomplished senior editor to expand its program in science publishing. The senior editor’s list will complement the work of the Press’s current acquisitions editors for the life sciences and science studies (the history, philosophy, and sociology of science).  We expect the senior editor to fashion a coherent program of trade, scholarly, and course books, with a focus on books that gain significant review attention, awards, and sales, and that strengthen the Press's overall publishing reputation. The position is best served by an individual who understands and embraces the intellectual enterprise, is aware of the evolving changes in the publishing industry and higher education, can productively balance high scholarly standards with the demands of bottom-line economics, is comfortable with a high degree of autonomy, and is both confident and collegial. The senior editor will be expected to publish approximately 25 books annually, and to meet annual signing goals set by the editorial director.  Titles sponsored by the senior editor should contribute significantly to the Press's frontlist and, eventually, backlist income.  The editor will work closely with other Press departments to manage projects from acquisition to publication.


  • Maintains and expands an international network of authors, advisors, literary agents, and copublishers by email, mail, telephone, and in person during editorial trips and at academic conferences.  Engages routinely with faculty at the University and throughout Chicago’s science community as a source of potential collaborations.
  • Invites and commissions appropriate projects in assigned subject areas and evaluates unsolicited submissions. Maintains sense of key research, literature and authors in the relevant fields.
  • Seeks advice on proposals and manuscripts from qualified referees and arranges formal review.  Works with authors on appropriate revisions and provides editorial advice to supplement reviewer commentary. Acts as author’s primary liaison to the Press  and generates support for projects internally at the Press while upholding publication and financial policies.
  • Presents projects at biweekly Editorial Committee meeting and seeks approval from the Press faculty board at monthly board meetings. Prepares book budgets and sales projections, and proposes contract terms to Press management. Negotiates contracts with authors and agents for books acquired.
  • Collaborates with other Press departments to ensure that accepted books are given appropriate levels of editing, design, production, and marketing. Presents projects at transmittal meetings, marketing/production meetings, and biannual sales meetings.
  • Collaborates with and assists in mentoring editorial associate and student assistant.   


Interested applicants should apply online at: https://uchicago.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/External/job/Hyde-Park-Campus/Senior-Acquisitions-Editor-for-the-Sciences_JR07053

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