Editor – Journal of Animal Ecology

We are seeking an ecologist who is highly-motivated in advancing the publication of ecological research to join our team of Editors

About the Journal

Journal of Animal Ecology publishes the best animal ecology research that develops, tests and advances broad ecological principles. A primary aim of the journal is to publish articles detailing novel and important work that will challenge the way animal ecologists think. Now in its 88th volume, the journal is online-only and publishes 12 issues a year. The journal has strong citation metrics including a current impact factor of 4.46, a lively blog and social media presence, and promotes work by early career researchers through the Elton and Sidnie Manton Awards.

About you

We are seeking an ecologist to join the current editorial team, collaborating with the other Editors to continue raising the Journal’s profile and reach worldwide. The Journal’s international editorial team consists of a total of four Editors who are supported by a board of over 60 Associate Editors and dedicated editorial office personnel. The Editors make decisions on the c.900 manuscripts submitted to the Journal each year and work together to shape journal strategy and development.

The ideal candidate will be a clear communicator who works well as part of a team and a good decision-maker who acts with integrity. They will have a solid understanding of their own field of ecology, as well as an overview of the wider discipline; experience of reviewing and editing processes; a commitment to maintaining the high editorial standards of the Journal; and an interest in ongoing developments within academic publishing. This post is a part-time three-year contract (current salary c. £6,500 per annum which equates to approximately €7,600 or $12,000) and located at the holder’s host university or organisation, based anywhere in the world. Some additional financial support is available to facilitate attendance at meetings with other BES Editors and to act as ambassadors for the Journal at relevant conferences.

A full job description  is available here.


We encourage applications from candidates with expertise in any field of animal ecology within the scope of the Journal.

The BES values the benefits that diversity brings. We seek to create an inclusive culture and welcome applications from all sectors of society. We would be happy to consider any reasonable requests in terms of flexibility.

Interested candidates are welcome to discuss the post prior to application with the Executive Editor, Professor Ken Wilson (ken.wilson@lancaster.ac.uk), the Managing Editor, Erika Newton (Erika@britishecologicalsociety.org) or any other member of the Senior Editor team.

Please send your CV, plus a letter stating what experience you would bring to the Journal and how you would develop it over the next three years to recruitment@britishecologicalsociety.org

Closing date: 17 June 2019 (noon GMT)

Interviews: 28 June 2019.

Interviews are to be held by online video conference where possible.