Senior Editor – Methods in Ecology and Evolution

We are seeking an ecologist or evolutionary biologist who is highly motivated in promoting the development of new methods in ecology and evolution to join the team of Editors on Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

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Salary: c. £6,700 per annum, which equates to approximately €7,700 or US$9,400
Part-time, 3-year contract
At the holder’s host university or organisation, based anywhere in the world
Closing date:
9th September 2022
Interview date:
28th September 2022, to be held by online video conference

About us

The British Ecological Society is the oldest ecological society in the world and our mission is to advance ecology and make it count. We have 6,500 members around the world and support the ecological community through our journals, meetings, grants and through our education, engagement and policy work.

Methods in Ecology and Evolution is a renowned British Ecological Society journal that promotes the development of new methods in ecology and evolution, facilitates their dissemination and uptake by the research community and provides a single forum for tracking methodological developments in all area. The journal has a wide international audience, an active social media presence with over 25,000 followers on Twitter and a dedicated journal blog, and excellent publication metrics including a current Impact Factor of 8.33 and is ranked 10th in Ecology journals on Web of Science. Methods has recently moved from hybrid to a fully Open Access journal model.

About you

We are seeking an Editor to strengthen and complement the editorial team and to continue raising the Journal’s profile worldwide. The Journal’s editorial team consists of four Editors who are supported by dedicated editorial office personnel and an international board of around 80 Associate Editors from over 20 different countries. The Editors work together to determine journal strategy and to increase the reputation and quality of the Journal, in addition to making decisions on around 900 manuscripts submitted each year. Further details about the Journal and its current editorial team can be found here.

Methods are defined in the widest terms – they may be analytical, practical or conceptual – and may appeal to a broad range of users, not restricted to one discipline or sub-discipline. For this reason, the applicant’s expertise should not be limited to specific taxa or subdiscipline, and candidates should have an ecological or evolutionary perspective that appreciates and values diverse methodologies and approaches.

To complement our Editor team, we are looking an active researcher with a core background in either ecology or evolutionary biology. Expertise in the following areas is particularly welcomed, but not required: quantitative genetics, genomics, movement ecology, remote sensing, camera traps.

Applications are welcome from leading scientists covering any other areas of the Journal’s scope who could contribute to the Journal’s development in topical and developing fields.

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 in their editorial and own scientific work. They will have a solid understanding of their own field of ecology or evolutionary biology, as well as an overview of the wider discipline; experience of reviewing and editing processes; commitment to maintaining the high editorial standards of the Journal; and an interest in ongoing developments within academic publishing.

The Journal recognises the benefits that a diverse editorial board brings. We strongly encourage leading ecologists from underrepresented demographic groups and geographic regions to apply.


To find out more about the role and apply click here.