Senior Editor – Functional Ecology

We are seeking an ecologist who is highly motivated in advancing the publication of papers that enable a mechanistic understanding of ecological pattern and process to join the team of Editors on Functional Ecology.

Iain H Leach, Butterfly Conservation

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:
30th September 2022
Interview date:
17th October 2022, to be held by online video conference


About us

The British Ecological Society (BES) is the oldest ecological society in the world and our mission is to advance ecology and make it count. We have 6,000 members around the world and support the ecological community through our journals, meetings, grants and through our education, engagement and policy work.

Functional Ecology is a renowned British Ecological Society journal publishing high-impact papers that enable a mechanistic understanding of ecological pattern and process from the organismic to the ecosystem scale. The journal has a wide international audience, an active social media presence via Twitter and a dedicated journal blog, and excellent publication metrics including a current Impact Factor of 6.28. and is ranked 11th in Ecology journals on GoogleScholar.

About you

Submissions to the journal are growing and we are seeking a Senior 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 90 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 1300 manuscripts submitted each year. Further details about the Journal and its current editorial team can be found at

Because of the Journal’s scope, applicants should be mechanistic (broadly defined) in approach. Applicants should have an ecological perspective that appreciates and values diverse taxon and methodologies, as well as the breadth of approaches contemporary ecologists employ. To complement our Editor team, we are looking for an animal ecologist. Expertise in the following areas is particularly welcomed, but not required: Plant-Animal Interaction, Trophic interactions and Food Webs, Community Ecology, Ecological Genetics, Evolutionary Ecology. 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. 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; 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 honorarium c. £6,700 per annum, which equates to approximately €7,400 or US$8,500) 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 an ambassador for the Journal at relevant conferences.

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.