Assistant Editor

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

ID: 7066319
Posted: May 19, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

Who we are

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international research collaboration that coordinates seagoing expeditions to study the history of the Earth recorded in sediments and rocks beneath the ocean floor. The JOIDES Resolution Science Operator (JRSO) operates the scientific drillship JOIDES Resolution on behalf of the National Science Foundation. We are committed to exceeding the expectations of the scientific ocean drilling community by maximizing the science the JOIDES Resolution delivers.

What we want

The Assistant Editor (IODP Title: Editor II), under supervision, will edit and proof expedition publications and other program materials. Coordinate with members of the graphics and production sections to promote consistency throughout each publication. Apply standard formats, style guidelines, and workflow procedures. Coordinate at least one area for the Editing section.The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If this job description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

What you need to know

Request Resume, cover letter and contact information from three professional references to be attached to this application.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in language, science, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Two years of related experience in technical writing, editing, proofreading, and updating electronic content
Preferred Education and Experience:

Master's degree in science, language, journalism, or related or equivalent
More than two years of related experience in technical writing, editing, proofreading, and updating electronic content
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrate teamwork and initiative
Demonstrate a service-oriented attitude in all interactions
Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications
Electronic editing
Excellent proofreading and copyediting skills
Detail-oriented, organized, and able to follow through to the end of a project
Thorough knowledge of American English usage and grammar
Other Requirements or Other Factors:

Long computer usage
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Familiar with scientific ocean drilling or background in ocean sciences.
Working knowledge of FrameMaker, Acrobat, Illustrator, and/or other publishing tools
Familiar with Information Mapping/technical writing techniques. Familiar with XML and/or HTML coding

Scientific/Technical Editing - Edits volume materials from riser, riserless, and mission-specific expedition platforms for consistency, style, and grammar. Understands and implements publication department workflow and apply the IODP style to text, tables, and figures. Hosts groups of scientists for week-long editorial postcruise meetings: explains and runs the meeting workflow, answers editorial questions, confirms table and graphics change requests, approves text corrections, and makes sure all volume material is reviewed by scientists. Prepares chapter galleys for authors to review, and approves author changes. Prepares volume tables as CSV, ASCII, or TXT to be included with the electronic volume. Ensures volume front matter and contents are complete and correct.
Development/Training - Researches assigned topics such as journal publisher initiatives for peer review models, metadata elements, digital readability, and workflow. Learns additional editorial tasks that are beyond the basics. Trains Editorial Assistants on basic formatting and editing tasks. Helps develop written procedures and advanced software as assigned.
Quality Control - Works with graphics and production sections to promote consistency throughout each volume; takes the lead in documenting and enforcing volume style. Proofs table, figure formatting, corrections, and final volume materials for style and consistency and approve for publication. Reviews and approves online publications in HTML and PDF.
Coordination and Administrative - Coordinates one or more editorial section tasks. Organizes and maintains publications files to preserve version control. Maintains activity, time, and leave records. Perform other duties as assigned.


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