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International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Searching for a New Editor-in-Chief for IUBMB Life

The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) seeks a new Editor-in-Chief for IUBMB Life, an international, peer-reviewed journal in the life sciences, that is the flagship journal of the IUBMB. IUBMB Life is devoted to the rapid publication of the most novel and significant research and reviews in the broadly defined fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and molecular medicine. IUBMB Life is a well-established, peer-reviewed, ISI-listed journal that has been in publication since 1990.

The successful candidate will be recognized as a leading member of the biochemistry and molecular biology community. He or she will have an outstanding publication record; an extensive, global network; and an appreciation for the diverse fields of relevance. Further, he or she will bring strong leadership, organizational and communication skills to the journal.

The selected candidate may serve three three-year terms.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding opportunity to further develop the journal. He or she must demonstrate a clear vision for its future growth and position in the publishing landscape. Awareness of relevant advances in the dissemination of science will be of paramount importance. He/she shall bring high ethical professional standards with a pragmatic outlook.

The main functions within this role are: strategic and practical development of the journal, defining a vision for the content; securing contributions for regular and special issues; maintaining high-quality editorial standards; providing strong and inspiring leadership to the journal’s editorial board; appointing new board members to grow the journal; promoting the journal; managing the publication, and working closely with IUBMB and the publisher (Wiley). This important leadership role will require a significant time commitment on a weekly basis and will be recompensed accordingly. Associate Editors are appointed to limited terms by the Editor-in-Chief to handle some functions, subject to approval by the IUBMB Executive Committee. The Editor-in-Chief position is supported by professional editorial office assistance.

The Editor-in-Chief of IUBMB Life will receive an annual honorarium, which might be increased after each term of three years (for details, please contact Dr. Zengyi Chang).

Applications should include the following

  • A full CV
  • A brief vision statement (500 words or so)
  • A cover letter outlining why the applicant would be a good match
  • Two reference Letters

Please send the above materials, in confidence, to: Prof. Zengyi Chang (, Chair of the IUBMB Publications Committee. Applications should be sent no later than July 15, 2020. The Executive Committee of IUBMB will make the final selection. Early applications are highly encouraged.

IUBMB upholds the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.

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