Patrick Goymer is taking a half year paternity leave at Nature and so they are looking for a replacement. Here is the announcement. I bet there are few positions that are as likely to help you learn about your field from the big picture side of things. If I were younger I might drop everything and apply. What better way to get out of the details of your project and see what other people find exciting? Along the way, you get to be on the inside of the publishing of a top journal.
I’ve talked to others who have been involved in publishing, in the popular press, and in editorial positions and they all emphasize how valuable this kind of experience is for insight, for collaborations, for seeing across fields.
We’ve had a bit of this kind of experience here in our two weeks as Distinguished Visiting Professors in the Biology Department at University of Miami. I’ll write more about that later, for it has been a great experience. So, think about what you are doing and whether it is more important than a look inside the coveted editorial staff at Nature.