The University of Pittsburgh Press seeks an energetic, creative, and
dedicated Editor to acquire 25-30 books a year for a new editorial
program in the history and philosophy of science. This position is part
of a three-person acquisitions department, reporting to the Editorial
Director of the Press.
The ideal candidate will have a strong grounding, by way of editorial
and/or educational experience, in one or more of the following fields:
history of science, philosophy (preferably philosophy of science),
science studies, history of technology, or world history. Experience in
other relevant fields will also be given consideration. This expansion
of our publishing program is underwritten for its first five years by a
Mellon Foundation grant intended to help the Press align more closely
with the institutional strengths of the University of Pittsburgh. In
addition to the opportunity to creatively build an important new
publication list from the ground up, the successful candidate will also
be working closely with Pitt’s Department of History and Philosophy of
Science, and the Department of History’s Center for World History,
helping to develop and coordinate conferences, lecture series, among
For more information about this Mellon grant, see the press release on
In addition to subject knowledge, the candidate must have excellent
communications and networking skills, be proficient with computers, and
be willing to travel. The candidate should be familiar with, or
demonstrate an ability to learn, editorial skills such as manuscript
development, book project management, identifying viable markets and
audiences for books, as well as mastering copyright and contractual
issues as they relate to book publishing. A bachelor’s degree is
required, and in addition approximately two years of editorial
experience or the equivalent in graduate study is strongly preferred.
While this significant publishing or relevant academic experience is
preferable, consideration would be given to talented, but less
experienced applicants as well.
The University of Pittsburgh Press publishes scholarly books in Latin
American studies, Russian and Eastern European studies, environmental
history, and the philosophy of science. We are presently expanding our
program into areas such as architecture and landscape studies, the
history of science, and Central Asian studies. We are also a leading
publisher of poetry and the history of western Pennsylvania.
For more information about the Press, visit our website:
http://www.upress.pitt.edu/upressIndex.aspx. Additional information
about the University of Pittsburgh may be found at http://www.pitt.edu.
The University of Pittsburgh Press is located in the heart of one of the
most livable cities in the United States. There are numerous sites
devoted to the city of Pittsburgh, including:
http://www.pittsburghlive.com, http://www.pittsburgh.net, and
Please consult the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Human Resources
web page, http://www.hr.pitt.edu, for instructions on applying for
position number 0126972. The salary grade indicates the usual hiring
range for this position; any salary offer will be commensurate with
experience. Also please send a cover letter and resume by mail or email
to Peter Kracht, Editorial Director, University of Pittsburgh Press,
EurekaBuilding, Fifth Floor, 3400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15260,
[email protected] No phone calls, please.
The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity
employer. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.