University of Pittsburgh – Acquiring Editor, History and Philosphy of Science

Location: Pennsylvania, United States

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 other activities.

For more information about this Mellon grant, see the press release on our website:

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: Additional information about the University of Pittsburgh may be found at 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:,, and

Please consult the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Human Resources web page,, 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, Eureka Building, 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.

Contact Info:
Peter Kracht
Editorial Director
University of Pittsburgh Press
Eureka Building, Fifth Floor
3400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
email: [email protected]