Seeking the Next Great Editor in Chief


Call for Editor-in-Chief Applications

Applications due February 14th

The Journal of Leukocyte Biology (JLB) invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief (EIC) as we seek the next great leader of JLB. The Journal requires a visionary leader and advocate to advance the publication and to ensure its relevance for years to come. JLB is a peer-reviewed, academic journal owned and published by the Society for Leukocyte Biology (SLB) for its members and the worldwide community of immunobiologists. The journal is tightly interwoven with the Society and is an integral part of the SLB community. JLB publishes papers devoted to the exploration of the cellular and molecular biology of granulocytes, mononuclear phagocytes, lymphocytes, NK cells, and other cells involved in host physiology. The scope includes activity that is essential in infectious disease and non-infectious disorders including cancer diabetes, cardiovascular pathology and neurodegeneration. View the JLB Website

The appointment is a four year term with renewal options. The position begins in Summer 2022 as the Incoming EIC learns with growing responsibilities through 2023; ensuring the new Journal leader is well positioned to begin their first term on January 1, 2024. The position is accompanied by an annual stipend and is supported by a Managing Editor and JLB's publishing partner, Wiley.


  • Provide operational leadership and direction:  Recruit, select, and work with Associate Editors and Editorial Board Members, and periodically refresh/diversify board members; host editorial team meetings, and prepare and disseminate reports; ensure an efficient and fair peer review process, and maintain an adequate reviewer pool; review and communicate all final decision recommendations
  • Provide strategic leadership:  Maintain, develop, and refine Journal vision, scope, and strategic direction for subject relevance and currency; commission articles and special issues with a focus on growth and quality of content; coach, mentor, and provide other development as appropriate for editorial team members; collaborate with Wiley staff on strategy, process, and new initiatives
  • Steer and develop the journal’s profile and reputation, expanding global reach and representation:  Network, travel, and advocate on behalf of the journal within the community; ensure the integrity of research published in the Journal, promptly flagging potential ethical issues to the Publisher; communicate effectively and respectfully with all journal stakeholders including prospective authors, reviewers, editorial board members, members of the editorial team, the Managing Editor, and publisher’s staff.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the Society Council, communicating and reporting to the Council, which participates in Journal decisions, to discuss Journal activities, metrics, and strategies

Key Attributes

  • Vision 
    • Strategic, forward thinking, creative and innovative leader
    • Capacity for long term planning and big picture approach
    • Dedicated to the journal and field
    • Focused on the growth and relevance of the journal in the field
  • Experience/processes
    • Enthusiastic, responsive, and results focused
    • Prior editorial activities
    • Ensures accountability, confidentiality, ethical practices
    • Maintains integrity and unbiased approach in all activities
    • Collaborative, motivating, and effective manager
    • Disciplined, well-organized, detail oriented and decisive
  • Relationships and Communication
    • Effective and inclusive communicator
    • Service focused for the broad community (society, editorial board, readers, authors, reviewers)
    • Emotionally competent, adaptive and flexible
    • Collaborative strategic partner with all key stakeholders
    • Acts as an ambassador with visibility at conferences and international networking
  • Commitment
    • Availability for variable time commitments depending upon workflow, meeting schedules, and current Journal needs.
    • Keeps abreast of the dynamics in scholarly publishing and relevant technologies

Selection Criteria

  • Current academic employment at a research university, foundation, or industry
  • Leadership, communication, organizational, and project management skills and experience relevant to support of Journal operations and Society offerings
    • Experience as director of a research unit, program project, national/international professional network, or other relevant leadership experience
    • Evidence of outstanding interpersonal skills: team-building, working effectively with those lower in rank as well as peers/scientific collaborators, respect for cultural diversity
    • Evidence of strong service orientation
  • Scope and prestige of international professional network; ability to actively commission papers, recruit editors; respect for cultural diversity and an understanding of the implications for research and scientific publication
  • Familiarity with Journal of Leukocyte Biology aims and scope and involvement with the journal as a previously published author, reviewer, or editorial board member
  • Interest and experience in appropriate content and methodological fields relevant to Journal of Leukocyte Biology and associated fields; a record of scholarly publications within immunology

Selection Process

The Society has formed an EIC Appointment Subcommittee (EAS) which will lead the process of collecting applications, initial screening of candidates, and conducting first-round interviews.  The EAS will determine and refer the top candidates to the SLB Council which will conduct final interviews and ultimately select the next EIC. The submission deadline is February 14, 2022. Screening and interviews will be conducted through April 2022 and a final selection will be made by Council by early May 2022. 

Self-nominations are encouraged and applications should include:

  • A cover letter (up to 2 pages) that addresses how the applicant meets the selection criteria and their vision for the journal
  • A curriculum vita
  • Completion of pre-screening questions

References will be requested after an initial screening.

The submission deadline is February 14, 2022, although interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates will be reviewed and considered on the merits of skills and ability to serve in this role. International applicants are strongly encouraged. Please submit all application materials on or before the deadline using the "apply" button below. Email with questions.


The Society for Leukocyte Biology and its journal, Journal of Leukocyte Biology, are equal opportunity employers. All applicants will be evaluated without consideration to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, Veteran or disability status. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.