Art Editor (Scientific Illustrator)

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  • London  
    London, United Kingdom
  • Company
    Springer Nature  
    Start date
  • Closing date
    14 June 2024  
    Posted on
    14 May 2024  

About Springer Nature Group:

Springer Nature opens the doors to discovery for researchers, educators, clinicians and other professionals. Every day, around the globe, our imprints, books, journals, platforms and technology solutions reach millions of people. For over 175 years our brands and imprints have been a trusted source of knowledge to these communities and today, more than ever, we see it as our responsibility to ensure that fundamental knowledge can be found, verified, understood and used by our communities – enabling them to improve outcomes, make progress, and benefit the generations that follow.

About the Brand:

Nature Portfolio is a flagship portfolio of journals, products and services including Nature and the Nature-branded journals, dedicated to serving the scientific community.

Springer Nature is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and flexible art editor to work on the world-leading Nature Reviews series of STM journals. The Nature Reviews portfolio includes Life, Clinical, Physical and Social Sciences titles. The successful candidate will work within a team of art editors and editors that produce scientific illustrations for a selection of these Nature Reviews journals. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds.


The role will require the creation of scientifically accurate figures for articles, as well as decorative illustrations for the journal, in accordance with our recognisable house style:

  • Scientific illustrations are created in Adobe Illustrator following house style, using sketches and roughs provided by the authors and editors as a guide.
  • Creation of illustrated monthly covers, and web homepage imagery.
  • Re-styling data graphics, such as graphs, maps, timelines and flow diagrams in house style.
  • Art working and retouching, setting and labelling of photographs and data renders. 
  • Illustrations for editorially written articles, and picture research if photographs are needed.
  • Hands-on management and organisation of workloads in order to meet press deadlines.
  • Occasional poster and infographic design.
  • Follow workflows, guidelines and procedures to ensure efficient turnarounds of work across departments.

Skills and Experience:


  • Proficient in using Adobe Illustrator. Experience using Adobe Photoshop also preferred.
  • Demonstrable artistic and creative flair
  • Ability to work in a deadline-driven team environment


  • BA Honours in Graphic Design (illustration) [or equivalent]

At Springer Nature, we are committed to creating a great working environment which includes the benefits you receive, opportunities for you to develop your skills and ways to get to know your colleagues. Some of these include:

  • Support networks that focus on fostering dialogue around diversity, community building, advice and advocacy
  • Wellbeing initiatives to support in maintaining a healthy work life balance
  • 24-hour access to our learning and development platform Leap and LinkedIn Learning to help develop your skills

Further details regarding benefits and hybrid working in your preference of location will be discussed during the interview process.

To Apply: Please include a CV and covering letter, stating your salary expectations and please also include a link to your portfolio.

Springer Nature is a Disability Confident Committed Employer and we encourage applications from candidates with disabilities. If you consider yourself to have a disability or learning difficulty and wish to submit your application in an alternative format or would like to discuss reasonable adjustments during the application and interview process, please get in touch.

If you have any access needs related to disability, neurodivergence or a chronic condition, please contact us so we can make all necessary accommodation.

At Springer Nature we value the diversity of our teams. We recognize the many benefits of a diverse workforce with equitable opportunities for everyone. We strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles. Springer Nature was awarded Diversity Team of the Year at the 2022 British Diversity Awards.

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