Medical Editor

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CMAJ Group | Content Generation

Reports to:                   Deputy Editor

Type:                             Permanent / Full Time

Overall job purpose:

The Medical Editor is responsible for planning, reviewing and revising content for the CMAJ. The Medical Editor participates in commissioning content and appraising new submissions to, as well as developing content for, one or more sections of the journal.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work with the Editor-in-Chief or their Deputy to ensure smooth copy flow for articles in one or more sections of CMAJ
  • Take responsibility for appraisal, peer review, editing and development of research submissions to CMAJ, as well as submissions to one other clinical section of the journal
  • Attend and occasionally chair manuscript meetings in which manuscripts and peer reviews are discussed
  • Write editorials for CMAJ as part of an editorial-writing team
  • Participate in strategy development for CMAJ as directed by the Editor-in-Chief or their Deputy
  • Promote CMAJ Group journals at Canadian conferences as directed by the Editor-in-Chief or their Deputy
  • Assist in mentoring the CMAJ’s Editorial Fellow
  • Contribute at regular staff meetings as required to ensure the generation of innovative and clinically useful content

Key skills and competencies:

All positions have the following core competencies:

  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Political acumen
  • Member/client/stakeholder focus
  • Results oriented

In addition to the core competencies, all people manager and senior individual contributor positions have the following leadership competencies:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Leading and managing change
  • Developing others
  • Team leadership

In addition to the competencies listed above, the following skills and traits are required:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (English required)
  • Strategic thinking
  • Strong research critical appraisal skills
  • Ability to multitask and work efficiently so deadlines are met


  • Requires completion of a medical degree
  • Training and experience in critical appraisal of medical research is required
  • Training in medical editing is required


  • 3-5 years in a similar role or function
  • Broad experience as a medical editor required
  • Experience as a practicing clinician is required
  • Formal writing experience is desirable

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CMA is an equal opportunity employer and will reasonably accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment, assessment and hiring process.