Vacancy for a Copy Editor​
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
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Vacancy for a Copy Editor

ICES Secretariat, located in Copenhagen, Denmark is seeking applications for the full-time role of Copy Editor.
Published: 15 September 2020
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​​​​​This is primarily a traditional editing role, with the main responsibility of the Copy Editor being to proofread, format, and edit ICES advice products as well as formal publications. In addition, the Copy Editor resolves linguistic and style queries from colleagues and is part of the team maintaining the St​yle Guide and Word List​.

Qualifications and experience

Besides being a stickler for grammar, the ideal Copy Editor is someone who can work both independently and in close collaboration with colleagues and external clients. Further requirements for this position include:

  • Excellent (native level) English grammatical, reading, and writing language skills, and a good understanding of the flow and structure of texts
  • Previous experience in editing and/or formatting technical and detailed information as well as experience in copy editing
  • Ability to work through repetitive tasks while keeping an eye to detail
  • Highly organized, with an ability to work well under pressure and to manage several tasks simultaneously whilst keeping tight deadlines
  • Computer literate (solid knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and experience with Adobe Acrobat); experience developing templates with Microsoft Word is a plus
  • Ability to work in a team, with people from diverse national and cultural backgrounds

Terms of appointment

The appointment will be full time (38 hours per week) for a four-year contract period starting preferably in December 2020/January 2021.

ICES Secretariat staff enjoy privileges and immunities pursuant to the Host Agreement between the Government of Denmark and ICES. The salaries of ICES staff are exempt from Danish income tax and the salary for this role is at the “C4" grade, which is based on but not equivalent to the United Nations common salary system.

Furthermore, a tax-free pension scheme is available, to which both the employee and ICES contribute. ICES Staff Rules set out the conditions and principles of employment and the responsibilities of the staff of the Secretariat.


If you feel you have the personal and professional qualities and potential we are looking for, please submit your application (CV and cover letter) via 360job ​​no later than 2 October. Please mark your email and application documents “202007 Copy Editor".

Questions about the position should be directed to Editor Ruth Anderson​. General questions about the recruitment process or working conditions may be directed to

​ICES is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

About ICES

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is an intergovernmental marine science organization, meeting societal needs for impartial evidence on the state and sustainable use of our seas and oceans.

​​Our goal is to advance and share scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and the services they provide and to use this knowledge to generate state-of-the-art advice for meeting conservation, management, and sustainability goals. 

We are a network of more than 5,000 scientists from over 700 marine institutes in our 20 member countries and beyond. 1,500 scientists participate in our activities annually.

Through strategic partnerships our work in the Atlantic Ocean also extends into the Arctic, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, and the North Pacific Ocean.

As an intergovernmental marine science organisation, our primary roles are to advance and share scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and the services they provide - and to employ this knowledge to generate state of the art advice on meeting conservation, management and sustainability goals.

We work collaboratively with our member countries, partners, clients, and stakeholders, as well as the wider marine science community, to create and share knowledge, data and advice. 

We also provide training and networking opportunities for the new and emerging generation of marine scientists, and support the work of Early Career Scientists.

Our scientific work spans all aspects of marine ecosystem and sustainability science - from observation and exploration to understanding human interactions with the sea, and we work across different disciplines from natural, to social, to economic sciences. 

We draw on our scientific work and data to provide impartial  scientific advice for a wide range of recipients, including our member countries and international organizations and commissions, such as the Oslo Paris Commission (OSPAR), the Helsinki Commission - Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM), the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), and the European Commission (EC).​