Freelance/Contractual Remote Editors in Physical Sciences, Life Sciences or Medicine - Cactus Communications, Inc., Durban CBD

  • Durban CBD
  • Salary: Market Related
  • Job Type: Part-Time
  • Posted by Cactus Communications, Inc. on Monday, January 6, 2020
  • Reference: copy-1591707
  • Apply before Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 21 Days left

Vacancy Details

Employer: Cactus Communications, Inc.

Cactus Communications is a pioneer in language services, serving more than 200,000 clients across 116 countries.

We engage a global team of highly skilled freelance and contractual editors who are experts in various academic fields. CACTUS has consistently ranked among the top 20 on the FlexJobs list of the Top 100 Companies for Telecommute Jobs ( since 2016.

We are currently looking for specialist contractual copyeditors and substantive editors. Apply now! 

What you will do

  • Edit manuscripts such that the final text is in standard scientific English and is free of unclear or unidiomatic sentences
  • Adhere to job-specific guidelines and format manuscripts according to the target journal when required
  • Understand client and industry requirements and adapt your working style accordingly
  • Meet deadlines (which are driven by client deadlines) 

Why this is a great opportunity

  • Telecommute from anywhere
  • Set your own timings and work hours; just ensure that you meet deadlines and the minimum monthly volume of 60,000 words
  • There is no mandatory time commitment. However, editors typically tend to devote six to eight hours a day
  • Receive a predictable volume of work each month. The more you edit, the more you will earn. Our contractors edit 60,000 to more than 120,000 words a month
  • Develop an understanding of the finer points of editing
  • Gain access to articles on the latest industry trends and editing tips on our learning and discussion platform
  • Get an inside view of research carried out worldwide
  • You have the potential to earn above USD 3000 per month 

What you need

  • A Post Doc/PhD/Master’s/Bachelor’s degree or expertise in one or more specialized subject areas in the Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, Life Sciences and Medicine [detailed subject-area list below]
  • Excellent English editing skills and attention to detail (prior editing experience is preferable but not mandatory)


Detailed subject-area list

  • Physical sciences: Engineering (all disciplines), Robotics, Automobile Engineering, Controls and Systems, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Wireless Communication, Environmental Science, Energy, Indoor Air Quality, Nuclear Physics, Analytical Chemistry, Physical/ Computational Chemistry, General Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Nanochemistry, Materials Science, Metallurgy, Alloys, Nanomaterials, Ceramics/Glass, Materials Engineering, Engineering Geology, Ceramics, Glass, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Optics, Mineralogy, Remote Sensing, Climate Science, Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Paleontology, Geodesy and Earth Sciences.
  • Medicine: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Dentistry, ENT (Otolaryngology), Ophthalmology, Radiology, Respiratory Care, Veterinary Sciences, Diabetes and Endocrine Research, Emergency medicine, Forensic Medicine, and Allergies, Epidemiology, Hematology, Infectious Diseases, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pathology, Public health, Geriatrics, Nursing, and Occupational health, Clinical Oncology, Radiotherapy Planning, Biomedical Devices and Pediatrics, Cardiology and Vascular Medicine, Medicine, Muscle, Bone, and Physical and Sports Medicine, Organ Systems (Gastroenterology, Urology, etc.), Plastic Surgery, Reproductive Medicine and OBGYN and Surgery.
  • Life Sciences: Biochemistry and Structural Biology, Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology, Genetics: Classical, Medical, and Population, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Biology: Embryonic, Cellular, and Evolutionary, Systems Biology and Biostatistics, Drug Discovery, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics, Toxicology, Agricultural Science, Animal Biochemistry, Animal Genetics, Botany, Ecology, Environmental Toxicology, Marine Biology, Plant Biochemistry, Plant Genetics, Taxonomy and Zoology. 


Our selection process involves just one online test. We will contact you within one business day with an update on your test. Please access this link:

Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or face any problems while applying.

Candidate Requirements

  • A PhD/Master's/Bachelor's degree in one or more specialized subject areas in Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, Life Sciences or Medicine
  • Excellent editing skills and attention to detail (prior editing experience would be great)

Required Skills :

  • Editing
  • Formatting 

At CACTUS, we believe that diversity enriches us. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and are committed to offering work opportunities regardless of race, colour, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation. 

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