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College Park, MD
201 to 500 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over ... Read more

Mission: The American Physical Society strives to be the leading voice for physics and an authoritative source of physics information for the advancement of physics and the benefit of humanity.

American Physical Society – Why Work For Us?

The American Physical Society was founded on May 20, 1899, when 36 physicists gathered at Columbia University for that purpose. They proclaimed the mission of the new Society to be "to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics", and in one way or another the APS has been at that task ever since.

Early Years: Journals Added to Meetings

In the early years, virtually the sole activity of the APS was to hold scientific meetings, initially four per year. In 1913, the APS took over the operation of the Physical Review, which had been founded in 1893 at Cornell, and journal publication became its second major activity. 

Physical Review was followed by Reviews of Modern Physics in 1929, and by Physical Review Letters in 1958. Over the years, Physical Review has subdivided into five separate sections as the fields of physics have proliferated and the number of submissions grew.

Recent Years: Expanding Scientific Service through Programs

In more recent years, the activities of the Society have broadened considerably. Stimulated by the increase in Federal funding in the period after the second World War, and even more by the increased public involvement of scientists in the nineteen sixties,  APS is active in public and governmental affairs, and in the international physics community.

In addition, the Society conducts extensive programs in education, public outreach, and media relations. APS divisions and topical groups cover all areas of physics research. Forums reflect the interest of its over 54,000 members in broader issues, and sections are organized by geographical region.

The American Physical Society strives to:

  • Be the leading voice for physics and an authoritative source of physics information for the advancement of physics and the benefit of humanity;
  • Provide effective programs in support of the physics community and the conduct of physics;
  • Collaborate with national scientific societies for the advancement of science, science education and the science community;
  • Cooperate with international physics societies to promote physics, to support physicists worldwide and to foster international collaboration;
  • Promote an active, engaged and diverse membership, and support the activities of its units and members.

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    The culture here is top notch. It has been consistently one of the friendliest places I have ever worked. I honestly look forward to coming to work every day here because of my team. The flexibility at APS is also something very hard to find anywhere else. They happily work with their employees to ensure a good work/life balance.


    C-suite decision making can be very slow at times, and often it’s very hard to move forward in your career here without a degree in physics.

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    It started with online application, then phone screening followed by an audio/video interview and finally onsite interview. The onsite interview is one-on-one and a seminar. As in other cases the group lunch was also a discussion about the related stuff. It was filled with question about he journal appearance on online.

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