It’s musical chairs at The Company of Biologists at the moment (though fortunately without any chairs actually being removed!) – after Seema Grewal left Development last month to become the new Executive Editor of Journal of Cell Science, we’re delighted to have appointed Laura Hankins, currently the Company’s Science Communication Officer, as the new Reviews Editor on Development. Laura started working with us a little over a year ago following a PhD with Jordan Raff in Oxford, and I’m really pleased that she’ll be joining the journal in the near future – having worked with her in her current role, I know she’s going to be a great member of the team. And Helen Zenner – who you’ll know as the Node’s Community Manager – is going to be moving over to our sister site, FocalPlane. Helen’s got a very strong microscopy research background, and has some great ideas for developing FocalPlane.
All this means that we now have two openings for scicomm-type roles! Both these positions are suitable either for current researchers looking to move away from the lab, or for people who already have some scicomm experience. They provide a great opportunity to learn about the scientific publishing world, and to contribute to a not-for-profit organisation that really believes in supporting the biological community. To find out more, take a look at the job adverts for the Node Community Manager and the Science Communications Officer positions, and please feel free to reach out if you want to find out more about either role.