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New Community Manager for the Node

Posted by , on 18 February 2016

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

The Company of Biologists and its journal Development are seeking to appoint a new Community Manager to run its successful community website the Node and the journal’s social media activities.

Launched in 2010, the Node is the place for the developmental biology community to share news, discuss issues relevant to the field and read about the latest research and events. We are now looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person to develop and maintain the site.

Core responsibilities of the position include:

  • Creating and commissioning content, including writing posts and soliciting content from the academic community, societies and other organisations.
  • Providing user support and ensuring site functionality on a day-to-day basis.
  • Providing creative and practical input into the development of the site.
  • Maintaining and developing Development’s and the Node’s presence on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Contributing non peer-reviewed content to the journal.
  • Representing Development and the Node at international conferences.
  • Contributing to the Company of Biologists’ outreach activities.

Applicants should have research experience in a relevant scientific field, ideally a PhD in developmental or stem cell biology. The successful candidate will have proven blogging and social media skills (ideally including experience with WordPress) and a clear understanding of the online environment as it applies to scientists. Applicants should have excellent writing and communication skills, and strong interpersonal and networking abilities – both online and in person. Experience with additional media, such as video or podcasting, would be an advantage. We are looking for an individual with fresh ideas, a willingness to learn new skills and to contribute broadly to the Company’s activities.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop an already successful and well-known site, engaging with the academic, publishing and online communities. The Community Manager will work alongside an experienced in-house team, including Development’s Executive Editor, as well as with the journal’s international team of academic editors. Additional responsibilities may be provided for the right candidate. The position is based in the Company of Biologists’ attractive modern offices on the outskirts of Cambridge, UK.

The Company of Biologists exists to support biologists and inspire advances in biology. At the heart of what we do are our five specialist journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology, Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open  – two of them fully open access. All are edited by expert researchers in the field, and all articles are subjected to rigorous peer review. We take great pride in the experience of our editorial team and the quality of the work we publish. We believe that the profits from publishing the hard work of biologists should support scientific discovery and help develop future scientists. Our grants help support societies, meetings and individuals. Our workshops and meetings give the opportunity to network and collaborate.

Applicants should send a CV along with a covering letter that summarises their relevant experience (including, if possible, links to online activities and/or samples of science writing), salary expectations, and why they are enthusiastic about this opportunity.

Applications and informal queries should be sent by email no later than March 14th to our HR department.

We anticipate conducting interviews in the week commencing April 4th, and may request written tests in advance of any interview.

Applicants should be eligible to work in the UK.



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