FocalPlane Community Manager

Posted by , on 5 January 2022

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person, with fresh ideas and a willingness to learn, to join us to develop and maintain FocalPlane. 

Core responsibilities of the position include:

  • Creating and commissioning content for FocalPlane, including writing posts and soliciting content from the academic community, societies, companies 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 the site’s presence on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Representing Journal of Cell Science and FocalPlane at international conferences

Essential skills:

  • PhD in a relevant scientific field, ideally with experience of microscopy
  • Willingness to grow and develop knowledge of microscopy
  • Demonstrable ability to write for an online audience and/or produce social media content
  • Clear understanding of the online environment as it applies to scientists
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong networking abilities online and in person


  • Experience with additional media (e.g. video or podcasting)
  • Experience with WordPress
  • Contacts within the microscopy community

Applications and informal queries should be sent by email to by 31 January 2022. We may request written tests in advance of any interview.

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