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Community Manager, FocalPlane

Posted by , on 13 July 2022

Launched in 2020, FocalPlane is a curated and centralised platform for the microscopy community to share news and techniques, discuss issues relevant to the field and read about the latest research and events. We are now looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person with fresh ideas and a willingness to learn to join us to develop and maintain this site.

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, Twitter and Instagram
• Representing Journal of Cell Science and FocalPlane at relevant conferences

Essential skills:
• PhD in a relevant scientific field, ideally with experience of microscopy
• Familiar with current trends and hot topics in microscopy and image analysis
• 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

This is an exciting opportunity to further develop this hub for the microscopy community – in a similar vein to the Company’s established community site for developmental biologists, the Node – and to engage with relevant people at all levels: academics, developers, facilities, institutes and companies. The Community Manager will work closely with the Executive Editor of Journal of Cell Science and alongside an experienced in-house team. Additional responsibilities may be provided for the right candidate.

How to apply
To apply, please send your CV to recruitment@biologists.com along with a covering letter stating current salary, relevant experience (and in particular any specific microscopy/image analysis skills you have) and why you are enthusiastic about this opportunity.

Applications should be received by 15 August (later applications may be considered)

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