[Job, p/t] Progress Educational Trust, BioNews Science Editor, ??8-10k pro rata, clos 15 Aug 2011 #scicomm jobs

The first bit is the ad as it appeared on psci-com, the second bit is copied from the website. Previous, similar jobs, have been posted here from Progress Educational Trust and include these roles.


Progress Educational Trust

BioNews Science Editor (part time)


The  Progress Educational Trust is seeking a part-time Science Editor  for BioNews www.bionews.org.uk

BioNews is a free weekly online news publication with a circulation of around 13,000.

The principal aim of BioNews is to provide accurate, balanced and timely news and comment on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. BioNews provides an invaluable roundup of essential news and views.

Articles are divided into three categories – NewsComment and Reviews. News ensures that readers are up-to-date on developments in the field, Comment is a forum for opinion pieces on key topics, and Reviews covers relevant books, films, plays, comics, exhibitions and events.

The successful candidate will work as part of a small team, in our London office. A life sciences degree and experience of researching, writing and editing articles for publication are highly desirable for this job.

Further details of this part-time role and how to apply can be found at http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_102790.asp

Deadline: 5pm Monday 15 August


Job location: London
Salary: ??8,000 – ??10,000 depending on experience / qualifications

Part-time: two days per week Mondays and initially Fridays (there may be some flexibility for changing the latter)

Closing date: Monday 15 August 2011

Start date: Monday 19 September 2011

Salary: ??8,000-??10,000 depending on experience/qualifications

Post Summary

The Progress Educational Trust is a UK charity based in central London. Our fundamental objective is to create an environment in which ethically sound research and practices in genetic services and assisted conception will thrive. We seek to achieve this by promoting education and debate in assisted conception, human genetics and embryo/stem cell research.

BioNews – which can be found online at www.bionews.org.uk – is a free web- and email-based digest of news and developments in assisted conception, human genetics and embryo/stem cell research. News articles are commissioned in-house by the editorial team on a Friday (or otherwise towards the end of a working week). These articles, as well as commissioned comment pieces, are collated by the editorial team on or before Monday and published on the website. A collection of the week’s articles, as well as reviews, job advertisements, and recommended events and reading is published in newsletter form on Monday afternoons, and distributed to BioNews subscribers.


We are looking for someone well-organised and self-motivated who has excellent written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate will work as part of a small team in our London office.

Experience of researching, writing and editing articles for publication is essential for this role. A degree in the life sciences as well as some knowledge of the issues relating to assisted conception, genetics and embryo/stem cell research is highly desirable.

The main responsibilities for this position include:

  • Upholding standards of clarity and scientific accuracy in all articles. Researching, writing and editing articles on human genetics, assisted conception, stem cell/embryo research and related areas of science and policy for BioNews and other publications.
  • Managing the internship scheme for trainee writers on BioNews, including selecting interns, teaching the internship course and providing both written and oral feedback.
  • Liaising with the team of BioNews volunteer writers and sending out links to news stories each week, with guidance for the volunteer writers.
  • Editing and proofreading stories submitted by BioNews volunteer writers, and publishing them on the BioNews website.
  • Sending out the weekly BioNews email newsletters using our electronic publishing system.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, together with a full curriculum vitae (to include the names of two referees) by post to Sarah Norcross, 140 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8AX or by email to snorcross@progress.org.uk

For further enquiries about the position, please phone +44 (0)20 7278 7870 or email snorcross@progress.org.uk

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