We’re really excited to be advertising for a new Associate Editor for the blog. This is a great opportunity for an active ecologist with a passion for helping researchers communicate important new findings in animal ecology.
After three fantastic years leading and growing the blog our current Editor, Sarah Marley is stepping down. Here is what Sarah had to say about the role:
It is hard to compress into just a few sentences how much I got out of this experience. I have always enjoyed science communication, writing for different audiences and coming up with creative ideas for getting people interested in ecology. This role provided a wonderful opportunity to do that, whilst also gaining an ‘insider knowledge’ of the publishing process and contributing to the academic community. But the thing I loved most was making connections with other ecologists, learning about all these different exciting studies, and sharing that with other people!
The Animal Ecology in Focus blog supports the journal by acting as a platform to discuss the latest ecological research, debates in fields and general topics of interest to ecologists. It is the primary route the journal offers to authors and members of the animal ecology community for communicating aspects of their published research to a wider audience and in a more accessible way. With over 30,000 views per year, the blog features summaries of articles published in the journal, and posts covering current news relevant to the field of animal ecology.
The Blog Associate Editor will work with the journal’s Assistant Editor to identify, commission and deliver high-quality content for the blog and provide copy to promote the blog and individual posts via the Journal’s social media accounts. They will work closely with the Assistant Editor and the journals’ editorial board to offer regular posts and develop the blog over the duration of the appointment.
The Blog Associate Editor will gain excellent experience in commissioning and editing, have the opportunity to write for the blog while having early access to articles on some of the most cutting-edge advances in the field.
We are looking for an active ecologist who regularly engages with social media, has demonstrable and relevant experience and a passion for helping researchers communicate important new findings in animal ecology.
This is a voluntary position with the Blog Associate Editor working remotely from wherever they are based. We welcome applicants from any academic career stage and from anywhere in the world. We are open to appointing more than one applicant to share the tasks and, in this case, would enable regular communication between the post holders and ensure that the role of each person was clearly defined.
For more information please see the more detailed description of the role on here or contact the journal’s Assistant Editor, Simon Hoggart. To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter briefly detailing why you are interested, relevant experience you may have and your ideas for developing the blog to Simon@britishecologicalsociety.org.
Closing date: Wednesday 8 July at 5:00 PM BST
Journal of Animal Ecology is a journal of the British Ecological Society. The BES values the benefits that diversity brings. We seek to create an inclusive culture and welcome applications from all sectors of society.
For full details on the role please see the advert on the British Ecological Society website.