Research Engagement Officer

Company : IOP Publishing
Location : Bristol/Hybrid
Closing Date : 26th June 2022
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We are currently recruiting for a Reviewer Engagement Officer on a fixed-term basis for approximately 9 months. If you’re looking for a diverse role where you can see your ideas become reality, then look no further.

You will report into the Reviewer Engagement Manager and support our innovative Peer Review Excellence programme, which is the only peer review training programme tailored for the physical sciences, and its goal is to improve the experience as much as possible for reviewers, as well as train up the next generation of reviewers.

As a team of 2, you will have the opportunity to build a connection with the scientific community and interact with researchers. It’s a diverse and unique role and you’ll have plenty of freedom to come up with your ideas for improvements and run your projects from start to finish.

What will you be doing?
Key job accountabilities include:

  • Help to deliver and optimise our Peer Review Excellence workshops;
  • Maintain and optimise the online Peer Review Excellence online course;
  • Improve the reviewer user journey;
  • Manage our Trusted Reviewer and Training Graduate data.

About you
Successful applicants should demonstrate the following:

  • Experience in an editorial role within journals publishing;
  • Demonstrable understanding of peer review in the physical sciences;
  • Demonstrable data-driven approach to decision making;
  • Experienced user of relevant software and tools (e.g. ScholarOne, iThenticate);
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Ability to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to work to deadlines, time management skills;
  • Ability to organise and prioritise a varied workload;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Working knowledge of copyright/permissions and intellectual property management would be desirable, but it is not essential.

We know it is unusual for someone to tick every box so if you don’t meet all the criteria, but demonstrate most of the skills and experience we are looking for, and have the enthusiasm to work with us, go ahead and apply.

What we offer:

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer employees an excellent pension scheme (up to 12% company contribution), discretionary annual bonus scheme, 25+ days holiday (not including bank holidays), standard 35-hour working week, volunteering days, and a comprehensive benefits package including private medical insurance, life assurance, and a range of flexible benefits such as cycle to work scheme, discounted gym membership, healthcare cash plan, and payroll giving.

Our modern and contemporary offices are based in the thriving city centre of Bristol, a stone’s throw away from Temple Meads train station, and within walking distance of Cabot Circus shopping centre, and numerous cafés and restaurants. Named on more than one occasion as the best city in the UK to live in, Bristol is a cosmopolitan and creative city boasting a historic harbour, internationally renowned cultural institutions and home to world-class festivals and events.

Flexible Working:

The contractual location of this role is our Bristol office, but we have recently moved to a hybrid working model with a dynamic and blended combination of office and remote working, dependent on business and team requirements.

As there will not be a requirement for the person in this role to be in the office on a regular basis, we are open to considering applicants from a wider geographical area.

To apply, please submit your CV and cover note through our careers site.

We aim to review applications soon after they are received, and will arrange interviews when there’s someone we’re keen to meet, so please don’t hold off applying until the closing date is approaching - we don’t want you, or us, to miss out!

About us:

IOP Publishing is an international scientific publisher, through which leading-edge research is distributed worldwide. Our rapidly expanding journals programme is published alongside other sources of scientific information in the form of eBooks, magazines and conference proceedings. Other publications include easily accessible community and regional websites. We are a world leader in the development of electronic publishing for the scientific community and have offices in Europe, Asia and the US. Working in the interests of science and scientists, we aim to maximise the impact of the research we publish.

IOP Publishing is central to the Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit society. Any financial surplus earned by IOP Publishing goes to supporting science through the activities of the Institute. With a continuing focus on growth, we recognise that every single person has a real part to play if we’re to achieve our aim of becoming the world’s leading publisher in our field.

IOP Publishing is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are built into our identity in a way that is natural and sustainable, visible through the work we produce, our company branding, our professional networks and the communities we serve and support, which includes our employees, talent communities and candidates. We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented backgrounds.

Vision Our vision is that diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are built into our identity in a way that is both natural and sustainable and that is visible through the work we produce, our Ways of Being, our company branding, our professional networks and the colleagues and communities we serve and support.