Reviewer Engagement Officer

Company : IOP Publishing
Location : Bristol
Closing Date : 28th February 2024
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Role Summary

Reviewer support and training and peer review innovation is a central pillar of our strategy to be a leading authority on peer review. The Reviewer Engagement Officer (REO) will support our flagship Peer Review Excellence programme of work, including running our online reviewer training hub, administering training workshops, and facilitating feedback from editors to reviewers. In addition, the role will support wider peer review innovation and community engagement projects.

What will you be doing?  

Key job accountabilities 

  • Helping to deliver and optimise our Peer Review Excellence workshops including events management of international online workshops and supporting with facilitation and organisation of international events

  • Maintaining and optimising the Peer Review Excellence training hub, using LMS and SCORM to create new content and amend content based on continuous user feedback

  • Administering our peer review engagement and innovation systems, including co-review and reviewer feedback.

  • Improving the reviewer user journey.

  • Feeding in to marketing and engagement strategies and supporting a range of projects.

About you: 

Successful applicants should demonstrate the following:           

  • Previous experience in scholarly publishing (desirable)

  • Demonstrable understanding of the peer review process (desirable)

  • Demonstrable data-driven approach to decision making

  • Excellent communication skills and a genuine interest in supporting the academic community and advancing scientific knowledge

  • Experience working in an agile environment (desirable)

 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.  

We aim to review applications soon after they are received and will arrange interviews when there’s someone we’re keen to meet, therefore we may conduct interviews prior to the closing date and reserve the right to close the advert early.  

Why work with us at IOP Publishing:  

Purpose: We are a world leader in the development of publishing for the scientific community - working in the interests of science and scientists, we aim to maximise the impact of the research we publish.  

Culture: We offer a truly international culture with offices in Europe, Asia and the US and our reach is global. Our culture is the perfect blend of dedicated and intelligent professionalism, informal, friendly collaboration and authenticity with a social conscience.   

Financial benefits:  A competitive salary from £27,000 -to £33,000 (band B) depending on experience, an excellent pension scheme (up to 12% company contribution), a discretionary annual bonus scheme, a £200 stipend payment on completion of the probation period, and a range of other useful and cost-saving benefits available through our benefits platform.  

Health and Wellbeing: 25 days holiday rising to 30 days with service + an additional day for a ‘moment that matters’, a 35-hour working week, life assurance, cycle-to-work scheme, dental insurance, health care cash plan, and a great positive working environment in our brand-new office in central Bristol - modern airy and designed with all of our colleagues in mind – for work and social time.  

Flexibility:  The contractual location of this role is IOP’s Bristol office but we will consider applicants from a wider geographical area who are happy to travel to Bristol. You should be prepared to attend the Bristol office on one day per quarter on average, or up to every day if you prefer. The role holder will be required to travel to conferences both in the UK and internationally, and therefore must be willing and able to travel when required. IOP has a flexible, hybrid working model in place, in which colleagues largely decide where they work.  

And last but not least, did we mention that we are unique: IOP Publishing is central to the Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit society and we gift-aid all our profits to support science through the activities of the Institute.   

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

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.