Physiology News Scientific Editor


Closing date: 
27 October 2017
Andrew Mackenzie

Appointed for three year term from 1 March 2018

Voluntary position, position carries academic honorarium

The Physiological Society is seeking to appoint a Scientific Editor for its quarterly membership magazine, Physiology News (PN), ahead of the term of the current Scientific Editor finishing in early 2018.

PN is a flagship output of The Society and is an integral element of our communications and membership strategies.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Editorial Board to shape the direction of PN and develop engaging, high quality scientific content. The Scientific Editor is responsible for horizon scanning to identify forward thinking broad-interest scientific topics and establishing a process to deliver scientific content for the magazine. The Scientific Editor chairs the Editorial Board and should build a team to proactively propose new articles.

This role will require working closely with PN’s in house Managing Editor (a member of professional staff) and The Society’s Communications Team to identify forthcoming themed issues, plan content and commission articles. The Scientific Editor is an ex-officio member of The Society’s Policy & Communications committee.

The appointment of this role coincides with an exciting period of change at The Society. We will be increasing our membership and public engagement and PN is a key part of this strategy.

How to apply

We would encourage potential applicants to have an informal discussion about the role prior to applying. Please contact Andrew Mackenzie, Head of Policy and Communications:

Candidates wishing to be considered should submit a CV together with a letter of no more than two pages of A4 summarising the following:

  • a statement describing the reasons for their interest in the position;
  • an assessment of the current state of Physiology News;
  • a vision for the future of Physiology News and how it could be achieved;
  • any other comments that the candidate feels are relevant.

The term of appointment is for three years. The Scientific Editor is able to apply for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

The closing date for applications is Friday 27 October 2017. Interviews will be held on  Tuesday 14 November 2017 at our head office in London. The Scientific Editor will begin their three year term on 1 March 2018.

Job description

The Scientific Editor’s role is to:

  • Ensure PN contains interesting, engaging high quality and – crucially – scientifically accurate articles by working with the Editorial Board to identify areas of interest and assist in commissioning scientific articles through the Managing Editor. 
  • Work with the Managing Editor, The Society’s Communications Team and the Editorial Board to ensure PN promotes The Society and the interests of physiology, in order to stimulate lively interest in PN across its target audience. 
  • Lead, work with and maintain PN’s Editorial Board to ensure the reputation and character of PN and its content reflects the interests of The Society. 
  • Chair the Editorial Board, specifically to: 
    • Hold and chair quarterly meetings (either in person and/or by online conferencing) 
    • Help develop a programme of commissioned articles 
    • Ensure high quality and accurate scientific content. 
  • Attend Policy and Communications Committee meetings. The Scientific Editor may send a delegate in their place if they are unable to attend for any reason. 
  • Work with the Managing Editor to prepare a brief written report for each Policy and Communications Committee meetings on (i) plans for upcoming issues and (ii) the work of Editorial Board. 
  • Work with the Managing Editor, Communications Team and Editorial Board on the strategy and editorial direction of PN and contribute to PN’s annual budgetary process through their membership of Policy and Communication committee. 
  • Make appointments to the Editorial Board following an assessment of any skills/knowledge gaps and then a Society-wide calls for expressions of interest. They should ensure Editorial Board members provide appropriate expertise and advice that represents the breadth of The Society. The Scientific Editor may also invite Editorial Board members to apply, in consultation with the Editorial Board and Policy and Communications Committee, to fill specific skill gaps.