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The Royal Society is the national Academy of Science in the UK and our aim is to recognise, promote and support excellence in science, and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research ideas.
The Royal Society publishes a portfolio of journals which support its mission. You will assume responsibility for the publication of the journal Philosophical Transactions A, which has been in continuous publication since 1665. Today the journal only publishes theme issues containing commissioned papers focusing on topics across the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences.
We will look to you to deliver world-class content meeting the highest academic standards, making your publication a leader in its field. The Commissioning Editor is responsible for all aspects of the running of the journal, from identifying topics and commissioning editors for theme issues, to working with editors, authors and reviewers to ensure that issues are published on schedule, and from journal development and strategy to implementing marketing initiatives (including social media). You may also be required to take on additional project work as needed.
Educated to degree level in a scientific discipline, you will bring a proven record of success in an STM publishing environment, giving you thorough knowledge of the publication process. You will have experience in commissioning content. You will fully understand the needs of research scientists, enjoy developing processes, and be capable of organising multiple work streams against strict deadlines and budgets. Above all, you will relish working with colleagues and scientists and supporting them in delivering results, requiring a flexible, self-motivated and hands-on approach, backed by a rare combination of creative flair and analytical thinking.
In return, we offer flexible working arrangements, scope for career and personal development and a comprehensive package of benefits.
Reports to: Senior Commissioning Editor
Line manages: n/a
Location: London, SW1Y 5AG
Hours: Full time, 35 hours
Pay Band: D, £34,884 - £35,756.10 per annum
The primary objectives of The Royal Society’s publishing operation are to disseminate high-quality science, to make a positive contribution to the reputation of the Society and to generate a surplus to be used by the Society for the good of science.
The Commissioning Editor is responsible for the overall publishing performance of Philosophical Transactions A. This includes contributing to increased profits through the successful implementation of editorial and publishing strategies and delivering the very best academic content with a commitment to ensuring the highest academic standards are met. He/she is responsible for creating titles that is highly cited and renowned for the quality of their content. Overall, the vision is to make each journal the market leader in its field so we can deliver excellent science and generate revenues.
The main responsibilities are commissioning content, editorial development and administration of pre- and post-acceptance of content.
The Research and Stewardship Officer will work under the general supervision of the Research and Stewardship Manager. The tasks within this role are split between prospect research and stewardship activities that will effectively support the Development team to achieve their objectives.
The Research and Stewardship Officer will gather insightful and accurate intelligence in a clear and concise manner, enhancing the team’s ability to generate funds. The post holder will be responsible for the production of bespoke reports to the Society’s key donors, covering a range of topics that span the work of the Royal Society. The Research and Stewardship Officer will also provide support with the planning and implementation of high-level donor stewardship events, planning and producing briefings for external high-level meetings and overseas trips for the Society’s senior staff and Officers, and other research or stewardship activities as deemed appropriate by the Society’s management.
Reports to: Research and Stewardship Manager
Line manages: n/a
Location: Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
Hours: 35 hours – Full Time
The Engagement manager will be part of the Royal Society’s UK Grants Team, which is responsible for a portfolio of UK grants programmes aimed at outstanding scientists.
The post holder will be responsible for the delivery and further development of a programme of activities aimed at supporting the career development of and engaging with Royal Society Research Fellows based in the UK. The Engagement manager will work with the Head of UK Grants and work closely with the senior managers and scheme managers in the Grants section in achieving this goal. The post holder will be a key point of contact for engagement activities for research fellows ensuring they have access to the training, support and development opportunities to enable them to reach their potential as future scientific leaders. The post holder will also be a key point of contact with suppliers ensuring that external contracts and partnerships are appropriately managed. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of UK Grants and Director of Grant Programmes to ensure delivery against our strategic objectives.
Reports to: Head of UK Grants
Line manages: N/A
Location: London, SW1Y 5AG
Hours: Full time, 35 hours a week
Pay Band: D, £34,884 - £35,756.10 per annum
Interviews: Monday 15 July 2019
The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose is to recognise, promote and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributionsto science across the wide breadth of research areas.
The scientific programme is one of the core strands of the Royal Society’s work;
- Our scientific meetings bring outstanding international scientists together to advance scientific knowledge and generate new ideas. We host around 30 international, two-day conferences each year at our large central London location and smaller, residential setting in North Buckinghamshire.
- We support scientific collaboration by delivering a regular programme of high level bilateral international scientific meetings and international lectures (held both in the UK and internationally) with a range of leading and emerging scientific nations.
- We bring together scientists and the judiciary to discuss and debate key areas of common interest and produce primers which aim to ensure the best scientific guidance is available to the courts.
- The Society’s medals, awards and prize lectures recognise excellence in science and technology across the world and celebrate outstanding scientific achievement.
The Society is looking for a professional and enthusiastic person to lead the Society’s scientific programmes and associated activities . This is a key role within the Society and the post holder will need to have a track record of creating, leading and delivering successful programmes, activities and events, in particular ensuring they are imaginative, maximise impact with target audiences and reinforce the Society’s position as the leading scientific organisation in the UK. The Head of Scientific Programmes will need the ability to command the confidence of the high level Committee members, senior Royal Society figures and international stakeholders.
Working with Fellows of the Royal Society, the Executive Director, the Chief Strategy Officer and other colleagues, the post holder will have specific responsibility to develop, enhance and ensure delivery of the following programmes and activities:
- scientific discussion meetings (including Science+ meetings) held in London and Chicheley
- as recommended by the Hooke committee;
- medals and awards programme including the delivery of associated prize lectures and celebratory events as recommended by the awards committees;
- a programme of high level bilateral international scientific meetings and a series of international lectures in line with the Society’s international strategy;
- the Society’s Commonwealth Science Conference and associated events and activities;
- the Science and the law programme including events and activities which bring together scientists and the judiciary.
- the Fellowship social programme including the admission of New Fellows to the Society, the Society’s Anniversary Day and annual VIP soirees
- developing the online presence and activities of the programmes;
- other ‘special projects’ or events which may arise from time to time and which concern the organisation of events aimed at the scientific audience.
- The post holder will be expected to play a key role in the development of the Society’s strategy for its scientific programmes.
The deadline for applications is Monday 8 July 2019.
First interviews will take place on Monday 15 July 2019.
The Royal Society’s mission is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. Science is vital to many areas of government policymaking and the Society seeks to ensure that the government and the public have access to impartial and expert evidence and advice to inform public debate and decision-making.
The Society undertakes a diverse portfolio of policy work in order to:
· shape the future of research and innovation;
· help science and maths education equip young people to prosper in tomorrow’s workplace and in society;
· better understand resources, energy, securities and climate change;
· help to UK safely and rapidly to realise the growing benefits of data and digital technologies;
· promote the wellbeing of people, plants, animals and the environment; and
· shape the way we think about and plan for tomorrow.
The Science Policy team is led by a Chief Science Policy Officer and four Heads of Policy, and comprises Senior Policy Advisers, Policy Advisers and Programme Coordinators. The team works with colleagues across the Society (eg. in media, public affairs, public engagement, international affairs, diversity and industry), and in collaboration with numerous other organisations, to pursue shared goals and to deliver joint activities.
The post holder have a vital role in supporting programmes and projects within our Data theme of work. The post holder will work with colleagues in the Data Policy team to deliver events and other projects within a broad programme of work. This is likely to include general administrative support; organising meetings and events from large conferences to small briefings and roundtables; managing the payment of invoices and tracking spending and providing updates and briefing to colleagues on the progress of projects and activities. All team members take an active part in team meetings and contribute to the sharing of ideas and good working practices.
Interview date: Thursday 18 July 2019