2022-05 update: this posting is closed.
ASAPbio is seeking a part-time Communications Assistant to help us share our work on preprints & open peer review with the life sciences community. This position provides an opportunity to engage with open science and build communication skills; it might be especially well-suited for students or postdocs.
The Communications Assistant will take on a variety of tasks, including:
- Drafting and editing
- Blog posts
- Our monthly newsletter
- Social media posts
- Social media engagement and community management
- Posting on Twitter & Facebook, responding to replies and engaging the community
- Developing a presence on other social networks
- Assisting in community development on our Slack channel
- Events coordination
- Organizing and hosting webinars, community calls, and other virtual events
The candidate must be:
- Passionate about open science and interested in positively impacting practices in scholarly communication.
- Familiar with preprints and the peer review and scholarly publishing process.
- A background in life sciences and an understanding of the challenges faced by researchers.
- Possessing or able to develop proficiency in a variety of communications tools, including WordPress, Mailchimp, Hootsuite, etc
- A strong writer and verbal communicator. However, other proficiencies (video, audio, illustration, design, or animation) are also encouraged.
Hours, location, start date, and compensation
Compensation is expected to range from $20-$30/hour depending on experience.
This is a remote position. ASAPbio is a US non-profit, but the work may be carried out anywhere, subject to local contracting and/or employment law. The work is expected to take approximately 5-10hrs/week. Expected start date is flexible, but can be as early as 2022-04-01. The position is expected to exist for a minimum of 9 months.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that got its start in 2015 as a grassroots group of researchers who organized a meeting to discuss supporting the use of preprints in the life sciences. Since that time, we have advocated for policy changes, stimulated community organization, organized discussions around best practices, and expanded our focus to other areas such as transparency and innovation in peer review. We partner to launch experimental services, catalog innovations in peer review, and track journal policies.
Please send a short cover letter, resume/CV, and and a portfolio of 5 work samples (these could include articles written for a popular audience on a blog or other outlet, social media postings, videos, illustrations, etc) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “Communications assistant” in the subject line. Evaluation of candidates will include video interviews and simulated tasks.
We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. If you have significant personal experience or engagement with communities underrepresented in academic publishing, we strongly encourage you to apply. This job description is intended to be a guidepost, not a checklist: if you feel like you could do a great job in this role, please consider applying even if you don’t exactly meet every qualification.