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Jun 16
Looking for Assistant Feature Editors at MPMI and Phytobiomes Journal

Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions and the Phytobiomes Journal​ are initiating two-year assistant feature editor positions for postdoctoral scientists. We are looking for creative individuals with innovative communication skills and who are eager to volunteer their time to engage with both the scientific and non-scientific community. Assistant feature editors will have the opportunity to be part of a journal team, see the inner workings of journals, and interact with the scientific community for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions and the Phytobiomes Journal

These positions will be suitable for highly engaged postdoctoral fellows who would like to gain experience and behind the scenes knowledge of publishing in Molecular-Plant Microbe Interactions and the Phytobiomes Journal, develop their writing and communication skills and have the opportunity to be mentored outside their current lab environment. We anticipate a commitment of approximately 5-7 hours per month, realizing that there will be some variability each month, depending on the projects the assistant features editor has taken on.

A key role of the assistant feature editor will be to amplify the impact of our research publications by writing at multiple levels and targeting different audiences. We envision that assistant feature editors will create their own niche based on their interests and ideas. Some possible areas for engagement are: writing a blog or online research summary, interviews with authors, participation in the Microgreens ​podcast, working with our staff amplification specialist to write news stories for a non-scientific audience, writing Twitter threads or posting on other social media, writing a mini-review or highlight to accompany a paper in an issue, and occasional manuscript review. We imagine that assistant feature editors may expand on our ideas, initiating other activities beyond what we have envisioned.

Assistant feature editors will work closely with the editors-in-chief as well as with other senior editors and members of the journal staff. These interactions as well as interactions with authors and the greater community will provide additional opportunities for networking with scientists beyond the connections formed based on their research.  

Applications for assistant feature editor positions will be handled jointly by the editor-in-chiefs for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions and the Phytobiomes Journal. Indicate in your cover letter your journal preference or whether you would be interested in working with both journals.  To apply, provide the following to Jeanne Harris and Carolyn Young.

  • One-page cover letter outlining your research focus area, expertise and interest in the position. Highlight your experience with social media, writing, and your engagement with aspects of science beyond your own research.
  • Current CV
  • A first-author paper that you were responsible for writing
  • Contact details for two professional referees

We are looking for people who will be creative about ways to engage the scientific and non-scientific communities. Provide us with an example of your writing about a scientific topic of your choice (on MPMI or Phytobiomes topics) for either a lay audience or your scientific peers (i.e. blog post, feature article, etc.) (500 word limit). 

Applications will continue to be reviewed until all positions are filled.

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