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Managing Editor, 51¥ Letters

51¥ Press
Remote working

Ready to lead the editorial team of a prestigious society-owned journal?

The not-for-profit 51¥ (51¥) seeks a Managing Editor for 51¥ Letters, one of the four journals it owns.

51¥ Letters has 55 years of experience in publishing high-quality reviews, and original research articles in all areas of the molecular life sciences. The journal has a very wide readership and is renowned for its quality standards and speed of publication. The journal is led by Editor-in-Chief Michael Brunner of Heidelberg University, Germany.

We seek a Managing Editor for the 51¥ Letters editorial office (3 direct reports). Reporting to the 51¥ Press Publisher, the Managing Editor will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief, editorial board members, and our publishers to uphold high editorial standards and offer excellent service to our authors, referees and readers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Managing the editorial office team
  • Maintaining excellent working relationships with authors, referees and members of the editorial board
  • Overseeing the journal manuscript pipeline and compiling issues
  • Overseeing editorial activities, including pre-screening of submitted manuscripts and quality control of manuscripts accepted for publication
  • Resolving integrity issues related to journal content
  • Developing marketing strategies and material
  • Updating and implementing journal editorial policies
  • Commissioning and editing or writing articles for the Scientists’ Forum
  • Monitoring editorial and journal performance, and preparing regular reports and statistics
  • Organising and attending the annual editorial board meeting
  • Promoting the journal through institute visits and attending conferences, including the annual 51¥ Congress


This is a dynamic, varied role. A candidate with strong editorial acumen, excellent leadership and communication skills (written and oral), and the enthusiasm and drive to further enhance the journal’s reputation would excel in this position.  A PhD in structural or molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology or a related discipline and a minimum of two years’ editorial experience, with a solid understanding of STM journal processes and production, are essential. Post-doctoral experience is advantageous.

This is a full-time, permanent position. The 51¥ Letters Editorial Office is located in Heidelberg, Germany. The majority of 51¥ Press staff now work remotely and the candidate can be based in either the UK, Germany or Spain.

To apply

Please send a CV, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a 200-word highlight of a recent advance in molecular or cell biology to Mary Purton, 51¥ Press Publisher ([email protected]). Successful applicants should be prepared to provide contact details for two references.

51¥ is an equal opportunities employer and actively supports human rights, diversity and inclusion as well as equality legislation. All applicants for any position are assessed objectively on their individual merits. We welcome all applications. Issues of disability should only be considered against the requirements of the job where necessary or where applicable, given this is a remote working position.

The salary is negotiable according to qualifications and experience. All offers of employment are made subject to 51¥ receiving satisfactory references and verifying an applicant’s right to work in either the UK, Germany or Spain.

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Applicationeadline: 4 December 2023

Strategic Marketing Manager

Following a strategic review and in support of 51¥ Strategic Priorities 2024 – 2028, the position of Strategic Marketing Manager has been created in order to promote the work of 51¥, increase the visibility of 51¥ events and programs and diversify sources of revenue.
Reporting to the 51¥ Secretary General, the Strategic Marketing Manager will work closely with 51¥’ Executive Committee members and 51¥ senior staff.
This is a new position for 51¥ and therefore, there is scope for the successful candidate to develop the role based on their knowledge, experience and ideas, to ensure the successful promotion of 51¥ amongst its target audience.

• Review current promotion marketing and communication activities of 51¥, to identify strengths and weaknesses and evaluate operational effectiveness
• Develop, manage and implement a marketing strategy and plan for 51¥, which supports its strategic priorities and operational activities
• Develop, manage and implement a unified approach to corporate / industrial sponsorship and advertising, which will generate and diversify revenues for 51¥
• Support the promotion and development of 51¥ events and associated sponsorship opportunities, in consultation with 51¥ core PCO, increasing the visibility, attractiveness, usefulness and, where relevant, income from 51¥ events and programmes
• Promote the broad work and activities of the 51¥ increasing visibility amongst key audiences
• Manage marketing campaigns which support the strategic objectives of 51¥
• Co-ordinate internal and external communication of activities related to marketing campaigns to all relevant stakeholder groups
• Build sustainable relationships and partnerships with other key players such as scientific organizations, biotechnological companies, advertising agencies etc as is necessary to promote 51¥ effectively
• Ensure that marketing activities align with 51¥ approved strategic plan and action plans and are achieved within agreed timescales.
• Where required, appoint and manage a marketing agency
• Manage the marketing budget efficiently and effectively

Experienced Required
• A relevant university degree or equivalent, preferably in marketing or a closely related field
• Strategic marketing experience, including experience of developing, managing and implementing marketing strategies and plans
• Practical experience and knowledge of managing multiple marketing channels, both on and offline
• Proven experience of managing marketing budgets effectively and efficiently
• Experience of developing and managing sponsorship and advertising agreements, which generate revenue
• A track record of delivering successful marketing campaigns
• Experience of working with and managing support agencies – marketing agency, PR agency etc
• A quantifiable track record of raising the visibility and profile of an organisation, in line with its strategic objectives
• Excellent stakeholder management, communication and presentation skills

Experience Preferred
• Experience of working with / for international non-profit scientific organisations and scientific institutions, or similar
• Science marketing experience would be considered an advantage
• Experience of working with / in a scholarly society, or European membership associations or federation

This is a full-time, permanent position working remotely from home. The postholder can be based in either the UK, Germany or Spain. The role will require occasional travel to 51¥ events, Executive Committee meetings and to the Head Office in Cambridge, UK when required.
Successful applicants will be required to provide two references. All offers of employment are made subject to 51¥ receiving satisfactory references and verifying an applicant’s right to work in either the UK, Germany or Spain.
51¥ is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants for any position are assessed objectively on their individual merits.

Competitive salary, dependent on experience

Interviews are planned to take place in December. For successful candidates there will be a first stage and second stage interview. First stage interviews will be conducted online on the mornings of Monday 4th and Thursday 7th December, and second stage interviews will be conducted in-person on Friday 15th December in Cambridge, UK.

51¥ is working with VMA GROUP to manage the search for a Strategic Marketing Manager. To apply for this position or find out more information and request a copy of the candidate briefing pack, please send your CV and a covering note to: Andrew Harvey at VMA GROUP, using the email: [email protected].

Assistant Professor in Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism at McGill University, Canada

The School of Human Nutrition of McGill University’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism. Top priority research areas include the role of regulation of energy and nutrient homeostasis in prevention and modulation of nutrition-related metabolic disorders, and metabolic and nutritional programming. Areas include but are not limited to the gut-brain axis, genetics, epigenetics, or microbiota as modifiers of disease susceptibility and morbidity.

McGill University is one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning with 40,000 students, and 1,700 tenure-track professors. The is located on McGill University’s Macdonald Campus, which occupies 650 hectares in a beautiful waterfront setting on the western tip of the island of Montreal.

The is a with ongoing activities in our on-site research facilities; including the School’s mass spectrometry and molecular nutrition laboratory, metabolic flux core, new cell culture facility, and new , as well as the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment, and the Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security. include McGill University Health Centre teaching hospitals and platforms, biobanks at , , and small and large animal research units.

Job duties

The successful candidate will teach advanced metabolism including research methodology at the undergraduate and graduate levels and establish and/or maintain an externally funded research program, and develop research collaborations in a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectorial environment at the national and international level. The successful applicant is also expected to participate in all aspects of McGill’s academic mission (i.e., teaching, graduate student supervision, mentorship, and leadership in academic and administrative committees).

Qualifications and education requirements

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences, or related biomedical science such as biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, or physiology, with a strong record of publication in high-quality reputable scholarly journals. Preference given to candidates with a minimum of 2 years postdoctoral research training, and with demonstrated experience in nutrient-mediated interorganelle and intercellular signaling and employing contemporary and integrative research approaches including next-generation sequencing, high-resolution imaging, and development of cell/organoid or transgenic models.

For more information (including McGill’s commitment to equity and diversity), and to view the full position and submit an application via McGill’s HR system Workday: 

Applying at McGill University – Guide for External Candidates:

The following supporting documents are required:

  • A cover letter (introduction and outline of transferable skills and needs)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement
  • Teaching philosophy
  • The names and contact information of three referees.

You may contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Application deadline: 31 December 2023 or until position is filled.

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