Cochrane seeks - Assistant Editor (Maternity Cover)

Cochrane seeks - Assistant Editor (Maternity Cover)

Specifications: Full Time, Fixed Term Maternity Cover until February 2021 with the possibility of an extension.
Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
Location: London
Application Closing Date: 5th April 2020

This role is an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the field of health care research. 

The Assistant Editor will support the editorial publishing team in daily publishing operations, editorial and publishing policy development, and setting the publishing strategy for Cochrane content.

Some of their responsibilities will include:

  • Manage editorial workflows for Editorials from submission through to publication on the Cochrane Library, working with authors, editors, peer reviewers, and Cochrane’s publisher, to ensure that content is published on time and to a high standard
  • Monitor comments received on Cochrane content (including Cochrane Reviews), support comment publication processes, and track progress against targets
  • Use content management systems to edit and publish changes to public-facing websites (including the Cochrane Library and the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource)
  • Assist with preparing, editing, and updating editorial and publishing policies and related guidance; and contribute to their integration within editorial workflows and systems
  • Assist with research into areas of editorial and publishing policy and practice; this will include collating data (e.g. using surveys, querying databases, analysing metrics) and preparing reports related to editorial policies or published content for different audiences
  • Publishing strategy: assist with strategic editorial developments, including the evaluation of new product development ideas; and contribute to the development of editorial enhancements to the Cochrane Library product

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • Degree in relevant field or equivalent experience
  • An understanding of the importance of systematic reviews to healthcare decision-making
  • Previous experience in a similar editorial or publishing role
  • An ability to develop and maintain working relationships with key stakeholders
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient level IT skills, including but not limited to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and able to quickly adopt to different IT packages being used by the organization such as website content management systems (e.g. Drupal, Confluence)
  • Ability to work methodically and accurately with attention to detail
  • A pro-active approach to problem-solving

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to with “Assistant Editor” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

  • For further information, please download the full job description from here
  • Deadline for applications: 5th April 2020 (12 midnight GMT)
  • Interviews to be held on: W/C 20th April 2020 (TBC)
Monday, March 16, 2020