Science Editor – Biology

Overview

The Science Editor (Biology) will work closely with the Senior Science Lead and the Science Editor (Physics) to ensure that Medify’s educational content is appropriate for the market. The role holder will be instrumental in the production of scientific learning materials, such as tutorials, free response questions and multiple choice questions, for various national examinations (e.g. GCSEs and A-levels) and admissions tests (e.g. UCAT, GAMSAT and MCAT). The work will involve writing, reviewing, editing and restructuring content; supporting external authors and reviewers; helping to develop test specifications; and carrying out maintenance work on published content. 

The role will suit candidates with a strong background in education and a proven ability to deliver quality material to deadlines. It is important to demonstrate strong pedagogical knowledge as well as good editorial and rewriting skills, and an ability to critically analyse assessment items. It is also important to demonstrate excellent communication skills in order to promote positive and effective working relationships with all stakeholders.

Key Details

  • Fully remote position
  • Salary of up to £35,000 depending on experience
  • Full time, permanent position
  • Benefits include an annual leave allowance of 25 days + 1 day per year served up to 28, and Bupa medical and dental cover after 1 year of service.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Writing and editing assessment items, answers and explanations in line with developed specifications.
  • Use pedagogical expertise in the area of biology to create specifications which result in high quality learning materials.
  • Carrying out scoping work, including competitor and customer analysis, and providing recommendations based on your findings.
  • Reviewing the work of external contributors and providing feedback to achieve optimal output.
  • Carrying out maintenance work on published content, such as revising questions tags or overseeing the ingestion of revised content onto the platform.
  • Developing tutorial content and courses in line with Medify’s learning model.
  • Collaborating with the Senior Science Lead, Science Editor and the  Editorial Assistant to source, recruit and train freelance writers and reviewers.
  • Liaising with copyeditors and artworkers, and quality assuring incoming work.
  • Contributing to Marketing’s blog articles and newsletters as required.
  • Further opportunities to schedule and manage projects from beginning to end to ensure they are delivered on time, to budget, and to an expected level of quality.

Qualifications, Experience and Knowledge

Essential

  • Min. Bachelor’s (2 : 1) degree or equivalent.
  • PGCE qualification.
  • Excellent English language skills.
  • Extensive experience in teaching, particularly exam classes.
  • Experience developing, writing and restructuring educational specifications.
  • Knowledge of learning design and curriculum development.
  • Excellent organisation and time-management skills.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.

Desirable

  • Experience as an Examiner for national examinations.
  • Experience of using data to assess student progress and to inform next steps.
  • Significant experience in content editing, copy-editing and proofreading.
  • A background in educational publishing, preferably in a digital setting.

Skills

  • Customer Focused Awareness – Able to recognise great customer service and create positive delivery.
  • Strong Communication Skills – The ability to give and receive different types of information, in various formats, i.e., written and verbal and through presentations. Able to provide constructive feedback.
  • Strong English language proficiency.
  • Strong Influencing and Negotiation Skills – Ability to articulate ideas and plans and gain buy-in.
  • Organisational Skills - Able to utilise logical, systematic and orderly procedures to meet objectives.
  • Goal Orientated - The ability to recognise what results are important and what steps need to be taken to achieve them.
  • Numeracy/Analytical Skills - the ability to analyse data/information to identify recommendations and solve problems quickly and effectively.
  • Assertiveness and Negotiation – The ability to hold or participate in discussions aimed at reaching an agreement.
  • Team Player and Team Building Skills - Great team players are not afraid to express their opinion and ideas but always do so with respect and in a positive, confident manner.
  • Strong project management skills and a track record of efficient content delivery.
  • Meticulous attention to detail – style/consistency, grammar, scientific accuracy, proof-reading, layout, etc.

About Medify

Medify is a fast-growing global EdTech startup focused on nurturing and developing aspiring medics to become the doctors of tomorrow. We started by helping students study for an admission test called the UCAT. This test is taken by students in the UK and Australasia. In 2023, we provided an e-learning platform that helped close to 70% of the UK medical applicant population and 45% in Australasia. We won a national award for EdTech in July 2021 – this is the first-ever award we have entered for. Our future goals are to expand our platform globally and to extend our services throughout the educational journey of the practising clinician. We have a strong brand and a dynamic team of engineers, educationalists, and medics. We are also supported by the mentorship of the Director of Innovation at the NHS. Now, we are looking to scale up our teams and processes to fast-track our next phase of growth.

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