Science communication/community manager - Internship based in Cambridge

Intern required to run community website ‘the Node’ with the Company of Biologists

The Company of Biologists and its journal Development are looking for an intern, through the DTP/PIPS or equivalent schemes, to help run the successful community website ‘the Node’ ( This is an opportunity to gain experience in the rapidly growing online science communication environment, to develop writing skills, and to learn about academic publishing.

Launched in 2010, the Node is the place for the developmental biology community to share news, discuss issues relevant to the field and read about the latest research and events. The intern will be involved in the day-to-day running of the Node, mentored by the Node’s Community Manager. The internship will be based in our office in Cambridge. 

Core responsibilities of the position include:

  • Creating and commissioning content for the Node, including writing posts and soliciting content from the academic community, societies and other organisations
  • Providing user support
  • Running Development’s and the Node’s social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook)

The successful intern will have:

  • Relevant scientific expertise (ideally in developmental biology or a related field) 
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Keen interest in science communication
  • Experience of and interest in blogging and/or social media (ideally including experience with Wordpress)

The Company of Biologists ( exists to support biologists and inspire advances in biology. At the heart of what we do are our five specialist journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology, Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open – two of them fully open access. All are edited by expert researchers in the field, and all articles are subjected to rigorous peer review. We take great pride in the experience of our editorial team and the quality of the work we publish. We believe that the profits from publishing the hard work of biologists should support scientific discovery and help develop future scientists. Our grants help support societies, meetings and individuals. Our workshops and meetings give the opportunity to network and collaborate.

We are looking for an intern to start in Autumn 2017, though can be somewhat flexible with start dates and encourage interested candidates to submit their application as soon as possible. To apply, please send a CV and cover letter, stating why you are interested in this opportunity, to and Katherine Brown (Development’s Executive Editor) at Please also direct informal enquiries to the same addresses.

published on: 3rd May 2017