Join the YSJ Team

Join the YSJ Team

Aged 12-20?  Excited by science?

Joining the Young Scientists Journal team could be the perfect opportunity for you!

We have a range of opportunities across our four teams- Editorial, Production, Outreach and PR & Marketing- so read on and then complete our application form to get involved!

Editorial Team

The Editorial Team peer reviews submissions to the journal to ensure that they are suitable for publication.  These roles require a relatively consistent time commitment and a very good attention to detail, but no experience is needed as training and support is provided. 

Editor

Editors review articles in their subject area(s) of knowledge, and should therefore be well-versed in their subject area.  This can be demonstrated through qualifications achieved, extra-curricular reading, or both, for example.  This role requires an ability to take a critical and analytical approach, as well as being able to both give and take feedback.  Editors should have a very good command of the English language.  They should also be prepared to do additional reading around a subject area for articles they edit and ask questions relating to subject content and methodology.

Expected time commitment: 2-3 hours per week (one article per month)

 

Blogs Editor

Blogs Editors specialise in editing Blog/Magazine style articles, which can allow authors to share personal experiences (e.g. doing work experience at a STEM company), or summarise a topic they find interesting.  Blogs Editors have an important role in ensuring that these articles are accessible to our audience and are scientifically correct while being engaging to read.
Blogs Editors should have a good command of the English language and be able to provide constructive comments to improve an article.

Expected time commitment: ~2 hours per week 

Production Team

The Production Team keeps the journal running by maintaining the website, internal tools and producing print material for the journal. These roles involve more of a fluctuating time commitment, due to the nature of the twice annual print publication, and the increased website work involved in busy periods, but generally of one to two hours a week.

Artist

Have a passion for art?  Want to help show creativity within STEM?  Artists make original artistic content to accompany published articles.  Applicants will be asked to provide samples of previous artwork, which can be in any medium, as part of their application.  

Expected time commitment: ~2 hours per week 

WordPress Admin

WordPress Admins make the website and keep the pages up to date.  Prior experience using WordPress, though useful, is not required, as all training can be provided.  WordPress Admins will develop a broad understanding of the journal and how it works, and should be able to work well collaboratively.

Expected time commitment: 1-2 hours per week 

Print Publication Designer

Print Publication Designers make the print editions of the journal using InDesign and the Adobe suite.  While prior experience using InDesign is helpful, it is not essential as training can be provided.  A good attention for detail and creativity are useful skills for this role.

Expected time commitment: fluctuating, but 2-3 hours per week during busy periods

Online Publisher

Online Publishers publish articles that have passed the peer review on our website.  Experience using WordPress is not required as all training can be provided.  In this role, an ability to maintain a good attention for detail is important, to ensure that all articles on our website are well presented, with consistent formatting.

Expected time commitment: 1-2 hours per week 

Internal Tools Developer

Internal Tools Developers develop and maintain tools that Editors and other members of the team use in their work. A working knowledge of Javascript is needed for this role.  Internal Tools Developers have an important role in the success of the journal, as they collaborate to develop new and exciting technical tools that make the lives of everyone else at the journal all that much easier.

Expected time commitment: fluctuating, but ~2 hours per week during busy periods

Outreach Team

The Outreach Team helps the journal to grow by finding new talent for the team, as well as encouraging other young people to submit their work to the journal. The Outreach Team also have a very important role to play in running journal conferences and events. These roles involve more of a fluctuating time commitment: the run up to YSJ Conferences is a particularly busy time for many Outreach Team members, and the commitment at other times of the year depends largely on events in your local area.  If you want to get involved in Young Scientists Journal, but don’t have a lot of free time, the Outreach Team will likely have a role that can work around your other commitments!

Regional Ambassador

Regional Ambassadors help to promote the journal across their geographic regions.  Public speaking experience, and/or prior involvement in STEM activities are desirable, however, an enthusiasm for engaging others in STEM is the most important characteristic of Regional Ambassadors!

Expected time commitment: fluctuating, but ~2 hours per week on average

Subject Ambassador

Subject Ambassadors help to promote the journal in their subject area of interest by encouraging others to submit articles to the journal, as well as writing articles on their subject area of interest.  A passion for STEM communication and good communications skills are desirable.

Expected time commitment: fluctuating, but ~2 hours per week on average

Conference Organiser

Conference Organisers help to organise the journal’s conferences and events.  They can help out on the day of the conference, or play a role in the preparations in the lead up to the event.  Good organisation skills are important, but no experience of event organisation is required!

Expected time commitment: fluctuating, but ~1 hour per week on average

Outreach Roles Within YSJ Hubs

There are a small number of roles available specifically to students within YSJ Hubs.  These roles enhance the link between Hubs and the wider YSJ team, as well as allowing for collaborative work between YSJ Hubs.

Hub Secretary

Hub Secretaries are student members of YSJ Hubs who keep a record of Hub meetings and activities.  They are responsible for communicating this to the wider YSJ team after each Hub meeting.

Expected time commitment: <30 minutes per week

Hub Reporter

Hub Reporters are student members of YSJ Hubs who work collaboratively with other Hub Reporters and blog about the Hub’s activities.  Hub Reporters allow the wider journal audience to know about what YSJ Hubs have been involved in recently. 

Expected time commitment: ~1 hour per week

PR & Marketing Team

The PR & Marketing Team controls the journal’s social media accounts and is in charge of all promotional material for the journal. These roles involve a base-level time commitment of one to two hours a week.

Social Media Team

The Social Media Team oversees the journal’s social media campaigns, making sure that fresh and exciting content is available on the journal’s social feeds every day.  Communication skills are important in this role, and an ability to spot patterns (e.g. which types of content are most effective) is a useful skill.  A creative and collaborative approach is important in this role.

Expected time commitment: 1-2 hours per week 

Communications Team

Communications Team members are responsible for nurturing YSJ’s existing audience, for example, through E-newsletters.  Good communication skills and a willingness to learn are important in this role, but no experience is needed.  This sub-team are also responsible for producing press releases and work closely with the Outreach Team in the lead up to journal conferences.

Expected time commitment: 1-2 hours per week 

Creative Content Team

The Creative Content Team is responsible for ensuring that the other sub-teams of the PR & Marketing Team have a supply of relevant content, for example, graphics and articles.  Experience is not necessary for this role, but enthusiasm, an ability to work well with others and good communication skills are important attributes.  If you can bring new ideas and creativity to the journal, this could be the perfect role for you!

Expected time commitment: 1-2 hours per week  

How to Apply

Applications are accepted in waves, and are currently CLOSED.  The next application window is open from 1st August until 17:00 (BST) on 10th August 2019.