PeerJ Careers


Change 300 years of how science has been communicated


If you have a strong interest in ensuring that academic research remains free to anyone to read, download, and reuse then consider joining PeerJ. Help us build the next set of tools that will advance the current state of scholarly communication.


Social Media Community Manager
Full time | United Kingdom or California, US only | Working from home


PeerJ Publishing is looking for a digital-savvy Social Media Community Manager to take control of our online voice and build awareness, reach, engagement and advocacy. The Social Media Community Manager will be responsible for aligning all PeerJ social media communications with key messages, PR, marketing campaigns and content to create a strong brand identity. You will be the first point of contact for social followers of all PeerJ Journals, developing and growing positive perception and relationships with our online community.

To be successful in this role, you will need to have a deep understanding of social media and science communication. Ideally, you will have an academic background and stay abreast of new developments and opportunities in the scientific community. You will have a good knowledge of scientific publishing, open access and open science. You will be a strategic thinker with a mind full of creative content ideas.


Social Media Community Manager Responsibilities


  • Develop PeerJ’s social personality and content plan across all channels.
  • Create engaging content and copy for all digital platforms, including blogs, social media posts, newsletters, and videos.
  • Engage in real time with the online community, creating conversations and responding to comments and requests.
  • Monitor, analyze and report on social traffic, insights and relevant community metrics.
  • Relay community feedback to internal stakeholders.
  • Create and implement community communication initiatives.
  • Liaise with the PeerJ team to stay updated on new marketing initiatives, product and service developments, and to ensure brand consistency.
  • Attend conferences and networking events to gather content.


Skills and Experience

  • A degree in a scientific, or related field, or at least 3 years experience in scientific communication or publishing.
  • Experience with Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube is essential.
  • Demonstrable experience of creating and implementing engaging social media content and campaigns.
  • Knowledge of social management and listening programs to manage online postings on different platforms.
  • Proficiency in web-based tools for communicating and analyzing usage metrics (examples: Google Analytics, Mixpanel, MailChimp, Buffer, Facebook Pages, etc).
  • At least a years' experience managing social media platforms for a brand/company. Strong writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong digital design and ideally, video editing skills.
  • Knowledge of the latest digital marketing trends and techniques.
  • Ability to work autonomously and remotely away from a central office (ability to use office communication tools such as Skype, Hangouts, Slack). A work laptop, display, etc will be provided for you.


Benefits

  • Generous holiday policy
  • Equity share in the company (after vesting period)
  • Flexible working hours and a relaxed work environment
  • The opportunity to play an active role in improving scientific communication and to make a difference in the world!

Please submit a cover letter and CV/resume to jobs@peerj.com with the Subject line: 'Social Media Community Manager'. Please only apply once, duplicate applications are unnecessary.
Agencies will be ignored and reported as spam.



Head of Technology
Full time in the United Kingdom (Working from home)


PeerJ Publishing is looking for an inspiring and effective leader to become its Head of Technology. The successful candidate will be the go-to manager responsible for delivering on all tech and product objectives of the company and will report directly to the CEO.


Head of Technology Responsibilities


  • Help set company objectives and strategies and ensure that they can be met by the development and product teams.
  • Ensure that the tech team is effective in its throughput, training, and hiring to fill any necessary skill gaps.
  • Ensure that our technology stack is maintainable, and refactored or upgraded where needed in line with business plans and trends.
  • Liaise with community, marketing, and business teams in regular two-way dialog to shape and deliver the product roadmap.
  • Gather data and analytics and synthesize insights to identify new opportunities for business, product, and marketing.
  • Be a mentor and leader to the tech team.
  • As the head of a small, but growing tech department you will directly contribute to development, operations, and product.


Skills and Experience

  • Experience in working with technology budgets to deliver on company objectives.
  • Proven track record in delivering large scope projects whilst maintaining long-term robust technology stacks.
  • Demonstrable success in teams both large and small.
  • Ability to sell your ideas to peers, direct reports, and executives.
  • Experience in Agile development and maintaining product roadmaps.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in managing technical and product teams.
  • Enthusiasm and comfort in working with the entire tech stack. You should have expert knowledge in one of either frontend or backend technologies. You should have strong knowledge of MVC design. Technologies/frameworks in use at PeerJ include: AWS infrastructure, Redis, MySQL, Symfony, Vue.js, and ElasticSearch.
  • Experience with Academic publishing is preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to work autonomously and remotely away from a central office (ability to use office communication tools such as Skype, Hangouts, Slack). A work laptop, display, etc will be provided for you.


Benefits

  • Generous holiday policy
  • Equity share in the company (after vesting period)
  • Flexible working hours and a relaxed work environment
  • The opportunity to play an active role in improving scientific communication and to make a difference in the world!

Please submit a cover letter and CV/resume to jobs@peerj.com with the Subject line: 'Head of Technology'. Please only apply once, duplicate applications are unnecessary.
Agencies will be ignored and reported as spam.





Open positions


Why work at PeerJ?

Everyone should have free access to research...

That is not happening today, as most tax-payer funded research is locked up behind expensive paywalls. PeerJ is changing that and we are particularly looking for people who have experienced that paywall frustration in the past.

We're on a mission to make publishing affordable...

The business mission is simple: ensure sustainability of the organization while also lowering the cost to publish Open Access for researchers and institutions. While originally funded in 2012 with a seed investment led by Tim O'Reilly, PeerJ is now self-sustaining and remains an independent organization.

Work with very smart and creative people...

PhD and MS degrees are a dime a dozen at PeerJ. You also have access to the top scientists in the world.

We push & test code continuously...

More importantly, whether a developer or editor, you'll be working at an industry-leading organization known and respected for its in-house publishing platform.

We also offer...

Top salary, stock options, a "take-what-you-need" holiday/vacation policy, and the tools and training needed to improve your own skills.

PeerJ has locations in both California, US and the UK.