Position: Scientific Communications and Development Officer,

British Mycological Society

(50% FTE; Initially for 12 months; £35K per annum pro rata)

We are searching for a person who can contribute to the development of the British Mycological Society (BMS), including through communication targeted to the different sectors of this Learned Society and external relations.

Roles will include: 

  • Engage effectively with academic fungal biologists and field mycologists
  • Pro-actively seek and select appropriate content/news/updates for social media posts and other communications targeted to academic fungal biologists, to field mycologists or to the general public
  • Proactively identify and provide new content for the BMS web pages via academic networks and media on a regular basis to help the Society deliver its objectives and outreach capabilities
  • Raise the profile/awareness of the BMS, its activities and membership benefits
  • Liaise if/as necessary with other Learned Societies and Organisations. 
  • Liaise with media outlets (press and broadcast) to inform of major events and developments in fungal biology and field aspects nationally and world-wide.

The appointed person will report directly to the BMS General Secretary, supported by BMS executive officers.

Person specification

The appointed person must have:

  • A PhD in fungal biology or other biology-related subject with an appreciation of mycology
  • Ideally some experience of, or involvement with scientific societies or natural science organisations

With the ability to:

  • Engage effectively with both academic researchers and field mycologists
  • Proactively seek appropriate news relevant to the academic or field-mycology communities, for targeted dissemination to the membership including via social media, e.g., important research papers, grant funding opportunities, grant funding news, field events, short courses and workshops, positions available, research-lab news, member news etc.
  • Enhance the outward-facing awareness of the BMS by the general public, by releasing short press releases and interesting stories via the BMS web site/media
  • Support internal BMS stakeholders who create content
  • Consider preparing proactively ‘Meet the scientist’ articles, profiles of academic departments, profiles of prize winners, as well as any broader news.
  • Understand digital marketing and have experience of implementing an effective social media presence and anything else that may be required within this context.
  • Develop ideas for Society development and help to execute these.
Scientific Communications and Development Officer

The chosen person will be engaged initially for a period of 12 months: the role may be renewed subsequently at the discretion of the BMS Council. This role is anticipated to require approx. 2.5 days per week and carries a salary of £35,000 per annum pro rata.

The role will be home based, but will involve occasional travel. Reasonable additional expenses, e.g., travel, printing etc. will also be reimbursed. Applications should include a CV and an expression of interest cover letter and be sent to 

The closing date for applications is 27:11:2020. Interviews will be held in December or early January.

The successful candidate will start as soon as they are available.


Professorship in Medical Microbiology

The University of Zurich invites applications for a faculty position as

Professor in Medical Microbiology.

The University of Zurich is committed to further strengthening research, teaching and advanced diagnostics in Medical Microbiology. We seek candidates (PhD or MD) that complement the current strengths of the Department, have an outstanding track record in research and have shown leadership in addressing the needs of the fight against infectious diseases by advancing the field with insightful, cutting-edge research on pathogens and by developing innovative diagnostic techniques. Research areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, metagenomics, single cell analytics, new emerging pathogens, and the microbiome.
The Department of Medical Microbiology, focusing on bacteriology, mycobacteriology, and mycology, is closely collaborating with the University Hospitals. Strong ties in research and teaching are in place with basic research groups at the closely located University Irchel Campus, University Hospitals, and ETH. The successful candidate will be an integrative link between advances in research and clinical needs, and take a leading role in shaping the future diagnostic environment.
The University of Zurich offers generous research support, including a competitive start-up package, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and annual core funding for personnel and research expenses. Successful candidates are expected to develop an internationally leading research program supported by additional external funding, and to commit to excellence in teaching of students at the Faculty of Medicine and at the Faculty of Science.

The employment conditions for this position follow the legal regulations of the University of Zürich. The University of Zurich is an equal opportunities employer and in particular strives to increase the percentage of women in leading positions. Therefore, qualified female researchers are encouraged to apply.

Please submit your application, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, and a summary (3-4 pages) of current and proposed research by November 30, 2020. Applications by mail or e-mail cannot be considered.
For additional information, please contact the chair of the search committee, Prof. Dr. A. Plueckthun, Tel. +41 44 635 5570

Link: Professor in Medical Microbiology

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