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Pharmacology Matters: Call for applications for Deputy Editor-in-Chief

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Published: 25 Aug 2022
By Chloe Gynne

The British Pharmacological Society is seeking to recruit a Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Pharmacology Matters effective from 1 January 2023.

‚ÄčThe Deputy Editor-in-Chief will serve for a two-year term, after which they will be expected to take up the Editor-in-Chief role for a two-year term upon the successful completion of a performance review.

Pharmacology Matters is the Society’s digital magazine, published three times a year. It publishes updates on Society activities and topics of interest across pharmacology and scientific research. The Deputy Editor-in-Chief will support the Editor-in-Chief and work with around 20 volunteer editors, who have expertise across a range of pharmacological areas. The Editorial Board helps with commissioning, editing and shaping the scope of articles for publication.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, proactive professional from within our membership to help drive Pharmacology Matters in the years to come. You will work alongside Steven Tucker, who is currently serving as Deputy Editor-in-Chief, and will take on the post of Editor-in-Chief on 1 January 2023.

Main responsibilities

  • Working closely with, and attend monthly catch-ups with, the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor to help with deciding the strategic direction for Pharmacology Matters, and ensuring issues are on track for publication
  • Assisting with the commissioning of articles, considering themes, and reviewing issues for scientific accuracy
  • Attending Editorial Board meetings (3 per year) and leading on any appropriate agenda items
  • Leading on selected activities as agreed with the Editor-in-Chief – e.g. organising promotional activities for the magazine, leading on themed issues
  • Embodying the Society’s values and policies surrounding equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly when commissioning and overseeing the review of articles
  • Assisting in the recruitment of new members of the Editorial Board
  • Advocating for the magazine, including promoting new publications and encouraging submissions
  • Attending other Society meetings ad hoc when needed to input to relevant projects

Candidates should:  

  • Be an active member of the Society
  • Have previous editorial and team leadership experience
  • Have strong written and editorial skills
  • Feel comfortable with being proactive and communicating with authors and editors
  • Have an eye for interesting and topical content
  • Have good networks within the pharmacology community and wider scientific community, which they are willing to draw on for commissioning content
  • Be able to commit to 1-2 hours per week working on Pharmacology Matters, with increased involvement in the weeks leading up to publication

How to apply

To apply, please email the following to Donna Walters ( by 5pm (UK) Wednesday 19 October 2022

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter (max. 500 words), outlining why you feel you are a good fit for the role, and how your experience will help you succeed in the role
  • A vision statement (max 400 words), outlining where you think Pharmacology Matters should be in 5 years, including ideas for development

The Society sees tremendous value in having a diverse workforce, therefore we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

We aim to hold interviews for this post in the week commencing 31 October 2022, however this is subject to change. Interviews may be conducted on Teams or in-person at the Society’s London office.

To learn more about the role, please contact current Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Steven Tucker (

To discuss any accessibility requirements that will support your application submission or ability to attend an interview, please contact Donna Walters (


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Published: 25 Aug 2022
By Chloe Gynne

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Chloe Gynne


Chloe is the Managing Editor for Pharmacology Matters, working closely with the Editorial Board to ensure smooth publication of the magazine. She is also the Society's Communications Manager, with a specific interest in developing useful and informative content for pharmacology professionals and members of the general public alike.

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