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BioNews Genetics Editor - part-time, two days per week (Monday and Friday)

Address: Central London
Salary: £9,000-£11,500 for two days per week (depending on experience and qualifications)

BioNews is a free web- and email-based digest of news and developments in assisted conception, human genetics and embryo and stem cell research.

News articles are commissioned in-house on a Friday. These articles, as well as commissioned comment pieces and reviews, are edited and collated by the editorial team on or before Monday and published on the BioNews website. A collection of the week's articles - as well as recommended readings, event listings and job advertisements - is published in newsletter form on Monday afternoons and sent to BioNews subscribers.

We are looking for someone who is well-organised, self-motivated and has excellent written and oral communications skills. The successful candidate will work as part of a small team in our London office. A degree in a genetics-related subject and experience of researching, writing and editing articles for publication are highly desirable for this job.

The main responsibilities for this position include:

  • Upholding standards of clarity and scientific accuracy in all BioNews articles.

  • Researching, writing and editing articles on human genetics, assisted reproduction, stem cell/embryo research and related areas of science and policy for BioNews and other publications.

  • Managing the news writing scheme for trainee writers on BioNews (including selecting applicants, teaching the course, and providing both written and oral feedback).

  • Liaising with the team of BioNews volunteer writers and sending out links to news stories each week, with guidance if necessary.

  • Editing and proofreading stories submitted by BioNews volunteer writers and publishing them on the BioNews website.

  • Sending out the weekly BioNews email newsletters using our electronic publishing system.

Hours: 9.30am-5.30pm, two days per week (Monday and Friday)

Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 31 October

Interview date: Wednesday 6 November 

Start date: Friday 22 November (or as soon as possible thereafter)

How to apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter, together with a full curriculum vitae (to include the names of two referees), to Sarah Norcross at

BioNews is published by the Progress Educational Trust, a UK charity based in central London. PET educates and debates the responsible application of reproductive and genetic science, so as to improve choices for people affected by infertility or genetic conditions.

For further enquiries and/or a full job description please contact Sarah Norcross, Director of the Progress Educational Trust, on +44 (0)20 7278 7870 or at