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Executive Editor (THIS Institute) - Maternity Cover

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th April 2020
Closes: 31st May 2020
Job Ref: RH23048

At THIS Institute we aim to create a world-leading scientific asset for the NHS by strengthening the evidence-base for improving the quality and safety of healthcare. Co-created by two exceptional organisations - the University of Cambridge and the Health Foundation - THIS Institute is founded on the guiding principle that efforts to improve care should be based on the highest quality evidence. The Institute hosts around 40 staff and has strong links across University of Cambridge departments and with RAND Europe, a not-for-profit Cambridge-based research organisation and with Homerton College, Cambridge, as well as with multiple external partners.

We are seeking a talented Executive Editor to play a crucial role in maximising THIS Institute's ability to engage diverse audiences and stakeholders in the healthcare sector, and grow our reputation for first-class research and scholarship. The role involves providing high quality editorship of a major book and a digest version (including associated journal articles and digital products) about improving quality and safety in healthcare. The post-holder will work with over 60 authors across Australia, Canada, France, the UK, and the USA, overseeing the peer review process to ensure robustness of the content, providing editorial expertise to ensure that the publications are of the highest standard, and managing the relationship with suppliers, including external publishing partners where appropriate.

The post-holder will work as part of the Institute's highly regarded communications team, who lead the Institute's programme of disseminating information, engaging with NHS patients, staff, and members of the public, and building and cementing the reputation of the Institute.

The post holder will be educated to degree level with proven experience and expertise at a senior level of publishing academic journals, books or reports. The individual will have significant experience of copy-editing technical and complicated information and concepts, making them accessible to both academic and lay audiences. Excellent communication and written skills are essential for this post.

This position is full-time to provide maternity cover for a maximum of 1 year or the return of the post-holder, whichever is the earliest.  We also welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working (minimum of 60% FTE).

The post holder will be based at the Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approximately 2 miles south of city centre).

Informal enquiries can be made via email to:

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

Closing Date: 31st May 2020

Interview Date: 11th June 2020

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RH23048 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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