Editorial Fellow (2021 – 2022)

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Location: Ottawa, ON
Reports to: Editor-in-Chief (or designate)
Type: Full-time | One-year term (target start date of July 1, 2021)

Overall job purpose:
The Editorial Fellow position at the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) is a one-year training position in which the incumbent receives general training in being a medical journal editor.

The Editorial Fellow must be physically in Ottawa for at least two thirds of the year (this requirement may be fully or partially waived for the 2021-2022 term as public health conditions and business needs dictate). The expected start date for the position is July 1, 2021.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop skills in critical appraisal and handling of research manuscripts
  • Develop skills in commissioning, appraising, and editing non-research manuscripts
  • Develop skills in communicating effectively with authors
  • Learn skills in developing multimedia such as podcasts and videos
  • Develop skills in writing news stories and blog posts related to medical and health care content
  • Participate in regular team meetings and projects
  • Attend training courses and conferences as directed and as relevant to training needs

Key skills and competencies:

All positions have the following core competencies:

  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Political acumen
  • Member/client/stakeholder focus
  • Results oriented

In addition to the competencies listed above, the following skills and traits are required:

  • Excellent scientific and non-scientific writing skills
  • Multi-tasking, trouble-shooting and juggling of deadlines and priorities
  • Excellent analytical, editing and communication skills
  • Diplomacy (especially with authors and external stakeholders)
  • Skills in research critical appraisal and peer review an asset

Education:

  • Requires completion of a medical degree
  • Humanities education is an asset
  • Post-graduate study in critical appraisal of research is desirable

Experience:

  • Some experience in scientific research, medical education, writing, editing and/or multimedia communications is an asset

Other:

  • The successful candidate must be physically in Ottawa for at least two thirds of the year (this requirement may be fully or partially waived for the 2021-2022 term as public health conditions and business needs dictate)
  • The successful candidate will start July 1, 2021

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CMA is an equal opportunity employer and will reasonably accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment, assessment and hiring process.