Executive Director

eLife is seeking an Executive Director to lead eLife’s efforts to improve the communication of new research findings across the life and biomedical sciences.

eLife is a non-profit organisation inspired by research funders and led by scientists. Founded in 2011 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust, eLife’s mission is to help scientists accelerate discovery by developing and operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. eLife also invests in innovation through open-source tool development to accelerate research communication and discovery.

eLife is now seeking to appoint a new Executive Director to lead the continuing development and success of eLife and the realisation of its ambition for broader impact. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is one of the public faces of eLife and leads the multidisciplinary team of just under 50 staff based in Cambridge, UK. Together with the Editor-in-Chief of eLife, the Executive Director is responsible for the delivery of eLife’s mission.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable leadership skills and proven experience in the development and implementation of strategy in a relevant context. S/he will bring experience in STM publishing and/or technology innovation, together with evidence of success in developing businesses. This is an exceptional opportunity to contribute to the evolution of how research is communicated and evaluated, and to serve as a progressive force in scientific publishing.

The Executive Director is a full-time position based at the eLife Headquarters in Cambridge, UK. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with nature and seniority of the role.

Informal enquiries are welcome and may be made in the strictest confidence to An Li Xu at Perrett Laver via email at AnLi.Xu@perrettlaver.com. For further details, including job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please see https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 4319. The deadline for applications is Friday 27th September 2019.