Ever wanted to know what the staff at the RSC get up to? In this blog our publishing editors describe some of the interesting activities they are working on, and let you know what it's really like to work at a leading international scientific publishers. You can also hear from the development editors in our publishing team, and find out what exciting projects and RSC social events they have been involved in recently.

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Publishing Editor - General and Analytical Team

37fb0e080baef1b173e09d6995c42ba7-huge-alLike many others who came to work as a Publishing Editor at the Royal Society of Chemistry, the path that led me here brought me from a research background with a readiness to hang up the lab coat and safety specs.

Having completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield, I was in the middle of a postdoctoral contract in January 2017 when I was shown an advert for the Publishing Editor scheme at the Royal Society of Chemistry. The temptation of a permanent and stable job, particularly one that would allow me to remain involved with cutting edge research while avoiding the ups and downs of the lab, was too much to resist, and in September of the same year I began working at the Cambridge office.

The generous relocation allowance took away a lot of the stress of moving to a completely new part of the country. While there is a large base of Publishing Editors living in Cambridge, I decided to opt for the (slightly cheaper!) option of living in Ely, which is served by a train service that runs regularly to Cambridge North station a few minutes walk from the Science Park.

I have now been working at the Royal Society of Chemistry for over a year, and my level of responsibilities have increased quickly giving me insight into a few different journals. Besides supporting a host of external Associate Editors in their tasks and coordinating RSC Advances and Metallomics, I also recently had the opportunity to attend the Chemistry World Jobs Live event held at Burlington House, London. This allowed me to discuss my role with the many enthusiastic undergraduate and postgraduate students who were interested in a career as a Publishing Editor at the Royal Society of Chemistry. I hope my advice and experience helped everyone who I talked to, and I look forward to working with those who choose to apply to the Royal Society of Chemistry in the future!

Alex Metherell is a Publishing Editor working in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Publishing Department. To see if there are any current vacancies go to 'RSC: Latest Vacancies' Blog or subscribe to 'RSC: Latest Vacancies' by Email
Posted by Harriet Brewerton on Dec 4, 2018 9:18 AM Europe/London

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