Get Involved

Join the Team.

Join the OxSci team!

An outline of the responsibilities of each position is included further down this page, but please feel free to contact us for more information or advice on applying by emailing us at [email protected], or by messaging us on Facebook or Instagram.

Write for us

We always welcome submissions for our website, via our online pitch form, while open commissions to write on specific topics can be found on our commissions page.

Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook contributors’ page, or sign up to our mailing list for the latest on how to get involved.

We particularly encourage people of colour, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, and working-class candidates to get involved.  

Please read through our Style Guide below before writing to the editors.

Design for us

To produce artwork for the website or next print edition, email [email protected].

Role Descriptions

Please note, only the roles listed above are currently accepting applications. The descriptions below are indicative of the normal responsibilities of each position.

Editor-in-Chief: the Editor-in-Chief oversees and manages all aspects of the Oxford Scientist, including the magazine, website, newsletter and social media. You will liaise with the rest of the editorial and managerial team, and have have the final say on all creative and editorial decisions. For the position of EiC, previous senior editorial or managerial experience (for example, as a creative director or print editor) is recommended; experience with WordPress or InDesign is appreciated but not required.

Sub-Editors: Sub-editing is a great role for those starting out in student journalism, or for those with less time on their hands. As a sub-editor, you’ll be editing and potentially writing articles for the magazine and the website, working with writers to develop pitched pieces. We are looking for multiple sub-editors for a strong editorial team!

Section Editors: As section editors, you’ll be commissioning, editing, and sometimes writing the articles for our magazine and website. You’ll be working with writers to develop pitched pieces and edit submissions. The Print Editor oversees the editing process of the magazine until its publication, which includes coordination of our sub-editors and authors. The Web Editor manages the OxSci website. For senior editorial positions, previous editorial experience (for example, as a sub-editor) is recommended; experience with WordPress is appreciated but not required.

Creative Director: The main role of the Creative Director is to produce our termly magazine, through commissioning artwork, recruiting artists and helping to design the magazine themselves. Experience in any of Photoshop, InDesign, or Affinity Publisher is appreciated but not required, as there’ll be the opportunity to develop these skills on the team.

Communications Director: The Communications Director manages OxSci’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as our mailing list, keeping our followers informed and engaged about our writing and events. We’re committed to growing our digital presence at Oxford and beyond, so this role suits anyone with strong awareness and experience with social media.

Business Director: The business team of the Oxford Scientist is directly lead by our publishers, Oxford Student Publications Limited (OSPL), and responsible for advertising and selling subscriptions, for liaising with companies for advertising contracts and overall for finding ways of generating revenue for the publication. Any business experience is appreciated but at the same time this is a fantastic role to learn about the business side of publishing student journalism!

Schools Coordinator: The Schools Coordinator oversees and organises our termly School’s Writing Competition. The competition is an incredible opportunity for school students in years 10-13 to write about off-curricular science, and often enter the competition in advance of applying for universities. Our competitions have broad themes, which allow the maximal number of applicants to discuss what most interests them. The role of Schools’ Competition Coordinator involves choosing future OxSci competition themes, selecting and working with a panel of judges, and liaising with students and schools who enter the competition. To start off, you will receive guidance by our previous school’s coordinator. It’s an extremely rewarding role and provides great experience to those interested in access, science communication, and education.