OED Assistant Editor: Science

Oxford University Press

c.£24,000 depending on skills and experience + benefits

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

global.oup.com lucy.freeman@oup.com Lucy Freeman

Reference: 0397

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Monday, 4th June 2018  


Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford, which furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

The Oxford English Dictionary (www.oed.com) is the premier reference work in its field, documenting the English language from the Middle Ages to the present day. A team of 70 lexicographers and researchers, based in Oxford, is currently updating the full text of the dictionary.


We are looking for a science editor to join the team of lexicographers working on the Oxford English Dictionary. Editors are required to research the origin, meaning, and usage of a word and to create dictionary entries which convey the essential details to a general readership. Your job would be to revise and update OED’s existing entries particularly, but not exclusively, those relating to scientific vocabulary, and also to research and write new entries.

The post is full-time, but there is the possibility of reduced hours/flexible working for the right candidate.


We are particularly keen to find a candidate to work on the OED’S PLANT AND ANIMAL ENTRIES, so a demonstrable enthusiasm for botany or zoology (through work, study, or as a hobby) will be an advantage. 

We expect candidates to have a first or upper second class degree in a Life Science subject, but welcome applications from those without such a degree if they have relevant skills and experience.

You will be able to:

  • write clearly, concisely, and elegantly, in a style accessible to a general readership
  • work accurately, logically, and rapidly through linguistic data
  • retrieve and assimilate information in diverse fields
  • demonstrate a practical, discerning approach to research
  • produce consistently high-quality work to tight deadlines

You will have experience of:

  • communicating technical information to a non-expert audience
  • working effectively and collaboratively in a team

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an aptitude test.

For any queries about this role, please contact lucy.freeman@oup.com

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