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Volunteer Opportunities

Aphantasia Network is a place to discover and learn about aphantasia. We’re building a bridge between new scientific discoveries and the unique human experience, to uncover new insight into how we think, create, and dream with blind imagination. Our mission is to realize the potential of the ~3% worldwide by creating a space for sharing stories, exploring the science behind human imagination, and discovering practical strategies for improving life and work for people living with aphantasia. 

Social Media Coordinator

Est. number of weekly hours: 5

Role Description

Aphantasia Network is looking for a Social Media Coordinator to partner with when it comes to the management of our social media platforms. A key challenge in this role will be to visually represent a phenomenon that is invisible, to create engaging social media posts that help seed broader public interest while encouraging dialogue into our unique imaginative experiences.  This role works to support the content creation of social media posts across various platforms from Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Experience designing social media posts using Photoshop, Illustrator or tools like Canva is preferred.  Some experience with social media management tools like Hootsuite also preferred, but not required. You will work closely with the Founding team in regards to strategy, goal-setting, while creating, executing, and ensuring continuous content on Aphantasia Network's social media platforms.

Responsibilities

  • Design social media posts for Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin following unique brand guidelines
  • Schedule automation of posts and support the weekly management, monitoring, tracking and execution across all platforms
  • Research social media best practices to help optimize organic reach
  • Support the development of social media strategies and campaigns based on insights-driven by highly-engaged post types
  • Attend weekly calls with team members to plan and produce unique content
  • Review and amend content created in response to feedback

Education Requirements

  • No Education Requirements
  • How to apply

    Send your resume and a few post samples to [email protected]

    Science Journalist

    Est. number of weekly hours: 5

    Role Description

    Imagination is the ability to move between what is and what could be, and usually involves creating multi-sensory mental representations of things, people or sometimes entire worlds inside our mind. Until recently [2015], it was generally believed that everyone could mentally time travel between past memories or images of the future in their imagination. Mental imagery was thought to be a ubiquitous part of the human experience.Recent breakthroughs in cognitive science, however, have revealed the stupendously vast universe that makes up our internal worlds. Mental imagery exists on a spectrum ranging from aphantasia (no mental imagery) to hyperphantasia (extremely vivid imagery).

    Since the coining of “aphantasia” “hyperphantasia,” research interest into “the extremes” has grown considerably. Dr. Zeman's scientific paper “Congenital Aphantasia” now ranks within the top 5% of all research interests on Altmetric.Our mission at the Aphantasia Network is to seed public interest, share new discoveries, and assemble science-backed strategies to better understand and exercise our imagination, regardless of where we might fall on the Imagination Spectrum.

    As a science journalist, it will be your aim to transcribe dense, detailed, jargon-laden information into compelling, comprehensible articles without diminishing the accuracy of data. To help humanize scientific discoveries by weaving it with real-life stories and the experiences of people who live with aphantasia and hyperphantasia. To reflect the values of the Aphantasia Network in helping shape the public dialogue, spotlight promising discoveries, and develop the thought leadership of the Network.
    “Science values detail, precision, the impersonal, the technical, the lasting, facts, numbers and being right. Journalism values brevity, approximation, the personal, the colloquial, the immediate, stories, words and being right now. There are going to be tensions.”
    — Quentin Cooper, of BBC Radio 4's Material World

    Responsibilities

    • Reading and researching literature and media, e.g. scientific papers, journals, news articles, and internet resources that examine mental imagery, aphantasia or hyperphantasia
    • Critically assess the available information on the topic and provide objective analysis of findings, possible limitations within studies, and gaps in our current understanding
    • Sourcing stories on the unique human experience and conducting interviews with aphantasics and hyperphantasics whose stories compliment scientific findings
    • Attending conference calls with team members to plan and produce unique content
    • Producing articles for publishing on aphantasia.com according to the agreed-upon style
    • Reviewing and amending work in response to editor feedback

    Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • How to apply

    Send your resume and a writing sample to [email protected]
    Aphantasia Network LTD. is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity (and neurodiversity!) and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
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