Work for us

Find out how to become a freelance associate trainer with Cofactor

Trainers for online courses

We are always open to applications from new associate trainers for our trainer-led online courses.

Trainers for in-person workshops

As in-person workshops start again, we occasionally need trainers based in England, and in the future we may need some elsewhere in the UK and Western Europe.

What we look for

Freelance trainer

You are a freelance trainer with training experience and preferably training qualifications


You have regular availability on weekdays, for example every Thursday and Friday

Interpersonal skills

You have excellent group facilitation, communication and organisation skills

Clear speaker

You are able to speak clearly, correctly and slowly enough for non-native English speakers to understand you

Values and respect

You accept Cofactor’s core values and  believe in treating everyone with equal respect


You are interested in academic publishing, and have genuine enthusiasm for the core concepts, such as the importance of clear writing and of open science.

Additional experience or skills

If you have been a copyeditor, journal editor, academic or researcher, or have a PhD, that is a bonus.

What’s involved in online training


You should be available online for up to 3 hours at a time, with a good internet connection.

Work from anywhere, as long as you can concentrate fully at the time of the session.


Regular dates to be agreed – often a weekly series of sessions for 3-5 weeks at the same time each week.

Sessions are usually within working hours in the UK or Western Europe.


Many courses use Zoom, so you must be familiar with this tool and its hosting functions, including screen sharing, managing breakout rooms and security. We will train you in any other software needed (such as Gather).

Training material

Training sessions include discussions of the material that the participants have seen in recorded presentations. 

You therefore need to be prepared to become familiar with all our training material.


You will be invited to assist with a particular course at least a month in advance, and can commit or decline the work at that point.

Once committed to a course, you will need to respond to queries about it promptly.

In-person workshops


We are currently (late 2022) starting to offer in-person workshops only in SE England. In the future, we will also be looking for trainers based in the UK and Western Europe, and possibly other locations.

Travel & expenses

This would involve travel to the location for 1-3 days, for which all expenses would be provided.

Ready to apply?

Send your CV to with the subject line ‘Associate trainer application’.

Please focus your CV on the requirements listed above.

For this role, a list of publications is not needed.