ūüĎč Hi, I'm Jean!

My product management style has been shaped by my identity and interests.

My training as a neuroscientist brings a deep sense of scientific rigour into user research approach.
As a former music teacher, I have the ability to inspire others to work towards a lofty goal, no matter how tiny or incremental progress can feel.
My eye for design helps me create clear wireframes and engaging slide decks that communicate my product vision with all stakeholders, including dev teams and senior management.

I've led Agile engineering teams in developing both mature products and greenfield projects, including for several high-profile external clients in the scholarly publishing and pharmaceutical industries. I'm also a capable people manager, with experience in hiring, mentoring, and guiding Product Managers and Product Designers.

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Key experience

I'm currently the Executive Product Manager at BBC Datalab, focusing on recommendations for BBC products and responsible Machine Learning.
Previously, I was Head of Product at Altmetric, part of Digital Science. I worked at Altmetric between 2012 and 2020, and I was responsible for leading all new product development at the company, working with an Agile Scrum team, as well as line managing 2 Product Managers and 1 UX/UI Product Designer. In 2018, I was profiled in The Bookseller as part of a career piece.
London Scholarly Tech Meetup
Between 2018 and 2020, I organized the London Scholarly Tech Meetup, an informal gathering of product people, developers, designers, and others who work in publishing, research, education, and science communication. I manage the Meetup's Twitter account as well.

Public speaking

I’m an experienced and confident public speaker, and have presented at numerous events and conferences around the world and online. I’ve given over 50 public talks at industry events and presented over 40 public webinars.
Notable speaking appearances include talks at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin (2018), the European Geophysical Union Conference in Vienna (2017), the World Social Science Forum in Montréal (2013), and Science Foo Camp in California (2013). I was also interviewed in the Digital Science Podcast: Six Years of Rich Data with Altmetric.

Selected blog posts

Peer-reviewed research articles

  • Sawynok J, Liu J. (2014)¬†Contributions of peripheral, spinal, and supraspinal actions to analgesia.¬†European Journal of Pharmacology.¬†http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejphar.2014.04.006
  • Sawynok J, Reid A, Liu J. (2013) Spinal and peripheral adenosine A1 receptors contribute to antinociception by tramadol in the formalin test in mice.¬†European Journal of Pharmacology.¬†http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejphar.2013.07.012
  • Liu J, Adie E. (2013)¬†New perspectives on article-level metrics: developing ways to assess research uptake and impact online.¬†UKSG Insights.¬†http://dx.doi.org/10.1629/2048-7754.79
  • Liu J, Adie E. (2013)¬†Five challenges in altmetrics: A toolmaker's perspective.¬†Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.¬†http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bult.2013.1720390410
  • Liu J, Reid A, Sawynok J. (2013)¬†Antinociception by systemically-administered acetaminophen (paracetamol) involves spinal serotonin 5-HT7 and adenosine A1 receptors, as well as peripheral adenosine A1 receptors. Neuroscience Letters.¬†http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2012.12.052
  • Liu J, Reid A, Sawynok J. (2013)¬†Spinal serotonin 5-HT7 and adenosine A1 receptors, as well as peripheral adenosine A1 receptors, are involved in antinociception by systemically administered amitriptyline. European Journal of Pharmacology.¬†http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejphar.2012.10.042

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