A welcome from our Chair

Thank you for your interest in working at the British Science Association (BSA). We are a national charity, with 35 people based in London. We have a rich heritage that – combined with our modern, ambitious approach – sees us have extensive reach and influence amongst a range of audiences. We aim to transform people’s relationship with science and improve the diversity of science, to ensure that it represents – and can benefit – all of society.

In addition to reaching under-represented audiences, we are ambitious about creating a diverse workforce and building an inclusive workplace that values all people.

You will be joining us at an exciting time for the organisation, as we embark on planning for a new strategy, and seek to further sharpen our mission, vision and purpose and the way we measure and demonstrate our impact.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Best wishes,
Gisela Abbam, Chair, British Science Association

About us

The BSA’s vision is of a world where science is at the heart of culture and society. We see science as a mindset, a way to ask questions about the world and test them out.

Our mission is to transform the diversity and inclusivity of science; reach under-served audiences; and increase the number of people who are actively engaged and involved in science.

By unlocking the potential of a more diverse group of people, we increase our ability to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges and shape our future for the better.

Our work

The BSA has three core pillars of work:

  1. Education – engaging students and educators, through programmes including British Science Week & CREST Awards;
  2. Engagement – engaging public audiences, through programmes including British Science Festival, Community Leaders and a new Grants Programme to catalyse new ways of engaging people and communities with health research;

  3. Thought leadership – we seek to influence and collaborate with stakeholders from across science, business and policy through events including the Huxley Summit and bespoke activities for policy makers, business leaders, the science engagement sector and the media. 

Our commitment to EDI

For the BSA’s vision to come to fruition, we need to make science part of everyone's culture, including those who are currently least engaged. We need to be able to engage with people in groups that are poorly represented in science, and that’s why equality, diversity & inclusion (EDI) will be central to our activities.

Our EDI objectives for the next three years are to:

  • Develop our staff and internal systems to ensure the BSA reflects the society we want to see, and develops inclusive culture and policies;
  • Change our programmes to increase their relevance to audiences who are traditionally under-represented in science engagement activities, and empower people to run science engagement activities for their networks and communities;
  • Influence other organisations and individuals in the science engagement to sector to develop and improve their EDI practices in capability and audience development to reach new audiences.

We recognise that in many settings, at the BSA and beyond, EDI can be seen as an add-on or ‘fix’ to the regular work. Our aim is for EDI aims to be the heart of everything we do.

Vacancies at the BSA

Here are the current vacancies at the BSA:

Join our team

The BSA is an equal opportunities employer and a champion of equality, diversity and inclusion.

We are committed to the fair and equal treatment of potential and existing employees irrespective of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offending background or any other potentially unlawfully discriminating factor.

We recognise the importance of diversity of thought within our teams and are fully committed to embracing the talents of people with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and other forms of neurocognitive variation. We also seek to actively support employees’ wellbeing and mental health.

We aim to recruit the person most suited to the job and welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

We would particularly welcome applications from people and communities who are currently under-represented in our staff team, which includes people from minority ethnic groups, disabled people and men.

You do not need to be a scientist to work for the BSA!

Employee benefits

  • 27 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time employees);
  • Up to two days paid leave per year for significant voluntary commitments in support of professional and personal development, such as being a trustee of a charity or a school governor;
  • Auto-enrolment pension scheme (currently 5% of salary from employee plus 3% from BSA);
  • Up to five days’ unpaid leave per year (this is down to the Manager’s decision and ensuring it does not affect work);
  • Life assurance from your first day subject to scheme rules;
  • Occupational sick pay: up to six weeks’ full pay per year (pro-rata for part-time employees);
  • Interest-free loan for season ticket, bike to work, and assisted study;
  • Homeworking Wednesdays, subject to the needs of the BSA.

Terms & conditions 

From time to time the job entails working extended hours and occasional weekends, for which no overtime payments are made. The BSA operates a time off in lieu policy for weekend working and some other out-of-hours instances.

Only applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK will be considered. You will be asked to bring along proof of nationality and/or proof of ability to work in the UK.

You will also be asked to declare any previous convictions in line with your rights under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. It is the practice of the Association to examine job descriptions from time to time and to update them to ensure they relate to the job as then being performed, or to incorporate whatever changes are reasonably required, in discussion with the postholder.

It is the policy of the BSA to offer starting salaries at the bottom end of the salary band where appropriate.

A copy of our Privacy Notice is available on the vacancies page of our website.

As part of the British Science Association’s commitment to being a Disability Confident employer, all disabled* applicants who meet the ‘essential criteria’ for this vacancy will be offered an interview under our guaranteed interview scheme. 

If you wish to apply under the guaranteed interview scheme, you will be asked to indicate this when you submit your application by selecting ‘yes’ in the relevant box when asked during the application process. Applicants do not need to state any further information or declare their disability at the application stage.

Whether you are applying under the scheme or not, if you are successful in being shortlisted, we will ask candidates with disabilities or long-term health conditions to let us know if they need any adjustments during the recruitment process. 

*The Disability Confident scheme’s definition of disability is in line with the Equalities Act 2010: “a physical or mental condition which has a long-term and substantial effect on your daily life”.

Further information about our Disability Confident commitments can be found on the Disability Confident page of our website.