JOB TITLE: PR Officer 

REPORTING TO: Communications Manager


BASED: British Science Association, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5HD.

TERMS:  Full-time (35 hours per week), permanent

Requests for part-time or flexible working will be considered

SALARY: £22k-£25k per annum


This is an excellent opportunity to join an ambitious and changing organisation that aims to make science a fundamental part of our culture and society. 

The British Science Association is looking to recruit a PR Officer to help us implement our new vision and strategy. Details of our new vision are on our website:

The overall purpose of this role is to be responsible for owned and earned media for the BSA – working on PR, digital and social media campaigns throughout the year and the press office for the Association (including major events such as British Science Week and the British Science Festival).

The PR Officer will work closely with colleagues within the Communications team to develop content for PR campaigns, marketing campaigns, and digital communications activity (including website and social media channels); and build strong relationships with the science and mainstream media.

Full job description (pdf)

Terms and conditions

From time to time the job entails working extended hours, for which no overtime payments are made. However, The British Science Association does operate a time off in lieu policy. Applicants should note that hours may be particularly demanding, including weekends, during the British Science Festival in September of each year.

The Association offers a number of benefits to employees including a contributory pension for eligible employees after three months’ service. Employees are also entitled to either an interest free season ticket following their probationary period or after three months' service (whichever is the longer) or a bicycle loan following the probationary period.  All employees are eligible to have death in service insurance from day one of service.

Do you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not “protected” as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013)? The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’ and are not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account.

It is the policy of the British Science Association to appoint successful candidates on the lower end of the pay scale. This allows for progression for the successful candidate during their time at the BSA.

Due to number of responses we receive we are unable to respond individually to each application. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date then please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

The British Science Association is an equal opportunities employer and a company committed to diversity.  The British Science Association is 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 discriminating factor. Only applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK will be considered.

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 to ensure they relate to the job as then being performed, or to incorporate whatever changes are reasonably required, in discussion with the post-holder.

To apply:  Please send your CV (no more than two A4 pages) and a covering letter (no more than one A4 page) that summarises your interest in this post. Please provide evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the Person Specification and send it to: 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 27th April 2016

Interviews for this post will be held the w/c 9th May 2016; you will be informed as soon as possible after the application deadline whether or not you have been selected for interview.