JOB TITLE: Project Officer (Education research)

REPORTING TO: Education Manager

RESPONSIBLE FOR:     Occasional temporary staff or students on work placement

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

TERMS:                        Fixed-term contract until end Sept 2017, with the possibility of extension. Requests for flexible working will be considered

HOURS:                       35 hours per week

SALARY:                      £20k-£23k per annum

This is an opportunity to join an ambitious and changing organisation which aims to make science a fundamental part of our culture and society. We want all young people to value science as a part of their culture, and we are embarking on a mission to diversify the opportunities for young people to engage with, shape and challenge science.

The British Science Association (BSA) is looking to recruit a talented project officer to help us implement this new vision.

You will be a part of a team of Project Officers and will be based in the BSA’s Education team. Your primary project will be a randomised controlled trial, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, looking at the effect of CREST Silver Award on year 9 students. Your main goal will be to recruit schools to join the trial. You will contact schools directly and by going through our existing networks.

You will also have several days each month allocated to other projects within the BSA, working across all our programmes, transferring your time, skills and energy to different projects and priorities at different times.

This role would suit someone with six months to one year’s experience of working within the education or science communication sectors in a voluntary or paid capacity. You should be looking to build your experience by working on a range of diverse projects and be willing to undertake key admin tasks, as well as have the opportunity to lead on set tasks. You should have experience of communicating confidently and efficiently with teachers or other professionals.

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Please send your CV and a covering letter 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: [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 09/01/2017

Interviews for this post are likely to be held the week of 16 Jan 2017; you will be informed as soon as possible after the application deadline whether or not you have been selected for interview.


From time to time the job entails working extended hours and occasional weekends, for which no overtime payments are made. However, the Association does operate a time off in lieu policy. The Association offers a number of benefits to employees who complete three months’ service and probationary period, including a contributory pension scheme and an interest free season ticket or bicycle loan scheme. All employees are eligible to have death in service insurance from day one of service.

The British Science Association is an equal opportunities employer and an organisation committed to diversity.  The British Science Association is committed to the fair and equal treatment of potential and existing employees irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or marital status or any other unlawful discrimination factor including ex-offending background.

To take up this post, you must be eligible 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.