JOB TITLE: Project Officer
REPORTING TO: Head of Cultural Development with day to day supervision from the manager(s) of your project(s)
BASED: British Science Association, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5HD.
TERMS: 1 x five-month fixed-term contract, with the possibility of extension
Requests for flexible working will be considered
HOURS: 35 hours per week
SALARY: £20k-£23k per annum (pro-rata)


This is an opportunity to join an ambitious and changing organisation which aims to make science a fundamental part of our culture and society.
The British Science Association is looking to recruit talented Project Officers to help us implement our new vision and strategy. Details of our vision are on our website.

You will be a part of a team of Project Officers and will work on a small portfolio of activities and projects, which might last from a few days to several months. This is a fantastic entry level opportunity and you will work across all our programmes, transferring your time, skills and energy to different projects and priorities at different times.

Each Project Officer is overseen by the Head of Cultural Development, who will allocate tasks on a matrix basis and, day to day, you will report the Manager(s) of the project(s) you’re working on at the time. This role provides talented people with the opportunity to develop their skills and experience on a range of fast paced, high-profile projects.

This role would suit someone with six months to one year’s experience of working within the education and 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.

Full job description (pdf)

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 Monday 2 November 2015.

Interviews for this post will be held on Monday 9 November 2015; you will be informed as soon as possible after the application deadline whether or not you have been selected for interview.

We’d like the chosen candidate to take up their role on 16 November if possible.

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.

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.

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.

Candidates selected for an interview 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.

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.