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These are job opportunities which have been posted in the last 7 days.

Current Vacancies (External)

ACADEMIC 

Lecturer in Earth Science

Faculty of Science - Department of Environment, Earth & Ecosystems

38,511 - 45,954 , Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 10/12/2014

closing date : 07/01/2015

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer with an established teaching and/or research profile in igneous processes with main research interests in one or more of the following areas: Earth systems, intracrustal processes, geochemistry, geochronology, geochemistry, radiogenic isotopes, and/or volcanic processes.

You will contribute to the design and delivery of OU modules at undergraduate level in Earth Science and will be expected to develop a strong teaching and research portfolio. You should have a strong track record in research and demonstrable research impact commensurate with the stage of your career, and you must be committed to the principles of equality and diversity in the teaching of science.

We welcome applications from individuals with industrial or teaching experience in economic geology and/or GIS, and from those with an interest in pedagogical research in Earth Sciences (focusing on innovative online and distance learning and teaching methodologies).

Closing date: 7 January 2015

email: science-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on +44 (0)1908 659672 or by email science-recruitment@open.ac.uk

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.



Please quote reference 10830



ACADEMIC RELATED 

Evaluation Officer - National Network for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO)

Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP)

31,342 - 37,394

circulation date : 19/12/2014

closing date : 15/01/2015

Temporary Contract until July 2016 - Based in Milton Keynes

Do you have excellent evaluation skills, an eye for detail and proven analytical and project management skills?

CICP are looking for an Evaluation Officer for a new project funded by HEFCE to develop national networks for collaborative outreach. The unit manages a number of strategic relationships with national organisations who share the University's commitment to widening access and social inclusion through the development of the Social Partnerships Network (SPN). SPN have developed a vision and an action plan. The funding from HEFCE to support National Networks for Collaborative Outreach is to enhance further the work of SPN.

The OU NNCO will focus on three strands of activity - management of the development of an online portal, management of the development of tailored learning guides and evaluation and tracking. The Evaluation Officer (NNCO) will take the lead on the tracking and evaluation strand. The role will make particular use of the national Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) service, to provide insight into the impact of the Social Partnership Network.

You will need to have a first degree, or equivalent professional qualification or comparable work experience. We are looking for someone who has excellent research, analytical, organisational and planning skills and an ability to problem solve and explain complex information.
If you would like to discuss the position please contact Julie Gowen, (Head of External Development), CICP (julie.gowen@open.ac.uk)

Closing date: Midday Thursday 15th January 2015

email: CICP-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (CICP-Recruitment@open.ac.uk).

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.



Please quote reference 10859



Staffing Manager

Marketing Unit

31,342 - 37,394, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 18/12/2014

closing date : 05/01/2015

The Marketing unit needs an experienced, organised and customer focussed Staffing Manager.

In this varied role you will be responsible for the initiation, implementation and management of all staffing functions, policies and processes/procedures and protocols for the Unit. This includes recruitment, selection, induction, Career Development and Staff Appraisal (CDSA), rewards, re-gradings and training & development plans.

You will be the Unit's point of contact with Central HR for staffing administration matters arising within Marketing and you will be providing day-to-day planning for and management of the staffing functions of the Unit, including co-ordinating the Unit's resource plan and staff budget.

To be successful in this role you must have experience of working as part of a team in an HR environment in a large, complex organisation. You will need strong organisation, administration and communication skills with the ability to interpret and communicate detail with clarity and confidence.

Closing date: 6 January 2015

Interview date: 12 to 16 January 2015

email: Marketing-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.



Please quote reference 10838



Head of Student Fees

Student Recruitment & Fees, Based in Milton Keynes

48,743-68,000 (inclusive of Market Related Pay supplement, which is subject to review)

circulation date : 10/12/2014

closing date : 09/01/2015

This is a key position within the Student Fees office, responsible for leading a range of financial support, specialist student recruitment services and for managing the University's relationship with a range of funding bodies (for example, the Student Loans Company).

You will be required to manage day-to-day operations and lead a change programme designed to enhance service delivery. This is a challenging role requiring outstanding operational and staff management skills, forecasting and planning expertise and the ability to develop service quality and operational efficiency. You will have excellent communication skills and substantial experience in relationship management at senior levels. This role will provide you with the opportunity to shape and develop the service and to contribute to University financial support policy and strategy at a time of major change in the financing of higher education.

Closing date for completed applications: 9 January 2015.

Interview dates: To be confirmed

email: marketing-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10756



Head of Training, Quality and Knowledge Management

Student Recruitment & Fees

48,743 - 54,841, Based in Milton Keynes with occasional travel to Manchester and Nottingham

circulation date : 10/12/2014

closing date : 08/01/2015

The decision to study a Higher Education course is, for our students, probably the biggest purchasing decision of their life. It represents an important investment in time and money but more importantly it has the potential to transform their life. Staff working within Student Recruitment and Fees (SRF) undertakes a crucial role for the University, through the provision of information, advice, and guidance to students on their course choices and funding. The team is c. 400 strong and consists of Advisors and Operational Staff who are responsible for supporting students through the various stages of the student journey.

You will be an experienced Senior Manager, willing to lead and manage all aspects of Training, Quality and Knowledge Management within SRF. You will be responsible for quality monitoring, risk, control and audit, the provision of operational training and continuous improvement, and the implementation and ongoing maintenance of a knowledge management tool. You should be able to collaborate well with, and contribute value to the wider SRF Management team. You will bring strong leadership skills and modern management techniques to the team and you will utilise your experience to ensure that SRF delivers the best possible experience to students and enquirers, as well as achieving related targets.

Closing date: 8 January 2015.

Interview date: To be confirmed


email: marketing-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10860



Development Team Leader

Information Technology, Based in Milton Keynes

Up to 45,954,

circulation date : 18/12/2014

closing date : 08/01/2015

We are looking for a versatile, business-focused Development Team Leader to work on business change projects in the Development section of the IT department. You will bring your considerable technical and Agile expertise to bear on developing the next generation of the OU's systems with an emphasis on re-engineering the University's build and release systems. You will use your considerable experience of configuring and building enterprise level .Net applications to create a sustainable build and release platform within a Team Foundation Server (TFS) environment.

You will have experience of managing a multidisciplinary development team, practicing Agile/Scrum background, in a development environment of C#.NET preferably in the .NET 4 Framework. You will have practical experience of build and configuration management is essential as is a solid background in Team Foundation Server, especially within build and release management. Automated testing using tools such as NUnit and Selenium and familiarity with Entity Framework, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and enabling technologies, particularly WCF are also expected.

Highly desirable is experience of working within Enterprise Release Management.

A good knowledge of Oracle is also desirable but it is essential that you will have a good knowledge of working with Relational Database technologies.

It is important that anyone interested in this role should enjoy working collaboratively, and have a flexible approach

Closing date: Midday 8 January 2015.

Interview date: To be agreed


email: it-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10873



Project Officer (JUICE - Image Sensor Scientist)

e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging - Faculty of Science

31,342 - 37,394 p.a.

circulation date : 11/12/2014

closing date : 08/01/2015

Based in Milton Keynes - Temporary contract for 12 months

We are seeking an Image Sensor Scientist to work on the characterisation of a new CMOS image sensor for the JANUS high resolution camera, part of the payload on board the forthcoming JUICE spacecraft by the European Space Agency to study Jupiter and its moons Ganymede, Europa and Callisto. You will join a vibrant team of scientists and engineers at the e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging and will play a key role in the electro-optical and radiation characterisation of the new sensor.

You will have a good understanding of and experience in electro-optical characterisation of image sensors, data acquisition systems and data analysis. A degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. electronic engineering or physics) is required, and a working knowledge of CMOS image sensors, radiation damage effects in semiconductors and analogue electronics is desirable.

You will be based in Milton Keynes, working closely with our industrial collaborators e2v Ltd., and our international partners the European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Space Agency (DLR). Good team working and inter-personal skills will be required, including the ability to travel to attend meetings in the UK and Europe.

Closing date: 8 January 2015
Interview date: To be confirmed

email: science-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on +44 (0) 1908 858110 or email science-recruitment@open.ac.uk.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10897



Head of Architecture

Information Technology, Based in Milton Keynes

Salary up to 86,545 (inclusive of Market Related Pay supplement, which is subject to review)

circulation date : 16/12/2014

closing date : 16/01/2015

We are seeking a business-focussed, innovative and pragmatic Head of Architecture to join our IT team here at the Open University. This is an exciting opportunity to set and deliver an architecture vision that will lead the University into its next chapter.

This is a challenging time for the Higher Education sector which is seeing significant changes in state funding. The entry of more private providers has also increased the consumer power of fee-paying students, placing a premium on service delivery and cost efficiency. The University is well placed to respond to these challenges and the Architecture team will play a crucial role in enabling the University to adapt and be successful in this changing environment.

The University technology landscape is unique and diverse, from innovative digital content distribution and advanced virtual learning environments to traditional university administration systems. The operation of the University is heavily dependent upon technology requiring robust, enterprise-scale IT systems.

You will be required to play a key role in transforming the IT capability of the University. You will understand the strategic priorities of the University and create an architecture vision to meet them. You will manage a team of Solution and Data Architects as they design the systems to deliver the vision. In addition, you will be responsible for applying appropriate governance to ensure that technology changes move the University towards the vision.

You will be a thought leader with a broad technology background, with excellent stakeholder and management skills. You will have demonstrable experience of managing architecture teams, improving architecture capability, using TOGAF and delivering IT strategy. Your background will include solution and enterprise architecture as well as technology delivery.

Closing date: Midday 16 January 2015

email: IT-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10955



Financial Accountant

Finance Division

38,511 to 45,954, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 17/12/2014

closing date : 15/01/2015

The Open University is one of the UK's most respected national institutions and the market leader in distance higher education. Since 1971, it has been inspiring learning and creating opportunities for all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential, whatever their previous academic attainments. It has demonstrated excellence in research and teaching and confirmed its enormous reach through its use of open educational resources.

Following an internal move we are now looking for a CCAB qualified Accountant to produce the University's consolidated Financial Statements and manage the general ledger system.

You will have experience in financial accounting, familiarity with a major accounting package, excellent IT skills and good communication skills are essential. You will have experience in management accounting and systems development are desirable.

Closing date: 15 January 2015

Interview date: W/C 26 January 2015



email: Finance-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10916



Insight Manager

Marketing

38,511 - 45,954, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 18/12/2014

closing date : 08/01/2015

You will be joining a team based within the Strategic Marketing Services Sub-unit of Marketing; the Insight Manager will be responsible for defining, commissioning, managing and completing high quality market research and data analysis using appropriate methodologies and techniques.

You will be working effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, data sources, and clients you will develop and communicate insights and accurately identify, scale and prioritise opportunities meeting both specific client needs and overarching university-wide strategic objectives on time and to the required standard.

We are looking for someone with substantial experience of leading primary and secondary, research and analysis projects in the public or education sectors. You will be able to demonstrate excellent Qualitative and Quantitative Research, Data analysis, interpersonal, project management and presentation skills and the ability to project manage multiple work streams to time and budget.

You are likely to hold Market Research Society membership or equivalent and will have shown a clear commitment to your own professional development

Closing date: 8 January 2015

Interview date: To be confirmed

email: marketing-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10731



RESEARCH 

Research Associates in HCI and Ubiquitous Computing

Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

28,695 to 37,394 depending on experience

circulation date : 18/12/2014

closing date : 15/01/2015

Based in Milton Keynes
Fixed term contract to 31 Dec 2016


The Computing and Communications Department at The Open University is looking for 3 Research Associates in HCI or Ubiquitous Computing, to contribute to the smart city project MK:Smart (www.mksmart.org) with a focus on Energy management and behaviour change, Urban mobility and behaviour change and Human-Data Interaction.

These positions are an exciting opportunity to conduct research and create impact in an internationally recognised smart city project in collaboration with leading global companies such as E.On, BT and Tech Mahindra.

You should have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and ideally a track record of relevant publications in HCI or Ubiquitous Computing.

You should have a strong background in experimental research with either a systems or HCI focus. You will be joining an internationally renowned and multidisciplinary team spanning HCI, ubiquitous computing, urban computing, data visualization and data analytics.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and may be addressed to Prof Gerd Kortuem (email: gerd.kortuem@open.ac.uk)

Closing date: noon on Thursday 15 January 2015

email: MCT-Staffing@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (link above).

Please quote reference 10934



SUPPORT STAFF 

Regional Services Assistant

The Open University in the South West, Based in Bristol

18,549 - 20,781 pro rata, Temporary until 31 July 2015, Part Time 18.5 hours' mornings only

circulation date : 18/12/2014

closing date : 02/01/2015

We are seeking a versatile person to join the Regional Services Team in the mornings only, providing services and support to a range of staff, students, external customers and tutors.

Your duties will encompass a range of administrative tasks, including reception, venue audits and degree ceremony.

You will be educated to GCSE level or equivalent and ideally have appropriate experience of working in an educational and/or customer-facing role but training will be given. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be highly competent in the use of IT. You will be enthusiastic, highly motivated and able to work flexibly across a range of duties including reception.

CVs on their own will not be accepted.

Closing date: 12 Noon, 2 January 2015

Interview date: 12 January 2015

email: R03-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10925



Senior Administration Assistant

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), Based in Milton Keynes

21,391 -24,057, Temporary contract until 31 December 2016

circulation date : 18/12/2014

closing date : 09/01/2015

The Open University's Knowledge Media Institute has an opening for an experienced person to take on the role of Senior Administration Assistant. You will be adaptable to the unique environment and demands of a high-profile research laboratory, which requires a degree of flexibility and initiative to cope with fluctuating workload and non-routine activity.

You will have agreed clear objectives and well-defined guidelines and boundaries within which to work, you will be required to prioritise and schedule tasks and to exercise judgement and initiative in discharging your duties, liaising with the appropriate networks to ensure timely dissemination of information.

Closing date: 9 January 2015.

email: kmi-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the KMi Recruitment Co-ordinator on +44 (0)1908 654774 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.



Please quote reference 10921



OTHER 

2015 full-time studentships - Department of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Science, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 15/12/2014

closing date :

The Science Faculty invites applications for full-time studentships; projects are divided into different categories based on the disciplines and the range of backgrounds expected from applicants:
- Physics
- Astronomy
- Planetary and Space Sciences
- Space Instrumentation
- Cosmochemistry


We have a number of full-time quota studentships funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) as well as other earmarked studentships funded by the University and industry.

The three-year research studentships provide a maintenance grant of £13,863 per year (2014 rate) and all academic fees are covered.

Scientific proposals for each of the PhD projects, along with information about training, the department and how to apply can be found at the following address:

http://www.open.ac.uk/science/physical-science/job-and-studentshipopportunities/studentshipsphd-opportunities

Shortlisting from the first set of applicants will take place in February 2015 with the first round of interviews taking place in late February/early March 2015.

If you would like to apply then please send a completed application form (see below), an up to date CV, list of individual courses taken and grades obtained, plus any other relevant information that you think may support your case for consideration, together with an indication of project(s) of interest, to the contacts listed against individual projects above or to science-research-degrees@open.ac.uk

General enquiries re PhDs in the Department of Physical Sciences to be directed to the postgraduate tutors: Dr Mahesh Anand (Mahesh.anand@open.ac.uk) and Dr Silvia Bergamini (silvia.bergamini@open.ac.uk)

Closing Date: ongoing

Equal opportunity is University policy.

email: science-research-degrees@open.ac.uk 

Please quote reference Studentships 8436