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Current Vacancies (External)

ACADEMIC 

Lecturer in Spanish

Faculty of Education and Language Studies

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

circulation date : 16/04/2015

closing date : 14/05/2015

Applications are invited for a permanent lectureship post in Spanish in the Department of Languages. You will join a busy and exciting Department which produces a range of distance learning language courses for all levels of undergraduate study.

You will be working in the team that prepares and manages the materials, support, and delivery of these courses. You will contribute to the planning, writing and updating of courses and other materials in Spanish. Academic work typically includes contributing to the development and maintenance of courses, preparation of assignments and examination papers, monitoring of assessment and contact with students through forums etc.

You will be a language graduate, with a PhD in a relevant discipline, a native or near native competence in Spanish, and have the ability to communicate clearly in English. You must have experience of curriculum development and course design and be prepared to engage in research related to language teaching and learning. You should also have a strong commitment to the use of technology in language teaching and learning.

Closing date: 5.00 pm on 14 May 2015.

A start date of 1 September 2015 is anticipated for this role.

email: FELS-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 01908 332247 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 11157



Lecturer in Sport and Fitness

Faculty of Education and Language Studies

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

circulation date : 13/04/2015

closing date : 11/05/2015

We are seeking someone to join our growing and vibrant team of six staff involved in updating materials, overseeing teaching activities and active research that connects with our BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Coaching. You will contribute to supporting some 2000 students mostly in sports related employment and coaching/exercise instruction.

You will have excellent knowledge of sport and exercise science or sports studies including a good understanding of sector working practices, based on first-hand knowledge of working in higher education. You will have a strong research profile with quality publications and evidence of working with external organisations.

Your ongoing teaching will be in module development including assessment administration. You will have an excellent command of written and spoken English, and will be used to communicating, mainly though writing, to a variety of audiences online and in print.
You will have experience of having used information and communications technology to enhance learning is also required.

Closing date: 5.00 pm Monday 11 May 2015

email: FELS-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 11167



ACADEMIC RELATED 

Project Officer (Biomedical)

Faculty of Science

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

circulation date : 07/04/2015

closing date : 28/04/2015

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Project Officer to provide support in the Life Health and Chemical Science Research Laboratories. You will contribute to the research objectives of the Faculty by having responsibility for the operational running of biomedical research facilities including equipment, laboratories and health and safety. You will also contribute technically to research projects including the identification and implementation of innovative experimental techniques.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a Life Science and will have relevant experience of working in a biomedical laboratory with experience in cell culture techniques, histology and molecular biology. You will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of health and safety in a laboratory environment. You will be highly motivated and organised with the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Closing date: 28 April 2015

Interview date: to be advised

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 01908 858110 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 11154



Head of Information Security

IT Infrastructure, Information Technology, Based in Milton Keynes

£48,743 - £54,841 per annum

circulation date : 02/04/2015

closing date : 23/04/2015

The Head of Information Security plays a critical role in the running of the IT department and wider university. You will have primary responsibility for developing and managing the Information Security management program, with the overarching goal of protecting the University's students, information and information systems against potential threats.

You will have a thorough understanding of current and emerging IT threats and necessary countermeasures. You will have a strong track record in resolving the organizational and policy challenges to addressing these threats. As an experienced security professional you will also have an excellent understanding of best practice within Information Security and risk management including IT standards such as ISO 2700, PCI, CObIT and Cyber Essentials.

Closing date: Midday 23 April 2015.
Interview date: To be agreed.

email: IT-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

To express an interest in this post and to apply for further particulars please email the link above.

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


Please quote reference 11191



Curriculum Manager

Faculty of Education and Language Studies

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

circulation date : 08/04/2015

closing date : 29/04/2015

We are seeking to appoint a Curriculum Manager to work in the Language Studies Programme.

You will be working with academics and the media development teams, you will manage resources and projects to ensure that learning materials are produced and modules are delivered to students on time, to budget, and to specified quality standards. You will ensure that module teams operate within university policies and procedures and work within the framework of the qualification team.

You will have a degree or equivalent with strong language skills in French, German and/or Spanish, you will be able to deliver projects effectively under pressure. You will have experience of team working and have excellent ICT, communication and organisational skills with an ability to guide and steer a multi-disciplinary module team to successful outcomes. The role requires leadership and strong negotiation skills.

Closing date: 5.00 pm on 29 April 2015.

email: FELS-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 01908 332247 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 11150



Curriculum Manager

Faculty of Education and Language Studies

£31,342 - £37,394, pro-rata, 29.6 hours per week, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 08/04/2015

closing date : 29/04/2015

We are seeking to appoint a Curriculum Manager to work in the Language Studies Programme.

You will be working with academics and the media development teams, you will manage resources and projects to ensure that learning materials are produced and modules are delivered to students on time, to budget, and to specified quality standards. You will ensure that module teams operate within university policies and procedures and work within the framework of the qualification team.

You will have a degree or equivalent with strong language skills in French, German and/or Spanish, you will be able to deliver projects effectively under pressure. You will have experience of team working and have excellent ICT, communication and organisational skills with an ability to guide and steer a multi-disciplinary module team to successful outcomes. The role requires leadership and strong negotiation skills.

Closing date: 5.00 pm on 29 April 2015

email: FELS-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 01908 332247 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 11151



Developer

Information Technology

£31,342 to £37,394 depending on qualifications and experience, Based Milton Keynes

circulation date : 02/04/2015

closing date : 23/04/2015

This is an exciting opportunity for you as a skilled individual with experience of successful delivery of solutions in Microsoft .Net using Microsoft SharePoint to join us. We are currently using SharePoint 2010 and 2013 and are investigating Office 365 SharePoint. We are looking to widen the scope of our implementation to deliver additional business value from our investment.

You will be involved in various SharePoint and/or .Net development projects.

You will have a solid technical background and be able to demonstrate the value you have delivered via .Net or SharePoint projects previously. We are using Scrum for IT Development projects so you will preferably have experience of working using agile techniques.

Closing date: Midday 23 April 2015. Interview date: TBC

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 on 01908 653285 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 11183



Senior Producer Assessment and Recognition

Open Media Unit, Based in Milton Keynes

£38,511 to £45,954 pro-rata, Temporary contract until 31 July 2017, Part-time three days per week

circulation date : 02/04/2015

closing date : 23/04/2015

The OpenLearn website is the home of free learning from The Open University. Annually, almost 5 million people visit it to learn more about an OU/BBC broadcast, understand a subject in the news, or to try one of hundreds of free online courses. We know that their visits are inspiring, enlightening and sometimes life-changing.

We are looking for a Senior Producer (Assessment and Recognition) with knowledge of online learning and proven experience in inspiring and motivating new learners to drive a programme of assessment and recognition for informal learners on the OpenLearn website. You will need to demonstrate a passion for creating and curating learning experiences for a range of audiences.

You will be working in a team with three other Senior Producers in the Open Media Unit, with course teams, IT developers, our learning and teaching production unit and educational technologists.

You will have knowledge of managing web-based projects in an educational setting; knowledge of assessment and new developments in digital badging; and developing learning materials to inspire new learners.

Closing Date: 12 noon 23 April 2015.

Interview date: week beginning 5 May 2015.

email: chris.ryan@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 11192



Head of Test & Quality Assurance

Information Technology

£48,743 - 54841; Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 27/03/2015

closing date : 20/04/2015

We are seeking an experienced Head of Test & Quality Assurance to lead an in house test capability.

You will define and drive best practises in Quality Assurance and test and be a champion for the adoption of the Agile SDLC.

As the Head of Test & Quality Assurance you will have a background in Test Management and developing test strategies incorporating test automation and performance testing. Working across multiple delivery streams you will have experience of providing integrated testing solutions using a multitude of technologies.

You will require specific senior level experience of managing testing within a medium to large organisation, ideally in Digital/e-commerce sector. You will be familiar with Test Automation and Performance testing - Ideally with several market leading and/or opensource tools, Agile SDLC, Release Management, Continuous Integration and Delivery. Also with Strong Integration and end-to-end testing knowledge and performance improvement mind-set underpinned by strong metrics/data analysis approach. You will be experienced in line management to include Training and Mentoring.

Closing date: Midday 20 April 2015. Interview date: tbc.

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 11171



RESEARCH 

Research Assistant/Associate

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), Based in Milton Keynes

£28,695 - £37,394, Temporary contract until 30 September 2016

circulation date : 09/04/2015

closing date : 13/05/2015

Linked Open Data is a highly successful technology for promoting the sharing and use of data via the Web. A number of major players are now using Linked Data technology including: Google, Yahoo, BBC, US and UK Governments, Microsoft and Facebook. Less clear is how one can build applications on top of this ever-growing data in a well-engineered, maintainable and re-usable fashion. Over the last few years we have been investigating how to integrate service technologies with Linked Open Data. We use the term Linked Services to cover the general area that we are investigating.

In the CARRE project we are applying our work in the context of supporting patients with cardio and renal problems by combining personal monitoring and medical data with personal social media data and generic sources of ground medical knowledge. This data will be used to provide patient treatment management services based on real-time personalised visualisations.

Closing date: 13 May 2015

Interview date: to be confirmed


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 Recruitment Co-ordinator on (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 11203



Research Associate

Faculty of Education and Language Studies, Based in Milton Keynes

£31,342 - £33,242, Temporary contract for two years commencing 19 October 2015

circulation date : 02/04/2015

closing date : 30/04/2015

The Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET) is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on a two year ESRC funded project Writing in professional social work practice in a changing communicative landscape. You will work with the Principal Investigator, Professor Theresa Lillis and the Co-Investigator Dr. Maria Leedham using ethnographic and corpus methodologies to carry out research in three UK sites to explore the nature of contemporary social work written discourse and practice.

You will work as an independent researcher and as an active research team member engaged in data collection and analysis as well as writing for publication. You will also be responsible for specific and agreed aspects of project management, such as the regular maintenance of the project webpage, including managing blog entries and social media opportunities.

You will have completed a doctorate in an area of literacy studies, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics or relevant field and have experience as an independent researcher.

Closing date: 5.00 pm 30 April 2015.

email: FELS-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 01908 332247 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 11138



SUPPORT STAFF 

Curriculum Development Assistant

University Secretary's Office, Based in Milton Keynes

£21,391 - £24,057 pro rata; 18.5 hours per week, ideally spread across four or five working days

circulation date : 16/04/2015

closing date : 30/04/2015

The Curriculum Development team is looking for an experienced, flexible individual to join them. Your main duties will be to support the Head of Curriculum Development and her team, to take an active role in manipulating essential data on qualifications, and in extracting relevant data.

The team works centrally to ensure that all the University's qualifications meet the national standards and the data is accurately captured on the University's systems. This includes developing the qualification records on the new Curriculum system (Vantage), which will replace PLANET. As one of our small team has left, we are looking for another person to join us.

You will have excellent IT skills and experience of working with databases. You will be able to work as a member of a team and on your own initiative, and to demonstrate sound organisational skills as well as accuracy and attention to detail in your work.

Closing date: Noon 30 April 2015.

Interview date: week commencing 11 May 2015.



email: Univ-Sec-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 11214



Research Technician (Electron Microscope Suite)

Faculty of Science

£25,513 - £30,434, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 09/04/2015

closing date : 23/04/2015

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Technician to support biomedical research in our well-equipped Interfaculty Electron Microscope (EM) Suite. You will provide technical assistance to the EM Suite Manager to ensure the smooth running of the Suite and give training and technical assistance to biomedical post-graduate students and post-doctoral research associates

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in biological sciences and have significant experience in the techniques of light and electron microscopy. You will also have an in-depth knowledge of health and safety in EM processing and associated activities.

Closing date: 23 April 2015

Interview date: to be advised


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 01908 858110 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 11110



EXECUTIVE 

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Scholarship and Quality)

Based in Milton Keynes

c.£120k

circulation date : 09/04/2015

closing date : 08/05/2015

The Open University (OU) is a world-class institution that has established its reputation for distance learning through its use of flexible and progressive technology. One of the most important post-war innovations in higher education since its foundation in 1969, the OU is now by far the largest university in the UK, offering over 200 qualifications to around 200,000 students worldwide. The OU is unique among UK universities, in combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence and has a vibrant research and enterprise portfolio.

With the current post holder leaving after four successful years to take up a Vice-Chancellorship, this is a rare and exciting opportunity to join the OU as it launches an ambitious new research plan, and prepares for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2020. The PVC (Research, Scholarship and Quality) will take on a very broad portfolio of responsibilities, and will play a crucial role on the Vice-Chancellor's Executive.

The Role:
Lead the development and implementation of the OU's research and scholarship strategies.

Oversee the arrangements for quality assurance and enhancement for academic programmes and qualifications, and for external quality assessments.

Lead the institutional preparation for REF 2020 and the generation of external research and enterprise income.

The Candidate:
International research profile, with a track record in research leadership and an understanding of the relationship between research and scholarship.

Senior academic leader, with the communication and influencing skills to promote the research, scholarship and academic quality agendas at all levels of the OU.

Clear understanding of UK frameworks and national developments in teaching and research quality.

A briefing document can be found at the link below:-

Closing date: 8 May 2015.

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

Please quote reference 11206



OTHER 

Residential School Tutors for Face-to-Face and Online schools, OU Business

circulation date : 09/04/2015

closing date : 27/04/2015

School Residential Schools B690 August 2015, BB835 August/September 2015, B839 October/November 2015 and B716 January 2016.

The current daily rate of pay is £125.36 (including holiday pay)


We are looking for Residential School Tutors to provide academic guidance and support at OU Business School residential schools (face-to-face and online schools) running between August 2015 and January 2016.

You will be responsible for encouraging students' active participation by helping to create a learning environment in which they all feel able to contribute. You will conduct and facilitate activities and exercises as specified by the module team and summarised in the module's residential school timetable.

The Open University is only able to accept applications for Residential Schools from applicants who are resident in the UK or ROI. You may be expected to travel to overseas schools as part of their appointment.

If you need any further information, please contact the Residential Schools Team by emailing see email link below or by calling +44 (0)1908 653 235.

The recruitment period will be open from 9 April 2015 and the closing date for applications is 27 April 2015. No applications will be accepted after this date.

Equal opportunity is University policy.

email: ss-res-schools-job-applications@open.ac.uk 

Please quote reference 8633



ESPRC matched funded PhD Student

Open University / Imperial College London and Cambridge University

Based for 1 year in London and then 3 years in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 20/03/2015

closing date : 30/06/2015

Full time Ė 4 years from 1 October 2015

Nuclear Structural Integrity CDT Studentships

The Open University is working with Imperial College London and Cambridge University, in delivering a new EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) aimed at building civil nuclear skills for global markets. The Imperial-Cambridge-Open CDT (ICO-CDT) is supported with almost £4 million from the EPSRC and with the backing of a large range of companies. The ICO-CDT is led by Imperial College London and will train a large number of PhD students over the next nine years.

The primary objective of the ICO-CDT is to train a cohort of PhD students of international quality who are prepared to operate in the competitive global nuclear business and technology arenas, in addition to delivering high-impact research. Students will spend the first year of a four-year programme based at Imperial College in South Kensington, London, studying towards a Masterís degree. The OU PhD students will then transition to research with The Open University. Successful students following that path will emerge with a PhD degree from the OU and an Imperial College Masterís degree.

The Open University can offer several industry (Rolls-Royce, AREVA, EDF Energy) co-sponsored structural integrity related Research Projects this year (2015) including:

1. Preventing Failure of Weldments at High Temperature
2. Creep Studies using 2D and 3D Digital Image Correlation
3. Stresses Developed upon Precipitation of a Hydride Phase in Cerium
4. Near Surface Residual Stresses from Manufacturing
5. Post Weld Heat Treatment of Nuclear Pressure Vessels & Pipework

A full list of projects can be found on the ICO-CDT website with contact details for further information.

Applications should be made through the How to apply:- ICO-CDT website

Deadline for applications is midnight on 30 June 2015

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.


Please quote reference 8611



2015 full-time studentships - Department of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Science, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 15/12/2014

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 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



PhD studentships in Space Science

circulation date : 08/12/2014

Thought of doing a PhD in Space Science?

The Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI) is looking for outstanding graduates who have, or are expecting, a good honours degree in physics, electrical engineering or a related subject to join their team.


The CEI at the Open University campus is able to offer up to 6 fully-funded, full-time PhD studentships to work
on a variety of projects in space instrumentation, from ESA missions (Athena, Euclid and PLATO) to CubeSats and sounding rockets. Scientists from the Department of Physical Sciences at the OU have a long history in developing space instrumentation, including most recently the Ptolemy instrument on Rosetta's Philae lander.

Many of the PhD students in the CEI are also co-sponsored by industry. Our main industrial sponsor, e2v technologies,
has been trusted to design and deliver imaging sensors and sub-systems for over 150 space missions by the world's
largest space agencies, including NASA and ESA. Recently they helped guide Rosetta to comet 67P with e2v sensors
capturing the most amazing images ever taken of a comet and they provided ESA with 106 CCDs for the ESA GAIA
mission's focal plane. These industrial co-sponsored positions are part of the RCUK CASE studentship scheme.

We are looking for students to join our cutting-edge research programmes. Our studentships are designed to give
experience outside a purely academic environment with joint supervision by academics and experienced engineers in
industry. Students completing the PhD training possess transferable skills and the expertise gained leads to
successful careers within industry, research or the space agencies.

If you are interested in doing a PhD in Space Science, get in touch for further information or to register your interest by emailing cei@open.ac.uk

Find out more about the CEI and e2v at www.open.ac.uk/cei and www.e2v.com.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications fromall sections of the community

email: Science-Research-Degrees@open.ac.uk 

Please quote reference Studentship 8419