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ACADEMIC 

  none currently available


ACADEMIC RELATED 

Human Resources Partner

Human Resources Division, Based in Milton Keynes

£31,342 - £37,394, Temporary maternity cover until end of July 2016

circulation date : 27/03/2015

closing date : 10/04/2015

We have an opportunity for an interim HR Partner to join our team of HR professionals providing advice and guidance to our clients.

With a relevant CIPD or equivalent HR qualification you will have substantial experience in all aspects of generalist HR including recruitment, selection, performance management and absence management. You will also need to be confident in the use of change management techniques.

If you can demonstrate an understanding of business drivers and have experience of working in a partnership role to deliver an outcome-focussed service, we would like to hear from you.

For detailed information, and how to apply, please contact Tracey Fitzgerald on the email link below:-

Closing date: Noon 10 April 2015

email: TF@wallacehind.com Tracey Fitzgerald

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


Please quote reference 11005



Test Team Lead x 2

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 27/03/2015

closing date : 17/04/2015

We are seeking a number of experienced Test Team Leads to lead matrix test teams within our in house capability, which is currently undergoing a transformation to an Agile SDLC.

You will lead the testing activities on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that they are on track and being delivered to the required level of quality.

As Test Team Lead you will be able to use a variety of testing techniques, methodologies and tools to deliver high quality Agile driven software testing. You will be familiar with manual and automated testing, including the building of automated test frameworks using Selenium.

You will require experience In overseeing test preparation and test execution within an Agile SDLC. Utilisation and administration of appropriate test tooling (Microsoft Test Manager, TFS, and Selenium) ensuring that defined success criteria is adhered too. You will be driving the adaptation of automated test tooling within SCRUM teams. ISEB/ISTQB Foundation certificate in software testing is required.

Closing date: Midday 17 April 2014. 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 11174



Development Team Leader

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 24/03/2015

closing date : 14/04/2015

We are looking for a versatile, business-focused Developer and Team Leader to work on business change projects in the Student Systems Development section of the IT department. You will bring considerable technical and Agile expertise to bear on developing the next generation of the Open University (OU) systems.

You will have experience of working with a multidisciplinary development team is a requirement, practising Agile/Scrum in a development environment of C#.NET, preferably in the .NET 4 Framework.

You will also have a good knowledge of Oracle is also desirable but it is essential to have a good knowledge of working with Relational Database technologies. Experience of JavaScript is desirable.

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

Closing date 14 April 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 11164



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



Test Manager

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 27/03/2015

closing date : 17/04/2015

We are seeking an experienced Test Manager to join our in house testing capability, which is currently undergoing a transformation to an Agile SDLC.

You will drive the capability of the team and also shape the testing practice in line with projected demand for the test function and changing business needs. You will be managing multiple testing projects within a shared complex architecture, resulting in the need to resolve environment contention issues.

You will act as an advocate for the importance of the testing function across the business and in the adoption of the Agile SDLC. You will drive the further adoption of testing automation, including complex frameworks using a multitude of tools.

You will require specific senior level experience of Test Management within an Agile SDLC. You will be experienced in introducing and managing Quality Assurance processes. ISEB/ISTQB Advanced Test Manager Certificate would be desirable.

Closing date: Midday 17 April 2014. 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 11176



Lead Developer

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 24/03/2015

closing date : 14/04/2015

We are looking for a versatile, business-focused, Service Orientated Architecture (SOA)SOA developer to work on business change projects in the Development section of the IT department. You will bring their technical and expertise to bear on developing the next generation of the Open University (OU) systems with an emphasis on providing excellent middleware development.

You will be working in a development team designing, developing, deploying, testing and maintaining technical assets in an SOA environment, e.g., Service Business Adapters, web services and integration, therefore you require demonstrable experience in these areas.

You will have demonstrable familiarity with SOA technology design and implementation, strong Java/J2EE, JMS, XML, XSLT, XQUERY, XSD, SOAP, REST, WSDL are also required as is experience of Automated testing.

You will also have experience of Oracle Fusion Middleware and hands on expertise with Oracle Service Bus but this is not essential.

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

Closing date: 14 April 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 11165



Developer

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 24/03/2015

closing date : 14/04/2015

The Open University's IT Development team are looking for a Developer experienced in .NET technologies. The role includes analysing and applying code changes to the software applications managed by the area, including the university's student enquiry websites, administration systems, and enterprise content management solution and media creation applications. You will need experience in software development using .NET and XML, and Javascript. Knowledge of Java programming and content management principles would be an advantage as would working to Agile principles.

Closing date: 14 April 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 11163



Senior IT Project Manager

Information Technology

£48,743 - £54,841, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 24/03/2015

closing date : 14/04/2015

We are looking for a Senior IT Project Manager to work within the IT Project Services function, reporting to the Head of Operational Delivery. This role is to provide dynamic leadership to a large and diverse portfolio of projects and will include the management of a team of IT Project Managers.

The role requires a high degree of leadership, excellent technical knowledge and a managerial perspective to work effectively across the University. You will be responsible for providing services and delivering value to the organisation's portfolio of strategic IT projects by making an active contribution to all aspects of planning; providing guidelines, scheduling, estimating, cost management and risk assessment.

You will have demonstrable and proven experience of planning and managing a portfolio of medium to large IT projects and excellent organisational ability is essential. You will need to evidence innovative leadership and management skills and an ability to drive change to completion.

You will be fully conversant with best practice project management methodologies; both waterfall and agile, and you must have demonstrable experience of successful delivery of complex IT systems, working both with internal and external stakeholders.

You will work closely with other IT managers in a matrix environment, so must have strong communication skills and be able to build relationships across departmental and organisational boundaries. An ability to influence and negotiate with colleagues outside of the immediate team is essential.

Closing date: 14 April 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 11160



Developer

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 24/03/2015

closing date : 14/04/2015

We are looking for a versatile, business-focused front end developer to work on business change projects in the Development section of the IT department. You will bring your technical and expertise to bear on developing the next generation of the Open University (OU) systems with an emphasis on providing excellent web design and development.

You will have experience of working in a development environment comprising C#.NET preferably in the .NET 4 Framework. Strong jQuery and JavaScript skills as well as the ability to build XHTML and HTML5 compliant mark-up and a good understanding of CSS2/CSS are also required. Experience of 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.

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 14 April 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 11162



IT Project Managers x 3

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 24/03/2015

closing date : 14/04/2015

We are seeking three highly skilled hands-on IT Project Managers with a genuine track record of successful project delivery on a broad range of complex and varied project assignments.

You will ideally be self-motivated individuals who relish the challenge presented by change projects which deliver real and tangible bottom-line value. Working within a team of professional IT Project Managers in a matrixes environment to deliver projects through the full project lifecycle, candidates should be strong team players and communicators who can confidently drive projects forward.

Although experience of successful project delivery using Agile and waterfall methods will be highly advantageous, of equal relevance will be the candidates' drive and determination to develop and enhance their Project Management skills. You will also need to demonstrate excellent influencing, negotiation and relationship-building skills with a positive, delivery-focussed can-do attitude.

Closing date: 14 April 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 11159



RESEARCH 

  none currently available


SUPPORT STAFF 

Test Analyst x 8

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 27/03/2015

closing date : 17/04/2015

We are seeking a number of experienced Test Analysts to join our in house testing capability, which is currently undergoing a transformation to an Agile SDLC.

You will be working within Agile SCRUM teams as part of a mixed manual/automation based test delivery. Under the direction of the test team lead, you will undertake test analysis, execution, reporting and defect management duties. There will be occasions when you will need to be self-autonomous and the testing SME within the SCRUM team

You will have experience In hands-on testing of functional testing including System, SIT, UAT and regression testing, both manual and automated. You will also have an awareness of modern testing methodologies, practices and approaches and strong understanding of the Agile SDLC. You will be reviewing success criteria for accuracy, clarity and completeness. You will test tooling including the test management and automation tools (Microsoft Test Manager, TFS, Selenium). An ISEB or ISTQB Foundation Certificate in software testing or equivalent qualification is desirable.

Closing date: Midday 17 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 11170



Personal Assistant to the Dean

Faculty of Business and Law

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

circulation date : 19/03/2015

closing date : 07/04/2015

We are seeking an experienced Personal Assistant to support the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law.
This role forms part of the Dean's office and is crucial in ensuring the daily business of the Dean is handled efficiently, working with other parts of the Faculty and wider University.

You will have proven communication, administrative and organisational skills are a prerequisite. You will need to build extensive knowledge of the organisation and understand the aims and objectives of the Faculty. You will handle critical and complex information and so discretion and confidentiality are essential as well as a desire to deliver excellent service. Inter-personal skills with experience of building good working relationships and dealing with people at all levels is required.

Closing date for electronic applications: Midday on 7 April 2015

Interview date: 29 April 2015

Please note CVs only will not be accepted.

email: oubs-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 11128



EXECUTIVE 

  none currently available


OTHER 

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



PhD Studentship - Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

The Robert Beevers Memorial Studentship in association with Development, Policy and Practice Group

circulation date : 08/01/2015

closing date : 31/03/2015

A full-time funded PhD Studentship commencing October 2015
Approximate annual stipend of £13,863
Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology Department of Engineering and Innovation


The Open University has a well-established research degrees programme with nearly 1200 postgraduate research students working on a wide range of projects. The Development Policy and Practice Group (DPP) is the institutional home of Development Studies and Development Management within the Open University. DPP has an active and highly regarded graduate school. We are very keen to encourage graduates to undertake research that informs policy and practice in ways that will have positive effects on their organisations and contribute to development more widely.

Following a generous donation from the Robert Beevers Memorial Fund, the Group is seeking well qualified candidates to study towards a PhD in one of the following areas:

- The politics of innovation and development, especially emerging models of innovation; state-industry relations or public action for innovation and development

- The socio-technical analysis of engineering and development, including the practices of engineers working in development

- Innovation systems and technical capability in developing countries, including regulation in healthcare industries

- Migration, development and innovation

This opportunity is only open to candidates holding an Open University qualification in a relevant subject area AND they come from a developing country/LMIC.

In addition to the Open University's application documents candidates should provide an excellent 3-4 page research proposal that maps on to one of the above key areas. The proposed research should have demonstrable and practical impact for development, result in policy oriented and practical publications as well as research outputs and be able to feed into policy networks either in the UK and/or internationally. The successful candidate will be expected to engage with the funders about their research.

Interested?
Please visit the following web site for further information on applying to the Open University and an application form. Please note, this is a full-time 3 year studentship and you would be required to live in the UK close to the university campus in Milton Keynes. It covers all fees, living expenses and fieldwork costs.
http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/index.htm

Further information on DPP may be found at http://dpp.open.ac.uk/

Closing date for applications: 31st March 2015

Please send applications to Donna Deacon e-mail: MCT-EI-Research@openmail.open.ac.uk

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

email: MCT-EI-Research@openmail.open.ac.uk 

Please quote reference 8457



PhD Studentships, Department of Computing and Communications

A full-time funded PhD Studentship commencing October 2015,

Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

circulation date : 05/02/2015

closing date : 07/04/2015

Approximate annual stipend of £13,863

The Department of Computing and Communications at The Open University invites applications for full-time PhD studentships starting in October 2015.

The Department's research revolves around the following areas: Language, Multimedia and Network technologies; Human-Centered Computing; Design and Software Engineering; and Technology Education. Studentships are attached to specific research projects within these areas. In addition, there are two studentships dedicated to work with Professor Andrea Zisman, in the area of Adaptation of Software Systems and Secure Software Engineering (for more information please see http://www9.open.ac.uk/mct-cc/people/andrea.zisman).

These are full-time three-year studentships and you would be required to live in the UK and usually within commuting distance of the Milton Keynes OU campus. Successful applicants will be allocated office space and computer facilities in the Department and receive funding for research expenses, training and conference participation.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who have a good honours degree at a minimum of 2:1 or equivalent in a related subject. Ideally you will have prior experience of academic research, possibly at Masters level or beyond.

Your application should comprise a 600-1000 words research proposal and a covering letter outlining your suitability for your chosen project. We must also receive a completed application form, your CV, copies of relevant degree certificates and transcripts and a copy of your SELTS test results (if applicable), before we can consider your application.

You are strongly encouraged to make contact with potential supervisors in the Department to discuss your research proposal prior to applying.

Interviews will form part of the selection process and are to be held in May 2015 in person (preferred) or via web conference. PhD applicants are expected to give a 10 minute presentation about their proposal and its fit with the Department's research, followed by a question and answer session.

Studentships will be awarded based on academic excellence and potential for future achievement, as demonstrated by both your application and interview.

The closing date for applications is midday GMT on 7 April 2015

All enquiries to the Research Degrees Admission Tutor, Dr Lucia Rapanotti (lucia.rapanotti@open.ac.uk)

Please quote the following reference in your application: PhD-CC-2015.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy

email: lucia.rapanotti@open.ac.uk 

All enquiries to the Research Degrees Admission Tutor, Dr Lucia Rapanotti (lucia.rapanotti@open.ac.uk)

Please quote reference 8552



PhD studentship to start in October 2015

Department of Life Health and Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Science

Based in Milton Keynes (The Open University)

circulation date : 17/03/2015

closing date : 16/04/2015

This three-year research studentship is partly externally funded and partly funded by the Faculty of Science at The Open University and provide a maintenance grant of £14, 057 per year (2015 rate) - all academic fees (at UK/EU level) are covered.

Full-time PhD Studentship - Ref: 8608C

Title: Mechanisms of nanoparticle toxicity in normal and tumour cells

Supervisors: Jon Golding, Katja Rietdorf (Open University), Meike Roskamp (Midatech)

Nanoparticles are becoming increasingly investigated as chemotherapeutic delivery systems, theranostics, and radiosensitisers. However, the intrinsic toxicity of many nanoparticle formulations is often overlooked. In this study, the student will elucidate the mechanisms of gold nanoparticle uptake and toxicity in a variety of cell lines, with the possibility to extend the work into preclinical animal models.

You will have a good first degree in biology, cell biology, physiology or a related subject and be keen to contribute to research into cancer biology. Practical experience in cell culture, confocal microscopy, calcium imaging, and FACS analysis would be an advantage, but not essential. The project will start as soon as possible after 1 October 2015. For informal enquiries about this project, please contact Dr Jon Golding, Department of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences at The Open University by email on jon.golding@open.ac.uk

Please send an email/letter together with your CV and a completed application form (attached) and a personal statement (outlining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date), to the following mailbox: see email link below by 16 April 2015 or by post to the Research Co-ordinator, Science Deanery, K Block, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA.

Shortlisting will take place during the week of 21 April 2015 with the interviews following during the week of 5 May 2015.

Closing Date: 16 April 2015

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

Equal Opportunity is University Policy


Please quote reference 8608C



2 AHRC funded PhD Studentships

Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology/Faculty of Arts, Based in Milton Keynes

Full time - 3 years from 1 October 2015, Approximate stipend of £13,726

circulation date : 16/03/2015

closing date : 17/04/2015

Empowering Design Practices: historic places of worship as catalysts for connecting communities

Two PhD studentships are offered in connection to Empowering Design Practices: historic places of worship as catalysts for connecting communities. This £1.5m research project is funded by AHRC for five years.

The project aims to explore how community-led design (CLD) practices can help empower those that look after historic places of worship to engage effectively with their communities and develop their creative capacity, to think 'designerly' and to realise inclusive and sustainable places.

The project is a collaborative partnership between the Open University and organisations outside the Higher Education sector including English Heritage, the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, Heritage Lottery Fund, The Glass-House Community Led Design as well as design professionals and consultants from the design and heritage sectors.

The first PhD studentship is focused on 'The architectural profession and its engagement with historic places of worship in England 1945 to the present' and will be based in Arts Faculty (Art History Department). The second PhD is focused on 'Empowerment in community-led design practices' and will be based in Mathematics, Computing and Technology (Design Group).

General guidance about studying for a research degree at the Open University can be found on the link below:-

For any enquiries contact Theodore Zamenopoulos on the email link below:-

Deadline for applications is midnight on 17 April 2015.

email: t.zamenopoulos@open.ac.uk Enquiries only

Further details about the PhD studentships and how to apply are available on the link above.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy



Please quote reference 8607



PhD studentship to start in October 2015

Department of Life Health and Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Science

Based in Milton Keynes (The Open University)

circulation date : 17/03/2015

closing date : 16/04/2015

This three-year research studentship is partly externally funded and partly funded by the Faculty of Science at The Open University and provide a maintenance grant of £14, 057 per year (2015 rate) - all academic fees (at UK/EU level) are covered.

Full-time PhD Studentship - ref: 8608A

Title: Role of endothelial-derived vesicular MiRNAs on neuroinflammationSupervisors: Nacho Romero, Cheryl Hawkes, Mark Hirst (Open University), Basil Sharrack (University of Sheffield)

Intercellular communication between immune cells and tissue-resident cells is essential to coordinate an effective immune response and involves both cell-contact dependent and independent processes that ensure the transfer of information between bystander and distant cells. There is a rapidly growing body of evidence on the pivotal role of extracellular vesicles (EVs) in cell communication and these structures are emerging as important mediators for immune modulation upon delivery of their molecular cargo. In the last decade, EVs have been shown to be efficient carriers of genetic information, including microRNAs, that can be transferred between cells and regulate gene expression and function on the recipient cell. However, little is known about regulation of cellular function by EVs at the blood-brain barrier (BBB), the main route of entry of immune cells into the central nervous system (CNS), in pathological conditions. We have recently shown that EVs isolated from MS patients induce blood-brain barrier dysfunction, characterised by leakiness of the barrier, in a human culture model and that the microRNA profile of brain endothelium undergoes profound changes in inflammation. Thus, the proposed project will investigate the role of microRNAs secreted in EVs in activation of brain endothelium and subsequent leukocyte migration, using a range of techniques including cell transfection, time-lapse video imaging, immunolabelling, confocal and electron microscopy. You will have a good first degree in biology, cell biology, neuroscience or a related subject and be keen to contribute to research into neurovascular biology. Practical experience in cell biology and/or microscopy would be an advantage, but not essential. The project will start as soon as possible after 1 October 2015. For informal enquiries about this project, please contact Dr Nacho Romero, Department of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences at The Open University by email on nacho.romero@open.ac.uk

Please send an email/letter together with your CV and a completed application form (attached) and a personal statement (outlining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date), to the following mailbox: see email link below:- by 16 April 2015 or by post to the Research Co-ordinator, Science Deanery, K Block, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA.

Shortlisting will take place during the week of 21 April 2015 with the interviews following during the week of 5 May 2015.

Closing Date: 16 April 2015

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

Equal Opportunity is University Policy


Please quote reference 8608A



PhD studentship to start in October 2015

Department of Life Health and Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Science

Based in Milton Keynes (The Open University)

circulation date : 17/03/2015

closing date : 16/04/2015

This three-year research studentship is partly externally funded and partly funded by the Faculty of Science at The Open University and provide a maintenance grant of £14, 057 per year (2015 rate) - all academic fees (at UK/EU level) are covered.

Full-time PhD Studentship - Ref: 8608B

Title: Intracellular processing of calcium phosphate nanoparticles in health and in Crohn's Disease

Supervisors: Martin Bootman and Katja Rietdorf (Open University), Jonathan Powell and Nuno Faria (MRC Human Nutrition Research Unit, Cambridge)

We recently described a new pathway for antigen handling in the gastrointestinal tract, which involves the formation of calcium phosphate nanoparticles (Powell et al., Nature Nanotechnology; 2015). Calcium and phosphate ions in the mid-distal small bowel precipitate and trap luminal macromolecules like protein antigen and bacterial peptidoglycan. The result is the formation macromolecule filled calcium phosphate nanoparticles, which are scavenged by the gut epithelium and passed to underlying antigen-presenting cells where they have important physiological effects. This studentship seeks to address the questions of (a) how the calcium phosphate nanoparticles are handled normally by phagocytic cells and (b) whether there is abnormal clearance of these particles in phagocytes from patients with Crohn's disease. The studentship has a multi-disciplinary approach, and draws on expertise in characterising intracellular signalling and the involvement of nanoparticles in Crohn's disease. It will involve fluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy and a variety of protein-biochemical and molecular biological techniques. The student will be largely working on human cells, and will be required to travel to/from Cambridge/OU to isolate cells and perform experiments.

The project will start as soon as possible after 1 October 2015. For informal enquiries about this project, please contact Drs Bootman or Rietdorf, Department of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences at The Open University by email on Martin.bootman@open.ac.uk , Katja.Rietdorf@open.ac.uk

Please send an email/letter together with your CV and a completed application form (attached) and a personal statement (outlining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date), to the following mailbox: see email link below by 16 April 2015 or by post to the Research Co-ordinator, Science Deanery, K Block, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA.

Shortlisting will take place during the week of 21 April 2015 with the interviews following during the week of 5 May 2015

Closing Date: 16 April 2015

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

Equal Opportunity is University Policy


Please quote reference 8608B



PHD Studentships in Mathematics and Statistics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

Based in Milton Keynes,

circulation date : 16/02/2015

closing date : 17/04/2015

Full time - 3 years from 1 October 2014, Approximate stipend of £13,863 plus £1250 annual travel allowance.

Several full-time three-year PhD studentships in Mathematics and Statistics are available, commencing 1 October 2015.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, situated in the middle of the OU campus in Milton Keynes, provides a friendly and flexible working environment for all of its staff and students, and holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award. We particularly welcome applications from women: the Department ensures that every female PhD student is allocated a female member of staff as a point of contact, and organises networking events for female academic staff and PhD students.

Several research projects are available, covering topics within combinatorics and graph theory, applied mathematics and theoretical physics, and Bayesian forecasting and distribution theory. Full details of projects are available from:
http://www.mathematics.open.ac.uk/phd
Interested persons are strongly encouraged to make informal enquiries to mcs-mathematics-enquiries@open.ac.uk.

General information about studying for a research degree with the Open University is available from the Research Degrees Prospectus: http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/degrees-we-offer/doctor-of-philosophy-phd

Completed application forms, together with a covering letter indicating your suitability and reasons for applying, should be sent to research-degrees-MCT@open.ac.uk to arrive by 5pm on 17 April 2015.

Application forms are available from http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/how-to-apply/mphil-and-phd-application-process

Overseas applicants are welcomed but those from a non-European Economic Area country that is not majority English-speaking must hold a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) certificate for English at B2 level or higher at the time of applying.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

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

Completed application forms, together with a covering letter indicating your suitability and reasons for applying, should be sent to research-degrees-MCT@open.ac.uk to arrive by 5pm on 17 April 2015.

Please quote reference 8555



Full-time, 3-year PhD Studentship Vacancies

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 12/02/2015

closing date : 13/04/2015

The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is home to internationally recognized researchers in semantic technologies, educational multimedia, collaboration technologies, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and human-computer interaction. KMi offers students an intellectually challenging environment with exceptional research and computer facilities.

We are currently offering fully-funded studentships commencing in October 2015. Applications are invited from UK, EU, and international students for full-time, 3-year study on the following PhD projects:
- Automated Linking between Media;
- Collective Intelligence for the Common Good: Structuring online Dialogues for Large-Scale Deliberation and Civic Engagement;
- Discovery of meta-properties of data;
- Learning from Watching TV;
- The Semantically Quantified Self;
- Semantic Sentiment and Behaviour Analysis of Social Media;
- Visual Food Log Analysis;
- Web of Things.

Funding consists of stipend £41,589 (£13,863/year) plus fee bursary.

How to apply
Refer to the online prospectus at see the web link below and download and complete the 10-page MPhil/PhD application form.

It is strongly recommended that applicants contact the named contact point for the project of interest to get more information about the project in question.

Applications should be sent by email to Research-Degrees-KMI@open.ac.uk (please cc KMI-Recruitment@open.ac.uk when submitting applications) and should include a covering letter, a research proposal (a maximum of 2,000 words), and a full CV, giving contact details for two academic referees. We strongly recommend that you contact the lead researcher directly to discuss your interest prior to writing your proposal.

All applicants must have a first or upper second class degree from a UK university or the overseas equivalent and ideally a relevant Master's degree. Unless from a majority English-speaking country, non-EEA applicants will require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each element of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. IELTS Certificates are valid for a period of 2-years.

Further details pertaining to the PhD projects listed above, along with information about KMi and how to apply, can be found at the following web address see below.

Closing date: 13 April 2015

Interviews will commence in May/June 2015


email: Research-Degrees-KMI@open.ac.uk 
email: KMI-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

Equal Opportunity is University Policy


Please quote reference 8574



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