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Current Vacancies (External)

ACADEMIC 

Professor in Law

The Open University Law School, Based in Milton Keynes

Salary negotiable in the professorial range 62,813 - 70,332 (pro-rata)

circulation date : 21/05/2015

closing date : 21/07/2015

Part-time 18.5 hours per week

Are you an accomplished and enthusiastic law academic with a strong research profile willing and able to help shape the development of research in the Law School?

The Open University is the world's leading distance learning institution. The Law School is already the largest provider of undergraduate legal education in the United Kingdom and is now looking to develop its research profile.

You will have a strong track record in publications and bidding successfully for external funding. You will also have a record of research leadership and supporting colleagues in developing their research. You will have successfully supervised doctoral students to completion and you will be willing and able to contribute to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. You will be able to demonstrate an interest in legal pedagogy and will have good administrative skills and an appreciation of current developments in legal research funding opportunities.

Closing date for applications: midday on 21 July 2015

Presentation and Interview dates: 16 and 17 September 2015

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 11122



ACADEMIC RELATED 

Database Administrator

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 04/06/2015

closing date : 16/07/2015

The information Technology department at The Open University currently supports strategic development on a number of database platforms. We are looking for an experienced Database Administrator (DBA) to provide support for development teams developing on our wide and varied database environments as well operational support for our Live systems.

You will be experienced in all aspects of the DBA role and ORACLE 12c/11g and SQL Server 2012 are essential. Knowledge and experience of INGRES is desirable as well as familiarity in supporting development through Agile methodologies.

The ability to communicate with a wide range of IT staff and users is essential, and you will be expected to provide enthusiastic and expert support.

Closing date: Midday 16 July 2015

Interview date: tba

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 11282



Test Manager

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 02/07/2015

closing date : 23/07/2015

We are seeking an experienced Test Manager to lead our in-house test capability. The team is undergoing a transformation and this is a fantastic opportunity for someone with energy, enthusiasm and drive to really make a mark on the already exceptional work done within this fine educational establishment.

If you feel you have the capability to transform the performance, development and capability of the team and shape the future test capability then this is the opportunity for you. You will be managing multiple testing projects within a shared complex architecture, performing tactically whilst also thinking strategically.

You will be working as part of a high performing leadership team, defining strategy, recommend and implement approaches to use. You will also act as an advocate for the importance of the testing function across our business and influence the adoption of Agile development methods whilst providing a hands-on attitude to drive the test capability within the team.

You will need to have specific senior level experience of test management within an Agile software development lifecycle.

Closing date: Midday 23 July 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 858897 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 11367



Research Analyst

Open University Worldwide Ltd, Based in Milton Keynes

Salary: up to 30k

circulation date : 25/06/2015

closing date : 23/07/2015

The Open University has developed plans to grow and diversify alternative income streams which contribute to the financial sustainability of the university, and support core teaching, learning and research activities. Much of this growth will come from international commercial activities, managed through The Open University's commercial entity, Open University Worldwide Ltd (OUW).

You will be reporting to the Programme Manager in the Business Development Unit of the Open University, the Research Analyst will be responsible for supporting the generation of strategic analysis and insight to support decision making within the Unit. You will also support the Programme Manager in managing key strategic business development projects. This will include the planning and management of projects, production of project documentation and effective handover of projects back to the business. In this exciting and demanding role you will contribute proactive support to enable the Business Development Unit to achieve its strategic objectives.

You will need exceptional verbal and written communication skills with a natural ability to draft clear, concise and compelling prose. You will also need excellent research and information gathering skills, and the ability to assimilate and analyse complex information quickly and accurately. You will also need to have commercial acumen, combined with strong customer focus and excellent organisational capabilities.

Closing date: midday on 23 July 2015

Interviews will be held w/c 27 July 2015

email: bdu-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, Lisa Glowacki on 01908 332925 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 8775



IT Project Manager

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 25/06/2015

closing date : 16/07/2015

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

You will ideally be a self-motivated individual who relishes 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 matrixed environment to deliver projects through the full project lifecycle, you will be a strong team player and communicator 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 your drive and determination to develop and enhance your 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: Midday 16 July 2015

Interview date: To be confirmed

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 11294



Director International Development Office

International Development Office

72,837 - 85,369, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 12/06/2015

closing date : 07/07/2015

The Open University was founded to provide access to life-changing learning, and our mission extends far beyond traditional students. We pride ourselves on being open to people, places, methods and ideas, from aspiring students studying in the UK on their iPad, to health workers using pen and paper in rural Ethiopia.

The International Development Office (IDO) develops and manages award-winning programmes throughout sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Employing The Open University's expertise in providing high-quality distance learning, we are a leader in using education to tackle some of our biggest global challenges.

We are looking for a talented, motivated and experienced individual who can lead the IDO and work collaboratively with our academic community to bring high quality programmes to developing regions. You will have an impressive track record in delivering international programmes, preferably in an educational context. You will be an able communicator, equally comfortable talking to governments, partner organisations and donors as you are in engaging with the wider OU community. With a team of 25+ and a budget of £3+ million, you will be an experienced leader and motivator of teams, working within constantly changing and challenging contexts. You are able to work under pressure and have experience of operating sensitively in multi-cultural, cross-stakeholder environments.

Please submit your CV together with an application form and a covering letter, quoting the reference number.

Closing date: 7 July 2015

Interview date: 16 July 2015

email: OUDO@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 11307



External Engagement Manager

Faculty of Business and Law

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

circulation date : 18/06/2015

closing date : 09/07/2015

The post of External Engagement Manager is responsible for managing and building lifelong relationships with the Business School's key audiences including MBA alumni, corporate clients, business education and business media and other influencers in the Business market place through an integrated communications programme. You will support the Business School's ambition to enhance its reputation through building our network of corporate connections, executive education clients and our 90,000 strong alumni community and showcasing our world leading research.

You will be responsible for delivering a variety of communications campaigns, with a significant emphasis on events. You will have responsibility for designing, marketing and delivering a varied events programme that appeal to an international professional audience combining academic and practical content. The events are both online and face-to-face and it is our intention to significantly grow the events programme in the next academic year.

A background in event management is essential and broader communications experience, including working with the media and social media, is highly desirable.

You will be able to fulfil the essential requirements of the role as well as proving your capability to fit into an established, highly motivated and energetic team. We will expect you to prove your commitment to excellence in communications through examples of previous work in an events, marketing, or marketing communications role. You will also need to be resilient to changing priorities, target driven and able to measure and show improvement in external engagement activities year on year.

Closing date for electronic applications: Midday on 9 July 2015

Interview date: 29 July 2015

Completed applications should be submitted electronically to the email link below.

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 11220



Regional Education Manager, R07

Faculty of Health & Social Care, based in Leeds

38,511 - 45,954 (Pro-Rata 14.8 hours per week), Temporary contract for 36 months

circulation date : 18/06/2015

closing date : 09/07/2015

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of the Open University's pre-registration nursing (PRN) programme, and its wider curriculum, in the North East of England. The University has a thriving partnership with local employers and commissioners to deliver nurse education. Working with Staff Tutor colleagues, your role will be to contribute to the development of the partnership and to manage the programme in order to maintain the standards of excellence for which the University is renowned.

You will also contribute to the management of modules and qualifications outside of the PRN programme, as required.

You should have a professional qualification in nursing, be registered with the NMC and hold, or be willing to acquire, a recordable teaching qualification.


Closing date: Midday 9 July 2015

email: HSC-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply go to www3.open.ac.uk/employment, or call Pat Bird on 01908 654235 or e-mail HSC-Recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number.

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


Please quote reference 11329



Careers Adviser

Student Services - Careers Advisory Service, based in Milton Keynes

31,342 - 37,394

circulation date : 18/06/2015

closing date : 09/07/2015

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced careers guidance professional to join the Careers Advisory Service team.

The Careers Adviser will take a leading role in online developments, including website design, forums, webinars and social media and deliver one-to-many careers services to students.
You should have a first degree, a professional careers qualification and proven experience in delivering careers advice and guidance preferably within higher education and in delivering services through online media.

An understanding of the needs of adult or distance learners would be an advantage.

Closing date: 12.00 noon on 9 July 2015

Interview date: Week beginning 20 July 2015

email: SS-STS-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 by emailing the Recruitment Co-ordinator on the link above, quoting the relevant reference number.

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



Please quote reference 11200



Careers and Employability Adviser

Student Services, Careers Advisory Service, based in Milton Keynes

31,342 - 37,394, Temporary contract until 31 July 2017

circulation date : 18/06/2015

closing date : 09/07/2015

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced careers guidance professional to join the Careers Advisory Service team.

The Careers and Employability Adviser will work in collaboration with the Faculties of Maths, Computing & Technology and Science in the delivery of employability strategies, including advising on curriculum development and delivering specialist online forums and webinars to students.

You should have a first degree, a professional careers qualification and proven experience in delivering careers advice and guidance preferably within higher education and in delivering services through online media.

An understanding of the needs of adult or distance learners would be an advantage.

Closing date: 12.00 noon on 9 July 2015

Interview date: Week beginning 20 July 2015

email: SS-STS-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 by emailing the Recruitment Co-ordinator on the link above, quoting the relevant reference number.

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


Please quote reference 11333



Senior Manager (Statistical Modelling)

Strategy and Information Office

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

circulation date : 11/06/2015

closing date : 09/07/2015

The Open University is one of the UK's most respected national institutions and the market leader in distance higher education. The Information Office (within the Strategy & Information Office) provides information and analysis to inform strategic and operational planning and to meet external reporting requirements.

The purpose of this role is to build statistical capability within the Office and promote the use of statistical techniques among stakeholders. You will lead a team of analysts developing and implementing statistical modelling and reporting tools related to student numbers, including development of new and existing models for a range of business applications

You will work closely with stakeholders at all levels to analyse requirements, build forecasts and reports using SAS, and mainstream outcomes. You will plan and manage the work of your team to deliver to challenging deadlines and high quality standards.

You will have an aptitude for managing a team, and have strong analytical and statistical skills, including experience with SAS or a similar statistical package. You will have excellent influencing, negotiating and interpersonal skills, including the ability to present effectively and to influence decision makers and stakeholders.

Closing date: noon 9 July 2015.

Interview date: end of July 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 11265



RESEARCH 

  none currently available


SUPPORT STAFF 

Department Secretary

Faculty of Social Sciences

21,391 - 24,057, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 02/07/2015

closing date : 23/07/2015

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Faculty of Social Sciences providing administrative and secretarial support to academics, research staff and postgraduate students within the Psychology and Sociology Departments.

You will need to work flexibly under the direction of the Support Manager to ensure there is efficient and effective cover across the two departments. You will require strong secretarial/office skills, good attention to detail and the ability to take responsibility for tasks, meeting deadlines and solving problems as they arise.

You need to be a confident communicator, as well as being organised, methodical, and possess good budgetary and IT skills. Having a pro-active approach to work, a professional and collegiate manner and enjoying a diverse range of duties is also essential.

Closing date: noon Thursday 23 July 2015

Interview date: w/c 10 August 2015

email: socsci-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 11116



Test Analyst

Information Technology

25,513 to 30,434, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 25/06/2015

closing date : 23/07/2015

We are seeking an experienced Test Analyst to join an in-house testing capability, within a development function that is currently undergoing a transformation to an Agile Software Development Lifecycle.

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 manager, you will undertake test analysis, execution, reporting and defect management duties.

You will have hands-on testing experience of functional testing including System, SIT, UAT and regression testing, both manual and automated. You will have good 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. Test tooling including test management and automation tools

Closing date: midday 23 July 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 11373



Strategy and External Affairs Team Assistant

The Open University in Scotland, Based in Edinburgh

18,549 - 20,781 pro rata, Part-time 18.5 hours per week

circulation date : 26/06/2015

closing date : 10/07/2015

This is a modern and friendly office with stimulating work in a rapidly changing environment; working at The Open University in Scotland involves enabling a wide range of people to achieve their educational ambitions.

We are currently seeking to appoint a suitably qualified, enthusiastic and highly motivated person for this position. In addition to good IT skills, you should possess excellent organisational and communication skills, strong attention to detail, an ability to pick up and follow instructions quickly and accurately, and to work unsupervised as well as working as part of a team.

You will provide administrative support to the eight members of the Strategy and External Affairs Team, which covers areas such as event management, media and communications, public affairs, planning, funding and statistics.

Closing date: 10 July 2015

Interview date: 4 or 5 August 2015

email: Scotland-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 0131 226 3851 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 11240



Team Secretary

Learning and Teaching Solutions (LTS), Based in Milton Keynes

18,549 - 20,781, Temporary contract until 31 July 2016

circulation date : 24/06/2015

closing date : 08/07/2015

Learning and Teaching Solutions (LTS) is the department of The Open University which creates the University's award-winning learning and teaching materials - our OU Anywhere app took two prizes in the Guardian University Awards 2014.

Do you want a job where your excellent secretarial, administrative and organisational skills and your ability to work under pressure will be put to full use?

We are looking for a self-motivated secretary to provide a quality secretarial and administrative support service to managers in Learning and Teaching Solutions (LTS).

You will have excellent secretarial and administrative skills, be a good team player and use initiative, tact and discretion where appropriate. You will liaise with a wide range of staff across the university; therefore good communication skills are essential. Familiarity with up-to-date PC packages (MS Office, especially Outlook, Word and Excel) and the use of the internet is essential.

Closing date: Midday, 8 July 2015.

Interviews will be held on 22 July 2015.

email: lts-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 11266



Finance Assistant

Faculty of Science, Faculty Administration, Based in Milton Keynes

21,391 24,057, pro rata, Temporary contract for 48 months, 18.5 hours per week

circulation date : 22/06/2015

closing date : 06/07/2015

Would you like to be an integral part of a core team working in a dynamic environment? You will work within the Department of Physical Sciences as part of the Faculty Administration team. You will provide support to the finance function including the processing of purchase orders, invoices and statements, budget forecasting and administration. You will act as the first point of contact for OU staff and suppliers in relation to order related issues such as pricing, delivery/returns, and technical matters.

You will have a good level of general education with relevant secretarial and purchasing / finance experience, a methodical and organised approach to your work, and be adaptable and responsive with good communication skills. Ideally you will be experienced in the use of Excel, Opus/FRODO and OU purchasing and finance procedures/processes.

Closing date: Noon, 6 July 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 01908 659672 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 11304



Intern - MK:Smart Project

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

15,765 to 18,031 depending on experience, Temporary contract for six months

circulation date : 18/06/2015

closing date : 09/07/2015

As part of MK:Smart City Big Data project, the Department of Computing and Communications at The Open University is looking to appoint an Intern, to work on a sub-theme: Interpreting the Urban Experience Through Multi-Modal Narratives.

You will be involved in designing and conducting studies where participants interpret urban scenes using a mixture of text and a music making activity. You will also be involved with the data analysis (qualitative and quantitative) and report writing etc.

We are seeking a researcher with experience in exploring the use of novel digital music-making tools, and an appropriate educational background covering music and computing.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and may be addressed to Dr Robin Laney (email: please see link below)

Closing date: noon on 9 July 2015

email: MCT-Staffing-Applications@open.ac.uk Applications
email: robin.laney@open.ac.uk Informal enquiries to Dr Robin Laney

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 11287



EXECUTIVE 

  none currently available


OTHER 

Four Studentships in International Development and Inclusive Innovation

Department of Engineering and Innovation, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

Full time - 3 years to start in October 2015 or February 2016, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 02/06/2015

closing date : 15/07/2015

Approximate stipend of £13,863, tuition fee are covered

The Open University has a well-established research degrees programme with nearly 1200 full and part-time postgraduate research students working on a wide range of projects. It is renowned for its interdisciplinary research in international development, with a particular focus on processes of innovation. The studentships are part of a major investment by the Open University in this area.

We are keen to attract outstanding students to work with us on questions of inclusive innovation. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require inclusive and innovation-based growth. Our understanding of Inclusive Innovation comprises two linked processes: (1) Innovation for inclusion - how new forms of innovation can generate inclusion of marginalised populations to address their basic needs; and (2) Inclusion for innovation - marginalised populations can and do innovate, but their capabilities need to be developed to do so much more effectively. Thus we understand innovation in broad terms that goes beyond technical solutions to include social, political and financial innovations, and the interconnections between them. Within this broad agenda we want to focus on the following themes:

- Sustainable innovations - supporting green growth; climate-friendly infrastructure; the water-energy-food nexus
- 'Bottom of the pyramid' innovations - health system strengthening; 'South-South' innovation; migration, diasporas and innovation
- Educational innovations - teacher education, open practices and ICTs; cross-cultural learning for innovation; international student mobility
- Supply chain innovations - ethical consumption; impact investment
- Measuring innovations - metrics of inclusivity; innovation and capabilities

In addition to the Open University's application documents candidates should provide an excellent research proposal (1500-2000 words) that maps on to one or more of the above themes. In generating your proposal please refer to the additional information for each topic as well as guidance on writing research proposals at:
http://dpp.open.ac.uk/media/news-reports/four-studentships-in-international-development-and-inclusive-innovation-at-the-open-university.

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. For more information on the application process see:
http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/index.htm
To inquire about these studentships contact Professor Giles Mohan (see email link below)

Closing date: 15th July 2015.

Interviews will commence in August 2015.

Please send applications to Donna Deacon (see email link below)

email: MCT-EI-Research@openmail.open.ac.uk 
email: giles.mohan@open.ac.uk For inquiries to Giles Mohan

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.



Please quote reference 8715



Up to 4 PhD Studentships in Data Science

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

Full time - 3 years to start October 2015

circulation date : 25/06/2015

closing date : 13/07/2015

Approximate annual stipend of £13,863

The faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology (MCT) at The Open University invites applications for full-time PhD studentships in any area of Data Science, starting in October 2015.

In recognition of the increasing importance of data science, the Open University is funding a number of studentships in this area. MCT is looking for talented researchers to work on data science projects in our key areas of research, which focus on problems that are complex and challenging, and whose solutions require technological advances, behavioural transformation, and enhancements in policy and practice. In all these areas, the collection, storage, analysis and presentation of data are becoming vital to deliver solutions to these complex problems.

The studentships can be awarded in any area of data science. Your application will need to comprise a research proposal of a maximum of 2000 words, and can be based on one of the list of possible topics given below, or a project of your own choosing:-

- Data literacy for non-experts: How can data literacy are taught in schools and to citizens?
- Analysing unstructured data using deep learning: How can current neural network technologies be used to detect ambiguity, analyse sentiment, and extract information from text?
- Visualisation and Analysis of Lifelogging Data: How can users understand and manage the vast quantities of dense, high fidelity data that they collect over a long period of time?
- Can methods such as Direct Combination of vector spaces be used to improve the validation of data mining methods?
- How can very large cyber security datasets be analysed in real time?
- From data to questions and stories: How can companies, governments and citizens be helped with articulating questions that data may address and with discovering possible stories that the data is (or perhaps isn't) telling?
- Designing with data: how can we integrate data into the design process of new products and services?
- Analysing Music: How can patterns be extracted from digital scores, and presented in a meaningful way to help listeners gain a deeper engagement?
- Urban data analytics: How can we understand urban dynamics from large-scale urban data sets (energy, mobility, social ...)?
- Post-scanning correction in Optical Character Recognition (OCR): Is it possible to correct the errors in repositories such as the Internet Archive and Europeana that were introduced by OCR software?
- Can data from volcanic sensors help support emergency planning and response?
- Influence in social media: How can network and language analyses of social media data be used to quantify the degree of influence of different users?
- Historical natural history data: Is it possible to mine natural history data from archives of newspapers and magazines to map changes in the distribution patterns of animals and plants over time?
- Open diabetes: What tools can be developed for personal interpretation of diabetes data? And what methods can be developed to anonymise data and recognise patterns to identify trends to support diabetes sufferers?
- Legal issues: There are a number of recent potentially conflicting judgements on data retention from the European Court of Justice. What is the range of attitudes and judgments of different ECJ judges on data issues such as privacy, data protection and data retention?

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

We are looking for highly motivated applicants 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.

You are strongly encouraged to make early contact with us to discuss your research proposal prior to applying. All enquiries should be directed to, Dr Alistair Willis (alistair.willis@open.ac.uk) or Dr Robin Laney (robin.laney@open.ac.uk).

You will also need to send a covering letter outlining your suitability for your chosen project, a completed application form, your CV, copies of relevant degree certificates and transcripts and a copy of your SELTS test results (if applicable). The full details are on the University's http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/how-to-apply/mphil-and-phd-application-process. Completed applications should be sent by email to please see link below (please also CC please see link below when submitting applications).

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 13 July, 2015.

email: research-degrees-kmi@open.ac.uk For applications
email: kmi-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

Equal Opportunity is University Policy


Please quote reference 8769



5 Full-time, 3-year PhD Studentships on Data Science

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)

Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 12/06/2015

closing date : 13/07/2015

The http://kmi.open.ac.uk/(KMi) is home to internationally recognised 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.

As part of setting up Data Science as a key research priority for the lab, 5 PhD Studentships are available to start in October 2015. The deadline for applications is 13th July 2015 (see the "how to apply" section of the http://kmi.open.ac.uk/studentships/).

Topics
Data Science is becoming an increasingly critical field in most areas of business, academia and everyday life. The rise of the internet of things, of online platforms and of social media means that more and more data is being produced, ready to be mined and analysed, to reach a better understanding of various processes, ranging from human behaviours to complex (natural or organisational) systems. We are therefore looking for the next generation of bright researchers to investigate and solve the key challenges of Data Science, including for example:

How to automatically select and assess analytics workflows in specific scenarios and for specific datasets?

How to preserve privacy and user-control in a world of Big Web Data?

How to bring the benefits of data science to everyday life and make it accessible to people without technical skills?

How to mine distributed web data and discover new knowledge?

How to structure unstructured web dialogues around key social issues?

How to predict sentiments and opinions from data?

You will be integrating a team of highly successful researchers, and will work in collaboration with ongoing Data Science projects in KMi. In particular, we are currently working with various stakeholders on the following domains:

Space: The Open University's http://www.open.ac.uk/science/main/is conducting world-leading research on space exploration and observation, which is generating massive amounts of data for analysis.

Smart Cities and the Internet of Things: Through http://www.mksmart.org/ and other projects, KMi is involved in the creation of large data infrastructures to support innovation in complex urban environments equipped with large scale sensor networks.

Education: With the Open University being the largest university in the UK, and one of the first distance learning institution in the world, the use of data to support effective learning and teaching has been a key area of research for KMi.

These are examples of domains/research issues that we expect you to explore and that research proposals might reference.

Person Profile
You are expected to be creative individuals, able to generate and pursue original ideas and to organise their own work with minimal day-to-day supervision. You will also have very good verbal and written communication skills, and are able to travel internationally. Good computer programming and data analysis skills are essential. Experience with one or more of these areas are highly desirable: machine learning, data mining, semantic technologies, web development, large scale data management, distributed data architectures.

Contact
Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to make prior contact with Professor John Domingue (john.domingue@open.ac.uk) and Dr Mathieu d'Aquin (mathieu.daquin@open.ac.uk) to discuss potential research proposals.

Applications should be sent to please see link below (please also CC please see link below) to include all the elements listed in the "How to Apply" section.

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.

Closing date: 13 July 2015

Interviews will be held late July/early August 2015

email: research-degrees-kmi@open.ac.uk For applications
email: kmi-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

Equal Opportunity is University Policy


Please quote reference 8746



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