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Current Vacancies (External)

ACADEMIC 

Research Professor

The Open University, Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) Based in Milton Keynes

Salary negotiable in the professorial range (62,813 to 70,332)

circulation date : 16/07/2015

closing date : 16/09/2015

This is a permanent appointment as Research Professor at the Open University's Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), a 80-strong interdisciplinary laboratory founded in 1995 and located in attractive offices at The Open University's main campus in Milton Keynes, UK. KMi undertakes high-profile advanced research and development in Knowledge Media: a convergence of research in Cognitive and Learning Sciences, New Media Technologies, Ubiquitous Computing, and Semantic and Data Technologies. KMi is one of the top research centers in the world in the area of knowledge and media technologies and we offer a creative and flexible working environment. The style, impact and content of our work are described in detail at http://kmi.open.ac.uk/

The post is intended to strengthen KMi's international research reputation and in particular we are interested in candidates who can pursue a robust and innovative research agenda in one or more of these strategic research areas:

Data Science (Modeling, Machine Learning, Learning Analytics, Big Data Applications, Smart Cities);
Internet of Things (Smart Objects, Wearable Computing, Ambient Intelligence, Sensor Networks);
New Media Technologies (New Media for Collaboration and Learning, Interfaces, Augmented Reality, Novel Interaction Techniques).

Candidates are expected to be established leaders in one or more of these areas with an excellent international standing as evidenced by substantial publications, a proven ability to acquire and carry out research projects, and demonstrable experience of leading and developing research groups. They are also expected to be excellent communicators, able to engage passionately and communicate clearly with a variety of audiences, within and outside the University. KMi has a special ethos, characterised by a dynamic hands-on approach to research and we expect the successful candidate to be able to slot in naturally to an informal, research-oriented environment. Consistently with such hands-on ethos, the candidate should be able to demonstrate evidence of having deployed real technologies, in real contexts, for real users: a hallmark of most KMi activities.

Closing date for applications: 16 September 2015
Presentation and Interview dates: during October 2015


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

email: kmi-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply go to www3.open.ac.uk/employment, call the Recruitment Co-ordinator on +44 (0)1908 654774 or email kmi-recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number.

Please quote reference 11396



Lecturer in Mathematics Education

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

34,233 - 45,954. Temporary contract for 24 months

circulation date : 09/07/2015

closing date : 17/09/2015

The Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology wishes to appoint a lecturer to contribute to its teaching and research activity. You will join a team that develops and delivers our teaching materials in Mathematics Education. We offer an Honours degree in Mathematics and its Learning, aimed at the significant number of Open University mathematics students who have expressed an interest in teaching, and a Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education.

Teaching at The Open University is a team-based collaborative process, which allows unparalleled support for the training and induction of new staff into the teaching process.

You will be able to build on relevant experience in the UK school sector and to contribute to the scholarship agenda of the Department.

You will hold a good honours degree in mathematics or a closely related subject with a strong mathematical component. You will also have a Master's degree or higher in mathematics or mathematics education with experience of supporting teachers of mathematics.

You will have extensive teaching experience in UK schools or colleges, good communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Closing date: noon 17 September 2015.

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

email: mct-staffing-applications@open.ac.uk 

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Uwe Grimm (uwe.grimm@open.ac.uk) or Dr Barbara Allen (Barbara.Allen@open.ac.uk).

For detailed information and how to apply go to www3.open.ac.uk/employment, or contact the Staffing Co-ordinator by sending an email to mct-staffing@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number. All applications should be sent to mct-staffing-applications@open.ac.uk.

Please quote reference 11158



ACADEMIC RELATED 

Director, The OU in Scotland

Based in Edinburgh

Salary: c. 85k

circulation date : 29/07/2015

closing date : 26/08/2015

The Open University (OU) is one of the most important post-war innovations in higher education since its foundation in 1969. People of all ages and backgrounds study with the Open University, for all sorts of reasons - to update their skills, get a qualification, boost their career, change direction. The Open University is open to them all.

The Director of the OU in Scotland will lead the strategic management of the University in Scotland and contribute to the wider development and implementation of University policies, strategies and projects. Representing and promoting the University in Scotland, you will also lead and develop relationships with key Scottish stakeholders such as the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, Universities Scotland and other agencies such as Skills Development Scotland and the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

Key to the role will be the development of the University's business in Scotland to expand its customer base and develop new revenue sources. You will also manage the delivery of services to students in Scotland whilst being accountable for the leadership, development and management of staff and operations based in Scotland.

The successful candidate must have a demonstrable track record of organisational leadership backed up by experience of working within a complex or devolved organisation. You will also have strong relationship, stakeholder management and communication skills, as well as commercial and political acumen.

Further information on the role, The Open University and detail on how to apply is available on the web link below:-

For a confidential discussion about the role please contact Nigel Fortnum, Donogh O'Brien or Katy Gall on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date: 9.00am, 26 August 2015

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

Please quote reference 11195



Marketing Manager - Proposition Development

Marketing

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

circulation date : 23/07/2015

closing date : 20/08/2015

Are you product proposition specialist? Do you want to bring your skills to one of the most successful educational institutions in the world?

Why work for us?
The Open University is the UK's biggest university and a world leader in flexible part-time education, with over 200,000 students.

We deliver life-changing learning opportunities and the quality of our students' experience is at the heart of what we do. We are committed to delivering quality and flexible education for all. In the National Student Satisfaction Survey, our students rate The Open University as one of the best in the UK and we have consistently achieved more than 90% in the survey's history.

What do we need?
We are building our marketing expertise and have a new role which requires an influential product proposition specialist to support the Senior Marketing Manager who defines our product propositions.

We need a technical specialist to participate in the development and production of annual Undergraduate and Postgraduate product proposition strategies. You will provide strategic support and insight as required for pricing and high quality deep-dive analysis and reports to meet business requirements and University priorities

Who are we looking for?
A relevant degree or equivalent higher education qualification, or a relevant professional marketing qualification. You will have experience of product and service proposition development.

You will have excellent interpersonal skills including strong negotiating and influencing skills to develop strong relationships with senior stakeholders from across the University.

Closing date: midday Thursday 20 August 2015.

email: marketing-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available 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 11305



Marketing Manager - Brand Strategy

Marketing

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

circulation date : 23/07/2015

closing date : 20/08/2015

Are you a brand strategy expert? Do you want to bring your skills to one of the most successful educational institutions in the world?

Why work for us?
The Open University is the UK's biggest university and a world leader in flexible part-time education, with over 200,000 students.

We deliver life-changing learning opportunities and the quality of our students' experience is at the heart of what we do. We are committed to delivering quality and flexible education for all. In the National Student Satisfaction Survey, our students rate The Open University as one of the best in the UK and we have consistently achieved more than 90% in the survey's history.

What do we need?
We are building our marketing expertise and have a new role which requires an influential brand strategist to support the Senior Marketing Manager (strategy, brand and insights) and help to define our brand marketing strategy through providing powerful brand insights.

This is a managerial role responsible for enabling The Open University to meet its business targets by bringing the brand, marketing and customer communication together in a cohesive, insightful and effective strategy.

Who are we looking for?
An accomplished specialist who is experienced at creating brand strategies using insights to shape successful initiatives that lead to optimum marketing performance.

You will have a good all round knowledge of up-to-date brand marketing practices within a
large-scale consumer business environment; well-developed communication and negotiating skills, team working skills; an appetite for innovation and new concepts, ability to keep abreast of industry and market trends; able to work at pace and think creatively on multiple projects with multiple stakeholders.

A relevant degree or equivalent higher education qualification, or a relevant professional marketing qualification is required.

Closing date: midday Thursday 20 August 2015.

email: marketing-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available 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 11301



Marketing Manager Insights

Marketing

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

circulation date : 23/07/2015

closing date : 20/08/2015

Are you an insights specialist? Do you want to bring your skills to one of the most successful educational institutions in the world?

Why work for us?
The Open University is the UK's biggest university and a world leader in flexible part-time education, with over 200,000 students.

We deliver life-changing learning opportunities and the quality of our students' experience is at the heart of what we do. We are committed to delivering quality and flexible education for all. In the National Student Satisfaction Survey, our students rate The Open University as one of the best in the UK and we have consistently achieved more than 90% in the survey's history.

What do we need?
We are building our marketing expertise and have a new role which requires an influential insights specialist to support the Senior Marketing Manager who defines our brand and marketing strategies based on market research and insights.

This is a managerial role responsible for helping The Open University to meet its business targets through providing actionable strategic consumer and business insights that will be used to shape brand and marketing strategy.

Who are we looking for?
An outstanding insights specialist with high EQ and interpersonal skills, who is able to develop excellent relationships with colleagues and senior stakeholders from across the University.

You will provide credible insights which are at the heart of all strategic activity, ensuring relevant research is constantly refreshed and readily available; An inspiring thinker with an analytical approach to problem solving; able to innovate and think out of the box striving for results; creator of excellent briefs and reports which are persuasive, highly credible and able to communicate compelling insights in a constructive action-focused way.

A relevant degree or equivalent higher education qualification, or a relevant professional marketing qualification is required.

Closing date: midday Thursday 20 August 2015.

email: marketing-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available 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 11302



Senior Marketing Manager - Strategy, Brand and Insight

Marketing

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

circulation date : 23/07/2015

closing date : 20/08/2015

Are you a highly experienced strategy, brand and insights expert? Do you want to bring your skills to one of the most successful educational institutions in the world?

Why work for us?
The Open University is the UK's biggest university and a world leader in flexible part-time education, with over 200,000 students.

We deliver life-changing learning opportunities and the quality of our students' experience is at the heart of what we do. We are committed to delivering quality and flexible education for all. In the National Student Satisfaction Survey, our students rate The Open University as one of the best in the UK and we have consistently achieved more than 90% in the survey's history.

What do we need?
We are building our marketing expertise and now require an influential senior marketing manager to support the Head of Marketing and lead the strategy, brand and insights team in providing powerful insights and strategies that shape our future marketing output.

The role will have a significant impact on The Open University's marketing performance through delivering successful brand marketing strategies.

Who are we looking for?
We are seeking an accomplished marketer with extensive experience in leading teams to provide research, analysis and insights, who can demonstrate their ability to create effective marketing strategies for a large consumer company.

You will be confident in communicating at all levels, have a strong commercial awareness, outstanding team leadership and networking skills with the ability to drive high-level results in a challenging service-led environment.

You will have a relevant degree or equivalent higher education qualification, or a relevant professional marketing qualification is required.

Closing date: midday Thursday 20 August 2015.

email: marketing-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available 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 11300



Solution Architect (x3)

The Open University, Information Technology. Based Milton Keynes

38,511 to 51,702

circulation date : 24/07/2015

closing date : 14/08/2015

Do you want to work for an organisation that has the power to transform people's lives? With over 40 years' experience in the design and delivery of innovative learning solutions, The Open University is a world leader in the provision of pioneering distance learning technology.

We're looking for a business-focused, innovative and pragmatic Lead Architect to join our team. You will be responsible for designing solutions aligned with business strategy, requirements and architectural roadmaps, including innovative digital content distribution, advanced virtual learning environments, traditional HR and Finance systems and student portals. Solutions will include both COTS and bespoke components, hosted on and off premise.

You will need to be comfortable working alone and as part of a team and confident communicating with technical and non-technical individuals. This position will suit an IT professional interested in the business operation and in new technologies. You will have experience of C# .NET, the software development life cycle, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and enabling technologies, middleware, cyber security, and relational database technologies. TOGAF awareness is essential.

Closing date: Midday 14 August 2015
Interview date: TBA


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

email: IT-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply go to www3.open.ac.uk/employment, call the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 653285 or email IT-Recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number.

Please quote reference 11391



Research & Development Manager

Faculty of Health & Social Care, Based in Milton Keynes

38,511 - 45,954. Temporary contract for three years

circulation date : 13/07/2015

closing date : 13/08/2015

For this strategic role, we are looking for a highly motivated individual to lead work to expand The Open University's externally-funded health research portfolio, identifying and acting on funding opportunities (particularly with the National Institute for Health Research and EU). You will manage activities associated with preparing and delivering research proposals; build relationships and develop networks with funders and other relevant bodies; administer appropriate management systems; help develop impact plans within the portfolio; and support the faculty's Research Excellence Framework activities.

Based in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, you will also work across other faculties. You will have experience of research management and governance, underpinned by excellent project management skills, including the ability to influence and work collaboratively across boundaries and develop external networks. You will be required to work closely with the University's central Research and Enterprise Office.

Closing date: 5.00 p.m. 13 August 2015

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

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.

Please quote reference 11235



Head of Engagement and Support

Open University Students Association, Based in Milton Keynes

31,342 - 37,394

circulation date : 16/07/2015

closing date : 04/08/2015

The Organisation
The Open University Students Association is the largest Students Association in the UK serving the interests of over 200,000 part-time students spread across the UK, Europe and beyond. Our job is to represent the interests of this vast and extremely diverse body of students. Whilst we operate within a world-class University, we are not governed by the OU. OUSA is an independent organisation, a registered charity in its own right, run by elected student leaders. Our small team of dedicated, professional staff provide the vital support needed to deliver excellent services across the breadth of our student population.

The Job
As part of the senior staff team, the Head of Engagement and Support will manage a small team charged with organising new student engagement projects to develop our vibrant student community and supporting the delivery of many of our key services for students. The post holder will provide guidance to the elected student representatives leading on student support and education support issues facing OU students. The role includes managing the online forums operation and coordinating the delivery of the biennial Conference managing the wider staff team towards the successful delivery of this event.

The Person
You will be educated to degree level or equivalent and be a highly self-motivated and hard-working manager with excellent organisational and leadership skills. You should be adept at managing multiple projects and relish the prospect of leading a small but high achieving team to greater success. You will have a clear enthusiasm for supporting the interests and welfare of students. If you're looking for a challenging and varied role in a busy, stimulating and unique environment, then this is the role for you. A full person specification can be found in the further particulars below.

Closing date: Midday, Tuesday 4 August 2015.
Interview date: 20 August 2015.

THIS POSITION IS WITH THE OPEN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ASSOCIATION AND NOT WITH THE OPEN UNIVERSITY.


The Open University Students Association is committed to Equal Opportunities in education and employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

email: OUSA-Jobs@open.ac.uk 

No CVs will be accepted. OUSA Application forms and further particulars with more information on the role, our organisation and the selection process can be downloaded from The Open University website http://www3.open.ac.uk/employment/job-details.asp?id=8632&ref=ext

Please quote reference 8808



Strategic Project Portfolio Manager, Office of Director, Students

The Open University, Student Services, Based in Milton Keynes

38,511 - 45,954

circulation date : 14/07/2015

closing date : 30/07/2015

The Open University has an international reputation for providing innovative education of exceptional quality. The Director, Students reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor for the delivery of an outstanding student experience, and acts as an ambassador for the University and its 200,000 students.

The Strategic Project Portfolio Manager, Office of the Director, Students (ODS) supports the Head of the office of Director, Students in providing portfolio co-ordination and oversight for all strategic projects being run within Student Services.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced portfolio manager or project manager, with a good understanding of strategy implementation, and the aptitude to advise all levels of the organisation on how to deliver change effectively. You will have a keen interest in higher education, with experience of working in a regulated, and politically sensitive, environment.

Closing date: Midday 30 July 2015
Interview date: Friday 21 August 2015


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

email: SS-ODS-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply go to www3.open.ac.uk/employment, call the
Recruitment Co-ordinator Cheryl-Anne O'Toole or email SS-ODS-Recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number 11386.


Please quote reference 11386



Internal Communications and Governance Manager

Faculty of Business and Law, Based in Milton Keynes

31,342 - 37,394

circulation date : 10/07/2015

closing date : 06/08/2015

We are recruiting this key role at an exciting time for The Open University's Business School and Law School.
The Schools deliver qualifications, research, executive education, free learning via Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and we continuously innovate to diversify our offer to both individuals and organisations. For this reason we require a creative and experienced internal communications manager who can ensure all staff have a shared understanding of and commitment to delivering our strategy in this busy, changing environment.

The postholder will build on existing internal communications by developing a Content and Channel Strategy that will engage employees across both Schools, writing copy and developing messaging that is aligned to the corporate messaging, tone and brand guidelines.
The role is also responsible for ensuring compliance with the University's governance procedures and so requires an individual with a keen eye for detail and an aptitude for planning.

You will work closely with senior staff in the Business and Law Schools, including the Dean and Director of Studies, and various professional services areas of the University, such as the Vice Chancellor's Office and the Communications Unit.

You must have experience of managing consistent internal and external messaging, delivering creative communications campaigns, demonstrate excellent interpersonal and management skills and the ability to network effectively and quickly establish good working relationships. The ability to work to tight deadlines and reprioritise your workload is essential to be successful in this role.

Closing date for electronic applications: Midday on 6 August 2015
Interview date: 13 August 2015


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

email: oubs-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply go to www.open.ac.uk/employment or for enquiries email oubs-recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number.

Completed applications should be submitted electronically to oubs-recruitment@open.ac.uk.

Please quote reference 11406



Business Relationship Analyst

The Open University, Information Technology, Based in Milton Keynes

31,342 - 37,394

circulation date : 13/07/2015

closing date : 03/08/2015

We are seeking a skilled Business Relationship Analyst to help ensure strong engagement and alignment with our internal business partners. Working within the Business Relationship team and supporting the Business Relationship Managers, you will be leading and contributing to customer reviews, analysing and managing small projects and small changes, managing escalated customer issues and tracking on governance related work packages.

You will be a self-motivated individual with a strong degree of customer focus. You must be able and willing to understand the needs of the business partners, and to give these needs appropriate consideration when making decisions on any issues that may arise.

You must have an awareness of modern IT systems, project methodologies, tools, practices and approaches.

Closing date: Midday Monday 3 August 2015.
Interview date: TBA


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

email: IT-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply go to www3.open.ac.uk/employment, or email IT-Recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number 11389.

Please quote reference 11389



Project Manager (Europlanet2020-RI)

Faculty of Science, Department, Based in Milton Keynes

38,511 - 45,954. Temporary contract for 48 months

circulation date : 10/07/2015

closing date : 07/08/2015

The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure project (EPN2020-RI) seeks to address key scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science by providing open access to state-of-the-art research data, models and facilities across the European Research Area. By providing the underpinning facilities that European planetary scientists need to conduct their research, EPN2020-RI will create cooperation and effective synergies between its different components: space exploration, ground-based observations, laboratory and field experiments, numerical modelling, and technology. The project is a collaboration between 33 beneficiaries (partner institutions) with a further 22 affiliated partners providing support and contributions resourced from their own institutions or other funding routes. The project is based around 13 Work Packages that will enable a coherent and integrated approach to the challenge of unifying and optimising the capabilities among the European planetary science community.

As Project Manager, you will be key to the success of the project, working with all 33 partner institutions. Reporting to the project coordinator, you will maintain oversight of all Work Packages ensuring progress against project milestones and budgets. You will support the EPN2020-RI Executive Board and Committees, communicating and implementing decisions including the distribution of the grant amongst the beneficiaries, leading the development of the projects systems, procedures and records management systems and ensuring appropriate management and co-ordination in accordance with EU standards. Communication and negotiating skills will be critical in this post and experience in working with complex organizational structures will be valuable.

You will be required to undertake foreign travel including a one week annual project management meeting. The role holder is expected to attend meetings in Brussels, Belgium and may represent the project at other EU/EC project meetings in member states.


Closing date: noon on 7 August 2015

Expected start date as soon as possible after 1 September 2015


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

email: science-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply go to www3.open.ac.uk/employment, call the Recruitment Coordinator on +44 (0) 1908 858110 or email science-recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number.

Please quote reference 11236



RESEARCH 

  none currently available


SUPPORT STAFF 

Communications Assistant

Development Office, Based in Milton Keynes

21,391 - 24,057. Temporary contract for 4 years

circulation date : 16/07/2015

closing date : 13/08/2015

This new post will support marketing and communications activities, designed to help The Open University fulfill its social mission through fundraising and international development programmes. Your responsibilities will include writing fundraising letters and newsletters, creating presentations and designing reports and proposals. You will research and create relevant content for our social media and news pages, and build email campaigns. You will also manage the Open Universities stand at conferences and work on internal publicity.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline and be skilled in writing effective, engaging and concise copy for a range of audiences, in print and online. You will have marketing and communications experience and a proven ability to manage and prioritise a complex workload to tight deadlines. Your excellent IT skills will include Microsoft Office and website content management systems. An understanding of desktop design (InDesign) would be an advantage.

Closing date: 13 August 2015
Interview date: 4 September 2015


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

email: OUDO@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply go to www3.open.ac.uk/employment or contact Recruitment Co-ordinator by email on OUDO@open.ac.uk

Please quote reference 11398



Staffing and Finance Assistant

Library Services

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

circulation date : 17/07/2015

closing date : 14/08/2015

Library Services supports students in getting the most from their studies with The Open University. We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated individual with sound experience of administration, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and proven ability to maintain confidentiality and use their initiative.

Working within a small team and providing support to the Resources and Planning team, you will be ensuring delivery of all HR related administration, including recruitment, Health & Safety and facilities management, as well as supporting finance and data presentation.

You will be educated to A-Level standard or equivalent, with excellent MS Office skills, you will need to have sound organisational ability and experience of prioritising administrative demands. You must also demonstrate a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail. Previous experience of working with budgets and collation and analysis of data would be advantageous.

Closing date: 12 noon on 14 August 2015

Interviews will be held across 21, 24 & 25 August 2015


email: library-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 11421



Partnership Development Coordinator - China

The Open University Worldwide Ltd, Part of the Business Development Unit

Salary: 21.5k to 29.5k, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 16/07/2015

closing date : 13/08/2015

Temporary contract for 14 months to cover Maternity leave

An opportunity has arisen for a Partnership Development Coordinator (China) within the Partnerships Team of The Open University Worldwide Ltd. We are looking for candidates with Chinese Mandarin as their native language or as a fluent second language both written and spoken to assist the Partnership Manager (China) in partnership development and management of projects in China. You will have strong customer service skills, an analytical, methodical mind, with a keen eye for detail and enjoy working in an environment where you can apply your excellent organisational skills.

You will be responsible for providing written translations of documents and will also need to provide interpretation for some visiting / training events. You will be able to conduct relevant research in Chinese, and have knowledge of appropriate communication styles with Chinese organisations and personnel.

You will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) or have a good level of general education and will be required to quickly establish effective working relationships with Partner Institutions to ensure that appropriate services are delivered.

Applications must be received by midday on 13 August

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 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 8816



Travel Assistant

International Development Office, Based in Milton Keynes

21,391 - 24,057

circulation date : 16/07/2015

closing date : 30/07/2015

Temporary contract for maternity leave cover from 1 September 2015 until 31 October 2016

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.

You will be responsible for our complex international travel arrangements. You will liaise with a wide range of internal and culturally diverse external contacts at all levels. This requires the ability and commitment to present a professional impression of the International Development Office (IDO) and The Open University. You will work pro-actively to provide support to the IDO team and the international development project teams. You will require a high level of initiative and personal judgement to solve day-to-day issues as they arise.

You will be educated to GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics, with previous experience of arranging international business travel. You will be a strong team player with relevant office experience, excellent IT skills, and effective oral and written communication skills. You must enjoy a challenge and be able to work independently and accurately managing a large and complex workload to a professional standard.

Closing date: 30 July 2015

Interview date: 4 August 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 11425



Deanery Assistant, Learning and Teaching Support

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

21,391 to 24,057

circulation date : 13/07/2015

closing date : 10/08/2015

We are looking for a new member of staff to join our Deanery Team. If you enjoy working in a responsible role which requires excellent organisational and communications skills and you like supporting a diverse range of duties, then we are interested in hearing from you.

We are looking for an experienced and confident person to support senior managers and administrators in the Deanery of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology.

You will need to have a highly professional, service focussed, approach to your work with strong note taking and IT skills, and need to be very organised and self-motivated, with a proactive, flexible and helpful approach to work.

You will be an excellent team player and responsive to new initiatives.

Closing date: noon on Monday 10 August 2015.

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

email: mct-staffing-applications@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply go to www3.open.ac.uk/employment, or contact the Staffing Co-ordinator by sending an email to mct-staffing@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number.

All applications should be sent to mct-staffing-applications@open.ac.uk.

Please quote reference 11374



Receptionist

Dublin Advice and Enquiry Centre, The Open University in Ireland. Part time 22.2 hours per week

€25,989 - €28,299 ,989 pro rata or (18,549 - 20,198 Sterling)

circulation date : 09/07/2015

closing date : 06/08/2015

Temporary Contract until 31 July 2016

A small, friendly office in Dublin and stimulating work in a rapidly changing environment, working in the Open University in Ireland involves helping a wide range of people with their educational ambitions. We are currently seeking a part time receptionist to join our team, who can offer excellent front-of-house skills: good with people, confident with IT and able to work under pressure.

You will deal with a broad range of enquiries from current and potential students, about our range of courses and modes of study, predominantly on the telephone or in person. You present a welcoming and professional image, as befits the EU's largest University and a world leader in distance education.

Educated to at least Leaving Certificate level or equivalent, you will have strong office reception experience and be familiar with common IT applications and switchboard systems.

Closing date: 6 August 2015. Interview Date: 13 August and/or 14 August.


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

email: Ireland-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply go to www.open.ac.uk/employment
or email the Recruitment Co-ordinator Ireland-Recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number.


Please quote reference 11312



EXECUTIVE 

  none currently available


OTHER 

Full-time PhD studentship to start in October 2015

Department of Life Health and Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Science, based in Milton Keynes

Role of endothelial-derived vesicular MiRNAs on neuroinflammation

circulation date : 06/07/2015

closing date : 31/07/2015

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

Supervisors: 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.

Applicants should 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.

Please send a personal statement (outlining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date), together with your CV and a completed application form to the following email address: science-research-degrees@open.ac.uk or by post to the Research Co-ordinator, Science Deanery, K Block, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA to be received by midday, 31 July 2015.

Shortlisting will take place during the week of 3 August 2015 with the interviews following during the week of 24 August 2015.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

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

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 quote reference 8785



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