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Current Vacancies (External)

ACADEMIC 

Lecturer in History; Faculty of Arts; Based in Milton Keynes

14.8 hours per week, fixed term contract available immediately until 28 February 2017

31,342 - 37,394 pro-rata

circulation date : 19/02/2015

closing date : 19/03/2015

The Department of History is seeking to appoint a lecturer who will contribute to the support of our existing modules. This is likely to include participation in module teams for A327 Europe, 1914-89 War, Peace, Modernity, and one other undergraduate module. There is likely to also be an opportunity to contribute to the production of a new Level 2 History module on the history of Britain and Ireland in the long nineteenth century (1760-1900), including its relations with the wider world.

You will have a good honours degree in History and a completed doctoral degree in an appropriate historical subject. You will build on your proven successful teaching experience in higher education, and have an understanding of supported open and distance learning, particularly online teaching.

The Faculty has a strong commitment to collective working in teaching and scholarship.

Closing date: noon on 19 March 2015.
Interviews will be held on 28 April 2015.

email: Arts-recruit@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 contacting the Recruitment Co-ordinator via the email address provided quoting the reference number.

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

Please quote reference 11043



Lecturer in History; Faculty of Arts; Based in Milton Keynes

Fixed term contract for 6 months from 1 May 2015 to cover maternity leave

31,342 - 37,394

circulation date : 19/02/2015

closing date : 19/03/2015

The Department of History is seeking to appoint a lecturer who will contribute to the support of new and existing modules. This will include writing online support materials for a new module on the social history of Early Modern Europe (1500-1750) and participation in the module teams for one or more of our existing undergraduate modules.

You will have a good honours degree in History and a completed doctoral degree in an appropriate historical subject. You will build on your proven successful teaching experience in higher education, and have an understanding of supported open and distance learning, particularly online teaching.

The Faculty has a strong commitment to collective working in teaching and scholarship.

Closing date: noon on 19 March 2015.
Interviews will be held on 28 April 2015.

email: Arts-recruit@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 contacting the Recruitment Co-ordinator via the email address provided quoting the reference number.

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

Please quote reference 11042



Senior Lecturer x2

Open University Business School, Department of Accounting and Finance, Based in Milton Keynes

48,743 - 54,841

circulation date : 05/02/2015

closing date : 12/03/2015

The Department of Accounting and Finance is seeking to appoint two Senior Lecturers, one with expertise in management accounting and the other in financial accounting. You will contribute to our reputation for high quality research as part of a group of active research-led scholars, building on our record of academic excellence through research grants, publications and research degree supervision. You will also be expected to engage with policymaker and practitioner communities to increase the impact of your research.

You will contribute to our teaching portfolio, engaging with our distinctive teaching methods and developing new competences in this area. As part of The Open University Business School we are at the cutting edge of pedagogy, on-line education and practice based learning. You will have the opportunity to work in teams who are designing and delivering innovative, high quality and challenging learning experiences for our students.

You should have a passion for distance education and the values of the Open University; with the ability to generate equal enthusiasm and commitment in others, and with a willingness to develop the skills and capabilities required for our unique approach to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Furthermore, you should demonstrate an ability to engage with a wide range of people: your academic peers, your students, their tutors within relevant business and professional environments. You will also be able to demonstrate the organisational skills to deal with innovation and change, and to manage conflicting demands and meet deadlines. You will have a Doctorate in a related area and be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of continuing research publications and associated research activity.

The structure of work at the OU means that central academic staff spend significantly less time in face-to-face teaching and marking than is common in traditional universities. This permits the organisation of more clearly delineated research time each year.

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

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 (link above).


Please quote reference 11002



ACADEMIC RELATED 

IT Security Specialist

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 12/02/2015

closing date : 12/03/2015

We are looking for a Security Specialist to work within the IT, Information Security team, reporting to the Head of IT Security.

You will be responsible in ensuring that the confidentiality, availability and integrity of the Open University's information and information systems are protected. This will primarily be achieved through identification and recommendation of risk mitigation treatment plans, leading on Security initiatives to improve the maturity of Information security in line with organisation goals and specialist security consultancy to support the needs of the university. You will be expected to demonstrate experience in these areas.

You must be experienced in performing formalised risk assessments using industry methods. Delivery of quality documentation including, but not limited to; Risk assessments, policy, standards, procedures, guidelines, exception reporting and management summaries.
Your knowledge of Information security will be up-to-date, aware of the latest threats and fully conversant with security Standards and best practice such as ISO/IEC 27001/2, SANS and of PCI/DSS.

You will work closely with other IT professionals and staff across the University and will require strong communications skills with the capability of translating risks and complex technical issues into easy to assimilate information

Closing date: Midday 12 March 2015.

Interview date: tbc.

email: IT-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

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

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


Please quote reference 11058



Senior Development Officer

Development Office, Based in Milton Keynes

31,342 - 37,394, Temporary contract for 4 years

circulation date : 26/02/2015

closing date : 19/03/2015

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced fundraiser to join the Open University's Development Office; a fast-paced, expanding team, responsible for generating philanthropic revenue for the university. The fundraiser will be raising philanthropic funds by securing legacy pledges and mid-level donations.

Working in the Alumni Fundraising Team you will be expected to be an enthusiastic fundraiser, familiar with meeting prospects and donors face-to-face to garner their support and commitment.

You will identify and engage prospects through individual visits, events and personal contact, whilst developing burgeoning mid-level fundraising activity, including bespoke direct mail. You may need to work closely with colleagues across the university to ensure the wishes of individual donors are viable and fulfilled.

You will be educated to degree level (or equivalent), be a strong team player with a proactive approach, have effective oral and written communication skills and enjoy a challenge.

Closing date: 19 March 2015

Interview date: 1 April 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 11106



Online Project Producer

Open Media Unit

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

circulation date : 19/02/2015

closing date : 12/03/2015

Temporary Contract until 31 December 2016 Ref: 11089

Temporary Contract until 29 February 2016 Ref: 11090


OpenLearn is the home of free learning from The Open University. Annually, 5,000,000 people visit us and this role is about ensuring that, whether they want more on an OU/BBC broadcast, to understand a subject in the news, or to try an extract of OU course materials, their visit is successful, enlightening and - sometimes - life-changing.

We are looking for an Online Project Producer with web production/editing skills. You will need to demonstrate a passion for creating and curating learning experiences for a range of audiences.

You will be working in a team with a Senior Producer and two other Online Project Producers. You will work with others in the OMU, course teams, LTS and the BBC.

You must have experience of devising and producing online educational material; researching and writing online content; sourcing images or other assets and/or managing text, HTML and video/audio content within a CMS.

Closing date: 11:00 am 12 March 2015.

Interview date: tbc week beginning 13 April 2015.

email: chris.ryan@open.ac.uk 

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

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

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


Please quote reference 11089 & 11090



Portfolio Office Manager

Strategy Office

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

circulation date : 19/02/2015

closing date : 12/03/2015

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced portfolio manager to join one of the UK's most respected national institutions. We play a unique role in society making higher education open to all and promoting social justice.

The revolution in higher education funding, rising global competition and maturing customer service demands have led to the development of significant portfolios of change at the Open University.

You will support the Head of Portfolio in assuring the Director of Strategy, the Vice Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor's Executive that the University's strategic plan will be successfully implemented. You will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of the Portfolio Office's services to help build the organisation's capability to deliver change effectively and confidently. You will line manage a small team, act as the main point of contact for stakeholders, and oversee ad-hoc projects and continuous improvement activities.

You will be an experienced portfolio manager with great team leadership skills, a deep understanding of assurance and project delivery, and the knowledge and communication skills to advise and support all levels of the organisation to deliver change successfully.

Closing date: noon 12 March 2015.

Interview date: w/c: 23 March 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 11052



Director of Marketing

Marketing

92,890 to 105,419 per annum plus market related pay, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 10/02/2015

closing date : 03/03/2015

This is a tremendously exciting time to join the Open University, following the appointment of the new Vice Chancellor. You will be responsible for creating and leading a marketing centre of excellence which proactively and reactively supports the University's purpose and vision.

It is both a strategic and tactical role requiring the creation and delivery of effective brand and marketing strategy both on and off line and leading the way in effectively understanding and utilising the data available internally and externally.

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate extensive marketing, commercial and leadership experience probably gained in consumer services businesses, the ability to create and deliver marketing strategy and effective campaigns above and below the line including significant digital marketing and a deep understanding of brands and brand marketing. You will be successful in data driven marketing and creating actionable insights from data and information, and a naturally collaborative style and a real desire to deliver excellent service to internal stakeholders as well as external customers.

To apply for this role or obtain further information, please contact Philippa Drew at Better Placed Executive on 0113 236 4050 or email link below:-

Closing date: 3 March 2015

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

email: philippadrew@betterplacedexecutive.com 

Please quote reference 11085



Senior Student Services Manager, Student Support Team Hub

Student Services (Student Support)

38,511 - 45,954

circulation date : 12/02/2015

closing date : 05/03/2015

Can be based in any location, the post-holder will be required to be based 2 days each week in Milton Keynes

Are you passionate about enhancing student success and are seeking a varied and rewarding Senior Manager role within Student Services?

We are looking for a confident and dynamic individual who has excellent insight into the student experience and a commitment to improving student success. You will support Student Support Teams to develop our pro-active and reactive information, advice and guidance (IAG) service to students, specifically in the area of policy, practice and process.

We need an individual with effective interpersonal, influencing and negotiating skills preferably with front line experience of supporting students. The ability to tailor communications to different audiences is essential.

As a member of the Student Support Team Hub, you will work primarily with Student Support Team operational managers and advisory staff but will undertake collaborative working with a range of stakeholders.

Closing date: 5 March 2015.

Interviews will be held on 19 March 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 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 10983



Research Engineer: Web, Mobile and Internet of Things

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

31,342 to 37,394, Temporary Contract to 31 December 2016

circulation date : 05/02/2015

closing date : 05/03/2015

The Computing and Communications Department at The Open University is looking for a Research Engineer to develop innovative software and data solutions as part of the smart city project MK:Smart (www.mksmart.org).

You will possess skills in one or all of these areas: web development (back-end and front-end) using Python; Java etc, mobile application development (Android or iOS); Internet of Things development (Arduino, smart meters); data management and processing, especially related to sensor data, testing of applications with end users.

You will work as part of a large research team comprised of computing, human-computer interaction and visualisation experts, and contribute to the development of an urban data infrastructure.

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

Closing date: noon on 5 March 2015.

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

email: MCT-Staffing-Applications@open.ac.uk 

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

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


Please quote reference 10937



Qualifications Manager

The Open University Business School, Based in Milton Keynes

31,342 - 37,394, Temporary contract until 31 July 2016

circulation date : 12/02/2015

closing date : 05/03/2015

The Open University Business School is seeking to recruit a Qualifications Manager to work predominantly with our Executive Education Team on a temporary contract.

You will need a range of skills including a first degree (or equivalent) in education or work experience at a comparable level. A successful record of managing projects or knowledge of the University's course development processes, website maintenance, managing budgets and administrative experience in a higher educational establishment.

Closing date for electronic applications: Midday on 5 March 2015, Interview date: 20 March 2015.

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

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 (link above).


Please quote reference 11056



Assistant Accountant

Finance Division

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

circulation date : 19/02/2015

closing date : 12/03/2015

The Accounting Services section of Finance Division is responsible for providing accounting information and support to the University's budget holders and University managers, and for preparing the annual consolidated financial statements.

We are looking for an Assistant Accountant to support the production of the University's financial statements and provide financial support and advice to the University's children's centre including the production of financial statements. In addition, the Assistant Accountant will support the production of various reports to senior managers and external agencies.

You will have relevant finance related work experience and good communication and organisational skills. You will also have excellent IT skills and be competent in creating and using complex Excel spreadsheets. You will be required to work with minimal supervision; the ability to manage a varied work load and work to deadlines is essential. You will be at least a part qualified accountant with one of the major accounting bodies (CCAB).

Closing date: 4pm 12 March 2015.

Interview date: Week commencing 23 March 2014.

email: Finance-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

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

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


Please quote reference 11078



RESEARCH 

Research Assistant/Associate (Urban Data Mining)

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), Based in Milton Keynes

28,695 - 37,394, Temporary contract until 31 December 2016

circulation date : 19/02/2015

closing date : 16/03/2015

On 1st January 2014 The Open University (OU) launched MK:SMART, an OU-led consortium of local and national partners engaged in a £16m Smart City, Big Data initiative which will develop innovative solutions to support economic growth in Milton Keynes. Central to the project is the creation of a state-of-the-art 'MK Data Hub' which will support the acquisition and management of vast amounts of data relevant to city systems from a variety of data sources, such as, specially deployed energy, transport and water sensors, satellite sources, social and economic datasets, and crowd sourced data from social media or specialised apps. The data hub will include advanced data integration, analytics and mining services, providing developers with state-of-the-art techniques to abstract valuable information from heterogeneous datasets.

We are currently looking for a Research Assistant/Associate to conduct research into such analytics and mining services in the context of the MK:Smart project.

Closing date: 16 March 2015

Interview date: During April 2015

email: kmi-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

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

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


Please quote reference 11069



Research Assistant/Associate

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), Based in Milton Keynes

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

circulation date : 19/02/2015

closing date : 25/03/2015

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

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

Closing date: 25 March 2015

Interview date: During April 2015

email: kmi-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

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

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



Please quote reference 11093



Research Associate, DSDM Project

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

31,342 - 37,394 (pro rata for part time)

circulation date : 12/02/2015

closing date : 13/03/2015

Temporary 8 month full time post, part time will be considered.

The Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, Department of Computing and Communications are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on a DSDM Consortium-funded Agile Research Network project, as directed by the project's PI, Helen Sharp (see agileresearchnetwork.org).

The aim of the project is to investigate practitioner-identified problems, seek out research that may alleviate the problem and implement relevant practices, in conjunction with the organisation.

You will work with three academic members of the project team. On occasion the work is expected to entail site visits in the UK requiring overnight stay.

We are looking for outstanding candidates with a proven track record and potential to conduct research at the highest international level.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this role before making an application please email Professor Helen Sharp (Helen.sharp@open.ac.uk).

Closing date: noon on 13 March 2015

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

email: MCT-Staffing@open.ac.uk 

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

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


Please quote reference 11070



Research Assistant/Associate, Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)

Based in Milton Keynes, Temporary contract for 24 months

28,695 - 37,394

circulation date : 22/01/2015

closing date : 04/03/2015

Declared by Harvard Business Review as the "sexiest job of the 21st century" data scientists are a rare breed, e.g. a well-known McKinsey study estimated already in 2011 that the United States will soon require 60% more graduates able to handle large amounts of data as part of their daily jobs.

The new EU funded project the European Data Science Academy (edsa-project.eu) will address this problem in three ways:

Demand analysis: through interviews of focused groups and trend mining tools scrutinizing thousands of job descriptions and technology blogs.

Data science curricula: high-quality, multilingual and multimodal training materials (eBooks, slides, video lectures, online demonstrators and showcases, data sets, online courses) available on multiple platforms.

Training delivery and learning analytics: through the use of platforms such as VideoLectures.NET and iTunes U. A suite of machine learning tools will provide an analytics dashboard ensuring that we deliver positive targeted learning experiences.

Closing date: 4 March 2015
Interview date: During March 2015

email: kmi-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

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

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


Please quote reference 11038



SUPPORT STAFF 

Research and Information Officer (Maternity cover)

Open University Students Association, Based in Milton Keynes

25,513 - 30,434, Temporary contract to cover maternity leave until 30 September 2015

circulation date : 13/02/2015

closing date : 03/03/2015

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 large and extremely diverse body of students. Whilst we operate within a world-class University, we are not run by the OU. OUSA is a separate organisation, a registered charity in its own right, run by its elected student leaders. Our small team of dedicated, professional staff provide the vital support needed to deliver excellent services for our students.

The Job
This key role is focused on improving our ability to listen to our members, monitoring our impact and making better use of student opinion to inform decision making. The role leads on our research work by designing, delivering, reporting on and evaluating projects aimed at bettering our organisation and furthering our goal to ensure the student voice is heard.

The Person
You will be educated to degree level or equivalent with a passion for undertaking a variety of formal and informal research and consultation processes that will truly influence our decisions and the future direction of the organisation. You will have experience in undertaking such work and the ability to be creative and innovate new ways for us to obtain live feedback and gain new information, striving to go beyond the norm to achieve a better result. For the right candidate, we would consider a secondment.

How to apply
No CVs will be accepted. OUSA Application forms and further particulars with more information on the roles, our organisation and the selection process can be downloaded from The Open University website: http://www3.open.ac.uk/employment/job-details.asp?id=8404 and submitted electronically to OUSA-Jobs@open.ac.uk.

Closing date for applications: 12 pm (midday) on 3 March 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.
Open University Students Association, Charity Commission Registration Number in England & Wales: 1144251; in Scotland SC042840

email: OUSA-Jobs@open.ac.uk 

Please quote reference 8576



Staffing Assistant

Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP), Based in Milton Keynes

21,391 - 24,057 (pro-rata if part-time), Temporary contract until 31st July 2016

circulation date : 12/02/2015

closing date : 05/03/2015

Full-Time position or Part-Time will be considered 30 hours over 5 days.

The Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP) is responsible for providing Open University institutional approval for a large number of institutions in the UK and worldwide and validation for their academic programmes.

We are looking for a new member of staff to join our Planning and Resources Team to support the Manager: Planning and Resources in CICP.

If you enjoy working in a responsible role which requires excellent organisational and communications skills and you like supporting a diverse range of duties, including recruitment and staffing then we are interested in hearing from you.

You will have a highly professional, customer service focussed approach to your work with excellent administration and IT skills. You will be 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.

If you would like to discuss the position please contact Mr Phil Berry, Deputy Director, CICP (phil.berry@open.ac.uk)

Closing date: Midday 5 March 2015

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

email: CICP-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

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


Please quote reference 11065



EXECUTIVE 

  none currently available


OTHER 

PHD Studentships in Mathematics and Statistics

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

Based in Milton Keynes,

circulation date : 16/02/2015

closing date : 17/04/2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

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

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

Please quote reference 8555



Full-time, 3-year PhD Studentship Vacancies

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 12/02/2015

closing date : 13/04/2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Closing date: 13 April 2015

Interviews will commence in May/June 2015


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

Equal Opportunity is University Policy


Please quote reference 8574



PhD Studentships, Department of Computing and Communications

A full-time funded PhD Studentship commencing October 2015, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Te

Approximate annual stipend of 13,863

circulation date : 05/02/2015

closing date : 07/04/2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Equal Opportunity is University Policy

email: lucia.rapanotti@open.ac.uk 

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

Please quote reference 8552



PhD Studentships in Applied Linguistics, Childhood Studies, Education (including International Education), Languages, Technology Enhanced Learning and Literacies.

Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)

circulation date : 09/01/2015

closing date : 09/03/2015

The Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology, at the Open University has an international reputation for the quality of its research. Providing research students with a supportive environment and excellent research facilities ensures a future supply of first class researchers. CREET offers you a unique opportunity to study for a PhD in Applied Linguistics, Childhood Studies, Education (including International Education), Language and Literacy Studies, Technology Enhanced Learning with guidance from world-class experts in the field. If you feel that the challenge of research in these exciting and interesting areas is for you and you have the drive and intellectual curiosity to pursue postgraduate research, then we look forward to hearing from you! We welcome proposals for interdisciplinary research in these areas.

CREET is offering a limited number of fully funded and partially funded full-time studentships for a 1 + 3 programme (MRes and PhD). Half-funded studentships are also available for applicants who have already secured an external sponsor and you should indicate this in your application when you apply. Applicants who are able to fully fund themselves are very welcome to apply to CREET.

You should have, or expect, a 2.1 or above in an undergraduate degree or a Masters degree in education, language studies, psychology, computer science or another appropriate discipline.

The Open University is one of the UK's leading Research Institutions. In the 2014 REF 72% of its research was rated as "world leading" or "internationally excellent".

There is currently a vibrant international community of students studying our MRes and PhD programmes. The Open University provides excellent support for students and offers a full range of training in computer, library and presentation skills. The studentships are full time at the Milton Keynes campus and students are normally expected to live within commuting distance of Milton Keynes.

Funding is available for UK, EU and International students. Full funding for PhD studentships will include fees and maintenance (13863 in 2014/15) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Further information, including more details of CREET research, can be found at http://www.open.ac.uk/creet/main/.

Closing date: 9 March 2015.
Interviews will commence in April/May 2015.

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


email: CREET-student-enquiries@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply for the studentships, call Anne Foward, Student Coordinator, on 01908 655364 or e-mail (see link above)

Please quote reference 8453



6 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships in Open World Learning

Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET) - The Open University

circulation date : 03/02/2015

closing date : 09/03/2015

The Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET), at the Open University has an international reputation for the quality of its research. Providing research students with a supportive environment and excellent research facilities ensures a future supply of first class researchers. CREET offers you a unique opportunity to study for a PhD in Technology Enhanced Learning, Learning Analytics, Open Educational Research, Education Language and Literacy Studies, with guidance from world-class experts in the field.

In 2015 CREET is offering 6 full-time fully funded Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships for research in Open World Learning, leading to a PhD. Learning in the 21st century is undergoing radical transformation as a result of the impact of digital networked technologies. Open learning gives unprecedented access to information and education and provides support to learners across the globe. It is not the technologies themselves that represent the biggest change, but the opportunities for openness - in the shape of access to formal and informal learning - that flow from their thoughtful application. Ironically, changes in learning may exclude the very people who most stand to benefit from them. Those likely to complete free, online courses tend to be qualified to degree level already. So is the revolution in open learning in danger of increasing the digital divide? It is questions like this that the Open World Learning (OWL) programme will address. Over the period 2015-2020 OWL will offer 15 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and 3 funded by the Open University.

Candidates for Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships are expected to produce a proposal linked to one topic from the list below. In your application you will provide a short research proposal explaining how this fits the overall theme of Open World Learning and how you intend to conduct research on the topic selected. In generating your proposal please refer to the additional information for each topic available at http://www.open.ac.uk/creet/main/news/leverhulme-doctoral-scholarships.

- Big data and open learning
- Citizen observatories and the environment
- Digital technology and education futures
- Educator roles in open online courses
- Human wellbeing, open education and technology
- Impact of Open Educational Resources
- Investigating Children's Use of Open Digital Narratives
- Mobile Literacies for Effective Open Learning
- Rethinking student feedback in an open world
- Social networking in language learning and teaching
- Surveillance, Privacy and Learning Analytics
- The role of open practices in enhancing teacher education in LICs
- Understandings of Cultural Openness in Education and Enterprise

If you feel that the challenge of research in these exciting and interesting areas is for you and you have the drive and intellectual curiosity to pursue postgraduate research, then we look forward to hearing from you!

You should have, or expect, a 2.1 or above in an undergraduate degree or a Masters degree in education, language studies, psychology, computer science or another appropriate discipline.

The Open University is one of the UK's leading Research Institutions. In the 2014 REF 72% of its research was rated as "world leading" or "internationally excellent". The Open University is ranked 2nd in the UK for its Education research based on quality and breadth (Times Higher research power).

There is currently a vibrant international community of students studying our MRes and PhD programmes. The Open University provides excellent support for students and offers a full range of training in computer, library and presentation skills. The studentships are full time at the Milton Keynes campus and students are normally expected to live within commuting distance of Milton Keynes.

Funding is available for UK, EU and International students. Full funding for the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships include fees and a living allowance for three years, depending on satisfactory progress. The living allowance is currently £13,840 in 2014/15.

Please indicate explicitly in your application that you are applying for Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships in Open World Learning.

Further information, including more details of CREET research, can be found at http://www.open.ac.uk/creet/main/.

Closing date: 9 March 2015.
Interviews will commence in April/May 2015.


email: CREET-student-enquiries@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply for the studentships call Anne Foward, Student Coordinator, on 01908 655364 or e-mail CREET-student-enquiries@open.ac.uk.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.



Please quote reference 8544



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



Full-time PhD studentship - Physics-based enhancement of the performance of remote acoustics and seismic sensors

Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology (MCT) - Department of Engineering and Innovation

circulation date : 26/01/2015

closing date : 04/03/2015

Acoustics Research Group
Full time - 3 years from 1 April 2015
Approximate annual stipend of £13,863


This research project is part-funded by Komcept Solutions Ltd (KSL) who specialise in the manufacture of perimeter security systems and communication links for such systems. Among their current products are a seismic sensor and a directional microphone. KSL would like to extend their useful range and are interested in the development of physics-based methods for enhancing acoustic and seismic sensor performance.

The potential research directions include the use of acoustic-to-seismic coupling to distinguish between seismic signals generated by airborne sources and by sources located on the ground surface and the use of local configurations and topography to create surface waves and thereby cause passive amplification and filtering of acoustic and seismic signals arriving at sensors.

You will be registered for a full-time PhD degree at the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK). This work will involve visits to KSL headquarters in Ashton, Northants to conduct field trials at their site. You will be supervised by Dr Shahram Taherzadeh, Prof. Keith Attenborough and Dr David Sharp.

You will have a first class or upper second-class Honours or an MSc degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, physics, engineering or a related subject. You will need to demonstrate a strong background in numerical and experimental methods and an ability to communicate clearly both orally and through the written word. Previous experience and knowledge of acoustics is desirable but not essential.

General information about studying for a research degree with the Open University and how to apply is available from the Research Degrees Prospectus at: http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/index.htm

More information about the Acoustics Research Group can be found at: http://acoustics.open.ac.uk. Interested applicants should contact Dr Shahram Taherzadeh (shahram.taherzadeh@open.ac.uk) or Prof. Keith Attenborough (keith.attenborough@open.ac.uk).

Deadline for applications is 15th February 2015

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

email: shahram.taherzadeh@open.ac.uk Dr Shahram Taherzadeh
email: keith.attenborough@open.ac.uk Prof. Keith Attenborough

Please quote reference 8524



PhD Studentship - Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

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

circulation date : 08/01/2015

closing date : 31/03/2015

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


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

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

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

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

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

- Migration, development and innovation

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

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

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

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

Closing date for applications: 31st March 2015

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

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

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

Please quote reference 8457



PhD Studentships 2015

The Open University Business School

circulation date : 15/01/2015

closing date : 12/03/2015

The Open University Business School invites applications for full-time PhD studentships starting in October 2015. Studentships are attached to specific research projects which are described at www.open.ac.uk/business-school-phd. The studentships cover tuition fees, a research training support grant and a starting stipend of circa £14,000 per year. This is a full-time three-year studentship and you would be required to live in the UK and usually within commuting distance of the Milton Keynes campus.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who have a good honours degree at a minimum of 2:1 or equivalent in a related subject, plus around 120 credits of advanced research methods skills or ideally a Masters in research methods. Candidates who do not have sufficient research methods training may be offered a place on our one-year full time Masters in Research Methods course.

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

Further details of the individual projects and how to apply can be found via the Business School link above.

Interviews will form part of the selection process and are to be held in April/May 2015 in person (or via web conference if required). PhD applicants are expected to give a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation about their proposal, followed by a question and answer session.

The closing date for applications is midday GMT on Thursday 12 March 2015

Equal Opportunity is University Policy

email: oubs-research@open.ac.uk 

For enquiries email the link above.

Please quote reference 8490



Research Studentships (MPhil/PhD) - Faculty of Health and Social Care

Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 08/01/2015

closing date : 20/03/2015

The Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University is offering funded full-time studentships and self-funded part-time students. The Faculty's research focuses on the following areas: ageing and later life; reproductive and sexual health; death and dying; living with a disability and/or long term condition; children and young people; parenting and families. Applications are encouraged in a range of research projects outlined at: http://www.open.ac.uk/health-and-social-care/main/research/post-grad-research/student-community

Our research draws on various methodologies and forms of analysis and much is largely multidisciplinary work across the social sciences, in drawing on medical sociology, critical psychology, anthropology and other critical, applied social sciences.

Studentships commence October 2015. Applicants must normally reside in the UK for the duration of their registration.

All students are supported to develop a range of academic and other research skills. In addition, full-time students will be offered opportunities to develop experience in teaching in the faculty.

For detailed information, and to apply online, see links below; or contact Faculty Research Office by e-mail hsc-research-enquiries@open.ac.uk, Tel: 01908 858373.

Closing date 12 noon on 20 March.
Interviews to be held in May.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy

email: hsc-research-enquiries@open.ac.uk 

Please quote reference 8475



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