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Current Vacancies (External)

ACADEMIC 

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Strategic Management

The Faculty of Business and Law

Lecturer 38,511 - 45,954, Senior Lecturer 48,743 - 54,841, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 05/05/2015

closing date : 02/06/2015

The Open University Business School is looking to recruit a Senior Lecturer or Lecturer (depending on qualifications and experience) who can make a significant contribution to strategic management research and teaching within the Department for Strategy and Marketing.

Candidates will have a relevant doctorate, demonstrate an interest in innovative approaches to teaching, and have publications in internationally recognised journals in the area of strategic management.

The successful candidate will contribute to the design, development and delivery of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as conducting research and publishing in high quality journals. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates whose research interests complement one or more of the Strategy Group's areas of emphasis: non-market strategy, international strategy, and strategy practice.

Closing date: midday on 2 June 2015.

Interview date: 1st July 2015

email: oubs-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (oubs-recruitment@open.ac.uk), quoting the reference number.

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




Please quote reference 11205



Professor in Law

The Open University Law School, Based in Milton Keynes

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

circulation date : 21/05/2015

closing date : 21/07/2015

Part-time 18.5 hours per week

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

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

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

Closing date for applications: midday on 21 July 2015

Presentation and Interview dates: 16 and 17 September 2015

email: oubs-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

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

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


Please quote reference 11122



ACADEMIC RELATED 

Developer

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 29/05/2015

closing date : 19/06/2015

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

You will have experience of working in a development environment comprising C#.NET preferably in the .NET 4 Framework. Strong jQuery and JavaScript skills as well as the ability to build XHTML and HTML5 compliant mark-up and a good understanding of CSS2/CSS are also required. Experience of Automated testing using tools such as NUnit and Selenium and familiarity with Entity Framework, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and enabling technologies, particularly WCF are also expected.

A good knowledge of Oracle is also desirable but it is essential that you will have a good knowledge of working with Relational Database technologies.

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

Closing date Midday 19 June 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 11291



Test Team Lead

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 25/05/2015

closing date : 15/06/2015

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

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

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

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

Closing date: Midday 15 June 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 11279



Resource, Planning and Liaison Manager

Student Recruitment & Fees

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

circulation date : 22/05/2015

closing date : 12/06/2015

We are looking for an experienced manager with a customer contact centre workforce management background to lead the Resource Planning team in providing a clear current and future view of the resource required to meet enquirer and student demand, through the deployment of best practice methodologies.

You will be required to manage and support staff through a period of change to existing working practice and be able to work independently as well as part of a team. A collaborative approach to working with the contact centre Operations teams is fundamental. You will be able to adopt a rigorous approach to operational detail, while keeping focused on the broader strategic context. You will have strong analytical and communication skills, both written and verbal.

Closing date: 12 June 2015

Interview date: to be confirmed

email: SRF-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 652075 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 11230



Project Officer (Radiation Simulation Scientist)

Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Sciences, Centre for Electronic Imaging

31,342 - 37,394, Temporary contract for six months, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 22/05/2015

closing date : 05/06/2015

We are seeking a Radiation Simulation Scientist to work on the instrument background simulations for the JANUS high resolution camera, part of the payload on board the forthcoming JUICE spacecraft by the European Space Agency to study Jupiter and its moons Ganymede, Europa and Callisto. You will join a vibrant team of scientists and engineers at the Centre of Electronic Imaging and will play a key role in the simulation of the radiation environment of the new sensor.

We are seeking an exceptional individual with good understanding and experience in modelling physical environments. A degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. physics or electronic engineering) or equivalent, is required, and a working knowledge of simulation software (in particular Geant 4 or Spenvis), radiation modelling, or radiation effects is desirable.

You will be based in Milton Keynes, working closely with our industrial collaborators e2v Ltd., and our international partners the European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Space Agency (DLR). Good team working and inter-personal skills will be required, including the ability to travel to attend meetings in the UK and Europe.

Closing date: 5 June 2015.

Interview date is to be confirmed.

email: science-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 653485 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 11229



PMO Analyst

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 21/05/2015

closing date : 11/06/2015

We are looking for a PMO Analyst to work within the IT PMO Office, reporting to the Head of Portfolio Office. This role is to provide comprehensive support to a large and diverse portfolio of projects, communicating with IT Project Managers, Assistant Directors, Chief Information Officer and Business stakeholders.

You will have demonstrable and proven experience of working in an IT portfolio / programme management office, working with a portfolio of medium to large IT projects. You will have a good awareness of project methodologies, practices and approaches and strong understanding of the software development life cycle. Ability to work on tasks and drive change to completion, working under own initiative with minimal direction. You will be enthusiastic, with the ability to understand, communicate and resolve complex issues. You will have strong communication and stakeholder management skills, and will be able to influence and negotiate with colleagues outside of the immediate team.

This is a key role in the PMO, working across the full portfolio and involves tracking/reporting, assurance/quality control, information management, financial tracking, risk/issue tracking, change control, support and knowledge management.

Closing date: Midday 11 June 2015

Interview date: To be agreed


email: IT-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 653285 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

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



Please quote reference 11244



Director, Student Support Team Hub

The Open University, Based in: Milton Keynes

Salary: c. 75,000

circulation date : 19/05/2015

closing date : 09/06/2015

The Open University 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, prove themselves, keep mentally active. The Open University is open to them all.

Open University students are provided with support from a dedicated Student Support Team (SST). The SST is a grouping of staff from across the University, its nations and regions, who have a shared purpose in supporting students who are studying a particular area of the curriculum. SSTs provide personalised, curriculum-focused support to students throughout their study journey, thereby maximising their chances of achieving their study goals.

Working with Student Support Teams, the SST Hub facilitates the development, enhancement and effective use of learner support services and systems based in 12 UK locations. In an evolving HE and Open University environment, the SST Hub also facilitates service quality enhancement through staff development and the collection and use of data and MI to plan, inform and improve services to students.

Reporting to the Director, Student Support, the Director, Student Support Team Hub will lead the development and execution of relevant strategies to help achieve the desired outcomes across a range of activities and performance measures. You will have responsibility to cost-effectively deliver a best-in-class service to a multi-centre Student Support Team operation, balancing the needs and recommendations of Student Services and faculties with the wider needs and priorities of the University. An experienced practitioner, you will have managed teams successfully, have a proven customer focus and a strong vision in relation to enabling students to succeed and to provide them with an outstanding experience.

Further information on the role, The Open University and detail on how to apply is available at http://www.aspenpeople.co.uk/theou/

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

Closing date: Tuesday 9th June 2015

email: kgall@aspenpeople.co.uk Katy Gall

Please quote reference 11142



Management Accountant

Finance Division

38,511 - 51,702, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 28/05/2015

closing date : 18/06/2015

The Open University is one of the UK's most respected national institutions and the market leader in distance higher education. Since it opened to students in 1971, it has been inspiring learning and creating higher educational opportunities to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential, whatever their previous academic attainments. It has demonstrated excellence in research and teaching and confirmed its enormous reach through its use of open educational resources.

The Finance Division is looking for a proactive and self-starting CCAB qualified accountant to join our dynamic team, providing support to business development and academic units. This will include the development of management information, processes and systems to support decision making at strategic and operational levels.

In addition to relevant finance related work experience, you should have strong negotiating and communication skills including the ability to engage with, and present solutions to, senior non-finance staff. You must be able to work independently and provide operational and strategic financial direction and leadership, and be willing to undertake a diverse and demanding workload.

This is a challenging but rewarding opportunity for a strongly motivated accountant wanting to contribute to the on-going success of the University.

Closing date: 4pm 18 June 2015

Interview date: Week commencing: 29 June 2015.

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 on 01908 652042 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 11241



Head of Testing

Information Technology

48,743 - 54841; Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 21/05/2015

closing date : 11/06/2015

We are seeking an experienced Head of Testing to lead an in house test capability.

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

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

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

Closing date: Midday 11 June 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 11277



Solution Architect x 2

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 07/05/2015

closing date : 29/05/2015

We are looking for a business-focussed, innovative and pragmatic Solution Architect to design solutions that meet business requirements and are aligned with architectural roadmaps, from bespoke innovative digital content distribution and advanced virtual learning environments to more traditional business systems that may encompass COTS and SaaS solutions. This is a fantastic opportunity for a Solution Architect/Designer to join an organisation offering long-term career prospects and genuine career progression.

You will need to be comfortable working as part of a team and on your own along with being confident enough to speak to both non-technical and technical minds. This position will suit someone with excellent IT knowledge, a positive outlook and self-motivation. 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.

Ideally you will be an experienced Solution Architect with TOGAF certification and experience of working in an agile focused environment. However, if you are in a leading design or Application Architect role interested in moving into Solution Architecture, then we will be interested in hearing from you.

Closing date: Midday 29 May 2015. Interview date: TBA

email: it-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

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

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


Please quote reference 11197



IT Project Manager

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 14/05/2015

closing date : 04/06/2015

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

You will ideally be self-motivated individual who relishes the challenge presented by change projects which deliver real and tangible bottom-line value. You will be working within a team of professional IT Project Managers in a matrixed environment to deliver projects through the full project lifecycle; you will be a strong team player and communicator who can confidently drive projects forward.

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

Closing date: Midday 4 June 2015

Interview date: tba

email: IT-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

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

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


Please quote reference 11237



Lead Architect

IT Development

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

circulation date : 14/05/2015

closing date : 04/06/2015

We are seeking a business-focussed, innovative and pragmatic Lead Architect to join the Open University Architecture team delivering an architecture vision that will lead the University into its next chapter.

As Lead Architect, you will operate the Solution Architecture team reporting into the Head of Architecture. You will act as a mentor to the Solution Architects and provide a point of escalation for technical and business stakeholders. You will require negotiation and conflict management skills and the ability to build trusted relationships with stakeholders. You will also be chairing the Technical Design Authority, have input into Enterprise Architecture.

Solutions produced by your team will comprise of COTS, SaaS and bespoke developed components integrated through SOA and you will provide leadership in these areas.

Ideally you will be an experienced Enterprise / Solution Architect with experience of team management roles. However, if you are in an Architect or Development Manager looking to step into Lead Architect, then we will be interested in hearing from you.

Closing date: Midday, 4 June 2015

Interview date: TBA

email: it-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 653285 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

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


Please quote reference 11238



Enterprise Data Architect

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 14/05/2015

closing date : 04/06/2015

We are looking for a business-focussed, innovative and pragmatic Enterprise Data Architect to build and maintain a Data Strategy for the University, to take part in a governance process and provide SME support to projects. This is a fantastic opportunity for an Enterprise Data Architect to join an organisation offering long-term career prospects and genuine career progression.

You will need to be comfortable working as part of a team and on your own along with being confident enough to speak to both business stakeholders and technical SMEs. This position will suit someone with a positive outlook and self-motivation. You will have experience of physical and logical data modelling in relational, NoSQL and analytical data stores, plus conceptual data modelling. You will have knowledge of solutions based on SAS, Oracle and SQL Server in 24x7 environments and integration using ETL and SOA.

Ideally you will be an experienced Data Architect with TOGAF certification and have practice of working in an agile focused environment. However, if you are in another Architect or data focused role interested in moving into Enterprise Data Architecture, then we will be interested in hearing from you.

Closing date: Midday 4 June 2015.

Interview date: To be confirmed.

email: it-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

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

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


Please quote reference 11233



IT Project Manager

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 14/05/2015

closing date : 04/06/2015

We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced hands-on IT Project Manager with a genuine track record of successful project deliveries on a broad range of complex and varied project assignments to work within an agile software development method.

You will ideally be a self-motivated individual who relishes the challenge presented by IT change projects which deliver real and tangible bottom-line value. You will be working with highly professional teams of developers and IT Project Managers in a matrixed environment to deliver projects through the full project lifecycle; you will be a strong team player and communicator who can confidently manage projects within an Agile setting.

In addition to a background as successful Project Managers you will also need to demonstrate excellent influencing, negotiation and relationship-building skills with a positive, delivery-focussed can-do attitude.

Closing date: Midday 4 June 2015

Interview date: To be agreed

email: IT-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 653285 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

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


Please quote reference 11232



Developer

Information Technology, Based Milton Keynes

31,342 to 37,394 depending on qualifications and experience

circulation date : 12/05/2015

closing date : 02/06/2015

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

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

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

Closing date: Midday 2 June 2015

Interview date: To be agreed

email: IT-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 653285 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

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


Please quote reference 11252



Lead Developer

Information Technology, Based in Milton Keynes

38,511 - 45,954 dependent on qualifications and experience

circulation date : 12/05/2015

closing date : 02/06/2015

We are looking for a Lead Developer to manage a small group of developers in our Learning, Media and Collaboration Platforms team within the IT Department. You will have a solid experience of working with PHP in a Linux environment and be able to demonstrate how you have led a small development team to deliver results. It will be advantageous if you are familiar with agile tools and methods including Scrum and Kanban. Experience of the PHP-based Open Source systems Moodle and/or Drupal will also be an advantage.

You will also require experience of other languages & platforms, such as Java or .NET, would be desirable as would knowledge of other content management systems such as Kentico and SharePoint.

We use Microsoft TFS for managing our agile backlog and practice of this would also be beneficial.

Closing date: Midday 2 June 2015

Interview date: To be agreed

email: IT-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 653285 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

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


Please quote reference 11251



RESEARCH 

Research Associate in HCI and Ubiquitous Computing

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

28,695 to 37,394 (depending on experience), Temporary contract to 31 December 2016

circulation date : 28/05/2015

closing date : 25/06/2015

As part of MK:Smart City Big Data project, the Department of Computing and Communications at The Open University is looking to appoint a Research Associate in HCI or Ubiquitous Computing, to investigate tangible user interfaces to support community groups.

We investigate how tangible interface designs can be used to support interactions within community groups as part of a smart cities research approach. The aim is to develop innovative tangible technologies and carry out studies with groups of citizens in order to find out how these can support them in formulating their concerns, uncover hidden sources of data and give voice to their opinions. As part of the research, community group members may be encouraged to participate in technology maker activities to create their own designs and use these to engage in issues that are relevant to them.

You will have a strong background in research with an ubicomp or HCI focus and a Masters or PhD in Interaction Design, Human Computer Interaction, Physical Computing or related areas. You will have digital prototyping and design skills (e.g. Arduino, eTextiles or 3D printing), experience in organising and running in-the-wild user studies, using qualitative research methods and analysing qualitative data, with an understanding of quantitative data. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and have an understanding of equal opportunities and accessibility issues in the workplace.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and may be addressed to Dr Janet van der Linden (email: see link below)

Closing date: noon on Thursday 25 June 2015

email: MCT-Staffing@open.ac.uk For Information & how to apply this email account
email: MCT-Staffing-Applications@open.ac.uk Applications to this email account
email: janet.vanderlinden@open.ac.uk Informal enquiries to this email account

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 11250



Research Assistant/Associate

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), Based in Milton Keynes

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

circulation date : 21/05/2015

closing date : 22/06/2015

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: 22 June 2015

Interview date: late June/early July 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 01908 654774 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

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



Please quote reference 11203



Research Associate, NERC Project

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

31,342 to 34,233 depending on experience, Temporary contract to 31 December 2017

circulation date : 08/05/2015

closing date : 05/06/2015

As Research Associate, you will work on a NERC-funded project entitled 'Detection and characterisation of inflammatory agents associated with bio aerosol emitted from bio waste and intensive agriculture', in the Department of Engineering and Innovation in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology for a temporary period to 31 December 2017. You will be based at the main OU campus in Milton Keynes and will be expected to live within reasonable commuting distance.

You will have a PhD or equivalent in a scientific subject (preferably Microbiology, Environmental, or Biological sciences with a strong element of microbiology). You will also hold a current driving licence as the role requires field site sampling at intensive farms and waste management sites.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this role before making an application please contact Dr Toni Gladding, please see email link below.

Closing date: noon on Friday 5 June 2015

email: MCT-Staffing@open.ac.uk 
email: toni.gladding@open.ac.uk Dr Toni Gladding

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.

Applications should be sent to MCT-Staffing-Applications@open.ac.uk

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


Please quote reference 11189



Research Associate

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

31,342 - 33,242 pro rata, Part-time 22.2 hours per week. Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 08/05/2015

closing date : 05/06/2015

Temporary contract for three years to 30 September 2018

We are looking for a highly motivated and creative individual to join our Empowering Design Practices project. This is an exciting opportunity to work on a flagship project funded by AHRC under the Connected Communities and Design scheme.

The project is called Empowering Design Practices: historic places of worship as catalysts for connecting communities (http://www.empoweringdesign.net). It aims to explore how community-led design (CLD) practices can help empower those who look after historic places of worship to create more open, vibrant and sustainable places. Empowering Design Practices will engage directly with community organisations and communities of faith and place in order to review and co-develop innovative participatory design practices and to co-deliver design projects. The project will also aim to build capacity in (participatory) design research.

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

You will be expected to have completed a postgraduate degree or equivalent in architecture, design, anthropology, community studies or other relevant subject.
You will work collaboratively alongside the project team to help deliver creative collaborative workshops and other support activities for communities (e.g. visioning, prototyping, mapping of assets and community engagement workshops). You will also help run the project's design research training programme and the creation of associated online resources.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this role before making an application please email Dr Theo Zamenopoulos or Dr Katerina Alexiou, please see email links below.

Closing date: noon Friday 5 June 2015

email: MCT-Staffing@open.ac.uk 
email: theodore.zamenopoulos@open.ac.uk Dr Theo Zamenopoulos
email: katerina.alexiou@open.ac.uk Katerina Alexiou

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.

Applications should be sent to MCT-Staffing-Applications@open.ac.uk.

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




Please quote reference 10671



SUPPORT STAFF 

Learner Support Assistant

The Open University in Scotland, Based in Edinburgh

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

circulation date : 22/05/2015

closing date : 05/06/2015

This is a modern and friendly office with stimulating work in a rapidly changing environment; working at The Open University in Scotland involves enabling a wide range of people to achieve their educational ambitions. We are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified, enthusiastic and highly motivated person for the following position. You will possess excellent IT, communication and organisational skills and enjoy working as part of a team.

You will be a member of Learner Support Services and you will give information and advice in response to a wide range of student enquiries, and the related operational processes for example provision of references, examination arrangements and disability support. This is a desk based role with most of the work carried out using bespoke telephony & computer systems.

Closing date: 5 June 2015

Interview date: Week beginning 22 June 2015


email: Scotland-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 0131 226 3851 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

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


Please quote reference 11190



Test Analyst

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 21/05/2015

closing date : 04/06/2015

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

You will be working within Agile scrum teams as part of a mixed manual/automation based test delivery. Under the direction of the test team manager, you will undertake test analysis, execution, reporting and defect management duties.

You will have hands on testing experience of functional testing including System, SIT, UAT and regression testing, both manual and automated. You will have good awareness of modern testing methodologies, practices and approaches and strong understanding of the Agile SDLC. You will be reviewing success criteria for accuracy, clarity and completeness. Test tooling including test management and automation tools

Closing date: midday 4 June 2015

Interview date: tbc

email: IT-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 653285 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

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


Please quote reference 11258



Test Analyst x 6

Information Technology

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

circulation date : 21/05/2015

closing date : 04/06/2015

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

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

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

Closing date: midday 4 June 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 11256



EXECUTIVE 

  none currently available


OTHER 

Postgraduate Research Funding

Faculty of Social Sciences, Based in Milton Keynes Campus

circulation date : 28/05/2015

closing date : 25/06/2015

Full-time studentships £13,863 per annum (2014) pro-rata, Ref: RD/SS/20/8704

Full-time or part-time fee waivers Ref: RD/SS/21/8704


The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for five full-time PhD studentships (three years) and two PhD fee waivers, full-time (three years) or part-time (six years), commencing October 2015.

The Faculty has a thriving research culture and is engaged in world-class, critical and agenda setting research that has a strong focus on social justice, impact and public engagement. We are committed to the enhancement and development of this culture as a priority in our mission. Our research is supported by a number of prestigious research centres as well as by our six academic departments.

Further details of our PhD programme and information on how to apply can be found on the following site:- http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/research/students/index.php

You will have at least a 2:1 as a first degree and a relevant Masters' Degree and be interested in conducting research at a doctorate level in one of the following broad research areas:

- Citizenship and governance
- Crime, security and policing
- Environment and climate change
- Health, economics and welfare
- Identities, mobilities and migration
- 'Imaginative Governance' in Europe
- Intimacies, sexualities and relationships
- Media, culture and society

Further details about academic departments at the Faculty of Social sciences can be found on the following site http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/main/about-the-faculty/departments/ and current research in the Faculty can be found on the following site http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/main/research/

Applicants must normally reside in the UK for the duration of the full-time studentship.

Completed application forms, together with a Research Proposal and a covering letter indicating your suitability and reasons for applying must be sent to please see email link below.

Application forms are available from http://www.open.ac.uk/[postgraduate/research-degrees/how-to-apply.

Please mark clearly which funding scheme you are applying for, although one application to both schemes is permissible.

Closing date: 25 June 2015 at 5 pm


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

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.


Please quote reference 8704



1-2 Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships in Open World Learning

Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)at The Open University, UK

circulation date : 14/05/2015

closing date : 09/06/2015

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.

CREET is offering a limited number of full time fully funded doctoral scholarships. Learning in the 21st century is undergoing both subtle and 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. However, it is not the technologies themselves that represent the biggest change, but the opportunities for openness that flow from their thoughtful application, in the form of availability of and access to formal and informal learning. Without research the changes in learning may exclude the very people who most stand to benefit from them.

1-2 PhD funded Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships on Open World Learning will be available in 2015. Candidates are expected to produce a proposal linked to one topic from the list below. In your application you will provide short research proposal and explain in how your proposal fits to 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/postgraduate/phd-studentships.

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 Master's 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 includes 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.

Closing date: 9 June 2015.

Interviews will commence in June/July 2015.

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

For detailed information and how to apply for the studentships go to http://www.open.ac.uk/employment/job-details.asp?id=8523, call June Ayres, Programme Manager, on 01908 53789 or e-mail CREET-student-enquiries@open.ac.uk.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.


Please quote reference 8692



ESPRC matched funded PhD Student

Open University / Imperial College London and Cambridge University

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

circulation date : 20/03/2015

closing date : 30/06/2015

Full time - 4 years from 1 October 2015

Nuclear Structural Integrity CDT Studentships

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for applications is midnight on 30 June 2015

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.


Please quote reference 8611



Externally Funded PhD Studentships 2015

The Open University Business School

Starting stipend of circa 14,000 per year

circulation date : 27/04/2015

closing date : 02/06/2015

The True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (True Potential PUFin) is a pioneering Centre of Excellence for research in the development of personal financial capabilities. It is a multi-disciplinary centre, which brings together academics from organisational psychology, finance and taxation, social marketing, economics and social policy. For more information visit:- www.open.ac.uk/business-school-research/pufin/

Applications are invited for full-time three-year PhD studentships starting in October 2015. We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a minimum 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a related subject, plus around 120 credits of advanced research methods skills, a Masters in research methods, or equivalent advanced research methods training.

Studentships are attached to specific research projects which are described at www.open.ac.uk/business-school/research/research-degrees/phd-studentships along with details of how to apply. The studentships cover tuition fees, a research training support grant and a starting stipend of circa £14,000 per year. Students are required to live in the UK and usually within commuting distance of the Milton Keynes campus.

The closing date for applications is midday GMT on 2 June 2015

Interviews are expected to take place on 11 June 2015 in person (or via web conference if required). PhD applicants are expected to give a 20 minute PowerPoint presentation about their proposal, followed by a question and answer session.

email: oubs-research@open.ac.uk For enquiries

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.


Please quote reference 8667



PhD Studentship - Materials processing using electromagnetic field

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

Approximate stipend of 13,863, tuition fee are covered, Full time - 3 years start in October 2015

circulation date : 23/04/2015

closing date : 15/06/2015

Based in Milton Keynes

This PhD project will be concerned with the structural response of materials in electromagnetic field. The purpose of the research is to study the materials-electromagnetic field relationship and to implement the scientific principle to solve the environmental problems. One of such problems is to remove detrimental elements from liquid, which is important in materials recycling and waste treatment. This research group has a strong track record in the topic. The recent results have been published in some world leading journals such as Scientific Reports. A highlight of similar research can be found in the news in Materials World, Vol.21, Issue 3, Page 19 (2013).

You will have immense patience on creative research, a strong scientific background in materials, physics or closely related subjects. Good mathematics and electrodynamics knowledge will be a bonus. You will be expected to participate in project events and activities as appropriate.

Further details about the project are available see email link below.

Details on how to apply and general information about studying for a research degree can be found on the link below.

Deadline for applications is midnight on 15 June 2015.

email: rongshan.qin@open.ac.uk. Email address for Professor Rongshan Qin

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.


Please quote reference 8663



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