Lecturer in Astronomy

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Publish Date: 
Friday, September 6, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, October 4, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
The Open University
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Lecturer in Astronomy

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Grade AC2/3 - £33,797-£49,553
Ref: VRF16454
Full Time – 3 years fixed term
Walton Hall, Milton Keynes

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

The School of Physical Sciences at the Open University is seeking a Lecturer to join the Astronomy Discipline and enhance its teaching and research portfolio.

You will be expected to contribute to the development and delivery of our innovative distance learning programme, conduct world-leading research, publish in major peer-reviewed journals, and make applications for research funding.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in astronomy or a related field, display excellent communication and team working skills, and a strong commitment to teaching astronomy. You will have a track record of publications in high quality journals, suitable for REF submissions, and evidence of past research funding applications.

More details and other criteria are set out in the Job Description.

The School provides a friendly and flexible working environment. Our commitment to equality and diversity has been recognised by the award of “Juno Champion” status by the Institute of Physics and an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

If you would like to discuss this post before making an application, please email Dr Ulrich Kolb (Ulrich.Kolb@open.ac.uk).

What you get in return

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 33 days holiday per annum pro rata plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition.

How to apply

Just complete the short application form and send this to us with a copy of your CV and Cover Letter (explaining how you meet all the criteria of the Person Spec) to Resourcing-Hub@open.ac.uk.  Please ensure you quote the vacancy reference number 16454.

Closing date: Monday 7th October at noon

Please note: If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions.

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

Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 7, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, October 28, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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