The Open University (OU)

Lecturer of Astrobiology Education

The Open University

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Lecturer of Astrobiology Education

Unit: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Salary: £36,261 to 48,677
Location: Milton Keynes
Please quote reference: VRF16319
Temporary contract for 3 years, Full Time
Closing Date:23rd August 2019 – 12:00 noon

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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 role of this lectureship is to deliver on the educational objectives of the OU Astrobiology Research Group as defined by within the research project to which this post is aligned.

You will be welcomed into an interdisciplinary research group investigating the feasibility of life beyond the Earth, and the associated social, legal and economic implications. You will develop, implement and critically evaluate a programme of teaching and development that complements and incorporates the activities of the Astrobiology Research Group. This will include ensuring that materials and teaching meets standards and regulations. This is a core element of the Group’s strategic expansion and builds on institutional expertise in the scholarship of teaching and learning to diverse audiences. This lectureship will focus entirely on the educational and scholarship elements of the Astrobiology Group’s activities and, as such, will not incur study leave.

Skills and experience
You will have a PhD in a relevant subject with a strong track record in educational research. This will be evidenced by high-quality scholarship and publications in teaching and learning.
See the attached Job Description here for further details and desirable qualities.

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 application form and send this to us with a copy of your CV and Cover Letter (explaining how you meet the Person Spec) to Please ensure you quote the vacancy reference number.
If you have any questions regarding the Group or the role, please contact Karen Olsson-Francis (
Please note: Shortlisting is expected to take place on week commencing 19th August. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of this 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.
Closing date: Noon, 7th August 2019
Interview Dates: TBC
An application form and job description are available from the links located below.
We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community


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Lecturer of Astrobiology Education