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Lecturer in Computing & Communications

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
£36,261 to £48,677
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Closing Date: 
9 September, 2019 - 12:00

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

We are seeking inspiring and innovative teachers and researchers who enjoy developing novel approaches to teaching and working collaboratively with colleagues.  If successful, you will join a team working on transformative new approaches to teaching and learning in networking and communications technologies. You will also have opportunities to contribute to our leadership of the “University Learners” theme of the Institute of Coding (, and complementing the school’s internationally leading research in the field.

Skills and experience  

You will have a PhD or substantial experience in an area related to networking, communications or web technologies. You will have an understanding of educational and study needs of students, together with the ability to work innovatively, adaptively and responsive to multidisciplinary teams.

You will be expected write papers for publication in high quality journals, present findings at conferences, make applications for further funding, and contribute to examination, teaching and materials for students. You will also have good organisational skills and a strong commitment to the aims, ethos and values of the Open University.

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, including professionals from industry, academia, research and training. All applicants should clearly demonstrate their interest and commitment to teaching and research in networking and communications technologies.  As part of our commitment to academic excellence, candidates will have the opportunity to participate in our academic professional development programme leading to a postgraduate qualification in academic practice.

The School of Computing and Communications holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and is committed to transforming gender equality.

See the attached Job Description below 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

Complete the standard application form and send this to us with a copy of your CV and covering letter (explaining how you meet the Person Specification) to  Please ensure you quote the vacancy reference number.

For detailed information about how to apply go to or email

If you have any questions about the role, please contact the Head of School, Computing & Communications by email

Closing Date:  Noon, 9 September 2019

Interview Dates: To be confirmed but expected to take place end of September 2019

Please note: If you have not heard from us within 2 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.


Optional information: 

An application form and job description are available from the links located below.  Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub on 01908 (6) 55544 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number 16417.

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


Job related information: 
PDF icon 16417 Job Description.pdf333.79 KB

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Posting Date: 
31 July, 2019 - 12:00