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Lecturer in Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Unit :  Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Salary :  AC3 (salary £41,526 - £49,553)
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  18074
Permanent, Full Time
Closing Date :  9 March, 2021 - 12:00

Unit: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Salary: AC2 3 £41,526 - £49,553 

Contract Type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Milton Keynes

Reference: 18074

Closing date:  12pm 9 March 2021

Optional information : 

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 a Lecturer in Mechanical and Materials Engineering to contribute to the development of a new Mechanical Engineering strand of teaching within our distance-learning BEng/MEng qualifications. You will work as part of an energetic and committed engineering team delivering distance-learning general engineering qualifications to diverse, motivated students.

You should be research active in the field of Materials Engineering, ideally with expertise in either residual stress engineering (multi-scale measurement/modelling/manufacture/structural integrity) or the high temperature performance of energy materials (full-field testing/modelling/creep-mechanisms/life assessment). In REF2014, Panel B13 judged 91% of materials engineering research at the OU to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ based on outputs. You will be supported to secure external research and scholarship funding, publish in high-ranking peer reviewed journals and contribute to future REF submissions.

As an academic member of staff in the School of Engineering & Innovation you will be based at Walton Hall, Milton Keynes.

You will have a good honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering or a closely related area.

The principles of equality and diversity will be evident in all aspects of your work. Experience of online and/or distance education would be an advantage.

The School is proud to have gained an Athena SWAN Departmental Bronze Award in 2016.

The successful candidate will need to be able to start by summer 2021 at the latest. The candidate will need to be based in the UK or willing to relocate the UK for the contract start.

What you get in return

On top of a competitive salary and pension scheme, We offer a great range of benefits that support our employees including 33 days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days, flexible working, fee waiver for all OU courses and qualifications, childcare vouchers, cycle-to-work scheme and secure bike parking, free on-site car parking, on-site nurseries, and many different sports and leisure clubs offering discounts and other benefits. 

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link below. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered. 

To apply for this role please submit the following;

  • CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: 18074, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.


Remember to attach your CV and Personal Statement as ONE DOCUMENT.  

You will receive updates regarding your application from Please ensure this email address is added to your list of trusted senders. Please also keep an eye on your junk folder to ensure you do not miss any important updates regarding this role. 

You can view your application communications on the Candidate portal. 

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. 

Find out more about us and our mission by watching this short video (you will be taken to YouTube by clicking this link). 

Closing date:  12pm 9 March 2021

We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.

Job related information : 

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Posting Date :  9 February, 2021 - 12:15

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact:

If you have any feedback regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Senior Resourcing Account Manager who will look into the matter.

Senior Resourcing Account Manager,
Resourcing Hub,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,