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Lecturer in Astronomy (Extragalactic/ Data Science)

Unit :  Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Salary :  £41,526 to £49,553
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  18242
Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date :  21 May, 2021 - 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

The School of Physical Sciences at the Open University is seeking a Permanent Lecturer to join the Astronomy Discipline.

You will be expected to make strong contributions to our teaching on BSc, MPhys and MSc modules in astronomy, astrophysics and related areas, and you will develop and sustain an externally-funded research portfolio.

We are particularly interested in people with enthusiasm for curriculum developments in extragalactic astronomy, who also have research interests in this area or whose research uses state-of-the-art data science techniques. However, candidates working outside these areas will also be considered. Research plans which show clear synergies with the existing OU astronomy research group are particularly encouraged.

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.

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 Prof. Andrew Norton (

What you get in return

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

How to apply

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:

  • 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.
  • CV
  • Research statement, up to 1,000 words, outlining your plans for how your research will develop, the funding opportunities you foresee, and how your research will complement and align with the existing research priorities of the OU Astronomy research group.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV and research statement 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: reference, surname, first initial.

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


Remember to attach your Personal Statement, CV and Research 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. 

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:  Friday 21 May 2021 noon


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 : 

File Permanent Lecturer in Astronomy Job Description.docx67.68 KB

Posting Date :  13 April, 2021 - 20:30

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,