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Lecturer in Physical Sciences Education

Unit :  Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Salary :  £41,526 to £49,553 pro rata, per annum
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  18277
Fixed Term from 1 Sept 2021 to 31st August 2024. Full Time or two part-time posts (each equivalent to 2 to 3 days per week with a range of working patterns available).
Closing Date :  1 June, 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 Fixed-Term Lecturer to support its teaching and curriculum development.

You will be expected to contribute to the development and delivery of our innovative distance learning programme, particularly in physics and closely related areas, and to contribute to scholarly projects which seek to investigate and improve the quality of our teaching across the Physical Sciences curriculum.

The successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent in physics or a related field, display excellent communication and team working skills, and have a strong commitment to the support and teaching of diverse distance-learning students.

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. Sally Jordan (

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;

  • 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: reference, surname, first initial.

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


Remember to attach your CV and Cover Letter 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:  1 June 2021 noon

Shortlisting date: Expected to take place early June

Interview date: Expected to take place early July

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 Lecturer in Physical Sciences Education Job Description.docx111.29 KB

Posting Date :  26 April, 2021 - 09:00

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,