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Lecturer in Sustainability and the Smart Environment (2 posts)

The Open University - STEM

Salary: AC3 £42,149 to £50,296 per annum

Location: Milton Keynes

Please quote reference: 18703

Terms: Permanent, Full Time post

Closing Date: 20 September 2021

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

As part of a strategic investment in the area of Sustainability and the Smart Environment, we seek two Lecturers aligned to sustainability, environmental engineering, environmental systems & monitoring, and future smart and adaptive applications or related areas.

The successful candidates will contribute to the development of new environmental engineering/environmental systems curriculum and help with the delivery of existing environment-related modules. They will join an energetic and committed team delivering distance-learning qualifications to diverse, motivated students.

You should be research active in one or more of the following fields: environmental engineering, environmental management, environmental systems, and sustainability. You may have gained this experience in an academic position or in industry, consultancy or government. You will be supported to secure external research, enterprise and scholarship funding, publish in high-ranking peer reviewed journals and contribute to future Research Excellence Framework (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 Masters degree or a good Honours Degree (or equivalent) in environmental engineering, environmental management, environmental systems, sustainability or a closely related area. A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline is desirable. Experience of teaching at university level is also desirable, as is membership of an appropriate professional body.

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 Silver Award in 2021.

The full summary of duties and person specification can be found within the Job Description.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this post before making an application, please email or contact Tarin Rule on

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. 

You will be encouraged and given the time, resources and support to develop and submit an application for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy through the OU’s internal scheme (Applaud).

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Jobs 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 1,500 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: 18703, 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: 20 September 2021

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

Location: Milton Keynes
Salary: AC3 £42,149 to £50,296 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th August 2021
Closes: 20th September 2021
Job Ref: 18703
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