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Senior Fellow - AstrobiologyOU

The Open University - Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Location: Milton Keynes
Salary: £47,423 to £51,805 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th September 2022
Closes: 12th October 2022
Job Ref: 20284
 

Please quote reference: 20284

Role: Permanent, Full Time (part time to a minimum of 30hours per week will be considered)

Closing Date: 12th October 2022 - 12:00 Noon

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

You will be welcomed into AstrobiologyOU, an interdisciplinary research group investigating the feasibility of life beyond the Earth, and the associated social, legal and economic implications. 

Your role will be to develop your own self-directed research programme that will focus on investigating habitability elsewhere in the Solar System, contributing to the strategic need of the group. This will involve demonstrating effective use of AstrobiologyOU’s and the Open University’s laboratory facilities. 

Your programme will result in high impact publications in peer reviewed journals and will generate income through research grants and/or collaboration with industry. 

We hope for the successful candidate to be able to start as soon as possible. However, the very latest that we could consider starting the post holder would be April 2023.

Skills and experience

You will have a PhD in microbiology, geochemistry, planetary/Earth sciences or a related discipline, and a track record of independent research that is shown by highly-cited or high impact REF-eligible publications.

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

If you would like to discuss this role before applying, please email HiringManager@open.ac.uk.

If you would like to discuss the application or recruitment process before making an application, please contact RA Name at Resourcing Hub on 01908 655544 or Resourcing.Assistant@open.ac.uk quoting the reference VRF 20284.

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.

The Open University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which is reflected in our mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We aim to foster a diverse and inclusive environment so that all our staff can reach their potential and attract diverse candidates. We recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge, and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.  

We offer a range of inclusive employment policies which include family and carer friendly flexible working arrangements, and have many supportive staff networks and wellbeing services. We also endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

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