Lecturer of Space Governance

The Open University

Direct Entry Job Permanent Milton Keynes, UK

Uploaded 11 Jul 2019

Job Description

Unit: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)

Salary: £36,261 - £48,677

Location: Milton Keynes

Please quote reference: VRF16323

Permanent, Full time

Closing Date: 7 August, 2019 - 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

You will be welcomed into an interdisciplinary research group investigating the feasibility of life beyond the Earth, and the associated social, legal and economic implications. Your role within the group will be to explore the legal, ethical and governance implications of astrobiology-related space missions.

As part of the role, you will engage with stakeholders and produce education material for the space sector regarding law and policy. You will also carry out research into space governance, which will result in high impact papers being published in peer reviewed journals.

For the initial three years the post will be 100% research focused (funded by the OU Astrobiology Research Group) with an increasing teaching load after that period, which will involve the development and presentation of undergraduate and postgraduate degree modules.

Skills and experience

You will have a law degree or a degree in a cognate area, with experience in an area of law that is relevant to space governance. 

See the attached Job Description (here) for further details and desirable qualities.

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.

How to apply

Just complete the application form and send this to us with a copy of your CV and Cover Letter (explaining how you meet the Person Spec) to [email protected].  Please ensure you quote the vacancy reference number.

If you have any questions regarding the Group or the role, please contact Karen Olsson-Francis ([email protected]).

Please note: Shortlisting is expected to take place on week commencing 19th August. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of this 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.

Closing date: Noon, 7th August 2019

Interview Dates: TBC

An application form and job description are available from the links located below.

Email: Resourcing Hub

An application form and job related information are available from the links located below.  Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community

Equal Opportunity is University policy

Person Specification

Essential: 
• A Law degree or a degree in a cognate area providing there is evidence of expertise in Space 
Law; 
• Experience in an area of law that is relevant to space governance; 
• A demonstrable track record of communicating research results through peer reviewed 
publications and conference presentations (as fitting career stage); 
• Ability to plan and prioritise own workload and work to agreed deadlines; 
• Demonstration of taking full responsibility and accountability for tasks while making effective 
use of available resources; 
• Experience of analysing problems and working creatively to develop innovative and workable 
solutions; 
• Good oral and written communication in a variety of contexts, including the ability to offer and 
receive constructive criticism. 

Desirable: 
• A Masters in Law; 
• A PhD in Law; 
• Experience of working across discipline boundaries or in interdisciplinary teams; 
• Experience of space governance and working with national/international institutions of space 
governance; 
• A professional qualification (e.g. solicitor, barrister).