Research Fellow (STEM), Astrobiology Research Group

The Open University

Fellowship 3 years Milton Keynes, UK

Uploaded 11 Jul 2019

Job Description

Unit: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Salary: £33,199 - £48,677

Location: Milton Keynes

Please quote reference: VRF16317

3-Year Fixed Term Contract, 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 will be to develop your own self-directed research programme that will focus on investigating habitability elsewhere in the Solar System. This will involve demonstrating effective use of the Open University’s laboratory facilities and will be aligned with the principles of engaged research. Your programme will result in high-impact publications in peer reviewed journals.

Skills and experience

You will have a PhD in Microbiology, Geochemistry, Planetary/Earth Sciences or a related discipline, with a demonstrable track record of publishing research results in high quality journals (commensurate with career stage).

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: 
• PhD in, or recent experience in microbiology, geochemistry, Planetary/Earth Sciences or a related discipline; 
• A demonstrable track record of publishing research results in high quality journals 
(commensurate with career stage); 
• Experience of working independently and in collaboration with other members of a team; 
• A demonstrable track record of presenting research results at conferences and seminars; 
• Ability to plan and prioritise own workload and work to agreed deadlines; 
• 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: 
• Experience as a Principle or Co-Investigator on a research grant; 
• Experience of obtaining research income (commensurate with career stage); 
• Experience of supervising PhD or MSc students; 
• Experience of working across discipline boundaries or in interdisciplinary teams; 
• Evidence of public engagement or impact-related activities; 
• Evidence of collaborating with industry or policy stakeholders; 
• Active membership or contributions to groups, boards of committees within their organization or externally; 
• A good record of demonstrable research impact, commensurate with stage of career.