Lecturer in Environment and Sustainability

The Open University

Milton Keynes, UK 🇬🇧

Unit :  Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Salary :  £41,526 to £49,553
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  18527
Permanent, full-time post
Closing Date :  2 August, 2021 – 17:00

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

We are seeking to recruit a Lecturer in Environment and Sustainability to enhance our current research, teaching and knowledge exchange profiles in one or more of the following key areas: environmental modelling, hazard prediction and risk assessment; environmental pollution and remediation; ecosystem services, (urban) ecology and/or nature-based solutions; ecosystem management and conservation and/or biodiversity; environmentally sustainable geology; hydrology or hydrogeology; microbial biodiversity and/or biogeochemistry; GIS and remote sensing.

You will work as part of an interdisciplinary team, to support our Environmental and Earth Science curriculum, and will be involved in the design and development of a new, innovative and research-informed module in environment and sustainability that will maximise the potential offered by online and distance learning.

You will also be expected to contribute to one or more of our existing research areas, to secure external research funding, and contribute to future REF submissions aligned with Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences.

You must be committed to the principles of equality and diversity in all aspects of your teaching, research and knowledge exchange. Experience of online and/or distance education would be desirable.

You will have completed a PhD (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline area.

The University was recently re-awarded an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award; the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences received its first Bronze Award in May 2021. 

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

If you would like to discuss this role before applying, please email [email protected].

What you get in return

We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. This includes thorough induction into the organisation and regular reviews of your training and development needs. 

We also offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Benefits include an attractive pension proposition and 30/33 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days. 

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. 

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the vacancy reference above. 

To apply for this role please submit the following;

  • 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.
  • CV (Maximum 6 pages with minimum 11 point font and 2cm margins)

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.


You will receive updates regarding your application from [email protected].  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:  17:00 on 2 August 2021

Email : Resourcing-Hub 

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

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