Lecturer in Economics at Open University

A new lecturer position in social sciences is available at Open University. The deadline for applying is December 06, 2019.

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.

As Lecturer in Economics you will support the Economics Discipline through an exciting period of expansion in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum and further develop the vibrant economics research culture within the School of Social Sciences & Global Studies.

We are seeking an outstanding economist specialising in any area of economics and a candidate who will combine strong analytical ability with breadth of knowledge and understanding of different schools of thought in economics.

You will be committed to the values and mission of The Open university and have experience of economics teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels and the capability to produce teaching materials for distance-based learning. You will have a developing track record of research targeting high quality publications and experience of bidding for research funding. You will have completed a PhD, or close to completed, in economics, or a closely related subject, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience. You will be able to work to deadlines and have excellent communication skills.

A PhD (or equivalent) completed, or close to completed in economics or a closely related subject.

Evidence of teaching ability, and the capability and readiness to prepare printed and online teaching materials for distance learning, and to support modules in presentation through online and face-to-face tutoring, the preparation of assessment materials, and participation in Quality Assurance and examination processes.

Enthusiasm for supporting distance learning by adults and for the application of new technologies to teaching and supporting students.

A track record of successful research that complements existing economics research at the Open University, underpinned by a good publication record in major peer reviewed journals, commensurate with career stage.

Evidence of applying for external funding, appropriate to career stage.

Evidence of ability to develop new research collaborations.

Ability to work collaboratively, collegially, adaptively and responsively with others in an interdisciplinary context for teaching or research.

Excellent communication skills, both oral and written in a variety of contexts, including the ability to offer and receive constructive criticism.

Ability to develop a leadership role in teaching and research, commensurate with stage of career.

Ability to plan and organise work to agreed deadlines.

Commitment to the aims, ethos and values of the Open University including the principles and practice of equality and diversity.

What you get in return

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, research study leave, 33 days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition.

This is a full-time post, but applications for job-share working will be considered for this role.

To apply, please complete a short application form and include your CV (including details of academic qualifications,teaching, management and research experience, grants received and publications)together with a covering letter, no more than 2 sides of A4, detailing how you meet the person specification, and email to quoting the vacancy reference number 16756. Please send these three documents as three separate documents/files rather than combining them into one document/file.

For detailed information about how to apply go to or

When submitting your application, please make sure that your communication includes the following in the subject line: "APPLICATION - NAME OF ROLE - UNIT/FACULTY – REF NO."

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

Please note that if you have not heard from us within 10 working days 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.


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