Associate Lecturers in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences

Part TimePermanent
  • Homed- Based
  • Post Date: May 13, 2022
  • Apply Before: June 16, 2022
Job Description

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 looking to recruit several Associate Lecturers in the area of Environmental Science in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Open University.

The position is part-time (0.1 – 0.4 FTE. Estimated hours per week  = 3 – 10 and would involve teaching one or more modules. In particular, there are immediate teaching needs on

The position is home-based and has no fixed core hours. It is permanent, with a probation period of two years. The annual salary and workload are fixed, but there are significant workload peaks and troughs, mainly linked to providing marking and assessment feedback.

This is likely to include exam and/or end of module marking tasks. Other tasks will be required such as focused student support (individual and forum), such as peer mentoring and working with the module team on assessment activities and quality improvement. Some evening and weekend work will be required. The appropriate level of FTE will be discussed at interview, and there is the possibility of increasing the FTE later.

The starting full-time salary is £34,304 paid pro rata based on your FTE. Although most of the teaching occurs between October and June, the position is paid over the full calendar year.

The contract will start from  01 August 2022

S831 Environmental Science Challenges

S840 Project for Master of Environmental Science

S206 Environmental Science,

S397 Terrestrial Ecosystems,

SDT306 Environment: Responding to change

Person specification:

The person specification for this position should be read in conjunction with the generic

person specification for an Associate Lecturer at The Open University. As well as meeting all the requirements set out in the generic person specification, you should have:

  • a relevant Science degree, or equivalent qualification or an equivalent professional or vocational qualification

Experience required

  • demonstrable evidence of the ability to take a cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to assess and facilitate the understanding of environmental challenges
  • evidence of teaching science students at undergraduate or postgraduate level
  • The ability to grade assignments accurately and to provide constructive feedback to students.
  • Experience of teaching online or an understanding of the pedagogical issues surrounding online teaching.
  • Demonstrate ability to encourage students to engage with scholarship and independent study (including awareness of resources)

It would be an advantage to have:

  • A higher degree or Ph.D. (or equivalent) experience of teaching postgraduate students
  • equivalent qualification in environmental science or environmental studies or environmental management
  • experience working in relevant areas of industry, non-governmental organisations or voluntary organisations etc.
  • demonstrable experience of using computer modelling techniques and or geographic information systems (GIS)
  • membership and/or chartership of a professional body (e.g. IES, CIWEM, IE)
  • experience of technical report writing or publication
  • Experience of teaching and assessment via an online environment.
  • Evidence of having taken the initiative to deliver better teaching and learning or to take advantage of new technology in teaching.
  • Teaching qualification in relevant subject or HEA accreditation.

What you get in return

We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. To ensure they remain up to date with developments in their academic field, Associate Lecturers are allocated 6 days (pro-rata) per annum for AL-led (ie. self-directed) Academic Currency and 1 day, plus 5 days pro rata, per annum for Agreed Academic Currency and Professional Development.

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 27 days holiday per annum (pro rata) with variable (pro rata) Bank holidays and an attractive pensions proposition.

Tuition Delivery
Online with the possibility of limited face to face tuition

How to apply

An application form and job-related information are available from the links located below. Any queries regarding the application process please contact AL-Applications on, quoting the reference number Stem_environmental_science_22J

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.

The University is unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role as per the requirement laid out the UK Visas and Immigration regarding Right to Work in the UK.

To work with us you will need access to the internet.

Email :

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 via email above, quoting the reference number: Stem_Environmental Science_22J

Please note we cannot process your application without the Equal Opportunities Questionnaire being filled in.

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