Lecturer in Physical Sciences Education

Lecturer in Physical Sciences Education

The Open University

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Fixed Term from 1 Sep 2021 until 31 Aug 2024

About the role

The post-holder will join enthusiastic teams in producing and presenting innovative learning resources for our physics and/or astronomy curriculum. The post-holder may also be asked to contribute to our interdisciplinary science and/or mathematics curriculum at a range of undergraduate or postgraduate levels. Our most pressing need is for someone who can contribute to the physics curriculum at all undergraduate levels and across a range of topics.

In addition to contributing to teaching within the School of Physical Sciences, the post-holder will be expected to lead, contribute to and support scholarly projects which seek to investigate and improve the quality of our teaching across the Physical Sciences curriculum and the quality of the student experience for our diverse body of distance learners.

Key responsibilities


  • To contribute to the development, planning, delivery and updating of an innovative and successful curriculum at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, in physics and potentially also astronomy, interdisciplinary science mathematics.
  • To prepare learning materials suitable for the teaching and learning methodologies used by the Open University.
  • To contribute to the presentation of Open University modules, including the briefing, debriefing and training of part-time teaching staff (Associate Lecturers); the direction of teaching and assessment/examination by the University; monitoring of samples of marking by Associate Lecturers; and membership of examination boards.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning/Physics Education Research.

  • To undertake a self-directed programme of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, to include evaluation of the learning experience of diverse Open University students, and aligned with the School of Physical Sciences’ curriculum and teaching approaches.
  • To support other members of academic staff (including Associate Lecturers) who are undertaking Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • To work with eSTEeM (the OU Centre for STEM Pedagogy), the OpenSTEM Labs and the OU’s Physics Education Research community to develop the School’s expertise, reputation and sustainability in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and appropriate educational research.
  • Disseminate scholarly outcomes in appropriate ways, including (as appropriate for career stage) peer-reviewed publication.

Administration, Management and other duties

  • To undertake a programme of appropriate professional development and undertake activities such as workload planning and Career Development and Staff Appraisal.
  • To comply with the University’s Health and Safety and Equal Opportunities policies in the performance of their duties.
  • To contribute effectively as an active member of the School’s academic community.

All Staff are expected to:

  • Co-operate with the Open University in ensuring as far as is necessary, that Statutory Requirements, Codes of Practice, University Policies and Departmental Health and Safety arrangements are complied with.
  • Have a strong commitment to the principles and practice of equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Attend appropriate staff development events.

Person Specification


  • A PhD in physics or a closely related discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Some experience of Higher Education teaching in physics or a closely related discipline.
  • Enthusiasm for distance learning by adults and for the application of new educational technologies to teaching and supporting students.
  • The ability to write clearly and concisely on topics in physical science in an informed, inspiring and coherent manner.
  • Some experience of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and/or Physics Education Research, and appreciation of relevant qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • Excellent team working skills and ability to work collaboratively and supportively with others in an interdisciplinary context for teaching and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written in a variety of contexts, including the ability to offer and receive constructive criticism.
  • An ability to plan, organise and complete work to agreed deadlines.
  • A commitment to the aims, ethos and values of the Open University including the principles and practice of equality and diversity.


  • Experience of producing online and/or distance learning materials.
  • Higher Education professional accreditation or equivalent qualification (e.g. PGCE/MA in Education or MEd).
  • Evidence of applying for external funding, taking full account of career stage.

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