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Mechanical Development Engineers

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council - UKRI

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Full Time and Part Time positions available

Excellent opportunities for skilled Mechanical Engineers to work in a leading science environment offering exceptional employee benefits.

About Us

The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest multi-disciplinary research organisations.

Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour isn’t possible without a dedicated team of engineers able to turn abstract scientific ideas into reality. At STFC’s ISIS facility, a world-leading scientific research centre, each problem requires a unique solution, taking advantage of the latest technologies to deliver the seemingly impossible. Our engineers have the freedom to choose their own solution, and the responsibility to take it to completion.

About The Role

We now have exciting new opportunities for Mechanical Development Engineers to join the ISIS Design Division, working closely with fellow engineers and scientists to specify, design, procure and develop bespoke mechanical and electrical equipment and complex systems for the facility.

Our engineers are responsible for taking top level development ideas and managing the complete development process through engineering concept, design, procurement, installation / commissioning, testing and final reporting.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • carrying out engineering calculations and simulations to ensure the development brief is met
  • preparing work instructions for staff carrying out development and test programmes
  • managing tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs, equipment and services
  • presenting reports on designs and test programmes for peer and stakeholder review
  • managing multi-disciplinary staff carrying out programmes of development and testing.

You will be appointed at either Band D (Engineer) or Band E (Senior Engineer) of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

About You

You will be qualified to HNC/HND or degree level along with relevant experience.

ISIS uses a wide range of technologies, from RF cavities and magnetic components, through to materials used in extreme environments. You will need a broad understanding of mechanical engineering and specific in-depth knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • RF cavities
  • magnetic elements (AC or DC)
  • high vacuum engineering
  • precision alignment
  • materials engineering
  • cryogenic engineering
  • FEA analysis
  • precision motion
  • remote handling of radioactive materials.

You will also have experience of developing test programmes within a highly complex technical environment. You should be able to demonstrate experience in performing engineering calculations and simulations and the use of 3D modelling and 2D drawing packages to ensure that a development brief is met.

You will demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a highly organised approach to work, be self-motivated, innovative and inquisitive, with a desire to gain new skills in a broad range of areas.

Senior Engineer

To be considered for this position you will have the above skills and experience as well as the following:

You will be qualified to degree level, possibly chartered engineer status and with significant experience in an area of responsibility, managing and directing staff engaged on development projects.

It would be desirable to have experience in financial planning/budget control and an understanding of other related engineering disciplines.


We offer 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links.

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role.

The closing date for applications is 20th January 2019, however applicants will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis.

To apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us on 01793 867000.

Location: Didcot
Salary: £33,000 to £50,000 dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual role-based allowance
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 7th December 2018
Closes: 20th January 2019
Job Ref: IRC247654
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