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Mechanical Development Engineer

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council - UKRI - ISIS Design Division

About STFC

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a world-leading science organisation, dedicated to pioneering science and technological research on behalf of the UK.

What we do

STFC funds a variety of large science facilities across the UK and the rest of the world - from laboratories and supercomputers to particle accelerators, telescopes and satellites. Researchers from a huge variety of disciplines, like medicine and bioscience, environmental science and space science, use our facilities to conduct their research.

RAL – ISIS Division

ISIS neutron and muon source is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences, our suite of neutron and muon instruments give unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. ISIS supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists.

About the Role

Based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus 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.

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.

About You

You will be qualified to HNC/HND or degree level with experience in 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. Along with 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.

Appointment will be made at either Band D (Engineer £33,000 - £40,000) or Band E (Senior Engineer £40,000 - £50,000) depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

Senior Engineer

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

  • Qualified to degree level
  • Possibly chartered engineer status
  • Significant experience in an area of responsibility
  • Managing and directing staff engaged on development projects.

Desirable skills

  • Experience in financial planning/budget control
  • Understanding of other related engineering disciplines.

Working for us

Working for STFC means you get to be part of something amazing every day. We are committed to supporting our employees to achieve goals and provide a wide range of career opportunities and comprehensive employee benefits for our staff. We have been awarded Investors in People (IiP) Gold accreditation, in recognition of being an ambitious, forward-thinking and people-focused employer.


STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including:

  • 30 days’ annual leave
  • Flexible working hours
  • Workplace nursery
  • Exceptional pension scheme
  • Social and sporting activities and societies
  • Subsidised restaurant
  • Good public transport links
  • Relocation allowance may also be available where applicable

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role. Please visit our job board by clicking on the Apply Button.

Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us on 01793 867000.

Location: Chilton, Didcot, Harwell, Oxford, Oxfordshire
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: 26th March 2019
Closes: 25th April 2019
Job Ref: IRC248278
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