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Mechanical Engineer

Imperial College London - High Energy Physics Group, Department of Physics

South Kensington Campus

Fixed Term:  up to 30th September 2022 in the first instance available immediately

The High Energy Physics (HEP) Group at Imperial College London invites applications for a Mechanical Engineer position to work on the current and future experiments the Group is involved in. This position will involve the design and construction of experimental apparatus and also contributions to the experiment maintenance and operations.

The Imperial HEP group has major detector responsibilities and is playing important roles in development of detectors for the LHC experiment upgrades, R&D for detectors for future experiments, and design of research accelerators.

Whilst no direct experience of High Energy Physics experiments is required, you will be expected to work directly with scientists to develop engineering specifications and solutions. Relying upon both theoretical knowledge and practical engineering experience, you will apply modern engineering methods to the complete design process, from conception through to manufacture and installation. You will also contribute to the maintenance and operation of the detectors after installation.

You will hold a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, a B.Sc. in a similar field, or have equivalent professional qualifications and/or experience. If you have undertaken a recognised apprenticeship scheme and/or formal design office training that would be desirable.

You must have the following essential criteria:

  • Experience in specification and mechanical design of high-precision systems and components
  • Design experience with a range of materials, typically aluminium and other non-ferrous metals, but also including low mass/high stability composites such as carbon fibre, etc.
  • Familiarity with using CAD parametric software
  • A creative approach to problem-solving with a high-level analytic ability
  • Ability to develop and apply new concepts
  • Verbal and written communication skills, including communicating complex information

In addition it would be desirable if you had:

  • Experience of leadership, or evidence of future leadership potential
  • Design experience of systems at a wide range of physical scales and sizes
  • Experience with systems engineering, with an appreciation of complex electro-mechanical and opto-mechanical assemblies
  • Experience of a scientific or high-technology work environment
  • Experience with working in a highly collaborative research environment
  • Experience in directing/supervising technical staff
  • Knowledge of design development and verification using FEA (SolidWorks, Ansys or similar)
  • Familiarity with AutoDESK Inventor or similar
  • Knowledge of the application of FEA to static systems

The post will be based in London but will require regular travel to laboratories and other universities in the UK and abroad, in particular the CERN laboratory in Geneva.

Applications can be made online via our website. Please go to  and search for NAT00527.

The Imperial College High Energy Physics Group has a strong ongoing experimental programme encompassing the CMS and LHCb experiments at the LHC; the T2K, Super-Kamiokande and future Hyper-Kamiokande experiments in Japan; the search for sterile neutrinos with SoLid in Belgium; the future neutrino oscillation experiment DUNE at Fermilab and SURF in the USA; the search for dark matter with the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment in the USA; the search for charged lepton flavour violation with COMET in Japan; the MICE experiment in the UK; and SHiP and SuperNEMO activities and the development of future experiments. There are also significant accelerator, phenomenology and Grid computing programmes.

More information about the Department of Physics and the High Energy Physics Group can be found on our webpages.

The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

Further details about the positon are available from Professor Gavin Davies, Head of Group, ( or Dr Mitesh Patel, Reader in Particle Physics, (

Further information about the technical aspects of the position is available from Mr Trevor Savidge, Project Engineer, (

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Ms Paula Brown, Section Administrator,

If you experience any technical issues when applying online please email

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

Location: London
Salary: £46,762 to £61,378 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd August 2019
Closes: 23rd September 2019
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