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MechSpace Manager

UCL - Mechanical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £44,674 to £52,701 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 21st October 2019
Closes: 21st November 2019
Job Ref: 1834010

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 8. The salary range will be £44,674 to £52,701 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

UCL Mechanical Engineering has recently invested in a new workshop facility dedicated to teaching practical engineering. It is a tailored space with Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) capabilities to support multiple engineering projects, through the full design cycle; investigate, design, analyse, build, test and implement. The scope covers individual and group projects across all years, from the IMechE Design Challenge through to flagship competitions, such as the Shell Eco-marathon and Formula Student. Teams also build boats, planes, drones and a Mars Rover.

The post holder will take responsibility for the daily management of the MechSpace facility, which includes workshops and buildshops, as well as project spaces, design and inspection facilities.  The post holder will maintain the effective and compliant provision of service, support and teaching. The role will require management and development of sustainable and effective operating procedures, including a health and safety programme, that will enable compliant access to the space and its facilities.

The main duties of the post holder will be to support the student projects through the stages of design, analysis and manufacture. The post holder must be able to support complicated mechanical engineering projects, working alongside the Teaching Technicians, ensuring these projects meet agreed targets for time, quality and cost.

The successful candidate should have experience of working in a motorsport, aerospace, automotive or equivalent high-tech industry, including experience of working within a workshop environment in industry with responsibility for the manufacture and assembly of complex devices and the development of innovative designs. They should hold a first degree in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent skills and knowledge, demonstrable through career experience), which enables you to advise fellow staff, researchers and students on technical issues regarding concept, design, drawing, manufacture, assembly and installation of mechanical engineering devices and systems. They should also have excellent organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise own and others’ workloads whilst working under own initiative to ensure work is completed to a high standard and to delivery dates.

UCL vacancy reference: 1834010.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

If you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Peter Kelly at

If you have any queries regarding the application process please email

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Closing Date: 21 November 2019

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

Our department is working towards an Athena SWAN award. We are committed to advancing gender equality within our department.

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