Rosalind Franklin Institute

Mechanical Design Engineer (10308)

Rosalind Franklin Institute

As the Franklin's first Mechanical Design Engineer working across multiple themes of the Rosalind Franklin Institute, you will take the engineering lead on the development of our next generation spatial and chemical cell and tissue imaging systems, being involved in every aspect of development from requirements gathering, concept design, prototyping, and proof-of-concept measurements, through to commissioning and early operations.

You will have significant experience in instrument design, build and system integration, being able to demonstrate success in this area. The ability to design and manage the fabrication of prototype and test systems such as biological sample holders, vacuum vessels and motion stages is essential. The role sits at the interface of engineering and scientific discovery and experience of working at this interface is desirable. Knowledge of mechatronics and systems approaches to engineering is highly desirable.

Your primary task initially will be to work closely with scientists and technology experts to gather requirements and develop specifications and conceptual designs for a novel multichannel cell and tissue imaging system. This will involve careful analysis of existing workflows to understand and develop detailed requirements for the new instrument based on current experience and future needs. You will ideally have experience working in the ion beam, electron and/or mass spectroscopy imaging environment and have experience with cryogenic and in vacuum sample environments. There are exciting opportunities to collaborate closely with other engineering teams on the Harwell Campus such as at Diamond Light Source. Clear, visionary thinking, and the ability to develop novel solutions to challenging technical problems is essential to this role.


You will:

  • Lead on engineering of assigned RFI instrumentation projects working closely with in-house teams and external collaborators or manufacturers.
  • Work with science teams to develop requirements and scope for new technologies.
  • Develop and agree technical specifications.
  • Develop conceptual and detailed design reports in collaboration with science teams.
  • Produce CAD drawings, layouts, room specifications, design concepts and calculations to predict design performance and where necessary liaise with external teams to perform FEA on critical systems. 
  • Contribute to hazard analysis and risk assessment exercises and pursue solutions to mitigate risks.
  • Liaise with collaborators or external companies on detailed design, manufacturing and assembly of components and systems.
  • Where required supervise contractors or internal staff.
  • Participate in, and plan proof-of-concept experiments to support planning and design activities.
  • Maintain and manage files containing all relevant project documentation as required.
  • Communicate project status and results both internally and externally at conferences and meetings.

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About us: The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a new national Research Centre, funded by the UK government through UK Research and Innovation, dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology.

Location: The Franklin is based in Harwell Campus, UK’s innovation hub and well-established as one of the leading science and innovation campuses in Europe. 

At the Rosalind Franklin Institute we welcome applications from all around the world!

Closing date: Sunday 7th January 2024

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