Mechanical Development Engineers

Didcot, Oxfordshire
£33,000 - £50,000
04 Jun 2019
04 Jul 2019

Mechanical Development Engineers
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire
£33,000 - £40,000 (Engineer), £40,000 - £50,000 (Senior Engineer) - dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual role-based allowance
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 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.

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world- leading position in research and innovation.

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.


Successful applicants 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.


Successful candidates 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.

To be considered at the Senior Engineer level 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.


STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 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. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To Apply

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

The closing date for applications is 21st July 2019, however applicants will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis.

To apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us on 01793 867000.

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