Mechanical Engineer – Space Industry

Salary £33,782 to £36,459
23 Aug 2019
22 Sep 2019
Job Type

Mechanical Engineer – Space Industry

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £33,782 to £36,459 (dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)

Full time or part time considered / Flexible hours considered

Open-ended (permanent)


About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering.

STFC’s RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We’ve had significant involvement in over 210 space missions and operate at the forefront of UK Space Research.

About The Role

The Mechanical Engineering Group (MEG) within RAL Space is seeking mechanical engineers with the skills required to design, analyse and test space instruments and the specialised equipment used to calibrate them.  The role involves working in multi-disciplinary project teams from conceptual design and analysis, through to manufacture, assembly, testing and delivery, with close interaction with the various technical disciplines involved.

About You

To join us you will need to be qualified to at least Level 6 (B.Eng. level or equivalent) in a Mechanical Engineering/Design related discipline.  You will already be working in a mechanical engineering role; giving you a sound knowledge of the required design and analysis techniques, and having had your own designs successfully manufactured and put into service.  You will be an experienced user of 3D CAD software and finite element analysis software, and have an excellent knowledge of current 2D drawing standards - current experience with SolidEdge (ST7 or later) and ANSYS or NASTRAN is desirable but not essential.


As part of UK Research and Innovation, STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

To Apply

Applicants are required to supply a CV and cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 22nd September 2019, however applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis until this vacancy is filled.