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Mechanical Project Engineer

Diamond Light Source
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire
Closing date
4 Jul 2021

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Mechanical, Project Engineering
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Mechanical Project Engineer

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £33,963 to £39,955 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,949) dependent upon knowledge, skills and experience

Full time / Permanent - Flexible hours considered

Ref: 10574

Are you looking for a change and want to help tackle some of the big issues challenging us today?

Reducing the cost of the next generation of batteries?

Better diagnosis for brain cancer?

Supporting research around COVID-19?

As an Engineer at Diamond you could have a critical role working with leading scientists to tackle some of these big issues.

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities.

About the Role

We now have an opportunity for an experienced Mechanical Project Engineer to join our team, developing state of the art equipment to deliver ground-breaking scientific research.

This role will work on the development of the particle accelerators and photon production systems, which are supporting research in life science including work directly related to COVID-19.

You will play a critical role in working collaboratively with scientists, technicians, and other engineers.

At Diamond we are currently planning a major upgrade of the facility, known as Diamond-II, which will generate an even more brilliant light source at a higher energy. This role will play a significant part in contributing to the upgrade.

This role will be primarily working from home initially, but may include time on site for training, with a view to returning to full time on site over future months as circumstances allow.

About You

Candidates should have substantial experience in the delivery of unique complex scientific equipment including developing specifications, concept designs, taking detailed designs through to manufacture, testing, installation, and commissioning.

Good communication skills are critical, and the ability to discuss ideas, present possible solutions, debate and collaborate at all stages of the projects is essential.

You will have experience in designing systems that operate under challenging conditions such as Ultra High Vacuum, energy absorbing equipment and cryogenic temperatures.

You will display excellent knowledge of engineering drawings and 3D modelling systems and familiar with modern manufacturing methods including additive manufacturing techniques.

You will be confident in doing design risk assessments and understand the requirements of such directives as the Machinery Directive.

You will be expected to manage small projects and have some experience managing all stages of a project including contract supervision and tendering

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent experience in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline.

To Apply

Want to know more? Have a look at some of the work we are doing by visiting If you want to discuss the role further please contact:

The initial closing date will be 4th July 2021, however, applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis.

For more information and to apply, please click the apply button.


Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire a 20 minute drive south of Oxford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Diamond Light Source conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science and offers rewarding career opportunities covering both technical and scientific disciplines

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01235 778000
Diamond House
United Kingdom
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