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Senior Mechanical Project Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
England, Oxfordshire, Didcot
£50702.0 - £56336.0 per annum
Closing date
16 Sep 2021

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Senior Mechanical Project Engineer

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire

Salary £50,702 - £56,336 per annum (dependent on skills and experience, plus annual role-based allowance of £5,000)

Full time/Part-time (minimum 30 hours)


Excellent opportunity for a skilled Mechanical Project Engineer to work in a leading science environment offering outstanding employee benefits.

About the Central Laser Facility
As part of UK Research and Innovation, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research organisations and operates at a number of sites within the UK, including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and many more around the world.

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is one of the world's leading laser centres, providing scientists mainly from the UK and continental Europe with access to an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology. The CLF has around 180 staff and its function - user facility, international research - makes it a very friendly, outgoing, externally facing sort of place.

The CLF is currently working on multiple projects, the biggest is the building a new laser centre - the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC) and is seeking new team members to help to build this and to contribute to our existing facilities. EPAC is an £81M facility that will use lasers developed by our team to drive new types of novel particle and radiation beams that can be applied to a wide range of problems in science and industry. We are looking for people like you, to be a part of our friendly and enthusiastic team.

STFC is an award-winning employer and RAL is a superb place to work - there is groundbreaking work going on all around the site and the environment, facilities and conditions are excellent.

About the role

You will be working within the Mechanical Engineering group providing design oversight various projects for the CLF.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Determining and production of specifications by working with scientific teams.
  • Leading and steering the design of complex mechanical engineering components and systems from concept through design, procurement, commissioning.
  • Managing tendering, procurement and delivery and installation of approved designs, equipment and services.

About You

You will have a relevant degree (BEng) in mechanical engineering along with extensive experience working in an engineering field and able to display evidence of responsibility e.g. budgets, management, risk and safety. You should also have a broad understanding of other engineering fields, such as civil or electrical engineering.

You will also have experience working in mechanical engineering or a multi-disciplinary engineering environment. You will have extensive CAD experience producing manufacturing drawings, 3D Models and have the ability to perform engineering calculations. The successful candidate is likely to be able to multi-task and prioritise against a heavy work load and achieve demanding targets. Previous experience in the management of projects and/or people would be beneficial.

Employee Benefits:

We are offering a permanent position that provide a whole host of family friendly benefits including; 30 days holiday (in addition to bank holidays), an excellent pension scheme, employee shopping/travel discounts, a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance.

UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.

To Apply

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

The closing date for applications is 19th September 2021, however applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.


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 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.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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