Mechanical Design Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
England, Didcot, Oxfordshire
£31931 - £44166 per annum
Closing date
12 Dec 2021

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Mechanical Design Engineer

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire

£31,931 - £34,709 or £39,748 - £44,166 per annum (dependent on skills and experience, plus annual allowance of up to £5,000)

Full time/Part-time


Excellent opportunities for experienced Mechanical Design Engineers to work in a leading science environment offering outstanding employee benefits.

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research organisations. You will belong to a community of specialists who are driving science and technology forward. Our incredible diversity of research, technology and engineering projects truly fire the imagination and lead to real-world solutions which shape societies and transform lives.

As an engineer in STFC's Central Laser Facility (CLF) you get to work with an unparalleled range of pioneering laser technologies to make our groundbreaking research possible. Your expertise could inspire new products and equipment that changes lives around the world.

About the role

We now have opportunities for Mechanical Design Engineers on both a full time and part time basis, to lead or support the design of our facility upgrades.

This is a varied role where every day is different and a dynamic, solution focussed, approach is required. The engineering challenges include either supporting or leading design of vacuum systems and hardware used in high vacuum, high purity gas systems, and motion systems for large optics.

About You

Suitable candidates will hold a degree in Mechanical Engineering, or a BTEC HNC, or equivalent, with experience working in an engineering field. You should also have an understanding of fundamental mechanical engineering principles, manufacturing techniques and materials, and knowledge of pressure systems and gas technology. You will have experience using a mainstream CAD system, including the ability to generate 3D CAD assemblies and drawings.

The role requires the candidate to work well in a team and to be able to operate independently. You will demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a highly organised approach to work, be innovative and inquisitive, with a desire to gain new skills in a broad range of areas.

Employee Benefits:

We are offering permanent positions 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 12th December 2021.


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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