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Mechanical Design Engineer- Detector systems

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
England, Oxfordshire, Didcot
£31931 - £34709 per annum + 4000
Closing date
12 Jun 2022

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Mechanical Design Engineer



Salary: £31,931 to £34,709 (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist Allowance of up to £4000 per annum is also available for this role.



Hours: Full Time.

Contract Type: Open Ended.

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

We are currently seeking an experienced design engineer with specialist knowledge in complex mechanical systems to manage the design, development and procurement of its scientific research equipment. Instrument design is a key element in supporting the user community carrying out scientific studies at the ISIS facility, and there is an active programme of development of these systems as part of a wider facility growth.

You will be joining our Detector Design Section which is in charge of the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of the detector systems of the beamlines of ISIS. Within our team, you will contribute to the development and construction of leading-edge technical solutions for the next generation of neutron detectors.

Working within a team reporting to a senior mechanical engineer, the post holder will be responsible for:

  • Production of 2D drawings and 3D models.
  • Participate in and document detector design reviews.
  • Work closely with internal & external scientific and engineering staff to produce documentation for the support of the detector systems.
  • Contribute to drafting of the detector system specifications to be submitted to external providers or contractors.
  • Assisting in installation and commissioning of detector systems.
  • Contributing to project and risk management.
  • Guidance to technical staff constructing mechanical designs generated.

Get to know us

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Through the use of a proton accelerator and a high-power target facility, we produce beams of neutrons and muons that allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments, often described as 'super-microscopes'.

Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour is not possible without a dedicated team of engineers able to turn abstract scientific ideas into reality. At the ISIS facility, 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.

What we offer

We are offering permanent positions with a whole host of benefits including:

  • 30 days holiday (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days)
  • Flexible working hours.
  • An excellent defined average salary pension scheme
  • Employee shopping/travel discounts
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Visa Sponsorship for candidates applying outside of the UK

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.

How to apply:

For full details of this post view: Insert Link. Early applications are encouraged as interviews will be taking place on a rolling basis.

Closing Date: 12th June 2022



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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