Mechanical Development Engineers

Science and Technology Facilities Council
14 May 2017
13 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Part Time

Mechanical Development Engineers

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

£33,000 - £39,500 (Engineer), £39,500 - £50,000 (Senior Engineer) - dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual allowance

Full Time and Part Time positions available

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Through combining world-class facilities with major international collaborations, and some of the world’s most talented staff, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering.

STFC’s ISIS facility is a world-leading source of pulsed neutrons and muons. The facility performs cutting edge research into the structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level.

About The Role

We now have exciting new opportunities for Mechanical Development Engineers to join the ISIS Design Division, working closely with fellow engineers and scientists to specify, design, procure and develop bespoke mechanical and electrical equipment and complex systems for the facility.

Our engineers are responsible for taking top level development ideas and managing the complete development process through engineering concept, design, procurement, installation / commissioning, testing and final reporting.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • carrying out engineering calculations and simulations to ensure the development brief is met
  • preparing work instructions for staff carrying out development and test programmes
  • managing tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs, equipment and services
  • presenting reports on designs and test programmes for peer and stakeholder review
  • managing multi-disciplinary staff carrying out programmes of development and testing.

Successful applicants will be appointed at either Band D (Engineer) or Band E (Senior Engineer) of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

About You

You will have a combination of formal engineering qualifications and relevant experience.

ISIS uses a wide range of technologies, from RF cavities and magnetic components, through to materials used in extreme environments. You will need a broad understanding of the engineering, and specific in-depth knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • RF cavities
  • Magnetic elements (AC or DC)
  • High Vacuum engineering
  • precision alignment
  • materials engineering
  • precision motion.

You will also need experience in a mechanical design environment; developing, designing, procuring, testing and reporting on the development of technically challenging engineering equipment. You should have a good understanding of fundamental mechanical engineering principles, such as Materials, Stress/Strain, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer.

You should also demonstrate experience in performing engineering calculations and simulations to ensure that a development brief is met, along with experience of developing and carrying out test programmes to prove new designs.

You will demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a highly organised approach, be self-motivated, innovative and inquisitive, with a desire to gain skills in a broad range of areas.


An exceptional pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered, as well as an onsite nursery, subsidised restaurant, gym and sports facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable. Please visit the STFC benefits page for more information.

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role.

The closing date for applications is 25th June 2017; however applicants will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; please note when you click apply you will be directed through to our website where you will be asked to complete the application process.