Mechanical Development Engineer

Manchester, United Kingdom
£32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)
05 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Harwell, Oxfordshire
Closing Date : 20/12/2018
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Sci & Eng Faculty Office - General
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : ASAP for 3 Years

The Faculty of Science and Engineering wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and highly motivated individual as a Mechanical Development Engineer, the post is for a 3 year fixed term and will be located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire within The University of Manchester at Harwell and be involved with experiments at Diamond Light Source National Synchrotron Facility, Central Laser Facility and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, a world-leading Centre for research. The main purpose of the role is to design, develop, integrate, operate and maintain both standard and novel environmental in situ rigs, sample containment and other equipment for use with laboratory and Synchrotron X-ray imaging (including tomography), diffraction and spectroscopy as well as other modalities such as neutron sources. You will work closely with other members of the technical and administrative support team, the Director as well as other academics from The University of Manchester and staff from other on-site institutions. These rigs will be used to subject a wide range of experimental samples to extreme conditions/environments. You will be one of the technical authorities for these rigs and other equipment and be expected to assist and train the academic users as appropriate.

You will be working as part of a dynamic team of academics, beamline scientists, post-docs and PhD students that form The University of Manchester at Harwell, a newly formed and rapidly developing facility for applying national facility science to key research challenges. The equipment you will help design and/or support will be used for UK and international research collaborations and be a key enabler for the world leading studies being performed.

You will hold a degree in mechanical engineering or an equivalent qualification (HND/HNC, Level 4 NVQ) in an engineering or scientific discipline, and will need to be familiar with the mechanical and thermal properties of materials, have expertise in the assembly, operation and maintenance of electro-mechanical equipment, as well as demonstrate intuitive analytic, diagnostic and problem solving skills. You will have strong awareness of Safety, Health and Environment issues in an engineering setting. You will be equally adept working individually or as part of a team, self-motivated and proactive with the ability to apply your initiative. The role will require you to take responsibility for delivering assigned projects to completion. You must have a high level of understanding of engineering drawings and be able to interpret and express technical concepts. You will have good all round communications skills, be able to discuss technical and non-technical issues and be able to keep written records using Microsoft Office. The successful candidate will need to be able to work flexibly to match the varied time demands of the role and be prepared to work outside of normal working hours to support beam time experiments.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Neil Bourne


Tel: 01235 567497

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further Particulars

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