Mechanical Engineer in Sensor Research and Development

Southampton, United Kingdom
£39,745 per annum
14 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
04 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Mechanical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,745 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (10 months Full Time)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 04 October 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1970522DA

You will work with a multidisciplinary research team to develop new microfluidic sensors for measuring chemical concentrations in soil and water. The job includes designing and fabricating of mechanical components and systems, providing technical support, and field deployment of the prototype sensors.  You will have access to Southampton University's advanced fabrication and engineering facilities and will be working closely with academic investigators, research groups, and academic collaborators from other UK and US universities.

After relevant training, the day-to-day responsibilities will primarily be:

  • Capturing requirement specifications for prototype devices
  • Development of mechanical concepts using sketches, SolidWorks and simulation tools
  • Prototyping using off-the-shelf components, 3D printing, machining and micromachining
  • Assembly and testing to ensure the developed prototype devices meet requirement specifications
  • Fabrication and testing of calibration jigs if needed
  • Preparation of 2D/3D data packs

This job requires 

  • Laboratory work mainly but occasional field deployments of sensors
  • Analysis and presentation of results, writing reports 
  • Collaboration with other team members and researchers specialised in electronics and chemistry 
  • Laboratory management and maintenance of equipment
  • Ensuring all health and safety protocols are adhered to

To be successful you will:

  • Have a skill level equivalent to or above the achievement of a university degree, HND,  NVQ4 or other professional qualification in mechanical engineering or related engineering disciplines.
  • Have strong practical experience in designing and fabricating of components and systems.
  • Be flexible and open-minded, creative with innovative ideas, and have a “can do” attitude. 
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills. 

The University of Southampton is a signatory of the Technician Commitment and a partner affiliate of the National Technician Development Centre (NTDC) and is committed to supporting our technical staff. We offer a wide range of opportunities including networking, mentoring, training, professional registration and career development. We are committed to all our technical staff, recognising the broad range of skills they have in support of education, research and enterprise activities. By joining Southampton you will be part of a bigger technical community, offering support and guidance

There are a great range of benefits that includes a contributory pension scheme; holiday entitlement of 30 days plus 8 bank holidays and 6 additional holidays (closure days); subsidised health and fitness facilities on-site; cycle to work scheme; a range of discounts which include restaurants, retail outlets and entertainment.

The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award in recognition of its’ continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering.  We will give due consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy**, and onsite childcare facilities.  

*Once appointed you will use job title Specialist Technician

** Qualifying criteria applies

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Holly Shergold (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5719, or email Please quote reference 1970522DA on all correspondence.