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Mechanical Research Engineer

Southampton, United Kingdom
£34,980 to £41,732
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Mechanical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £34,980 to £41,732
Full Time Fixed Term (until 31/03/2027)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 11 June 2024
Reference:  2721824DA

We are seeking a dynamic and innovative Mechanical Research Engineer to join our interdisciplinary research team at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Southampton. This exciting opportunity, funded by UKRI grants, focuses on the development of new technology for monitoring chemicals in the environment, with options to get involved with aligned projects.

Key Responsibilities:

Design and Prototyping: You will be responsible for the design and prototype development of novel microfluidic chemical sensors, water samplers, and instruments, leveraging your expertise in 3D design and SolidWorks.

Fabrication: Utilize advanced fabrication techniques, including 3D printing, machining, and other manufacturing processes, to bring your designs to life.

Testing and Deployment: Conduct rigorous testing of the developed devices in the lab and manage their in situ deployments at various locations to ensure reliability and effectiveness in real-world conditions.

Collaboration: Work closely within an interdisciplinary team of researchers and scientists, contributing your mechanical engineering expertise to a diverse range of projects.


A degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field.

Proficiency in 3D design, especially SolidWorks, and strong hands-on skills in fabrication and manufacturing.

Experience in microfluidics is advantageous but not essential.

Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Excellent organizational skills and the ability to maintain meticulous working records.

This role is perfect for someone passionate about using their mechanical engineering skills to make a tangible positive impact on the environment and beyond.

Training and personal development opportunities will be available and encouraged as part of the role. There will be opportunities for travel within the UK and further afield for collaborative work and results dissemination.

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 is 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 who 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.  

* Qualifying criteria applies


Company info
+(44)023 8059 5000
SO17 1BJ

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