Mechanical Design Engineer

University of Oxford

  • Central England
  • £41,526.00 - £49,553.00
  • Research facilities
  • Closing date 06 Mar 2020

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Mechanical Design Engineer
Grade 8: £41,526 – £49,553 per annum
Fixed term for 3 years

Applications are invited for the post of Mechanical Design Engineer in the Mechanical Engineers group which provides design support for Physics research.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of three years.

The Department of Physics is seeking a talented Mechanical engineer.

The successful candidate will design, analyse and arrange for the production of components, mechanical moving parts, test rigs and experimental equipment for Physics research. A large portion of the work is in the area of precision instrumentation for experimental Physics, some of which operate at cryogenic temperatures (typically ~100K, ~4K). The role requires regular liaison with senior academics, research support staff, workshop technicians, other Universities and large international research establishments. The ability to develop a concept into something practical, taking ‘ownership’ of the deliverable and participating in the commissioning of equipment is essential.  

The position of Mechanical Design Engineer is within the Mechanical Design Group which is a part of the Department of Physics Technical Services Group (TSG). The TSG is made up of the Mechanical Design Group, Mechanical Workshops, Electronics Engineers Group, Electronics Workshops, Thin Films Unit, Photo Fabrication Facility, Nano Fabrication and the Cryomagnetics Group. The TSG is charged with the support of teaching and research across the whole department and has impact and interactions with projects and research ranging from large telescope arrays, beamline projects at CERN, space flight instrumentation, fixed target Dark Matter and Neutrino experiments and atomic level projects.

The work of the Mechanical Design Engineer can be very varied and challenging; technological boundaries are being reached and pushed back through the research carried out in the Department pf Physics Department and it is in the design phase that much of the advancement in this new technology can be instigated. We are seeking a Mechanical Engineer who has the drive and determination to take an idea from concept to fabricated and commissioned assembly (or instrument), helping Oxford Physics advance the boundaries of science.

Applicants should possess a degree in Mechanical Engineering or have equivalent experience. In the latter case, two references are required which specifically details the applicant’s professional level and explains how these are considered equivalent to the required qualification. They should have a strong background in the use of 3-D mechanical CAD design software with sound knowledge of established drawing standards and design methods and with a good understanding of the mechanical behaviour of structures.

If following interview, it is evident that there is in-sufficient knowledge or experience of a candidate to achieve the essential and desired criteria an offer of lower grade and so pay scale may be made.

Previous experience in a research environment will be an advantage.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate that they can manage projects from conceptual design to the manufacturing and final assembly and testing.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Roy.Preece@physics.ox.ac.uk

Only applications received before midday 6th March 2020 can be considered. You will be required to upload a letter of application/supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

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