Mechanical Engineer – Particle Accelerator

Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

  • London & South East England
  • £38,318.00 - £47,576.00
  • Research facilities

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Mechanical Engineer – Particle Accelerator
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire
£38,318 - £47,576 - dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual role-based allowance
Full Time / Permanent
Excellent opportunity for a skilled Mechanical Engineer to work in a leading science environment offering exceptional employee benefits.
About Us
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest multi-disciplinary research organisations. ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire and is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It is owned and operated by the STFC. 
Through the use of a proton accelerator and a high power target facility, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source produces beams of neutrons and muons that allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments, often described as ‘super-microscopes’. It supports a national and international community of more than 2​000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering, and biology. 
Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour isn’t possible without a dedicated team of engineers able to turn abstract scientific ideas into reality. At the ISIS facility each problem requires a unique solution, taking advantage of the latest technologies to deliver the seemingly impossible. Our engineers have the freedom to choose their own solution, and the responsibility to take it to completion.
STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
About The Role
We now have an exciting new opportunity to join the ISIS Accelerator Design Group, working closely with fellow engineers and scientists to specify, design, develop and procure bespoke mechanical and electrical equipment for the particle accelerator.
You will be responsible for full lifecycle engineering from concept to commissioning of one off components and larger, complex systems. You will also coordinate the activities of various different technical disciplines to achieve the required end goal.
Further responsibilities will include:
  • Project management (including scheduling, budgets, planning and reporting).
  • Production of mechanical designs and detailed drawings using 2D and 3D CAD, either as an individual, or by managing the work of others.
  • Presentation of designs for peer and stakeholder review.
  • Managing both internal staff and external contract design and detailing effort.
  • Managing tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs.
About You
You will be qualified to degree level or HNC/HND along with relevant experience. You will have knowledge of fundamental mechanical engineering principles, e.g materials, stress/strain, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Experience in a mechanical design environment incorporating developing, designing, procuring, testing and reporting on the development of technically challenging engineering equipment is also essential.
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 mechanical engineering and ideally 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
Successful candidates will also have experience of developing test programmes within a highly complex technical environment. 
You will demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a highly organised approach to work, be self-motivated, innovative and inquisitive, with a desire to gain new skills in a broad range of areas.
STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.
To Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role.
The closing date for applications is 26th January 2020, however applicants will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis.
Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

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