Mechanical Engineer

  • Didcot, UK
  • £42,840 - £47,124 a year GBP / Year

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Job Summary by the Career Balance Team:

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire is seeking a Mechanical Engineer to contribute to the design, construction, and maintenance of engineering systems for the Vulcan 20-20 project. The project aims to upgrade the Vulcan facility to become the highest power laser in the world. The ideal candidate should have a HNC or HND in mechanical engineering and experience in an engineering field. A MEng in mechanical engineering, along with extensive experience and evidence of responsibility, is required for the higher salary range. The position offers benefits such as flexible working hours and excellent learning and development opportunities. The closing date for applications is February 18, 2024.

Job Description:*Mechanical Engineer*
*Salary:* £42,840 – £47,124 or £53,818 – £59,199 per annum
*Contract Type:* Permanent
*Hours:* Full time or Part-time (minimum 30 hours per week)
*Location: *Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
Come and do the kind of engineering that made you want to be an engineer. Stretch your technical skills while building human understanding. Promote sustainability and create new materials. Alongside world-leading scientists and technologists, shape projects that improve lives in the UK and far beyond.
Put simply, come and discover the impact you can make when you’re equipped, encouraged and inspired to perform to your very best.
Discover the science your skills can enable by bringing your engineering experience to our Central Laser Facility. The facility is one of the world’s leading laser centres, providing scientists mainly from the UK and continental Europe with access to an unparalleled range of pioneering laser technology.
The CLF has recently secured funding for an ambitious £82M upgrade to our Vulcan facility (termed Vulcan 20-20) to increase its power to 20 PW, and its energy to 20 kJ. It will be the highest power laser in the world. We are looking for people like you to help design, build and maintain a wide range of engineering systems for Vulcan 20-20.
As a Mechanical Engineer, depending on your experience, you will be responsible for either supporting or leading the design of the following:
· vacuum systems and hardware used in high vacuum
· high purity gas systems and gas infrastructure
· motion systems for large optics
· chambers and structures
*We are looking for someone with:*
· a HNC or HND, or equivalent degree (BEng in mechanical engineering) along with experience working in an engineering field
· experience working in a mechanical engineering or multi-disciplinary engineering environment
· to be considered for the higher salary, you should have a MEng in mechanical engineering along with extensive experience working in an engineering field & evidence of responsibility such as budgets, management, risk and safety
*What we offer*
We are offering a permanent position with a whole host of benefits including:
· 30 days holiday (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days)
· flexible working hours
· an excellent defined average salary pension scheme
· employee shopping/travel discounts
· excellent learning and development opportunities
· visa Sponsorship for candidates applying outside of the UK
Plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance!
*UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.*
We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business-support team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.
What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe’s largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what’s possible.
Closing Date: 18th February 2024.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: £42,840.00-£47,124.00 per year
Work Location: In personLocation: Didcot

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