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Graduate Mechanical Engineer (Applied Science) - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The Applied Science Division is part of the STFC Technology Department, which is under the National Laboratories Directorate and provides advanced technology and engineering for both STFC funded activities and other high profile international projects.  The Applied Science Division is divided into the following groups.

High Power Targets Group
Energy Research Unit
Cryogenics and Magnetics  Group
Advanced Materials Group
Project Engineering Group


We expect that the successful candidate will work on projects managed by the High Power Targets Group and the Energy Research Unit and in close collaboration with the Project Engineering Group. The successful candidate will be initially employed to work on a project to develop a shattered pellet Injector to mitigate plasma instabilities occurring in the ITER fusion reactor. The candidate may also be expected to work on engineering projects for large science facilities at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory such as the ISIS neutron source and the Central Laser Facility and also for international customers such as Fermilab in Chicago. The candidate may also have the opportunity to work on some renewable energy and energy storage projects including involvement with the Energy Research Unit’s research programme which includes development of green ammonia as a carbon free renewable fuel.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

The Applied Science Division leads a portfolio of projects that vary in scope from initial design development right through to the installation and commissioning of hardware. In this context the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their engineering design and analysis skills, supported by our core team of experienced engineers. Involvement in all aspects of project work through research, design, material selection, analysis, manufacture, assembly, integration and test will be encouraged.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Carry out research on council funded projects
  • Use 3D CAD software (e.g. Solid Edge) to develop design solutions from initial concepts through to detailed engineering designs
  • Perform mechanical and thermal analyses using a wide variety of tools (eg, Matlab, ANSYS and CFX)
  • Produce manufacturing drawings and specifications
  • Prepare reports and technical notes
  • Present their work and support project level design reviews – occasional international travel may be required
  • Carry out procurement and assembly of components

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our roles are filled.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2019, 2020 or be due to receive it in 2021
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK

We seek a graduate mechanical engineer with good theoretical and practical skills. The position is suitable for candidates from degree level engineering disciplines, with sufficient technical knowledge to produce CAD models and carry out thermal and mechanical analyses.  A sufficient understanding of manufacturing techniques and common engineering materials is required.

Prior or background knowledge or experience of manufacturing methods and of fluid dynamics or mass and heat transfer is not essential but would be advantageous; acquisition of knowledge in these areas would be expected as an ongoing part of the role.

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to take initiative and apply original thinking to find innovative solutions to engineering problems encountered as part of the role.

Candidates should demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills in order to prepare written reports and to present and answer technical questions in a succinct manner on behalf of STFC.

Essential Criteria:     

  • Technical knowledge of mechanics and dynamics. Experience with system modelling and programming. Basic knowledge of typical engineering materials and manufacturing techniques.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Technical knowledge of thermal analysis.  Technical knowledge of a range of conventional and advanced manufacturing techniques.  Some experience of CAD modelling. 

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes:

  • Good written and oral communication skills. 
  • Experience of project team working and customer liaison skills.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale.

For more information about STFC, please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/

How to Apply

Online applications only for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for STFC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

About UKRI

UK Research and Innovation brings together nine organisations to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

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