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Graduate Mechanical Engineer (Project Engineering) - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The Project Engineering Group is part of the Applied Science Division based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) near Oxford.

The Project Engineering Group provides mechanical engineering and project management to a wide range  of challenging projects within the experimental facilities that STFC operates and external collaborations including ISIS, Diamond Light Source, CERN, Central Laser Facility, Particle Physics Department (PPD) and RAL Space. 

The group delivers project management, design, manufacture, procurement, assembly, installation, integration, and commissioning of complex mechanical systems in support of these national and international scientific research projects. More information can be found about the group at:

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with, and understand the requirements of projects set by the customers.
  • Produce designs and concepts through the use of 2D & 3D CAD systems.
  • Produce FEA analyses/calculations to validate designs.
  • Work with Scientists to develop novel technological solutions
  • Take on ownership and management of project delivery of work packages with support from more experienced colleagues
  • Procure manufactured items and bought out components.
  • Oversee the installation and commissioning of novel scientific equipment
  • Work within a Quality Management System.

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

Essential Criteria:   

  • Mechanical Design using 2D and 3D CAD systems
  • Basic Finite Element Analysis 
  • Engineering Structures and failure modes 
  • Engineering Materials 
  • Heat Transfer 
  • Very high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals 
  • A strong ability to think creatively, to seek and accept change and continuous improvement 
  • Demonstrate good written communication skills 
  • Ability to work as an individual or as part of a collaborative team 
  • Good organisational skills 

Desirable Criteria:

  • An understanding of Project Management 
  • An understanding of Quality Management 
  • An understanding of  Thermodynamics 
  • Knowledge of Engineering Processes 
  • Work experience in a professional engineering environment 
  • Leadership potential 
  • Project Management experience 

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

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.

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