Mechanical Project Engineer

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Job Title Mechanical Project Engineer
Job Reference DIA0999/NH
Post Type Full-time / Permanent
Division Technical
Salary information Circa £33,000
Application deadline 24/03/2015

Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located on the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire a 20 minute drive south of Oxford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Diamond Light Source conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science and offers rewarding career opportunities covering both technical and scientific disciplines.


To provide professional mechanical engineering support in carrying out projects related to the technical systems of the Diamond facility.

Duties include:

  • Interact closely with in-house and external scientific and engineering staff in support of Diamond accelerator, insertion device, front end and beamline projects as assigned;
  • Provide creative, innovative and adaptive solutions to problems involved with the mechanical engineering systems and provide professional input to the mechanical design, manufacture, installation, testing and commissioning phases;
  • Produce design calculations to predict performance of designs prior to manufacture and where necessary perform or supervise FEA on critical areas;
  • Produce layouts and design concepts, ideally employing AutoCAD;
  • Negotiate, agree and write technical specifications, produce and monitor project management plans including Gantt charts, resource and procurement plans;
  • Make presentations of project status and technical issues at project meetings;
  • Contribute to hazard analysis and risk assessment exercises;
  • Work within DLS procedures and contribute to their development;
  • Supervise internal and contract staff;
  • Keep up to date with relevant technology and industry best practice;
  • Maintain and Manage project files containing all relevant project documentation.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Honours degree or equivalent  in relevant discipline;
  • Ability to provide ideas and creative solutions to design problems;
  • Lead projects completing specifications and managing time, cost and quality;
  • Demonstrate self-motivation;
  • Demonstrate ability and initiative to get to the heart of a problem and take it through to completion;
  • Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills with management, peers, subordinates, customers and suppliers;
  • Some practical background in mechanical engineering and relevant experience;
  • Some appreciation of at least one mechanical CAD system and an FEA package;
  • Very good working knowledge of engineering drawings;
  • Competent in the use of computers and Word, Excel, Power Point, MSProject;
  • Must be available to travel on work related business with some overnight stays occasionally.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Masters, PhD or equivalent in relevant discipline;
  • Engineering Council registration and membership of relevant professional body;
  • Driving Licence;
  • Demonstrate ability to lead, motivate and manage internal and contract staff;
  • Experience in the specification, procurement, installation and commissioning of engineering systems;
  • Good appreciation of project management;
  • Experience of working in a team and presenting ideas and solutions to customers;
  • Experience of fabrication and manufacturing techniques;
  • Competence in the selection of materials;
  • Experience of supervision; 
  • Experience of working within a QA system;
  • Experience in ultra high vacuum technology;
  • Experience of heat transfer calculations and design;
  • Experience in precision mechanism design;
  • Experience in motion control systems;
  • Experience with cryogenic and other pressure systems;
  • Competence in AutoCAD or Pro-Engineer.

Further Information

Applying for employment

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Appointments will be made depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. Electronic Diamond application forms in MS-Word are preferred. These should be emailed to

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